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Iter para tutum (Show us the way)


Boys' School

Established Date



Negombo, Sri Lanka, Negombo, Sri Lanka


In 1918 four Marist Brothers came to Negombo, Sri Lanka and took over the management of St Mary's College. In 1922, the school moved to its present site and assumed the new name of Maris Stella College. The history of the Primary School goes back to 1921 when Bro. Lewis was in charge of the elementary School, Standard Two E.S.L.C (Elementary School Leaving Certificate) Class. There were three long cadjan sheds which housed eight primary classes.

The school's broadcasting services were inaugurated in 1930. Maris Stella installed a wireless set in the library, and the boys followed lessons, such as nature talks to children. Electricity came to the whole of Negombo in 1931. The same year the first Corpus Christi procession took place. It went around the quadrangle. The cadets presented a Royal Guard of Honour.

In August 1939, World War II broke out. The following year the school was requisitioned in part by the Royal Artillery for the headquarters. The Primary School shifted to Tammita Church grounds into temporary cadjan sheds. Then Royal Artillery moved out in November, but the Royal Air Force occupied the buildings in March the following year. The College was put under protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. There were frequent practices of Air Raid Precautions in schools. Trenches were dug for shelter, and every child knew what to do in case of and air raid warning. The school was in Easter holidays when the Japanese Air Raid took place in 1942 but their invasion fleet was turned back.

In the meantime, we a three quarter acre block of land behind Maris Stella, was purchased and 12 classrooms, a staff room and a principal's office were built; the primary school moved back from Tammita. When Bro. Nazier went to Europe in 1950, for a year's study leave, Mr Leonard Obris acted as principal of the Primary Department. For many years the Primary Department was in temporary cadjan sheds. So a building project was launched. Funds were raised through carnivals and other means. The late Bro. Xavier was the architect and the builder of the primary school. In June 1959, Bro. Gerard Peiris became the next principal of Maris Stella Primary School.

Maris Stella Primary School had been going on for years as a separate third garage aided school recognised by the Government with separate tutorial staff and annual returns. When all the third grade schools were taken over by the Government. Maris Stella Primary School together with the Primary Schools of many leading Christian schools came under this category. This position was contested upon and the Government gave back the Primary Schools after some time, now to be recognized only as a section of the upper school under on Principal and to be continued as a non fee levying school.

It was during the time of Bro. Gerard Peiris as Principal of the Primary School that the change took place. After serving the College from 1959-65, he was transferred to Christ King College at Tudella, another Maris Institution. Bro. Joseph Fonseka, Bro. Ephrem Obris, Bro. Joseph Fonseka, Brother Shanthi Liyanage, Brother Dela Soysa, and Brother Remigius Fernando succeeded Bro. Gerard Peiris.


All ye lads of Maris Stella proudly sing,
Let your voices boldly ring

Face life’s trials bravely
Act upon your motto gravely

“Iter para tutum”
Be noble and gentle in all that you do,
To God and to Neighbour be faithful and true,

If labour be dreary, our mind be depressed,
Oh! Feel not disheartened You’ve Heav’n to rest


මාරිස් ස්ටෙල්ලා විදුහල් සිසුනී, උදාර ලෙස ගී හඬ නං වව්
දිවි මගැ හමුවන බාධක ජය ගෙන නොබියව පෙරටම යව්
යහමඟ පෙන්වනු යන ඔවදන් මිණ, අනුවමැ දිවිය ගෙවව්

ඔබ හැම කටයුතු අනූන ලෙස හා අදින ලෙසමැ කරව්
දෙවිඳුන් වෙත මෙන් අසල් දනන් වෙතැ සිය යුතුකම් සපුරව්
දිවි සමුදුරු සැඩ පවනෙහිදී නොපසුබටවැ මුව දෙව්
එතෙර පෙනෙන, අති පරම සුවය දෙන සුර පුර වේ අදහව්

Societies and Activities

Aeronautical Society
Astronomy Association
Archeological Society
Art Society
Cadet Corps
Champagnat Youth Club
Commerce Union
Dewdaham Committee
Environmental Committee
Junior Westernband
Media Unit
Photography Association
Prefects' Association
Red Cross Society
School Environment Pioneer Brigade
Science Union
Scouts Group
Senior Western Band
Maris Youth Fellowship

Available Facilities
Open hours today: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Monday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Tuesday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Wednesday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Thursday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Friday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Saturday


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  • May 18, 2022 3:26 AM local time

Contact Details
  • Maris Stella College, Negombo. Sri Lanka.
  • 94 312 222 219
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