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St. Aloysius' College (Galle)- HistorySt. Aloysius' College is situated on Mount Calvery, neighbouring St. Mary's Cathedral on one side and Sacred Heart Convent on the other. The college was established in 1895 by Jesuit fathers and was named after the Jesuit Saint, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (born on 9 March 1568).

Saint Aloysius' is regarded as the Saint of Youth by the Jesuits because of the heroic acts that he had performed when he was a young Jesuit helping Plague victims in Rome, Italy in 1587. After a few years helping plague victims, young Saint Aloysius died on 21 June 1591 at the age of 23 when he himself contracted the disease. St. Aloysius' College, Galle, is one of many schools named after Saint Aloysius, and many exist all around the world including schools in Glasgow-Scotland, Sydney-Australia, Bangalore-India, Malta, London-England etc.(See List).

Until the Sri Lankan government brought legislation for nationalisation of schools in the island (with an exception of only a few schools), St. Aloysius' College was run by Jesuit Fathers and the medium of instruction was English. The first Buddhist Principal was appointed in the year 1971 and subsequently the medium of instruction was changed to Sinhala..

College TodayThe college today provides education to 3900 students from grade 1 to grade 13 and it is regarded as one of the leading boys' schools in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The students of the school fall into diverse religious groups where over 90 percent of students are from a Buddhist background and the rest from Catholic/Christian and Islamic backgrounds. The school has earned its reputation in the areas of academic excellence as well as in sports.



Aloysians all our voice let's raise

In songs of loyalty

Let's sing our Alma Mater's praise

Here's to our S.A.C.

Aloysians all, let's rally round

Aloysians young and old,

Let's cheer till loud our halls resound,

Our flag of green and gold.

ChorusPure as the lilies of our crest,

Our thoughts and deeds e'er be

Fresh as the sea wind be our zest

To keep right manfully,

The rule of S.A.C.

We learnt at S.A.C.

At halls of S.A.C.

Beside the southern sea

Aloysians all let's young and old

E'er loyal be to her

And 'neath our banner Green and Gold

Cer-ta Ve-ri-liter..!

  • Words by : Miss D. Anghie
  • Music by : Strom Sidicinu S.J.
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