Transitioning from Junior School to Senior 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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Dr. Alex Perera

Dr. Alex Perera

Principal – Senior & Junior School

Dr.Alex Perera

BA (Kelaniya) MA (PBUSL) PGDE (NIE) PhD (SUSL)

Dr. Alex Perera is an educationist and anthropologist with over 27 years of expertise in all areas of education and anthropology in Sri Lanka, including schools, universities, and teacher training institutions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) degree from the University of Kelaniya, a 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.

In 2014, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from the University of Sabaragamuwa, making him only the second person in the university’s history to do so.

Dr. Alex Perera has extensive expertise teaching in government schools. He has served as Vice-Principal and Principal in various notable institutions around the country. During his distinguished career, he has also served 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 has written several publications in the subjects of education and anthropology in both Sinhala and English. He has also delivered papers on Education, Language, and Anthropology at several international academic conferences. He is a poet as well as a freelance journalist.

He is a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Horizon Campus, Malabe.

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.


Secondary News

Secondary information and notices

May 12

Rajakeeya Soorya Mangalya 2023

The Rajakeeya Soorya Mangalya 2023 was a celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year that brought together students from Grade 1 to 13 at RIS Ground and premises. 🌞🎉 […]

May 12

RISMUN 2023 – Board of Officials

  “MUN is a new opportunity to create wide networks and connections with people all around the world” The newly appointed Executive Committee of the Model United Nations Club of […]

May 12

Study Workshop for Grade 8 Students

Success doesn’t come easy, but with the right mindset and tools, anything is possible. Grade 8 students attended a study coaching session led by the exceptional Mr. Dileepa Wanniarachchi, who […]

May 12

Congratulations Amaya Kodippiliarachhhi, Afra Rizwan and Hoshandi Wickramasinghe

Royalists brought glory to their alma mater! Amaya Kodippiliarachhhi, Afra Rizwan and Hoshandi Wickramasinghe of Royal International School participated in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition ,2022, to be awarded 2 […]

May 12

Leadership Training – Grade 10

The Grade 10 students of RIS were given yet another chance to develop their skills and character, as budding leaders in our society. The students had a great time at […]

March 15

75th Independence Day Celebrations of junior & senior school students

Our junior & senior school students proudly celebrated multiculturalism on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s 75th anniversary of independence, paying tribute to the richness of our culture and the resilience […]


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