“NON QUAM NON PARATUS” a Latin phrase meaning “never be unprepared” is the moto of Cadets. The mission of the then Ceylon Cadet Corps and the present National Cadet Corps is to train and inspire cadets using effective training curriculum, so that each cadet shall develop character, courage, sportsmanship, self reliance, discipline, and civil mindedness, spirit of adventure, responsibility and comradeship to be a human resource of well-trained youth, capable of providing leadership in all aspects of life.
The first time Cadetting was introduced sometime between 1876 and 1894 and perhaps was during the time of Rev. Samuel Hill. (Some documents give the date as 1902 and this date or the other dates needs clarifications). Cadetting was discontinued in 1935 due to a decision taken by the South Ceylon Methodist Synod.
In 1902 the Cadet Corps had Capt. A. T. Evarts, 1st Lieut. A. A. Dias and 2nd Lieut. A. R. Seneviratne. Mr. Dias became captain and Mr. Seneviratne 1st Lieutenant in 1903. Mr. F. A. de S. Adhihetty, joined the Staff in 1907 and in 1908 he became a 2nd lieutenant, and succeeded Mr. Seneviratne as 1st lieutenant in 1910.
Mr. F. A. de S. Adhihetty was a dedicated teacher and a strict disciplinarian who gave immensely to the Cadet Corps. On the departure of Lieutenant A. A. Dias in 1912 Lieutenant Adhihetti took over the stewardship of the cadet Corps and was ably assisted by Mr. R. O. Eade, during the period, from 1915 to 1918. In 1920 Lieutenant Adhihetty was promoted to the rank of a Captain and in 1935 he became a Major. The Golden Years of Richmond Cadetting was during the period of Major Adhihetty when the Corps was taken to a high level, and used it to promote a high standard of moral as well as physical discipline.
Captain A. Dias Abeysinghe, Lieutenant A. F. de Saa Bandaranaike and Lieutenant R. V. Jansz are three staff members who left an indelible mark in the Cadetting history of Richmond.
In 1918 the Junior Cadets, commanded by Sgt. P. C. R. Perera won the Whiteaway Shield for Physical Drill, being the first outstation team to do so.
Richmond won both the Whiteaway Shield and the De Soysa Cup for Squad Drill in 1921. The most prestigious Herman Loos cup has eluded Richmond to date.
Sgt. Walter E. Shedden Goonewardene won the cup for the Best Commander while the College Squad he commanded was placed 2nd, losing the Whiteaway shield by just one point. Walter E. Shedden Goonewardene was also a brilliant Cricketer who captained Richmond in 1932 and he became a Civil servant later on in life.