St. John's College, Jaffna

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St. John's College
பரி. யோவான் கல்லூரி
St. Joh's College Jaffna logo.jpg
Address
Main Street, Chundikuli
Jaffna, Jaffna District, Northern Province 40000
Sri Lanka
Coordinates 9°39′27.90″N 80°01′36.90″E / 9.6577500°N 80.0269167°E / 9.6577500; 80.0269167Coordinates: 9°39′27.90″N 80°01′36.90″E / 9.6577500°N 80.0269167°E / 9.6577500; 80.0269167
Information
School type Private 1AB
Motto Lux in tenebris luce
(Light shines in the darkness)
Religious affiliation(s) Christianity
Denomination Anglicanism
Founded 1823
Founder Rev. Joseph Knight
School district Jaffna Education Zone
Authority Church of Ceylon
School number 1001029
Principal Rev. N. J. Gnanaponrajah
Head teacher A. H. Gnanarajan
Chaplain Rev. S. Dhanendra
Teaching staff 95
Grades 1-13
Gender Boys
Age range 5-18
Language Tamil
Houses Johnstone (Blue)
Pargiter (Red)
Handy (Green)
Peto (Purple)
Thompson (Yellow)
School roll 2,130
Website
Knight block, St. John's College, Jaffna, Sri Lanka (2010).jpg
Knight block

St. John's College (Tamil: பரி. யோவான் கல்லூரி Ceṉ. Yōvāṉ Kallūri, SJC) is a private school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.[1] Founded in 1823 by British Anglican missionaries, it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools.[2][3]

History[edit]

In 1817 the Anglican Church Mission Society (CMS) approved the establishment of missions in Ceylon.[4] On 20 December 1817 four clergymen – Joseph Knight, Samuel Lambrick, Robert Major and Benjamin Ward – and their wives left England and sailed to Ceylon on board the Vittoria.[4] They arrived in late June 1818.[4] Knight went to Jaffna, Lambrick went to Colombo, Major and his wife went to Galle and Ward and his wife to Trincomalee.[4] Knight started his missionary work in 1818 in Nallur.[4]

The Nallur English Seminary was established in March 1823 by Knight.[5][6] The school had only 7 students and was located in Knight's bungalow. In 1845 the school was relocated to Chundikuli and renamed the Chundikuli Seminary.

In the same year the Church Mission Society took over the old Portuguese St. John the Baptist church. In 1846 the school moved into a hall next to the church.[7] The church was demolished in 1859 and replaced by the current church.[8]

The school was renamed St. John's College in 1891.[9] The free education system was introduced by the government in 1945 but SJC chose to remain outside the system.[5] In 1951 SJC joined the free education system.[5] Most private schools in Ceylon were taken over by the government in 1960 but SJC chose to remain as a private and non-fee levying school.[5]

SJC's principal C. E. Anandarajah was shot dead on 26 June 1985 in Jaffna.[10] It is alleged that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam assassinated Anandarajah for organising a cricket match with the Sri Lankan military.[11]

Big Match[edit]

SJC play Jaffna Central College in annual cricket match known as the Battle of the North or the Battle of the Blues.[12][13][14] The first match took place in 1904.[15][16]

Principals[edit]

[17]

  • 1823-25 Rev. Joseph Knight
  • 1825-39 Rev. W. Adley
  • 1839-41 Rev. F. W. Taylor
  • 1841-46 Rev. I. T. Johnstone
  • 1846-66 Rev. R. Pargiter
  • 1866-74 Rev. T. Good
  • 1874-78 Rev. D. Wood
  • 1878-79 Rev. E. Blackmore
  • 1879-89 Rev. G. T. Fleming
  • 1889-92 Rev. C. C. Handy (acting)
  • 1892-95 Rev. J. W. Fall
  • 1895-99 Rev. I. Carter
  • 1899-00 Rev. R. W. Ryde
  • 1900-19 Rev. Jacob Thomson
  • 1919 Rev. K. C. McPherson (acting)
  • 1920-40 Rev. Henry Peto
  • 1940-57 Rev. J. T. Arulanantham[18]
  • 1957-59 P. T. Mathai
  • 1959-66 A. W. Rajasekeram
  • 1967-76 K. Pooranampillai[19]
  • 1976-85 C. E. Anandarajah[20]
  • 1985-87 T. Gunaseelan
  • 1987 K. Pooranampillai
  • 1988-93 Dr. E. S. Thevasagayam[21][22]
  • 1993-06 S. Thanapalan
  • 2006- Rev. N. J. Gnanaponrajah

