Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a landmark step in a child’s journey towards maturity and independence. In addition, moving from a smaller school, where everyone knows each other, to a larger environment in which children are taught by several different teachers and in several different rooms can also bring its challenges.

At RIS we believe that it is important to prepare children carefully for these changes, in order that they have the best chance of making a smooth and confident transition, by focusing both on the skills sets required and the opportunities that such a change presents.

This helps them to prepare for the greater demands for independent learning and juggling their time that secondary school makes.


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Mr. A.M. Karunarathne

Mr. A.M. Karunarathne


Mr. A. M. Karunarathne
(SLEAS, BA Cal, Dip. Ed P& Admin. Sc.Tr.Tc)

Mr. A.M. Karunarathne, present Principal of Royal International School, Kurunegala (RIS) is an educationist of the Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service (SLEAS) as a Director of Education with vast experience and qualifications. Experience counts 24 years as a Physics and Science teacher in Sri Lanka and abroad, 4 years as an in-service Teacher Trainer, 3 years as a Technical College part-time lecturer, 7+ years as a Principal of Secondary Schools in Sri Lanka, 6+ years as a Principal of schools abroad, 4 years as a School Management advisor. Moreover, he has experience as a Director of Non-Governmental Organizations (Wayamba Training Institute & SOS Children’s Villages Intl.)

Mr. Karunarathne’s multi-faceted tenures in Sri Lankan government services such as Director of Education, Principal of Secondary Schools, School Management Advisor, in-service teacher trainer and a teacher, contribute enormously to the able administration and operations of academic, co-curricular and extracurricular areas of Education at RIS.

The exposure he has achieved as a teacher and trainer in Seychelles, School Principal in Muscat and Jeddah and School Management training in India has strengthened his attributes, leadership and organizational skills.

He is qualified for this position at RIS as an officer in the SLEAS, Bachelor in Arts with Education as a subject, specialized trained in teaching science, and a Diploma at NIEPA – India and SLIDA – Sri Lanka in Educational Planning and Administration.


Mr. Rotsmant Fernando

Mr. Rotsmant Fernando

Assistant Principal (Administration)

Having completed his Primary and Secondary education at the St. Mary’s College, Negombo and at the St. Aloysius’ Seminary, Borella, Mr. W. Rotsmant Fernando went on to follow double degrees, Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Theology at the Urbanian University, Rome. Having successfully completed his extensive studies in 2015, he embarked into the professional world and began working as a member of the Academic Staff at Integral Education Center, Kandy and as a member of the Academic Staff at the Nursing College, Kandy. Progressing further in the professional arena, he went on to become the Warden (Discipline In-charge) at Lyceum International School, Gampaha. In a bid to broaden the horizon of experience he worked as a member of the Academic Staff at St. Nicholas College, Negombo. Bringing forth the vast knowledge and the experience and enriching the RIS, he is currently serving as the Assistant Principal of Administration of the RIS.

Mr. Jagath Ranasinghe

Mr. Jagath Ranasinghe

Assistant Principal (Academic)

Mr. Jagath Ranasinghe is an educationist with well over 15 years of experience in the fields of education & examination Services which include Government and International schools in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Oman. Having schooled at St/Anne’s college in Kurunegala, Mr. Jagath Ranasinghe entered the University of Bangalore for his first degree (BSc) in Science after completing three-years National Diploma in Teaching from Siyane College of Education. His untiring dedication in his academic career made him awarded the most outstanding student with the highest academic performance, being the batch top of the university.

Having exposure to several schools overseas, he has expertise in the procedures of Edexcel and Cambridge curriculum apart from the National curriculum in Sri Lanka. Being the Examinations officer for Edexcel Examinations during his stay in Muscat, he has a broad understanding and rapport with Pearson.

He had been the Principal at Sri Rahula college, Anuradhapura, after arrival from overseas. He has also rendered his services as a convener of Chemistry teachers’ association and a teacher trainer with the ministry of Education during his stay in Maldives. His expertise and experience have made many prestigious institutions in the country and overseas, seek his service. A few such institutes are as follows.

  • Atoll Education Center in Maldives
  • Majeediyyah School in Male
  • Sri Lankan School Muscat in Oman

Claiming the honor of a brilliant academic and professional record, Mr. Ranasinghe is reading for his Masters of Science at present, completing his course work and getting involved in the thesis research by now, further enhancing his academic boundaries.


Dr. Alex Perera

Dr. Alex Perera

Chief Academic Consultant - EDU

Dr. Alex Perera is an educationist as well as an anthropologist with over 27 years of experience in all ranges of education & anthropology which includes schools, universities and teacher training institutes in Sri Lanka. Having obtained a B.A. (Arts) degree from University of Kelaniya he obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Institute of Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Sinhala and Buddhist Studies from the Buddhist and Pali University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from the University of Sabaragamuwa in 2014, and became the second to achieve this feat in the history of the university.

Dr. Alex Perera has many years of teaching experience in government schools. He has held the post of Vice-Principal and Principal in several prestigious schools in the country. He has also rendered his services during his illustrious career in the following capacities;

  • as a lecturer in Counseling and Psychology
  • as a teacher trainer at the National Institute of Education
  • as Secretary of the Catholic Diocesan Commission of Mass Communication
  • as member of the Catholic Diocesan Commission of Catechism & Education
  • as research officer attached to the Sri Lanka Parliament and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs,
  • as Head of Academic Affairs – Sri Lanka Print Media Academy (run by Sri Lanka Printers’ Association),
  • as Director of Training and Development of the JMC Network,
  • as a presenter in Education Services of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and
  • as the Academic Consultant of the Joseph Vaz Institute which is affiliated with Aquinas University College.

Dr. Alex Perera is also an author of many books in the fields of Education and Anthropology in both Sinhala and English. He has also participated in many international Academic Conferences and presented papers on Education, Language and Anthropology. He is also a poet and a freelance journalist.

He currently serves as the Senior Academic Consultant of RIS, whilst being a visiting lecturer of the Faculty of Education, Horizon Campus, Malabe.

Secondary News

Secondary information and notices

May 5

Bronze medal in Under 15 Girls Doubles event at 68th National Badminton Championship 2020

Congratulations! Our very talented Badminton players, Amaya Pallegedara and Ruhini Marasinghe won the Bronze medal in Under 15 Girls Doubles event at 68th National Badminton Championship 2020 conducted by the Sri Lanka Badminton Association.  

May 5

Earth Hour 2021

Few pictures of our students during earth hour.  

February 19

Congratulations to our past pupil (2015 A/L batch) – Ms. Kushendri Edirisinghe!

Congratulations to our past pupil (2015 A/L batch), Ms. Kushendri Edirisinghe, who was awarded the trophy for best overall performance in Academic Studies in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University and for topping her batch. She was also the award winner of the Vernon Mendis Memorial Prize awarded by […]

February 19

Opening of the RIS Primary Complex

Opening of the RIS Primary Complex! 2021 marks an important milestone to the School. The management declared open their brand new Primary premises. The Primary School is fully equipped with modern learning tools and facilities promising a child friendly and safe ambience. 30 years after its inception, the students of secondary and the primary of […]

February 19

RIS warmly welcomes back students!

RIS warmly welcomes back students for a fresh academic year with all health measures taken for effective and safe learning.  

August 27

Congratulations Oshen Wijesundara

Our very own student Master Oshen Wijesundara participated in the HKICO Heats 2020 (Hong Kong International Computational Olympiad) and became the Champion in Mini Project – Programming Language Blocky. He was also able to win the Silver award in Secondary 1 – Programming Language blocky. HKICO Heats is a worldwide competition in which many Sri […]


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