100 Years at Reed Avenue

Royal College, Colombo is celebrating 100 years at Reed Avenue this year. On the 10th of October 1923, the Governor of Ceylon, Brigadier-General Sir William Henry Manning, GCMGKBECB, ceremoniously declared open the Main College Building. In celebrating its centenary at Reed Avenue, a multi religious blessing took place on the 10th of October 2023 at the College Hall to bless our beloved Alma Mater, its precincts, past and present teachers and its students – both past and present. It also signified the “Century Ahead” initiative, which looks forward to shaping its future with a renewed focus on Education, Skills, Innovation and Character. I have attached a few photographs of this occasion.

Commencing celebrations with a multi religious blessing symbolizes one of the most treasured values of Royal College, Colombo. Secularism has been a cornerstone of Royal College’s identity and ethos since its incipient days. Although founded in the back veranda of an Anglican church, since its transformative establishment as the ‘Colombo Academy’ by governor Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton in January 1836, as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Colebrooke Cameron Commission (1833), it assumed and institutionalized a secular character and atmosphere.

Royal College’s commitment to secularism is rooted in its mission to provide a holistic education that transcends religious affiliations. The school has consistently promoted a diverse and inclusive learning environment where students of various religious backgrounds coexist harmoniously. This inclusive approach fosters tolerance, respect, and cultural understanding among its student body.

Throughout its history, Royal College has remained open to students of all faiths and backgrounds, nurturing a spirit of unity and social cohesion. This commitment to secularism aligns with Sri Lanka’s diverse cultural landscape and contributes to the school’s reputation as a beacon of educational excellence and cultural harmony.

What sets Royal College apart is not only its secular character but also its unwavering commitment to meritocracy, which form an essential part of its core values. These ensure that no student is favoured or disadvantaged due to race, creed, or background. This dedication to merit-based education complements the school’s secular values, seamlessly.

Furthermore, Royal College’s unique secular identity stands out in Sri Lanka’s educational landscape. Unlike many other popular schools that maintain strong affiliations with a particular faith, Royal College serves as a representation and an ideal example for the multi-faith and multi-cultural Sri Lankan society to follow. By embracing diversity and inclusivity, the school contributes significantly to social cohesion and harmony.

Royal College continues to champion secularism and meritocracy, setting a commendable standard for educational institutions worldwide. Its commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and merit-based education system, not only prepares students for academic success but also equips them with the values and skills needed to thrive in a multicultural society. Royal College remains a symbol of unity and progress in Sri Lanka’s rich tapestry of cultures and faiths, exemplifying the ideals of a harmonious, inclusive society.

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Defining your Legacy 2018 : Together we mentor future kings – 01 Day workshop for the academic staff of Royal College

Defining your Legacy 2018 : Together we mentor future kings, 01 Day workshop for the entire academic staff of Royal College  was organized by the Old Royalists’ HR Professionals’ Association (ORHRPA) in collaboration with the Royal College Union (RCU), the Old Royalists’ Association in UK (ORAUK) and Old Royalists in Qatar (ORQ) at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla on 29th May 2018.


In his welcome address, Prabhash Hettiarachchi the President of ORHRPA stated  that this would undoubtedly  create a new  dimension in the human capital development in Royal College under the leadership of the Principal and Mr Athula Munasinghe Secretary of RCU. Further, he stated  that the main objective of this program was to inspire the team, to promote collaboration, as there are many new teachers who have joined inthe recent past and to help them to be role models as “Royal Teachers”, rather than being just another team of teachers.


Addressing over 265 teachers who were present on that day, the Principal and the RCU Secretary emphasized  the importance of continuous learning & development and getting updated with the latest knowledge


The main sessions of the workshop were as follows:-


  • “Aligning your personal vision with organizational vision” by Dhammika Kalapuge,
  • “Maintaining the students’ discipline within the legal framework of Sri Lanka” by Dr Prathiba Mahanamahewa
  • “Mindfulness : for enhanced effectiveness in personal and professional life” by Dr Tara de Mel   Thereafter, there was a very impactful panel discussion moderated by Janaka Kumarasinghe, the Executive Director of Kent Ridge with an elite panel comprised of  Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Former Navy Commander & High Commissioner to Australia, Prof Ajantha Dharmasiri, Professor in Management, Director and the Chairman of the Board of Management of PIM, Ishan Dantanarayana, the Chief People Officer, Brandix Group and Prasath Nanayakkara, the Chairman and CEO, Auxenta Inc..
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