Gateway College signs collaborative partnership with SACE International

In a first for Sri Lanka and South Asia, Gateway College will be offering an Australian Secondary Certificate of Education through SACE International in 2022, following the signing of an historic agreement this month.

As one of Sri Lanka’s premium educational institutions, Gateway College will join schools across People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Vanuatu and New Caledonia in offering the internationally recognised South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) qualification. 

SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell was pleased to announce the signing of the new partnership.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gateway College into SACE International’s global community,” Professor Westwell said.

“SACE International and Gateway College have a shared ambition to provide an education for students that sets them up for success through high achievement and holistic development for every student.

“SACE is designed to unlock every student’s potential, helping them to pursue their ambitions and learn how to be an effective learner  “We provide an innovative, dynamic and flexible curriculum that develops the skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive at university and life.”

Gateway College Chairman Dr Harsha Alles was enthusiastic about the new addition to the curriculum.

“At a time when Educators in Sri Lanka and the world over are re-designing strategies to prepare students for the continually changing and highly demanding global
environment, the Gateway Colleges are pleased to introduce the Australian system of high school education as an alternative to the UK International General Certificate of
Secondary Education and A levels route,” Dr Alles said.

“The SACE is not just another universally accepted qualification but a program that takes a more divergent approach, which is more flexible and student-centered where
continuous assessments play a key role.”

Gateway Consultant Nirmali Wickremesinghe acknowledged the SACE program allowed students to become thriving learners.

“Continuous innovative learning ensures a true education. At a time when we celebrate our 25 th Year Anniversary, we welcome this opportunity to experience the magic of learning through experience, creativity and discovery,” Mrs Wickremesinghe said.

The importance of the partnership has been recognised by His Excellency David Holly, the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

"The strong education linkages between Australia and Sri Lanka now include senior secondary education opportunities for Sri Lankan students,” said His Excellency David Holly. 

“Gaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) from the SACE builds a solid foundation and direct pathway for an Australian higher education journey, as well as accessto universities all around the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada. I would like to congratulate Gateway College for taking forward this important partnership with SACE.

With the successful completion of SACE, graduates gain an international passport that opens doors to top universities around the world, including those located in Australia, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore.

SACE International has developed beneficial partnerships with tertiary institutions, which provide scholarships and entrepreneurial opportunities for SACE graduates.
SACE international graduates will receive an ATAR, which provides an opportunity to access highly competitive programs in Australian universities including the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8).

The University of Adelaide’s SACE International Higher Education scholarship provides a 25 percent tuition fee reduction to international SACE graduates with an ATAR of 80 or above. Another important benefit for schools offering SACE is that it has proven to be COVID resilient. Coursework, projects and collaborative activities make up 70 percent of the final grade, so results are not determined by a final examination. Examinations for many major subjects are offered online, and the blended delivery model allows for smooth transitions without any compromise to the academic integrity of the program.

SACE students in Sri Lanka will share a similar experience as students studying in South Australia, with access to the same assessments and examinations. Gateway College select their curriculum from over 100 SACE subjects on offer between Year 11 and Year 12.

With the SACE program, teachers and leaders are supported by professional learning opportunities so they can deliver the best outcomes for students.

For more information about SACE International visit To find out more about SACE International being offered at Gateway College, contact Chief Operating Officer of the Gateway Group Ms Thusitha Illukpitiya via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The stage is set for the third annual football encounter between S. Thomas’ College and Gateway College, with both teams vying for the prestigious Neville De Alwis – Ralph Alles Challenge Trophy. Named after two renowned educators, this trophy is a reminder of everything they stood for; camaraderie, sportsmanship and equal opportunity. Mr. Jaswer Omar, the newly elected President of the Football Federation Sri Lanka will be the chief guest and Ms. Premila Paulraj, Regional Director, Asia Pearson Edexcel will be the Guest of Honour.

This 3 rd annual encounter will be played at the new football grounds at Gateway College, Ratmalana on Saturday 22 nd January 2022. The joint organizing committee confirmed that arrangements have been made to conduct an Under 16 and Under 20 match between S. Thomas College and Gateway College and a friendly Girls Under 20 game between Gateway College and Overseas International School Colombo. S. Thomas old boys will also take on the Gateway old boys for the first time this year.

Gateway College won the last two encounters under the guidance of Coach Mr James Heath. Coached by Mr. Siddeek, S. Thomas’ displayed a marked improvement in the second encounter. Both S. Thomas’ (captained by Niven Nanayakkara) and Gateway (captained by Alan Fernando) are evenly matched with technically correct and skillful players who promise to provide spectators an interesting game, filled with healthy rivalry at this state-of-the-art facility.

Both S. Thomas’ College and Gateway College continuously strive towards the development of sports in this country. What these two schools invest in their sportsmen will not only benefit the individuals themselves, but also the schools they come from and the country they so proudly represent. In its long history, S. Thomas has produced several world class sportsmen and despite being a relatively young school Gateway too has shaped a number of athletes, swimmers, basketball, Netball and football players who have represented Sri Lanka and brought pride to our motherland.

Presenting the cheque by the Principal Sponsor - Rev. Marc Billimoria, Warden, S. Thomas’ College; Premila Paulraj - Regional Director, Asia for Pearson and Dr Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway Group

Presenting the cheque by the Official Food Partner Munchee - Rev. Marc Billimoria, Warden, S. Thomas’ College; Romesh Jayatillake, Marketing Manager, Ceylon Biscuit Limited and Dr Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway Group

Standing from left to right - Thilaka Jinadasa, Team Leader – Sports Development, Gateway College; Vinita Shenoy, Principal, Gateway College; Dr Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway Group; Niven Nanayakkara, Captain, S. Thomas’ College; Alan Fernando, Captain, Gateway College; Rev. Marc Billimoria, Warden, S. Thomas’ College; Asanka Perera, Sub Warden, S. Thomas’ College and Chaminda Balachandra, Master in Charge, S. Thomas’ College

Captains of both teams with the Challenge Trophy - S. Thomas’ College captained by Niven Nanayakkara and Gateway College captained by Alan Fernando