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Ambalavanar, D. J.D. J. Ambalavanar Bishop of Jaffna (Church of South India) (1971–1993) [23]
Anandarajah, C. E.C. E. Anandarajah Principal St. John's College, Jaffna (1976–1985) [20]
Arulanantham, J. T.J. T. Arulanantham Principal St. John's College, Jaffna (1940–1957) [18]
Arulpragasam, K. D.K. D. Arulpragasam Vice-Chancellor Eastern University (1986–1996) [24]
Arumugam, S.S. Arumugam Director of Irrigation, author [25]
Balaretnarajah, Y.Y. Balaretnarajah Major general Chief of the Defence Staff (1992) [26][27]
Canagarajah, NishanNishan Canagarajah Pro-vice-chancellor University of Bristol (2014–present) [28]
Chelvanayakam, S. J. V.S. J. V. Chelvanayakam leader Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi/Tamil United Liberation Front, member parliamentKankesanthurai (1947–1952, 1956–1977) [29]
Crossette-Thambiah, R. R.R. R. Crossette-Thambiah Solicitor General (1950–1951) [30]
Duraiappah, AlfredAlfred Duraiappah member parliamentJaffna (1960–1965), Mayor of Jaffna (1970–1975) [31][32]
Eelaventhan, M. K.M. K. Eelaventhan member parliamentNational List (2004–2007) [33]
Hoole, RajanRajan Hoole academic, human rights activist [34]
Hoole, RatnajeevanRatnajeevan Hoole academic, professor electrical engineering [35]
Jey, ClarenceClarence Jey musician, songwriter, record producer
Kadirkamanathan, VisakanVisakan Kadirkamanathan academic, professor signal & information processing [36]
Kulendran, S.S. Kulendran Bishop of Jaffna (Church of South India) (1947–1970)
Logeswaran, K. C.K. C. Logeswaran Governor of Western Province (2015–present) [37][38]
Maheswaran, T.T. Maheswaran member parliamentColombo (2004–2008) [39]
Nagalingam, C.C. Nagalingam acting Governor-General (1954), acting Chief Justice (1954), Attorney General (1946–1947) [40]
Ponnambalam, SatchiSatchi Ponnambalam Puisne JudgeSupreme Court of Belize (1985–1993), Chief Magistrate of Belize, Senior State Advocate of Zambia [41]
Ponnampalam, V.V. Ponnampalam Gate Mudaliyar, President of the Jaffna Co-operative Bank [42]
Raviraj, NadarajahNadarajah Raviraj member parliamentJaffna (2001–2006), Mayor of Jaffna (2001) [43][44]
Sabapathy, Sam A.Sam A. Sabapathy Mayor of Jaffna (1949, 1952–1955) [45]
Selvadurai, R. R.R. R. Selvadurai Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice (1951–1955) [46]
Senanayake, MaithripalaMaithripala Senanayake member parliamentMedawachchiya (1947–1989), Governor of North Central Province (1994–1998) [47][48]
Sivagurunathan, R.R. Sivagurunathan journalist, editor – Thinakaran (1961–1994) [49][50][51]
Suntharalingam, C.C. Suntharalingam member parliamentVavuniya (1947–1960) [52]
Thambiah, HenryHenry Thambiah Supreme Court Judge (1960–1972) [53]
Thamotheram, C. J. T.C. J. T. Thamotheram educationist [54][55]
Vithiananthan, S.S. Vithiananthan vice-chancellor University of Jaffna (1979–1988) [37]
Welagedara, Dingiri BandaraDingiri Bandara Welagedara member parliamentKurunegala, Governor of North Central Province (1988–1989) [56][57]
Yogeswaran, V.V. Yogeswaran member parliamentJaffna (1977–1983) [58]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Schools Basic Data as at 01.10.2010. Northern Provincial Council. 2010. 
  2. ^ "The South's well-known Northern voice". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 16 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "War scars slowly heal in Jaffna peninsula". The Island (Sri Lanka)/Reuters. 15 March 2004. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Martyn 1923, p. 166.
  5. ^ a b c d "St.John's College – Jaffna. Principal Events in the Past". St Johns College Jaffna Old Boys Association South Sri Lanka. 
  6. ^ "The Early Days". Chundikuli St. John's Past Pupils Association. 
  7. ^ Martyn 1923, p. 188.
  8. ^ Martyn 1923, p. 29.
  9. ^ Martyn 1923, p. 54.
  10. ^ "The trail of terror". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 24 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Gautamadasa, Aravinda (29 July 2005). "Commemorating a slain principal". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  12. ^ "Jaffna big match starts Thursday". TamilNet. 9 March 2006. 
  13. ^ Ratnayake, Samiddha (21 February 2010). "The tradition lives on". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 
