|Thurstan College Colombo
කොළඹ තර්ස්ටන් විද්යාලය
Thamaso Ma Jyothirgamaya
("Lead me from Darkness to Light")
|Colombo, Sri Lanka|
College Day - 11th January
|Founder||Major E. A. Nugawela|
|Principal||Mr. A.D.M.D Bandara|
|Colour(s)||Blue, Gold & Red
Thurstan College is a national school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Situated in the Cinnamon Gardens of Colombo 7 it is in the heart of the educational triangle of Sri Lanka with the University of Colombo and the Royal College Colombo as neighbors. As a national school it is controlled by the Central government as opposed to the Provincial Council and provides both primary and secondary education.
Thurstan College, has a student population of 2500 and prepare students for the examinations conducted by the Ministry of Education. The facilities at college include science laboratories, computer laboratories and libraries, the school has more than 30 clubs and societies.
Reverend Father A. J. Thurstan started a private technical school in 1859 and maintained it out of his own funds. This institution had been an agricultural and multimedia technical training centre for many years but had to be closed down after a few years. In 1884, with the assistance of the British government, an agricultural school was started in the same place. There is evidence to show that around this agricultural school there had been a flourishing cinnamon cultivation, and today Colombo 7 is known as Cinnamon Gardens due to this cultivation. The agricultural school was started by the then Director of Education Mr. H. W. Green. In 1910 it was closed down.
In the 1030s free education concept brought by scholar and minister of education Dr. C. W. W. Kannangara. A new school was opened by then Minister of Education by Major E. A. Nugawela on January 11, 1950 named as the Government Senior School at Thurstan Road (now known as Kumarathunga Munidasa Mawatha), on one side was the old Royal College Colombo established in 1835 and on the other side was the University of Ceylon which was of established in 1922. It was formed to accommodate the overflow of students from Royal Preparatory School. They were the students who could not gain admission to Royal College. The Government Senior School was later renamed as Thurstan College and 26 students who entered the grade one and 112 of from Royal Preparatory School to grade six. The principal of the new school was Mr. D. E. A. Shokman. He introduced a house system for sports, student leadership (prefects), cadetting, and literary associations. He named the houses after the for directors of Education during British rule namely Denham, Macrey, Robison and Sandeman.
- Mr. D. E. A. Schokman - 11.01.1950 - 31.12.1955
- Mr. M. D. Gunawardhana - 01.01.1956 - 17.01.1967
- Mr. P. M. Jayathilaka - 01.02.1967 - 09.10.1969
- Mr. S. Pandithasekera - 16.03.1970 - 30.04.1974
- Mr. A. K. Waidyasekara - 02.05.1974 - 20.01.1978
- Mr. P. S. Gunasekhara - 24.01.1978 - 31.12.1987
- Mr. H. D. Herman Perera - 01.01.1988 - 20.10.1992
- Mr. R.D.M.P. Weerathunga - 1992 - 28.08.2006
- Mr. R.M Jayasekara - 2006 - 2008
- Mr. W. Gunarathna - 2008 - 2010
- Mr. D. Bandara - 2010
- Mr. Y. A. N. D. Yapa - 23.09.2010 - 20.05.2013
- Mr. Daya Bandara - 21.05.2013–Present
Thurstan has a Junior and Senior play ground, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Some of the sports played are
Thurstan's rich and colorful rugby history is over 52 years old. History records that Thurstan began playing rugby in 1957. Thurstan was the second government school to take to rugby and from the inception started playing with all leading teams.
In addition to the “Abdul Jabar Trophy” which is played with the traditional rivals Isipathana two more annual encounters for the “Diyanesh Rajarathnam Memorial Trophy” in 1998 with Wesley College and “Graetian Gunawardhana Challenge Trophy” in 2001 with D.S. Senanayake College were added to the Thurstan rugby fixture.
- Mahinda Rajapaksa - Current President of Sri Lanka
- Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, RSP, VSV, USP - Governor, Eastern Province
- Dixon Dela Bandara - Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Maldives, former Governor, Northern Province
- Prof Nalin de Silva - Sri Lankan theoretical physicist, philosopher and a political analyst
- Jayantha Wickramarathne - Former Inspector-General of Police, Sri Lanka Police Service
Abraham Kovoor - Professor and rationalist