• St. Sylvester's College, Kandy
  • Fortiter in re (to persevere with dedication)
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Fortiter in re (to persevere with dedication)


Boys' School

Established Date

1 November 1940


Kandy, Sri Lanka


St Sylvester's College, Kandy (Sinhala: ශාන්ත සිල්වෙස්තර විද්‍යාලය, මහනුවර; Tamil: புனித சில்வெஸ்டர் கல்லூரி, கண்டி) (founded in 1940) is a public Boys' School located in the middle of Kandy city which offers primary and secondary education for boys in Sri Lanka. College is controlled by the Central Provincial council.

It is a school with around 150 teaching staff and around 3,000 students.

St. Sylvester's began as a separate institution on 1 November 1940 with very Rev. Fr. D. Robert. Perera O.S.B. as the principal. The college owed its inception to the foresight of his Lordship Bishop Bernardo Regno O.S.B. and Abbot Weerasinghe, the heads of the Sylvestro-Benedictine congregation. They felt that a good catholic school in Kandy town was a prime need, once the most prestigious St. Anthony's had been completely shifted to its home on the banks of the Mahaweli at Katugastota. Rev father Robert was given the tremendous task of rearing the new that had just been born. St. Sylvester's had made name for itself in the field of education, not only in Kandy but also throughout the length and breadth of the island. Starting with a mere 250 pupils and 12 teachers in 1940.

Father Robert was not expected to do big things at St. Sylvester's. The buildings were not teeming with scholars, the laboratories were empty, and libraries were without books. Even the wherewithal to run the school was not available. It is said that he had to start with an overdraft, but the picture of the institution now is a very different one. It is full to capacity, and its financial stability is assured. The authoritarian of the Sylvestro-Benedictines intended originally to develop St. Sylvester's only as a junior school and affiliated to St. Anthony's but such restrictions were not dampen the ardour of Father Robert. He early had visions of his institution as a collegiate school, second to none in the Island.


දන මන රංජිත දස දෙස පූජිත

විකුමන් පෑ ලොව අභීත වූ

නාම විරාජිත ලොව අපරාජිත

දේශ භක්තියට නිධාන වූ


දෙස බැස රැකුවන් මහා හෙළ විරුවන්

දිනූ සෙංකඩගල පුර පමණි

සැදු සිළුමිණ වන් රැකි නැති අභිමන්

සිල්වෙස්තර විදුහල් මෑණි


ගුණ නැණ කුසුමන් පොබයන හිරුවන්

සිසු දරුනගේ දෑ හිත කාමී

ගුණ කඳ අගයමු නමඳිමු සුරකිමු

දිවි හිමි කොට විදුහල් මෑණි


අප හැම එක් වී එක හවුලක් වී

එක හැඟුමෙන් වී රසකාමී

රට දැය සමයද නංවාලන්නට

පිළිසරණය ඔබ වේ මෑණි


ඔබ අපගේ ශක්තිය වේවා

අපගේ ශක්තිය ඔබ වේවා

අපගේ ආලෝකය වේවා

සැරදේවා නිති වැජබේවා

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