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  • "In Scientia Et Virtute" - In Knowledge and in Virtue
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"In Scientia Et Virtute" - In Knowledge and in Virtue


Boys' School

Established Date

2 March 1896


Colombo, Sri Lanka


Guided by the life, the teaching and example of our Lord Jesus Christ and inspired by the Josephian Motto - 'Through knowledge to virtue', we are conscious of our mission to serve the people of God.


To achieve excellence in education, by making college one of Sri Lanka's. best educational institutions, by fostering education which promotes spiritual and human values, thus producing good citizens, who have the knowledge, skills and aptitudes to serve the community in the public and private sector, in the professions and in self-employment.


St. Joseph's College is a Catholic educational institution located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was established in 1896 by French missionaries led by Rev Christophe-Etienne Bonjean. The college enrols over 4,500 students with a staff of over 400. Distinguished former students include Cardinal Thomas Cooray, the first Cardinal from Sri Lanka and President Ranasinghe Premadasa. The (Latin) motto of the college is In Scientia et Virtute, meaning "In Knowledge and Virtue".

The school is a non-fee levying school, whereby it receives some state funding, relying mostly on funds from an extensive network of alumni worldwide.

School buildings cover 15 acres (61,000 m2) and include a sports complex and an Olympic standard swimming pool which incidentally is perhaps the oldest swimming pool among Colleges dating back to the 1950s.


Fruits of virtue and knowledge Here we gather, peace and power Symbolished in yonder banner Floating o'er St. Joseph's tower White and blue its mystic colours Harmonizing strong and clear Stolen from the distant mountains From the wild waves breaking near From the wild waves breaking near, Harmonizing strong and clear White and Blue our mystic colours Till the mountains disappear.

Where the peerless Pearl of Indies Hides Its glow on ocean's breast White and Blue is nature's setting To the gem she loves the best Closely clasped by silv'ry breakers Fretted from the flowing tide Round it heave the swelling billows Rolling blue o'er waters wide Fretted from the flowing tide Rolling blue o'er waters wide Fretted breakers, swelling billows White and Blue, the Ocean's pride.

Where the Ard-Righ of the mountains Gaurisanker, proudly reigns Round his throne a thousand vassals Fearless guardians of the plains Thunder back their monarch's greeting 'neath his canopy of blue Lightning-darts their quivers keeping Shining white their armours hue 'Neath his canopy of blue shining white their armours hue Snow-clad peak and bended heavens Keep aloft the White and Blue.

Where our Lady, Queen of Heaven Deigned on earth to reappear In the grotto o'er the torrent from the mountains rising near, White and Blue her robe and girdle Lily-white her mantle too Then we'll wear Our Lady's colours Dear St. Joseph's White and Blue Then Hurrah for White and Blue Then Hurrah for White and Blue, Still we'll wear Our Lady's colours Dear St. Joseph's White and Blue.

School Houses & Colours


Societies and Activities

Altar Servers Union
Commerce Union
Cub Scouting
English Debating Union
English Literary Union
Green Earth Club
Guild of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
ICT Society
Interact Club
Jesus Youth Movement
Josephian Bible Society
Legion of Mary
Media Circle
Oriental Band
Sinhala Literary Union
St. Cecilia's Choir
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Tamil Literary Union
United Nations Youth Association
Western Band
Youth Catholic Students' Movement

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


  • Sunday


  • May 18, 2022 3:05 AM local time

Contact Details
  • No. 214, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.
  • +94112698642
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