Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia is an Anglican Church School, which was
founded by the first Bishop of Colombo, the Rt. Rev. James Chapman, D.
D. It was his foremost vision to build a College & Cathedral for the
new Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon. Thus on the 3rd of February
1851 the College of St .Thomas the Apostle, Colombo was opened with the
objective of training a Christian Clergy and to make Children good citizens
under the discipline & supervision of Christianity.
values were the corner stone on which the school was founded. Students
of all races and religions studied in harmony. The School grew from strength
to strength at the place of its origin, Mutuwal, for over a three score
of years, carefully nurtured by Wardens such as Revs. Wood, Miller, Read
& Buck. Warden Stone in 1918 found that the dusty environs of Mutuwal
were not best suited for his pupils and so shifted the College to the
picturesque campus at Mount Lavinia. Since then 8 loyal caring Warden
including the Canon R.S. de Saram have ensured that the well-preserved
traditions and values are handed down from generation to generations.
In 1951 it became a private fee levying school and is today one of the
foremost educational institutions in Sri Lanka. In fact it could, in addition,
lay claim to be one of the very best.
College, which is under the Church of Ceylon, is run by a Board of Governors,
which is chaired by the Anglican Bishop of Colombo who is also known as
the 'Visitor of the College'. A Warden assisted by a Sub Warden heads
the administration of the College itself. There is also a Chaplaincy connected
with the College and the famous College Chapel of the Transfiguration.
The College consists of 3 schools, namely Upper, Middle & Lower Schools
and is further divided into six main sections under Headmaster, Deputy
Headmaster and Sectional heads viz. (The Upper School - Arts and Commerce,
the Upper School - Science, the Upper School - London A Levels, the Upper
School, the Middle School, and the Lower School.)
Thomas' College, or 'STC' as it is commonly known, is widely reputed to
have the most beautiful campus in Sri Lanka, approximately half an hour's
drive from the southern limits of the City of Colombo.
entrance to the school is marked by the awe-inspiring Chapel of the Transfiguration,
which towers over the rest of the campus. The Chapel is a vital element
in the education of STC and is the centre of the spiritual life of the
College, where many generations of Thomians have been bred and most importantly
experienced God over the years. Dear to the hearts of all Thomians of
diverse faiths & races, the Chapel serves as a reminder to us of our
heritage, which is a gift of God.
is the blue green grass of the famous Quadrangle, the Main school buildings,
the College Hall, the Dormitories and Library. The vast campus, modeled
on the traditional English public school, stretches down to the famous
golden beaches of Mount Lavinia, reaching the deep blue Indian Ocean.
Thomas' provides a sound education in both Local (G.C.E. A/L & O/L)
& London Examination systems. Instructions are given in all three
mediums (English, Sinhala & Tamil) from Kindergarten to College Form
classes (A/L). The School is one of the best equipped in the island, being
blessed with a dedicated staff of qualified experienced teachers who over
the years have become more than mere teachers to their young charges,
which is a result of the special attachment that can only develop through
years of association with College. STC has produced many Thomians who
have over the years done a great service to their Church as well as the
biggest asset possessed by the school is the student body, which comprises
of more than 2500 members. Although the majority is composed of Christians,
students of other faiths & diverse races take place in it. It is a
well-disciplined community and excels in both academic and extra curricular
Materially too, STC has many facilities for sports and extra curricular activities. S. Thomas' was the first School in Sri Lanka to have a swimming pool, gifted by Dr. R. L. Hayman in 1933. Two of the best playing fields viz. The Big Club and the Small Club - probably the finest school grounds in the island - afford Thomians the facilities for sports, namely cricket, rugby, soccer, athletics and hockey. There are also well laid courts for tennis, basketball and volleyball. In 1994 the indoor cricket nets were added and the pinnacle of all facilities the Indoor Sports Complex in 3 phases was completed in 1996. The sports complex which houses Table Tennis facilities, Badminton Courts, 3 glass back squash courts and a basketball court - all of an international standard, together with one of the most modern and well equipped gymnasiums. The Annual Cricket Encounter between us & Royal College Colombo 7 (The Battle of the Blues or the popular 'Roy-Tho') is one of the oldest cricket matches, which is being held without interruption even during the World Wars. Rowing also takes a high place in the field of sports S. Thomas' also boasts in more than 50 societies of diverse interest.
Student Christian Movement with the other 3 religious societies takes
a high place in fostering religious education on the Thomian youth. The
College choir, ably trained, by the Precentor, still continues to maintain
the highest standards in Anglican Choral music. The Annual Service of
Nine lessons and carols is a much eagerly awaited event as it reveals
the grandeur & capability of Thomian voices and as it is an event
to worship & honor Christ, the Son of God. The carol service styled
according to that of Kings College Cambridge. The Guild of All Souls also
takes a vital place in the Chapel. The Servers Guild as it is better known
assists the College Chaplain at Chapel Services. The other clubs and societies
range from different fields from educational to social welfare. The Society
for the Preservation of Thomian Traditions, English Literary Society,
Drama society, Thomian Chamber Orchestra, the Science Associations, Commerce
Society, Interact Club, Computer Club, 16th Colombo Scout Troupe, The
Cadets Battalion & Culinary Arts Society are some of them.
Thomas' also has modern laboratory facilities in the New Science Laboratory.
The up to date Computer Center is also housed here and has a fine collection
of computers. The newly built Information Technology Room (IT Center)
provides IT facilities to students at a nominal rate. The School also
runs a Boarding - Hostel, which since the inception of the College has
provided many Thomians from distant regions of Sri Lanka.
achievements of STC and its products are far too numerous to be mentioned
here. But it must be said that it is one of the foremost educational institutions
in Sri Lanka, which has made a significant contribution to the nations
progress over its 150 years of existence. Among its proud products stand
a host of Christian Clergymen, Prime Ministers (Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake,
Hon. Dudley Senanayake, Hon. S.W.R.D Bandaranaike, Hon. W. Dahanayaka)
Cabinet Ministers, and Members of the Judiciary, Scholars, Scientists,
Diplomats, Doctors, Engineers, Accountants, Musicians, Artists, and Dramatists
etc. All Thomians in diverse walks of life have not only learnt of Books
& Men & how to play the game but also to be Gentlemen.
Thomas' College is therefore much more than just a school. It is an institution
rich in tradition, characterized by nearly one and a half centuries of
hard work, dedication and achievement, all imbibed with the legendary
Thomian Spirit. A pioneering institution which has understood and nurtured
the very best in youth; where mere boys went in and great men came out
to be "men and gentlemen always" men who beat the odds with
the legendary "Thomian grit" and gentlemen who up held the motto
of the school - Esto Perpetua!
Perpetua - Pro Deo et Ecclesia
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