Pinnawala Central College
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|Pinnawala Central College|
|Principal||M. D. Wasantha Kumara|
|Number of students||~2,800|
|Medium of language||English and Sinhala|
|Houses||Mahaweli, Kelani, Walawe, Nilvala|
|Color(s)||Red, yellow |
Pinnawala Central College also known as the Pinnawala National School or Pinnawala Central is a public school near Pinnawala in Sri Lanka. The college is located approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) from Rambukkana and approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) from Kegalle.
The college is funded by the Ministry of Education, which appoints its principal, and falls within the Mawanelle Education zone. The principal is the head of the administration of the college and is assisted by a vice principal. The college educates close to 2,800 students in both secondary and primary education. Administration of the college hostels is carried out by the warden under supervision of the principal and is assisted by a sub-warden.
Pinnawala Central College was established in 1882 as the 'Government Boys' School' on 0.5 ha (1.2 acres) of land with 45 students and 6 teachers in one building in 1870. Mr. Brampisingo was the first principal in 1920. There were classes from grade 1 – 5 at time as a junior school and in 1956 it became a mixed school. An immense contribution was offered by the most famous philanthropist and one of the late ministers of postal N. H. Keerthiratne and S. A. Lokubandara Bentota as the principal to bring it up to Mahavidyala. In 1963 the opportunity was obtained to follow the Advanced Level Examination in Arts stream and increased the classes from grade 1-12 and laid the path for more number of students to learn at the school.
Students were allowed to follow the Advance Level in the science stream in 1964. The opportunity was provided to follow the A/L in the commerce stream; in 1969 it was a great pride that it made the way to become a national school on 12 September 1995.
By letting the students follow free education at the same time for the betterment of the students' welfare the school was growing. Facilities got the chance to open two double floor buildings as male and female hostels. At the beginning there was only ¼ of acres of land and now it is expanded to 6 acres of land. Though it was started with one building now there are 45 buildings and it depicts the development of the school today. A vast development is completed with a large playground, a library, an audio-visual unit laboratory, for G.C.E. O/L, Information Technological unit, Home Science unit, Agriculture unit, Aesthetic unit, Scouts troop and Environmental unit.
The students are divided into four houses. These are led by House Captains, competing in all major games to win the inter-house games and house colors are awarded winners. The houses are:
- Air Force (girls),Naval (boys) and Army (boys) Cadets
- Table tennis
In 2017, a two-day training for Sepaktakraw was scheduled to be held at Pinnawala Central College grounds for the eight schools of the Kegalle District and Uva/Sabaragamuwa Provinces by invitation from the President of the newly formed Sri Lanka Schools Sepaktakraw Association, Wasantha Kumara. Players from Pinnawala College planned to compete at the sport's world championship in Thailand the same year.
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- "Pinnawala CC Rambukkana, a prestigious school in Kegalle". The Sunday Times. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- Akbar, Rangi (9 July 2017). "Sepaktakraw achieves set targets for 2017". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- Akbar, Rangi (16 October 2016). "Sepaktakraw men and women off to Thailand for World Championship". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 May 2018.