Sri Sumangala College (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී සුමංගල විද්‍යාලය), in Panadura, Sri Lanka, was founded on 3 March 1909 at Rankoth Viharaya, in memory of Ven. Weligama Sri Sumangala Thero, who played an important role in Sri Lankan Buddhism.[1] It is one of the oldest schools in the country. It is a national school, controlled by the central government as opposed to the Provincial Council. It is one of the largest Buddhist school in Sri Lanka, with a student population of 4,000 over 13 Grades.

Sri Sumangala College
  • ශ්‍රී සුමංගල විද්‍යාලය
  • ஶ்ரீ சுமங்கல கல்லூரி
Horana Road

Coordinates6°42′31″N 79°54′53″E / 6.70861°N 79.91472°E / 6.70861; 79.91472
MottoPali: සුඛෝ පඤඤාය පටිලාභෝ
Suko Pagngnaya Patilabho
(Joy is the result of Wisdom)
Established3 March 1909; 115 years ago (1909-03-03)
FounderVen. Gnanawimalathissa Maha Thero, Ven. Walpita Gunarathana Maha Thero
PrincipalRaweendra Pushpakumara
Age range6 to 19
LanguageSinhala and English
Colour(s)Green, gold and blue
WebsiteSri Sumangala College

History edit

In 1911 when this school was registered as an assisted school there were 325 students on roll.[1] The first principal was Thomas E. Gunarathne.[1]

The land for the school was donated by the Rankoth Viharaya while the buildings were constructed out of public funds. The school was managed by a Board of Management and funds for the running of the school were met by philanthropists and the general public.[1]

The Panadura Town Branch, first building was at Rankoth viharaya premises.

Due to the rapid expansion of the college the Rankoth Viharaya premises became congested and there was the necessity to re-locate the college. The manager of the Board of Management tried to relocate to Walawa Waththa in 1942,[2] where Sri Sumangala College is presently located. When this failed, the management decided to shift the college to Nalluruwa. The first old boy of the college, Walter Salgado, donated the land for the main buildings and M. C. Fernando donated about 1.0 ha (2.5 acres) to be used as the playground of the college.

The main hall of the building complex was donated by Leo Fernando; physics, chemistry and biology laboratories were donated by P. C. H. Dias and the main building and the class rooms were built with public donations.

All the classes from grade six upwards were taken to Nalluruwa new buildings on 7 August 1942. Grades 3,4 and 5 were continued at the Rankoth Viharaya premises and it was popularly called town branch of the college. The principal or the head of this section was A. C. Morawaka who served the college until his retirement.

With the transfer of the college to Nalluruwa it became one of the leading educational institutions[according to whom?] where laboratory facilities were available for the students to do science subjects in the medium of English .[3] Advance level students of the Sri Sumangala Girls School used the laboratories in the afternoons to do their practicals. The plot of land between the main college and the play ground was eventually acquired by the Education Department.

In 1961 a large number of schools were taken over by the government and the town branch was registered as a separate school with a principal being appointed by the Education Department. A precedent was created to admit all the children who leave town branch after they passed the grade five test. In 1992 due to inclement weather the retaining wall of the Rankoth Viharaya collapsed damaging the main hall of the town branch. The school had to be kept closed for a few months. The Old Boys Association, parents and well wishers constructed 18 semi-permanent class rooms and the Town Branch was amalgamated to the main college.

On 25 May 1993 the Ccllege was declared a National School by the Ministry of Education.

On 26 December 2004 the tsunami which destroyed the southern and eastern coastal areas damaged part of the semi-permanent buildings of the college. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck during a school vacation so no injuries were recorded.

All together 182 schools were damaged by the tsunami. Out of these damaged school the government has decided to re-locate 98 schools including Sri Sumangala College. Donor partner JICA[3][4] granted a Rs. 330 million loan to build a completely new school with all the modern facilities.[2]

It is a coincidence of fate that the Sri Sumangala College has to be moved to a location five decades later that the Board of Management had initially planned on in 1942, before finally settling for the site in Nalluruwa.[2]

Founders edit

  • Ven. Gnanawimalathissa Maha Thero (lived in Panadura Rankoth Viharaya )
  • Ven. Walpita Gunarathana Thissabidana Amarapura Maha Nikaye Thero

Houses edit

The college has four houses, named after kings of Sri Lanka. The four Houses with their associated colours are:

House Colour Named After
Vijaya Green King Vijaya
Gemunu Gold King Gemunu
Tissa Red King Tissa
Parakrama Blue King Parakramabahu I

Notable alumni edit

Notable former students of Sri Sumangala College (known as Old Sumangalians), include:[5][6]

Name Notability Reference
W. D. Amaradeva violinist, vocalist, composer
Premasiri Khemadasa music director, composer
Don Anurasiri international cricket player (1986–1998)
Dilruwan Perera international cricket player (2014–present)
Indika Gallage international cricket player (1999)
Kithuruwan Vithanage international cricket player (2013–2015)
Kaushal Silva international cricket player (2011–present)

Principals edit

Following is a list of past Principals of the Sri Sumangala College;

Name Entered Office
Thomas E. Gunaratne[7] 1909
W. Charls De Silva 1912
T. S. Anirawan 1915
C. E. Setrange 1916
D. C. Ranasinghe 1919
R. S. S. Gunawardena 1921
A. Ginige 1922
A. M. De Silva 1940
T. N. K. Chandrasekara 1941
P. J. Jayaratne 1941
P. D. S. Kularatne 1943
M. W. Karunananda 1945
Name Entered Office
D. W. J. Perera 1945
A. J. Fernando 1947
K. L. V. Alagiyawanna 1954
R. A. Marthas 1962
C. H. J. Weerasooriya 1963
Arther Ranasinghe 1969
H. R. Perera 1970
W. Kahandagama 1972
S. Wijeweera 1973
M. D. L. Fernando 1975
A. G. Weththasinghe 1975
D. D. Wijemanna 1977
Name Entered Office
A. G. De Silva 1979
H. S. N. K. Fernando 1987
G. D. K. Perera 1990
J. K. P. Ashokaratne 1991
D. E. Jayaneththi 1992
L.W Somathilake 2003
Tilak De Silva 2015
Dimuthu Priyankara Deranagoda 2018
L. G. P. B. Liyangaskumbura 2020
W. P. N. D. Weerasinghe 2022
Raweendra Pushpakumara 2023 - incumbent

Sri Sumangala College Old Boys edit

The Sri Sumangala College Old Boys Association, also known as the Old Boys’ Association of Sri Sumangala College, Panadura (SSCOBA), was established on 28 October 1922.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Sri Sumangala Junior Old Boys".
  2. ^ a b c "Sunday Times Article".
  3. ^ a b "Sunday Times July 05,2009".
  4. ^ "Japan's Economics Cooperation in Sri Lanka".
  5. ^ "Sunday Island". 2 March 2011.
  6. ^ "The Island online 27 May 2008".
  7. ^ "The Island Online March 3rd, 2009".
  8. ^ "Panadura Sri Sumangala College OBA is 88". The Sunday Times(Sri Lanka). 30 May 2010.

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