  14. ^ "Big Match: St. John's and Jaffna Central draw their 106th encounter". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 10 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "'Battle of North' begins in Jaffna". TamilNet. 26 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Centenary 'Battle of the North'". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 16 March 2004. 
  17. ^ "History". St. John's College, Jaffna. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. 
  18. ^ a b Arumugam 1997, pp. 12-13.
  19. ^ "Hartley past principal's funeral held in UK". TamilNet. 30 April 2001. 
  20. ^ a b Arumugam 1997, p. 7.
  21. ^ Kanapathipillai, S. (26 August 2007). "He served his country and alma mater". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 
  22. ^ "Obituaries". The Island (Sri Lanka). 7 August 2007. 
  23. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 4-5.
  24. ^ "Ex Vice-Chancellor of Eastern University dies". TamilNet. 8 August 2003. 
  25. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 16-17.
  26. ^ Palakidnar, Anant (15 March 2009). "'Battle of the North' with a difference". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 
  27. ^ "Major General Y Balaretnarajah VSV USP ndc". Sri Lanka Armoured Corps. 
  28. ^ "Professor Nishan Canagarajah's Appointment as Pro-Vice Chnacellor of Bristol University". Tha Lifestyle. 1 (3): 1. March 2014. 
  29. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 36.
  30. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 44-46.
  31. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 50-51.
  32. ^ "Masked gunmen kill Jaffna Mayor Shot dead outside temple". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 26 May 2009. 
  33. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 51.
  34. ^ "About People" (PDF). Tamil Times. 1 (12): 12. September 1982. 
  35. ^ Palakidnar, Ananth (4 April 2006). "'Persons with ambitions but no abilities, stirring Jaffna University crisis'". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 
  36. ^ "Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan". University of Sheffield. 
  37. ^ a b Sivathasan, S. (10 August 2013). "My Reminiscences of St. John's College, Jaffna". Colombo Telegraph. 
  38. ^ "SLT Lanka Bell merger off". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 29 February 2004. 
  39. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (6 January 2008). "Maheswaran: Blend of Business Acumen and Political Savvy". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 
  40. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 111.
  41. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 141-142.
  42. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 142-143.
  43. ^ "Tamil Parliamentarian Raviraj assassinated in Colombo". TamilNet. 10 November 2006. 
  44. ^ "Raviraj profile". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 11 November 2006. 
  45. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 169–170.
  46. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 189.
  47. ^ "Personalities from the south nurtured in Jaffna". The Island (Sri Lanka). 13 January 2002. 
  48. ^ Wijenayake, Walter (11 July 2010). "Maithripala Senanayake – an illustrious leader of Sri Lanka". The Island (Sri Lanka). 
  49. ^ "Veteran Tamil newspaper Editor Sivagurunathan passes away". TamilNet. 9 August 2003. 
  50. ^ "Veteran journalist Siva dies". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 11 August 2003. 
  51. ^ Maniccavasagar, Chelvatamby (7 September 2012). "Kalasuri R. Sivagurunathan: A veteran journalist". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 
  52. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 214.
  53. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 223.
  54. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 224.
  55. ^ "One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century: C.J.T.Thamotheram". Tamil Nation. 
  56. ^ Gunaratne, H. D. (6 May 2012). "Beloved grassroots politician gave his all to the country". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 
  57. ^ "D B Welagedera : Valiant fighter, fearless patriot". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 22 April 2013. 
  58. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 253.

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