St. John's College, Nugegoda

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St. John's College, Nugegoda
සාන්ත ජෝන් විද්‍යාලය
St.John's Nugegoda Logo.jpg
Location
Nugegoda
Sri Lanka
Information
Type Government
Motto Latin: Nil Desperandum
("No Desperation")
Established 1915
Principal Maithreepala Liyanarachchi.
Grades Class 1 - 13
Gender Boys
Age 6 to 19
Enrollment 3,500
Colour(s) Green and Black         
Song
Website
School Anthem
St. John's College School Anthem
Audio sample
St. John's College School Anthem

St. John's College, started in 1915 and is the only boys' school in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. It contains two primary sections and upper school. Nugegoda had no English School until 1915. St. John's School commenced with 14 pupils on 5 May 1915. In 1934, the mixed school of St. John's was separated into separate Boys and Girls schools, with the boys school known as the College of St. John, Nugeogda.

History[edit]

Historical image

In 1915, five Wardens of the Church of St. John, led by the Very Reverend John Henry Wickramanayake, secured a piece of land in Nugegoda from the Bishop of Colombo. They collected money to establish an English School with 15 students.

Past principals[edit]

  • C. E. Rubasinghe (1934–1935)
  • Rev. Clarence Pieris (1935–1937)
  • J. H. Hill (1937–1939)
  • Rev. Canon Harold De Mel (1940–1947)
  • E. C. A. Navaratnaraja (1948–1957)
  • W. T. Canegeratne (1957–1958)
  • Samarawicrama (1958–1967)
  • W. T. Bannaheka (1967–1969)
  • C. K. Gamage (1970–1983)
  • L. A. J. Jayasundara (1984–1994)
  • R. A. R. Ranathunga (1994–1994)
  • S. Kodikara (1994–1995)
  • R. S. Jayasekara (1995–1996)
  • S. Athulathmudali (1996–1998)
  • Neville Kularatne (1998–1999)
  • Asoka Senanayake (2000–2002)
  • S. Dissanayake (2003–2006)
  • K. Jayasekara (2007–2008)
  • Maj. Liyangaskubura (2009–2012)
  • Maj. Wanaguru (2012–2014)
  • Maithreepala Liyanarachchi (2015-present)

Sports[edit]

Exsitement.jpg
St. John's College Rugby Team
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Karate
  • Rugby
  • Scouting
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Carrom
  • Eastern Cadet Band

Houses[edit]

  • Lihini --------Yellow-    
  • Hansa --------Red-    
  • Kokila --------Green-    
  • Mayura --------Blue-    

Awards[edit]

Cyril Herath Memorial Trophy[edit]

The Cyril Herath Memorial trophy (Johnian of the Year) is awarded to the best overall student in the school. Cyril Herath served as the country's Inspector General of Police between 1985 and 1988.The Cyril Herath Memorial Trophy has only been awarded twice in the school's history, 2011 and 2015.

Notable alumni[edit]

One of the first students, Ossie Abeyratne, became the first Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Colombo and another, Cyril Herath, the 22nd Inspector General of Police.

Name Notability Reference
Premajayanth, SusilSusil Premajayanth Member of Parliament (Gampaha) (2000–2001), (Colombo) (2001–present)
Jayawardhana, RayRay Jayawardhana Dean of Science (York University)
Herath, CyrilCyril Herath Inspector General of Police (1985–1988)
Fonseka, MaliniMalini Fonseka actress,Member of Parliament (National List) (2010–2015)
Ariyaratne, SunilSunil Ariyaratne film director, author, poet style="text-align:center;"
Edirisinghe, SomaSoma Edirisinghe film director, author, Businesswoman

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