St. John's College Panadura

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St. John's College, Panadura
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St. John's College, Udahamulla, Panadura
Sri Lanka
Type National school
Established 1876
Founder Head Master Cyril Arnold Jansz
Principal Mr. M.N.H.T.P De Silva
Grades Class 6 – 13
Gender Boys & Girls
Age 6 to 18

Green & Silver


St John’s College is a prominent school in Panadura, Sri Lanka, that was founded in 1876. It is a National school with a student population of 2000 and staff of about 100.


St. John's College was initially known as 'Primary State English School' which had existed from about the middle of the 19th century. In 1876 it received endowments from Wasala Mudliyar Susew de Soysa (1809–1881) as well as Sir Charles Henry de Soysa and was named 'St. John's College' by the Bishop of Colombo Rt. Revd. Dr. Reginald Stephen Copleston. It was ceremonially opened by the Governor Sir William Henry Gregory on 14 June 1876 (along with the Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa).

In 1882, the Headmaster Mr. Cyril Arnold Jansz was appoined the first Principal by the Bishop of Colombo at the request of the people of Panadura and has rendered an immense service for the upliftment of the school. Starting with 75 students the numbers raised gradually and in 1885 classes for girls began at St John’s started by Mrs Jansz. The school has a proud history of more than 100 years and celebrated the 125th anniversary during the year 2000.[1][2]

School anthem[edit]

Nihil Amanti Difficille
Is our motto bold
The green-silver-green
Our noble flag
Proudly we unfold //

Our Alma mater well beloved
To thee we bring this song
All thy children far and near
To honour thee we throng

Nihil Amenti Difficille
Is our motto bold
The green-silver-green
Our noble flag
Proudly we unfold

On bended knee we bow to thee
Johnians since of your
May the rampant eagle
Fly for ever more //

Big match[edit]

The annual big match is played between St. John's College and Panadura Royal College. It is known as the Battle of the Greens and Battle of Panadura.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

The alumni of St. John's College are known as Old Johnians.[4] Alumni include:

Name Year/degree Notability Reference
Khemadasa, PremasiriPremasiri Khemadasa musician, composer
Sarachchandra, EdiriweeraEdiriweera Sarachchandra playwright, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist
Malalasekera, Gunapala PiyasenaGunapala Piyasena Malalasekera academic, diplomat
Sir de Fonseka, SusanthaSusantha de Fonseka member State Council - Panadura (1931–1947)
Sir Soysa, BennetBennet Soysa member State Council, Senate, Mayor of Kandy (1949, 1954–1956, 1961–1962, 1968–1970)
Peiris, EdmundEdmund Peiris Gate Mudaliyar - Panadura, Kalutara
Perera, Wilmot A.Wilmot A. Perera member parliament - Matugama (1947–1956)
Dias, Arthur V.Arthur V. Dias independence activist, philanthropist
Goonewardena, LeslieLeslie Goonewardena member parliament - Panadura (1956–1977)
de Silva, Colvin R.Colvin R. de Silva member parliament - Wellawatte-Galkissa (1947–1952, 1956–1960), Agalawatte (1970–1977)
Athulathmudali, LalithLalith Athulathmudali member parliament - Colombo (1989–1993)
Samaraweera, PercyPercy Samaraweera Chief Minister of Uva Province (1988), member parliament - Welimada (1965–1970, 1977–1988)
Pushpakumara, RavindraRavindra Pushpakumara international cricket player (1994–2001)
Buddhika, CharithaCharitha Buddhika international cricket player (2001–2002)


  1. ^ A century and quarter of St. John's College... : Its great contribution for the development of education in Sri Lanka, by L. Panditharathna Daily News (Sri Lanka), Retrieved 05 December 2014
  2. ^ The De Soysa Charitaya, by C. Don Bastian Jayaweera Bandara and V. S. M. De Mel, pp. 75–6, 106–9 & 142–5. (University of California) ASIN B00H1CYGL4
  3. ^ "All eyes will be on Chamara Silva Battle of Panadura on March 27 and 28". Sunday Times News Paper. 
  4. ^ "Old Johnians recognise a renowned old boy". Sunday Times News Paper. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 6°43′22″N 79°54′50″E / 6.72278°N 79.91389°E / 6.72278; 79.91389