St. Thomas' College, Matale
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|St.Thomas' College, Matale|
|Motto||Animo Et Fide|
(Courage & Faith)
|Grades||Class 6 – 13|
|Age||11 to 19|
|Colour(s)||Gold and Double Blue|
The school was established in 1873 under the verandah of a small mud-and-wattle church. The first class of students included 75 boys and 12 girls. In 1876, the school was split into separate boys and girls schools by Rev. Fr. Aloysius J. M. Marrer. The headmaster of the boys' school was Leo de Silva, and the leader of the girls' school was Rosa Perera. The girls' school was named St. Agnes Convent School, which is now known as St. Thomas Girls' School.
In January 1880, a secular priest (also known as a diocesan priest), Rev. Fr. Pius Fernando, from Negombo, arrived at the school. Fernando spent half a century of his priestly life in Matale and died in 1930.
In 1901, the Robinson Memorial Hall was built on land donated by John Croos of Negombo. In 1904, Joseph Gregory Perera, a former student of the school, joined as a pupil-teacher and retired in 1946. He was popularly known as “Joseph Master”. During that time the headmasters were J. M. Direckse, A. S. Scharnignivel, L. D’w. Jayasighe, C. J. Rodrigo and Charles Robinson. Robinson was appointed as headmaster on 1 September 1923, retiring in 1958.
Cadet Platoon (Junior) was inaugurated on 10 December 1938 under the charge of J. B. Madasekara. E. A. Perusinghe, who was a Lieutenant, took over cadeting. The Scout Troop 3rd Matale was inaugurated in 1935 with F. de S. Gunawardena as Scout Master and S. B. Pamunuwa as his assistant.
When Robinson retired, he was succeeded by George Denlow, who left the school after a short stint and was replaced by B. J. Perera.
|Name||Entered office||Departed office|
|Rev. Fr. D. Aidan de Silva|
|W. B. Gopallawa|
|A. J. Wijesinghe|
|J. H. M. W. Ranjith|
|E. M. P. Ekanayake|
|K. A. J. Kulasuriya|
|D. M. G. B. Dissanayake|
- Austin -
- Bede -
- Clement -
- Pius -
The school's main rival is the Science College, Matale. Matches between the two are often called the "Battle of the Golds".
The school has produced many notable persons who are well known throughout the country.
|Kingsley Jayasekera||Actor, singer|
|Lakdasa Kodituwakku||Inspector General of Police (1998 – 2002)|||
|Lahiru Madushanka||ODI, T20I cricket player (2017–present)|||
|Hemal Ranasinghe||Model, actor|||
|Shavendra Silva||Major General – commander 58 Division during the Sri Lankan Civil War; Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2010 – present)|
|Chanaka Welegedara||international test cricket player (2007 – 2014)|||
|Sanath Wimalasiri||Actor, Dramatist|||
|Damith Wijayathunga||Model, actor|||
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