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.
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’.