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

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Mr. Alex Perera

Mr. Alex Perera

Vice Principal

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 schooled in Hingurakgoda, Dr. Alex entered the University of Kelaniya for his first degree (B.A.) in Arts. He continued to build on this by obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Institute Education, and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sinhala and Buddhist Studies from the Buddhist and Pali University. Further, he finished his examinations in M.Phil (Socio- Anthropology). As a result of this outstanding academic performance, the Senate of  University of Sabaragamuwa promoted his status as a PhD candidature. He is the first ever student to have been honored with this opportunity in the history of the University. Dr. Alex Perera obtained his doctorate (PhD) (Anthropology & Education) in 2014.


He has been a Principal in several Govt. Schools, most notably serving as a Vice Principal at St.Joseph’s College (National School), Bandarawela. He has also rendered his services as a lecturer in Counseling and Psychology & as a teacher trainer at the National Institute of Education and at the Secretary of Catholic Diocesan Commission of Mass Communication (Badulla Diocese). His expertise and experience has served many notable institutions in the country, to name some are;

-Research officer attached to the Sri Lanka Parliament and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs,

-Served as the head of academic affairs at the Sri Lanka Print Media Academy

-Director of Training and Development at JMC Network

-Presenter in Education Service of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation

-Academic Consultant, Joseph Vaz Institute, Kurunegala (affiliated to Aquinas University College).


Dr. Alex Perera is also an author of many books in the field of Education and Anthropology both Sinhala and English. He has translated the commendable Russian Docu- Drama “Sarcophagus” written by Vladimir Gubarev into Sinhala in 2010, was published by Neptune Publishers, Battaramulla.“The Forth World & Sri Lanka” written by Dr. Alex in English is popular among students and readers of Anthropology.

Secondary News

Secondary information and notices

August 27

Congratulations to the RIS Interact Club

Education is not only classrooms and books. It is also the experience you gain from clubs and societies. Congratulations to the RIS Interact Club for all their well deserved achievements at the 30th Interact District Assembly 2020. Heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all the members and Ms. Kumuduni Weerasinghe (teacher in-charge) for all the efforts […]

August 27

A workshop by Mr. Richard Manamudali

We are honored to have the presence of Mr. Richard Manamudali a teacher and a well known artist to address our teachers today. It was a very touching and emotional session for all our teachers as Mr. Richard touched upon topics such as parenting and their duty towards their children and the teachers role in […]

August 27

Welcome back to RIS again!

The students of 2020/2022 AL batch of the National and Edexcel streams began their academic programme. They were warmly welcomed by the senior prefects of the school. We wish them all the best for the final stage of their school life!

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 […]

August 13

Welcome Back!

RIS welcomes back our beloved students of the Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary sections for a new start. Following a temporary pause due to the pandemic, we are returning back to normal. The school has reopened in accordance with the regulations and recommendations of the Health Authorities.

August 12

Interactive Workshop by Senior Professor Udit Jayasinghe (Wayamba University – Sri Lanka)

Teaching, like any other art, needs immense dedication to master. We at the Royal International School wholeheartedly believe in the significance of updating ourselves through sharing experiences with those who have excelled in the sphere of education. An interactive workshop was held at the school premises for the academic staff with the contribution of Senior […]


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