Wesley College, Colombo

Wesley College, Colombo, popularly known as "Wesley" or "The Double Blues" is a school providing primary and secondary education in Sri Lanka since 1874. Wesley College is a Methodist educational institution.

Wesley College, Colombo
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Coordinates6°55′16″N 79°52′34″E / 6.9210°N 79.8761°E / 6.9210; 79.8761Coordinates: 6°55′16″N 79°52′34″E / 6.9210°N 79.8761°E / 6.9210; 79.8761
School typeSemi Government Managed Boys School
MottoOra et Labora (Pray and Labour)
Established2 March 1874; 147 years ago (1874-03-02)
FounderRev. D. H. Pereira
Educational authoritySri Lanka Education Department
PrincipalA. A. M. Fernando
Age5 to 20
LanguageEnglish, Sinhala and Tamil
Colour(s)Light blue and Dark blue   
SongWesley to the Fore
PublicationThe Double Blue (Since 1898)
AffiliationMethodist Sri Lanka


In 1858, Rev. Joseph Rippon wanted to establish a superior educational institution for the Wesleyan Methodist Mission in South Ceylon.[citation needed][1] On 2 March 1874 (the death anniversary of Rev. John Wesley) Wesley College was founded in the City Mission buildings at Dam Street, Pettah. Wesley's first principal was Rev. Samuel R. Wilkin and the first vice-principal was Rev. D. Henry Pereira.

Many years later, under the guiding hand of Rev. Henry Highfield, Wesley was moved from Dam Street, Pettah to its current residence at Karlsruhe Gardens, Borella in 1907.

The Methodist institution was envisaged to be a distinctly Christian college, however it currently provides secondary education for over three thousand Sri Lankan students from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds.[citation needed][2]

Wesley College has since established two branches to accommodate its growing number of students. One branch is situated in Havelock Town, Colombo while the other is in Thampola, Katunayake.

Wesley College is named after John Wesley (1703–1791), the founder of the Methodist Church.


Wesley College has 4 main houses, which are further divided into the senior houses and junior houses. The houses are named after former Principals and Teachers who provided extraordinary service to the school, and remain firm pillars of its proud history. The houses are named as follows.[3]

  •   senior house-Wilkin / Junior house-Dias
  •   senior house-Moscrop / Junior house-Lemphers
  •   senior house-Hillard / Junior house-Mack
  •   senior house-Passmore / Junior house-Honter

Notable alumniEdit

Name Notability Reference
Rohan Amerasekera Commander of the Air Force (1962–1970)
Claude Corea member of parliament (1931–1946)
Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke Governor-General of Ceylon (1954–1962)
Walisinghe Harischandra social reformer, historian, author
Don Baron Jayatilaka
Brendon Kuruppu international cricket player (1987–1991)
E. F. C. Ludowyk first Professor of English University of Ceylon
Farveez Maharoof international cricket player (2004–2011)
Mohamed Macan Markar member Legislative Council of Ceylon (1924– )
M. H. Mohamed Speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament (1989–1994) Cabinet Minister (1965-1970, 1977-1988 & 2001-2004) member of parliament (Colombo 1965-1970 & 1977-2004 –2010), Mayor of Colombo (1960–1962)
Mahadevan Sathasivam international cricket player (1944–1949)
Jeffrey Vandersay One Day International cricket player (2015–2016)
Kamal Addaraarachchi Actor
Gerard Wijeyekoon member Legislative Council of Ceylon
Wapchie Marikar Abdul Rahman member Legislative Council of Ceylon
E.W Adikaram Social activist and a Philosopher. Founder of Multiple Schools in Sri Lanka( Anula Vidyalaya, Ananda Balika Maha Vidyalaya Kotte 1971; Nugegoda;Ananda Sastralaya)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rev. Joseph Rippon".
  2. ^ "Official College history".
  3. ^ "College houses". 14 September 2021.

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