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Trinity College Kandy
TCKIMAGE.jpg
Respice finem
Latin - "Look to the End"[1]
Location
Kandy
Information
Type Independent Private
Established 1872
Founder Ireland Jones
Principal Udaya Ariyaratne
Gender Boys
Age 6 to 18
Enrollment 3500
Colour(s) Red Gold Blue
Former pupils Old Trinitians
Website

Trinity College, Kandy, is an independent elite private school for boys in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1872 by Anglican missionaries,[2] and offers primary and secondary education.

Administration building, Trinity College, Kandy

History[edit]

In the 1850s the local Anglican community in Kandy urged the Church Mission Society (CMS) to establish a school for boys in the area.[3] On 16 October 1857 the Rev. John Ireland Jones arrived from England, establishing the Kandy Collegiate School.[4] The school operated for approximately six years. On 18 January 1872, it was re-opened as the Trinity College and Collegiate School, with the Rev. Richard Collins as Principal[1][5] and by the end of that year there were 120 enrolled students. The school library was opened in 1875. Early in 1877 the Collegiate School name was dropped and it simply became Trinity College. Rev. Collins left in 1878[6] and Mr. Thomas Dunn became acting principal of the school. In 1879 the college was affiliated to the University of Calcutta.[7]

In 1880 the Rev. John G. Garrett was appointed as principal of the school and by the following year enrollments had increased to 238 students, with 30 boarders. In 1885 Rev. Garrett had to resign due to ill health and was replaced by the Rev. Dr. E. Noel Hodges, formerly the principal of the Noble High School, Machilipatnam, became the principal. In 1889 Dr. Hodges was appointed as the Anglican Bishop of Travancore and Cochin, and his post at Trinity was taken by the Rev. Edward John Perry, who had been a master at Merchant Taylors' School.[8] On 2 April 2, 1890, Rev. Perry was accidentally shot dead near Alutnuwara, whilst on a visit to the Vedda people in the area.[8][9] The Rev. J. W. Fall, who was the vice-principal, became the acting principal until the arrival of the Rev. Henry Percy Napier-Clavering, in June 1890. At that time Trinity had 298 students, of whom sixty-three were boarders.

In August 1900 Rev. Napier-Clavering resigned to return to England and attend family matters. He was replaced by Rev. Robert William Ryde, who had previously been the vice-principal at the school from 1895-1899 before becoming the principal at St. John's College, Jaffna. Rev. Ryde held this post for a brief 2 years, leaving in 1902. In 1902 the Rev. J. Carter became the temporary principal followed by a succession of temporary principals, including the Rev. Napier-Clavering[10] and the Rev. A. MacLulich. On 5 November 1904 the Rev. Alexander Garden Fraser was appointed as the principal of the school.[11] During Fraser's tenure he transformed a provincial school into a nationally recognised institution.[1][12] His educational reforms included the introduction of sinhalese and tamil into the curriculum and increased its involvement in the local community.[13][14] He was responsible for a number of building projects, including the Asgiriya Stadium and the Trinity College Chapel. He served continuously as the principal for eighteen years until 1922, his service only interrupted by two years where he served as an army chaplain with the British Expeditionary Force in France during World War I. In the subsequent decades the school was headed from 1925 until 1935 by Cannon McLeod Campbell[15] (who later served as Chaplain to the Royal Family) and Rev. Robert Stopford from 1935 to 1940 (who later became Bishop of London). Together they saw significant expansion undertaken by the College, with numerous building projects including the college hall completed.

The first Ceylonese Principal was Mr. C.E. Simithrarachchy (1941-1951) and Mr. Norman Walter (1952-1957) was the last British Principal. Mr. C.J. Oorloff as Principal from 1957-1968 (formerly of Wesley College, Colombo). Mr. Lionel Fernando (1968-1977) was the second former student to be appointed as the school's principal. Lt. Col. Leonard M. De Alwis (1988-1998) was responsible for the construction of a new adminstration block and the Pallekale Rugby Stadium.

