Saturday, January 15, 2022

St. Thomas' College, Matara

St. Thomas' College is a government boys' school situated in Matara in Sri Lanka. It is considered one of the oldest English schools in Matara District.

History
The school was founded by the Christian Missionary Society of the Church of England in 1844 in a bungalow in the village of Wellamadama, the current location of the University of Ruhuna (Abeyawardana, 2004). Later it was brought to the present location and the name of the school was changed from St. Thomas' School to St. Thomas' College (Abeyawardana, 2004).

Alumini
The renowned writer Kumaratunga Munidasa (1887-1944), The Mahanayaka of Amarapura sect Ven, Madihe Pannaseeha Thera (1913-2003) and the Archbishop of Colombo C. Gnanapragasam are among distinguished past students of the school (Abeyawardana, 2004).
 
Facilities
At present the school has common facilities such as class rooms, laboratories, libraries, play-ground etc. Classes are conducted for boy students from grade 1 to 13. The Annual Big Match of the school which is popularly known as Battle of the Blues at Ruhuna is held since 1900 against St. Servatius' College, Matara.

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. pp.71-72.
 
Location Map
This page was last updated on 15 January 2022
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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