St. Thomas' Girls' High School

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St. Thomas' Girls' High School
St. Thomas' Girls' High School Crest.jpg

TypeAll-girls government school.
Motto"Not for Self, But for All."
Age range11 - 19
Number of students2500
Color(s)Red and Yellow

St. Thomas' Girls' High School is a girls' school in Sri Lanka located in The Matara District, Sri Lanka's southern-most district.


From the end of 1939 to the end of 1945, Somakumari Samarasinha was Principal.[1] She was followed by Mrs. Wijeratna and Mrs. Buddhapriya.[2]

They were followed by Mrs. De Silva and Mrs. Bultjens.

The school started at a rented house on Main Street, Matara. It was moved to its present location in Walpola in 1950.

In 2009, one student died in hospital and 27 others were treated in hospital after they had received a rubella vaccination in the school.[3][4]

St. Thomas' Girls' High School today[edit]

Matara District


  Period Name
1st Mrs.Calendar

School anthem[edit]

Srilak Matha Nalal thalehi Kunkuma Thilakaya Manahari Matara Purawarahi Lowa Pujitha Santha Thomas Balika Widuhala

The original school song was in English which went (best recollection of a student in 1950)

"So this is the song of the happy throne
of St. Thomas' school where love is the rule.
Not for self but for all - our motto is called
and the girls are Ceylon in the making"

"Not for self but for all" still remains the school's motto.

College houses[edit]

  • Amethyst: Purple     
  • Emerald: Green     
  • Ruby: Red     
  • Sapphire: Blue     



  1. ^ Wanasundera, Nanda P. (26 February 2011). "Somakumari Samarasinha of Hillwood". The Island. Upali Newspapers. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  2. ^ Banduwrdena, Rupa (17 April 2007). "St. Thomas' Girls' High School Matara revered". Daily News - Features. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. ^ Jayasekera, Sandun A (24 March 2009). "Rubella tragedy Medical negligence the cause". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  4. ^ Hettiarachchi, Kumudini (29 March 2009). "Rubella tragedy: Time to take stock sans emotion". The Sunday Times - News. Wijeya Newspapers. Retrieved 17 September 2012.

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