To the boarders at the Royal College hostel, it is their home away from home. The vibrant community in the hostel include over 300 students from all over the country and 12 hostel prefects.
Due to the limited accommodation and facilities, the hostel could take in only about 40 students annually who gain admission to Grade Six as scholars. But due to the increasing demand for hostel facilities, the Principal recognized the need to accommodate more students. In 2004 and 2005 more than 100 students were provided with hostel facilities. The Royal College old Hostellers’ Association (ROCOHA), who felt the necessity of accommodating more students, has already taken steps to build a new complex. The estimated cost is Rs. 65 million and about 475 students are expected to be accommodated.
As a result of their efforts, the first phase of the new hostel complex, which accomodates 240 students, was opened by the then Prime Minister Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksha on the 12th of August.
The hostel management works day and night to provide the students with homely comforts. These tasks are met under the supervision of the Principal, Senior Deputy Principal, Warden and Sub-Warden while the Board of Prefects joins hands and perform their respective duties.
The Management always makes arrangements to provide the hostellers with a nutritious, balanced diet. The charges are reasonable when compared with the facilities they are provided with. The tutorial staff serves with a sense of dedication and commitment by imparting knowledge as well as promoting attitudes and skills of the hostellers.
Currently, Mr. K. M. Aruna de Silva, a member of the tutorial staff, is the Warden. Mr. Richard Perera, the Senior Master in charge of Games provides the necessary support as the Sub-Warden. Mrs. Chandra Weerakoon, the Supervisor and Mrs. K.M.S.A.Chithrani , the Matron perform their respective services efficiently.
A day at the Royal hostel is full of youthful activities. The hostellers excel in the field of sports and are involved in Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball and Boxing, representing the College. They are active members of various societies in the school such as the Radio Club, Library Society, Red Cross Society and Buddhist Brotherhood. All the hostellers are divided into four Hostel Houses: Anghie, Corea, Bradby and Belleth.
Special programmes conducted by the Hostel add colour and life to it. Likewise, the “Hostel Day” is one of the most important days in the school calendar. This Special Evening provides the students chances to demonstrate their capabilities and talents. The skills and talents in educational as well as co-curricular activities are evaluated and rewarded in the presence of their parents.
Miyesi Meerawaya, the Annual Musical Pageant of the hostellers, is a refreshing evening and today, the hostel has its own orchestra that consists of several very talented instrumentalists.
These students are not only exposed to sports and entertainment, but also to religious and spiritual realms. The ‘Sil’ campaign on Poson and Sunday school are two events which draw the hostellers towards religion. Apart from all these, the organizers take steps to arrange two trips: the 2-day educational trip and the trip to Kandy to witness the Royal vs. Trinity, Bradby Shield Rugby Match.
Due to these exposures, a Royal College hosteller is shaped in to a balanced person who can co-exist with various kinds of people from all walks of life.