Extra-curricular and Co-curricular activities
Exceeding 30 in number, the Clubs and Societies that St. Joseph’s College has to offer, provide students
with an opportunity to traverse their talents as well as to build on themselves. They promise invaluable
experience and lessons, moulding each and every individual into all-round characters, whilst transmuting
them into role model citizens.
Building Bright Futures
Whilst academia is nourished and encouraged, St. Joseph‘s College also provides students the opportunity to explore their latent talent.
Engaging in extra—curricular or co-curricular activities provides students with the opportunity to explore their physical, creative, social, political, and career interests and puts them in contact with like- minded people who share their interests and curiosity. It also helps bring people together and breaks down barriers between people. It is a proven fact that students who are involved and engaged are less likely to become addicted to bad habits, like smoking or drinking.
Participating in extra- curricular activities looks good on university and job applications and shows admission officers and employers that you're well rounded and responsible. Curiously, there is now an evolving trend where educational establishments like Oxford and Cambridge or prospective employers are not only interested in your academic excellence but also your extra-curricular or co- curricular activities — presumably as this is a demonstration of highly sought after skills such as emotional intelligence, team spirit, leadership, drive, initiative, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills.
Sport is intrinsic in human development and the ﬂowering of the human personality. It promotes physical development, enhances mental strength and builds team spirit and resilience. St. ]oseph's College has produced Olympic athletes and several Iosephians are members of the Sri Lankan Cricket team. Old Joes have excelled in every conceivable field of art, science and sports.
Scholars have defined “Aesthetics” as a "critical reflection” on art, culture and nature, and studies show that a student's aesthetic abilities may be related to cognitive development. St. Joseph's College encourages students to develop their aesthetic abilities in the arenas of music, singing, dancing and oratory and students participate in debating and speech competitions, Cultural Days, Rhythm of the Joes, various other concerts and the College choir. It is evident from these events and competitions, that St. Joseph‘s College has produced artistes with immense talent and the prospects of a bright future in their chosen art.
Instigating and upholding catholic faith, values and ethics in students have a profound rootage in the
culture of St. Joseph’s College. As a premier catholic school in Sri Lanka, it has been so since its
founding in 1896 by most Rev. Dr. Christopher Earnest Bonjean. With the school staff lead by seven
priests, St. Joseph's College has undertaken the mission to foster sincere human values in its students, helping them pave a path towards a close-knit bond with God.
A marked facet that holds great significance in the school curriculum and other activities is its
prominence in the liturgical constituent. There are numerous things which voice our expression of
catholic faith in school. Following are a few of such liturgies celebrated annually in school,
Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
Sacrament of confirmation
College Feast / Feast of St. Joseph
Christmas Midnight Mass
All Saints’ Day
All Souls’ Day
Celebration of Holy Mass on College Day, Rectors Day, Teacher's Day, Children's Day and other special occasions
Furthermore, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated twice every day, at 7.00 a.m. before starting of school hours
and at 10.30 a.m. during the interval, to which a great many teachers and students participate. A Holy
Mass with all the students taking part is held on the first day of commencement of a new term. Other such liturgies include; a special prayer service for the new grade one students and their parents on their first
official day of school; retreat for the confirmands; Marian novenas in the month of May; benediction
service on every first Friday of a month and for the students sitting for Scholarship, Ordinary level and
Advanced level examinations. Due to this religious exposure and diversity inside the school as well,
students learn to appreciate the catholic culture and tradition whilst respecting the traditions of all faiths.
As a catholic school, we encourage students to explore deeper into their faith, braking through the
superficial barrier, and we strive to provide a virtuous and just experience to our students in order for
them to consciously live in their Catholic faith and become closer to God Almighty.
Office Bearers 2021/2022
Head Prefect - Mast. Janeth Fernandopulle
Deputy Head Prefects - Mast. Ashan Fernando
- Mast. Shaveen Silva