Principals of Trinity[edit]

name qualifications year
Rev. John Ireland Jones[nb 1] MA (Trinity College, Dublin) 1857-1860
Rev. Richard Collins MA (Cantab) 1872-1878
Rev. John G. Garrett MA (Trinity College, Dublin) 1880-1886
Rev. Dr. Edward Noel Hodges MA (Oxon), DD 1886-1889
Rev. Edward John Perry[nb 2] MA (Oxon) 1889-1890[nb 3]
Rev. Henry Percy Napier-Clavering MA (Cantab) 1890-1900
Rev. Robert William Ryde MA (Cantab) 1900-1902[nb 4]
Rev. Alexander Garden Fraser MA (Oxon), CBE 1904–1924
Canon John McLeod Campbell MA (Oxon), MC, DD 1924-1935
Rev. Robert Stopford MA (Oxon), DD (Lond), KCVO, CBE 1935-1941
Mr. C. E. Simithraaratchy[nb 5] BSc (Cey.) 1941-1951
Mr. Norman S. Walter MA (Oxon) 1952-1957
Mr. Cedric J. Oorloff BA (Lond), CCS 1957-1968
Mr. E. Lionel Fernando BA (Cey.) 1968-1977
Rev. Dr. W. G. Wickremasinghe MA (Oxon), DD 1978-1988
Lt. Col. Leonard M. De Alwis MA (Hull) 1988-1998
Dr. Warren R. Breckenridge BSc (Cey.), PhD (McGill) 1999-2003
Mr. Roderick Gilbert B.Ed (Lond) 2004-2008[nb 6]
Brig. (Rtd) W. Gamini Kumara Udaya Aryaratne[nb 7] B.Tech (CME, Pune) M.Tech (CME, Pune) 2008–present

School song and hymn[edit]

The school song, "The Best School of All", was written by Sir Henry Newbolt,[18][19] and the school hymn by Rev. Walter Stanley Senior. Rev. Senior was the vice-principal at the College for ten years (1906-1916), he also deputised as acting principal for a short period in the absence of Rev. Fraser.[20][21]

Awards[edit]

Ryde Gold Medal[edit]

The Ryde Gold Medal is awarded each year to the "best all-round boy" at Trinity.[22] The Ryde Gold Medal is the highest honour that the School can bestow. It is awarded on the result of a secret ballot conducted among the senior boys and the staff whose votes, together with that of the Principal, each count as one. While this system makes deadlock possible, it is only on four occasions that the Medal has not been awarded as a result of the three votes going to three different people.[22] The medal cannot be won more than once.

The Ryde Gold Medal was first presented in 1908 to John Andrew, but he was not the first boy in the history of the school to be adjudged the best all-rounder. Historical records show that such a prize has been awarded as early as 1894.[22] The Ryde Gold Medal is named after Rev. R. W. Ryde, a former Principal of Trinity (1900-1902).

Notable winners of the Ryde Gold Medal include former Senior Special Advisor to both Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapakse, Under Secretary General of the UN Dr Jayantha Dhanapala(1956), former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar(1949), Former Vice President and CIO of the World Bank; M.V. Muhsin (1962), first Ceylonese IGP and Ambassador Sir Richard Aluwihare (1915) and Sri Lankan Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara(1996).

Trinity Lion[edit]

The Trinity Lion is the most prestigious award a sportsman can achieve at Trinity.[23] Rugby Lions were awarded in 1915, to A. Halangoda and R. Ondaatje. Since then there have been 129 Rugby Lionsmen (until 2004). Notable awardees of Trinity Lions includes former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar; Sri Lankan Cricketers Kumar Sangakkara, Ravi Ratnayeke and Olympic Silver Medalist Duncan White. There have been two Triple Lions in Trinity's history: Sydney Ratwatte who won his 'Lions' in Rugby, Cricket and Boxing during the late 1920s; and Thushara Weerasuriya who achieved this feat in 1987, winning 'Lions' in Cricket, Rugby and Athletics.[23]

Houses[edit]

The senior school students are divided into five houses. Their names are derived from past principals and teachers of the college. There are three boarding houses however due to low numbers of boarders they collective compete as the Central Boarding House.[24] The houses are led by House Captains, competing in all major games to win the inter-house competitions. The houses are:

