Ananda College

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Ananda College
Ananda Crest.png
"අප්පමාදෝ අමත පදං"
Appamadho Amathapadhan
(Buddhist quote from the Apramadha Vagga in the Dhammapada.
Meaning: "Heedfulness, punctuality leads to Nirvana.")
Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 6°55′30″N 79°52′09″E / 6.92500°N 79.86917°E / 6.92500; 79.86917Coordinates: 6°55′30″N 79°52′09″E / 6.92500°N 79.86917°E / 6.92500; 79.86917
Information
Type National
Established 1886
Founder Colonel Henry Steel Olcott
Principal Kithsiri Liyanagamage
Grades Class 1 - 13
Gender Boys
Enrollment 8000
Color(s) Maroon and Gold

        

Affiliation 100% Buddhist
Alumni Old Anandians
Website
Colonel H.S. Olcott, founder of Ananda College
Kularathna Hall
Buddhist Shrine in Ananda College

Ananda College (Sinhala: ආනන්ද විද්‍යාලය), Colombo, is a national school for boys, with a student population exceeding 8,000 across 13 grades from primary to secondary classes,[1] on a campus of 20 acres (81,000 m2) in the suburb of Maradana.[1] It was established on November 1, 1886, by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and became a government school in 1961. As of 2013 an academic staff of more than 250 was led by Mr. Kithsiri Liyanagamage. Ananda College is noted as one of the greatest Buddhist Schools within and beyond the borders of Sri Lanka.

Early history[edit]

Following a meeting of Buddhists at Pettah, under the patronage of Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera, an English-Buddhist school was inaugurated at No. 61 Maliban Street, Colombo, on 1 November 1886 by the Buddhist Theosophical Society. C. W. Leadbeater was appointed the first principal of "Ananda today". The first session was attended by 37 students.

By the time the school was officially registered in March 1889, there were 120 students. In August 1889, it was moved to more spacious premises at No. 19 Prince Street. That same year, J. P. R. Weerasuriya became the first Anandian to pass the Cambridge junior examination.

In March 1890, the school's proximity to a Catholic school led to controversy—and a move to 54 Maliban Street where further growth ensued, and student enrolments rose to 200 in September 1892 and 270 in 1894. That year, Mr Tudor Rajapaksha donated 3.2 acres (13,000 m2) of land[2] and the school was relocated in the suburb of Maradana. On 17 August 1895, the former English Buddhist School was renamed as Ananda College Colombo.

By 1961, the college had officially become a government school.[2]

Medals and trophies[edit]

Scholarships and prizes[edit]

  • Fritz Kunz Memorial Trophy - This is the school's most prestigious lifetime achievement trophy, given to the "most outstanding Anandian" passing out from the school each year.
  • Dr. Keerthi Rajapakse Memorial Trophy - This is awarded at the annual prize giving to the prefect with most outstanding academic performance.
  • Ananda Pradeepa Trophy - This is awarded at the annual prize giving to the student with highest marks in GCE Advanced Level examination.
  • C. W. Leadbeater Challenge Trophy
  • S. A. Wijethilaka Memorial Challenge Trophy
  • A. E. Bultjens Challenge Trophy
  • J. T. Davis Challenge Trophy

Trophies and sports scholarships[edit]

  • Most Outstanding Sportsman Trophy - This is the most prestigious award a sportsman can achieve at the school, awarded annually at the school Colours Night to a sportsman who has made outstanding achievements in his field of sports.
  • Ananda Padma Award - Presented for outstanding achievement in sports as a student.

Houses[edit]

The students are divided among four houses:

  • Parakrama

Colour -      Red

  • Vijaya

Colour -      Dark Green

  • Asoka

Colour -      Dark Purple

  • Gamunu

Colour -      Navy Blue

The houses are named after the four main ancient Sinhala kings of Sri Lanka. An annual track-and-field tournament among these houses is held at the beginning of the first term.

"Battle of the Maroons"[edit]

In a tradition dating back to 1924, an annual cricket contest is held between Ananda College and Nalanda College Colombo. The two schools have contributed many players to the Sri Lanka national cricket team, including the old Anandians Sidath Wettimuny recipient of Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1985, Arjuna Ranatunga - who captained the Sri Lanka Cricket team to victory in the 1996 Cricket World Cup and who was also named as a Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1999, former Test captain Marvan Atapattu and T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal.[3]

Old Boys’ Association[edit]

Sir D. B. Jayatilleke, the then principal, conceived the idea of the Ananda College Old Boys’ Association in 1908. Initially its main function was to organise a sports-meet and the annual dinner. In subsequent years the OBA and the school’s administration have co-operated in furthering the development of the College. Prior to 1961 (when the school was nationalised) the incumbent principal of the school presided over the OBA. Since that date, a president is elected by members at each annual general meeting.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


Olcott oration[edit]

Olcott oration is an annual event organized by the old boys association of Ananada College, which commemorate the founder Colonel Henry Steel Olcott of Ananda College and other leading Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka. Every year famous personalities who educated at Ananda College, share their own experience for the "Olcott oration" and renowned dignitaries who have delivered the oration in the past, include Prof. Nimal Rajapakshe, Prof. Sumedha Chandana Wirasinghe and Prof. Ravindra Fernando.[5][6][7]

College war memorial[edit]

The Ananda College war memorial is situated in front of the Henry Steel Olcott Hall, and is dedicated to alumni of Ananda college who died while members of the Sri Lankan armed forces. The plaque bears the names of old Anandians who were killed in the line of duty. Ananda College OBA organises an annual "Ananda Viruharasara" event to honour military dead.[8][9][10]

Past principals[edit]

  • C. W. Leadbeater (1886–1890)
  • A. E. Buultjens (1890–1898)
  • Sir D. B. Jayatilaka (1898–1908)
  • J. T. Davis (1908–1909)
  • M. C. Moore (1910–1913)
  • Fritz Kunz (1914–1917)
  • C. V. Ranawake (1917–1918)
  • P. De S. Kularatne (1923–1932)
  • Dr. G. P. Malalasekera (1932–1943)
  • A. B. Perera (1943–1945)
  • L. H. Mettananda (1945–1954)
  • S. A. Wijetillake (1954–1960)
  • M. W. Karunananda (1961–1964)
  • Lt. Col. E. A. Perusinghe (1964–1969)
  • Col. G. W. Rajapaksha (1971–1981)
  • S. K. Nettananda (1981–1982)
  • Col. V. S. Kudaligama (1982–1988)
  • A. P. Guneratne (1988–1995)
  • T. B. Damunupola (1995–2001)
  • B. A. Abeyrathne (2001–2008)
  • Col. L. M. D. Dharmasena (2009-2013)

Notable teachers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Foundation of Ananda College on official website
  2. ^ a b Milestones on official website
  3. ^ Battle of the Maroons website
  4. ^ About OBA at official website
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Olcott Oration - 2010 | Letters". Print2.dailymirror.lk. 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  7. ^ "OLCOTT ORATION 2012". Ananda College. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  8. ^ Ananda Kannangara (2009-07-05). "Premier Buddhist school pays tribute to its war heroes: Anada Viru HARASARA". Security News | Sundayobserver.lk - Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  9. ^ "Ananda College pays tribute for Old Anandian war heroes". Defence.lk. 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Ananda Viru Harasara". Quick Look. Daily News. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 

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