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Sebastianite Awards of Excellence

MORATUWA:The Old Boys Association of St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa will honour a group of Old Boy’s who have excelled in their chosen fields with the honorary title “Sebastianite Award of Excellence”.

The event will be held on August 11 at the College Auditorium at 6.00 p.m. Rt. Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis, the Archbishop of Colombo is schedule to preside at the felicitation ceremony.

The OBA of St. Sebastian’s is the apex body of the Old Boys’ of Moratuwa’s St. Sebastian’s founded in 1931 and celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in the year 2006. St. Sebastian’s College began serving in 1854 with 11 pupils on the veranda of St. Sebastian’s Church, administered by the Parish Priest with the help of a Head Master and a few assistants.

In January 1926, the De La Salle Brothers took over the school and within three months they formed the secondary classes on the ground floor of the Brother’s residence, “The Chevaliar Walauwa”, the present Moratuwa Police Station premises.

In December 1930, the College was shifted to the present premises at Uyana, Moratuwa, and the initial buildings were constructed with the donations made by the then Archbishop of Colombo and a Philanthropist - Bastian Fernando of Moratuwa. Presently the School is managed by the diocesan priests of the Colombo diocese.

The student population is at 3,500. The school is run as a Government aided non-fee levying private school. The Old Boys’ Association of the college had been formed in the year 1931 and since then had been in the forefront of all the activities of the college, in good times and in bad, during all ups and downs of the School.

St. Sebastian’s College has produced a large number of distinguished past pupils who have excelled in various fields and disciplines. His Lordship Bishop Winston Fernando, His Lordship Bishop Marious Peiris and His Lordship Bishop Valence Mendis are distinguished old boys, of St. Sebastian’s College

The College also has had the unique distinction of producing over 75 Old Boys Priests including Very Rev. Fr. Oswald Firth, the Assistant Superior General of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Rome who was a former Provincial of the OMI in Colombo Province.

The achievements of the Old Sebastianites in Sports - Cricket, Basketball and Athletics are worthy of note. Several old boys colleagues who have rendered exceptional services to the country. College and the Old Boys’ Association are to felicitate approximately 30 Old Boys’.


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