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Royal Institute Int’l School marks 50th year of Academic Excellence

Royal Institute International School (RI), a pioneer of international schools in Sri Lanka, marked its 50th year of providing quality education to the children of our nation on September 1.
As a responsible provider of primary and secondary education, RI has right throughout been dedicated in crafting well rounded citizens. The quality of education has been the core of the five-decade long journey. Quality education provided together with a wide array of extra-curricular activities has developed strong personalities within students to serve communities worldwide. This has in fact been the vision of the founder of RI Mr. G.T. Bandara, five decades ago. The humble beginnings of the school in 1971 has been at the Havelock Town premises which is the main branch. Currently, RI has a network of four other branch-schools in Nugegoda, Maya Avenue, Maharagama and Gampaha. The student population of the RI branch network is over 5,000 at present.
Students of RI have performed extra-ordinarily well in academic, sports and cultural fields, having received numerous awards and accolades both locally and internationally. The student-friendly school environment, state-of-the-art sporting facilities together with the superior guidance provided by highly qualified and experienced teachers have made students enjoy their academic journey.
This enthusiasm that has been created within students have in fact led them to perform better and achieve higher. Career Guidance Units (CGU) have been instilled in all branch-schools to guide students with their tertiary educational needs and career aspirations. These units are much dedicated in understanding well the needs and abilities of students to guide them along fruitful avenues.
Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) which is the higher education arm of RI supports the school CGU’s in this regard. RIC too emphasises on academic quality which has been the recipe of success for over 40 years in the field of higher education. Being affiliated to the prestigious University of London and the Deakin University Australia, RIC has created top professionals whose knowledge and experiences are being shared constantly among students of both RIC and RI. Being exposed to such a professional setting from a tender age is what makes students of RI standout from the rest.
The launching ceremony of the 50th anniversary year of RI took place at the Havelock Town branch on the 1st of September, which was also the birthday of the founder. Following the traditions of the school as well our country, religious rights were observed prior to the celebrations, in order to receive blessings upon past and present students and teachers, staff members, the management, well-wishers and everyone who graced the occasion and has been involved with the school along the journey.
Following the religious rights, the 50th anniversary logo was launched and the anniversary year declared open by G.T. Bandara. Students from all branch-schools made the event more colourful with a cultural show. The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General Kamal Gunaratne was also among the special invitees at the event.

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