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Sri Lanka’s ‘Eton’ celebrates its 175th birthday

In the cloisters is the motto Disce aut discede, Latin for Learn or depart, and in the quadrangles is the old school bell.

A quick walk past the classrooms takes you through a kaleidoscope of learning – Sinhala in one classroom, music theory in the next, then maths and a science class taken in Tamil.
Not far away they are learning Chinese – a language recently introduced along with German and Japanese.

This is Royal College, one of Sri Lanka’s most famous schools, which celebrates its 175th birthday this month. Its alumni include the country’s only Nobel prize winner and many politicians.
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