Garrett House
  • Colours : Green
  • Established : 1910 (named after the third principal, Rev. J. Garrett)
Lemuel House
  • Colours : Blue
  • Established : 1954 (named after Mr. C. N. Lemuel, a long serving teacher at Trinity College)
Oorloff House
  • Colours : Purple
  • Established : (named after the thirteenth principal, Mr. C. Oorloff)
Simithraaratchy House
  • Colours : Yellow
  • Established : (named after the eleventh principal, Mr. C. Simithraaratchy)
Central Boarding House (comprising Napier, Alison & Ryde Houses)
  • Colours : Red and White - Napier, Blue and White - Alison, Black and Yellow - Ryde
  • Established : 1898 - Napier, 1909 - Alison, 1911 - Ryde

Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Miranda, Sujitha (18 August 2013). "Trinity, Kandy has been looking to the end since it's beginning". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Kē En Ō Dharmadāsa (1992). Language, religion, and ethnic assertiveness: the growth of Sinhalese nationalism in Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472102884. p. 32.
  3. ^ Stock, Eugene (1899). The History of the Church Missionary Society: Its Environment, Its Men and Its Work, Volume 2. Church Mission Society. p. 284. 
  4. ^ Meulder, Wallace R. (1962). Schools for a New Nation: The Development and Administration of the Educational System of Ceylon. K. V. G. De Silva & Sons. p. 18. 
  5. ^ "The Ecclesiastical Gazette" 34. Oxford University: Church of England. 11 July 1871. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "The Church Missionary Review" 51. Church Missionary Society. 1900. p. 948. 
  7. ^ Bandyopadhyay, Pramathanath (Ed) (1957). Hundred Years of the University of Calcutta: a History of the University issued in Commemoration of the Centenary Celebrations, Volume 1. University of Calcutta. 
  8. ^ a b "List of Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in Ceylon". Mocavo. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Church Missionary Review" 41. Church Missionary Society. 1890. p. 420. 
  10. ^ "The Church Missionary Review" 54. Church Missionary Society. 1903. p. 876. 
  11. ^ "A.G. Fraser Papers". Bodleian Library. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Symonds, Richard (October 2006). "Fraser, Alexander Garden (1873–1962)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Anderson, Gerald H. (Ed) (1999). Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing. p. 223. ISBN 9780802846808. 
  14. ^ Sadanandan, Renuka (7 September 2008). "The Spirit of a School". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Stanley, Brian (2009). The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910. Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 9780802863607. 
  16. ^ "Trinity College Board of Governors slams Govt. over move against Principal". The Island. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Kannangara, Nirmala (25 February 2013). "Principals Sans Principles". The Sunday Leader. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Roberts, Adam (Ed) (2012). Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror: Lakshman Kadirgamar on the Foundations of International Order. I.B.Tauris. p. 15. ISBN 9781848853072. 
  19. ^ Ladduwahetty, Ravi (25 October 2011). "Play up! Play up! And play the game!". The Island. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Gunawardena, Charles A. (2005). Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers. p. 329. ISBN 9781932705485. 
  21. ^ Schokman, Derrick (22 February 2003). "W. S. Senior and "The Call of Lanka"". Daily News. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c Marikar, Hafiz (13 February 2014). "Trinity College Prize Giving Today". Daily News. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Caffoor, Inshaf (16 December 2014). "Kaneel Seneviratna – Trinity’s first Double Lion of the 21st Century". ThePapare.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Jayasundara, Upananda (3 March 2014). "Simitharachchi House – Athletic Champions of Trinity". Daily News. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rev. Jones was the principal of the Kandy Collegiate School, the predecessor of Trinity College.
  2. ^ Rev. Perry was the first experienced teacher to become principal.
  3. ^ In 1890 Perry was accidentally shot by a pupil.
  4. ^ During 1900 through to 1904 Trinity College had six Principals - one permanent and five acting.
  5. ^ Mr. Simithraaratchy was the first Ceylonese and the first old boy to become principal.
  6. ^ Mr & Mrs Gilbert's visas was cancelled by the Sri Lankan Government in 2008 (7 months prior to its expiry) forcing Gilbert to resign and leave the country.[16]
  7. ^ Brig. Aryaratne's actual rank in the Sri Lankan Army was as a Colonel and he only served as a temporary Brigadier.[17]

Further reading[edit]

  • Valesco L O Reimann (1922). A history of Trinity College, Kandy. Madras: Diocesan Press