Rev. Fr. D. M.J. Kennedy Perera
Rev. Fr. Kennedy Perera (Dassanayake Mudalige John Kennedy Perera) the Rector/Principal of St. Thomas’s Catholic International College heads the tutorial and administrative staff, plus plays the role of shepherd to around 1500 students. Fr. Kennedy, as he is generally called, was ordained a priest on 21st September 1996.
His first two pastoral experiences were in two leading parishes in the Archdiocese of Colombo, where no doubt he gained first-hand knowledge of being a priest. On completion of this assignment Fr. Kennedy Perera was appointed as the Priest in charge of Advanced Level students at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10. Thereafter he was appointed as the Principal of St. Joseph’s Branch School, Wattala, where Fr. Kennedy made a commendable transformation in the lives of Josephian students inculcating discipline and bringing the school to repute.
Rev. Fr. Kennedy Perera is well qualified in the field of education and obtained his first Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the affiliated Urbaniana University in Rome. He continued his studies and obtained his Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Theology in the same University with the credit of Magna Cum Laude Prabatus. He then proceeded to excel in the field of education at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome and was awarded a Diploma and Bachelor’s in Educational Administration and teacher training.
He continued with his aspiration of mastering the Sri Lankan education system and obtained high grades from the National Institute of Education in Maharagama by obtaining a Master’s degree in Education. The experience gained from the School Inspection and the Educational Survey conducted in the United States of America for more than five terms, as well as in London and Warwick in the UK, in Melbourne and Sydney, in Holland, France and Germany has helped him in his work. Fr Kennedy, despite his busy portfolio, is now reading for his Ph.D. in Management at the University of Jayawardenapura.
From what has been achieved so far by Rev. Fr. Kennedy Perera, what could be seen is a bright future, whereby his students would support his aims and ambitions. May the good Lord bless Fr. Kennedy Perera in all his endeavors.
“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”
( Proverbs 18:15 )
Our aim is to help our learners to generate love and to believe what is true; that they have much to offer this world should they choose to fulfil their own unique potential. Our children achieve this transformation for themselves and emerge more confident and assured of their worth as individuals, helped by the loving and guiding presence of parents, teachers, special needs assistants and other members of the school community.
We also focus on realizing, emerging and demonstrating the hidden capacities in all of our students. From academics to co-curricular activities, perseverance and determination are rooted in the heart of every student. In today’s dynamic world, global development and grooming are of supreme importance.
I am committed to academic excellence, including values-based leadership, curriculum and extensive sports and cultural programmes. Students are encouraged and facilitated to take part in them. Consequently, they have excelled with their talents to achieve success nationally and internationally giving fame to the Institution.
I sincerely believe that teamwork can reward extensively over time. It might not be easy in the beginning. It is the journey that I believe in and together we can march forward into a new future.
I thank you for visiting us where we can share with you our journey and celebrate our milestones of success as a team.
Rev. Fr. D. M.J. Kennedy Perera