St John's Girls' School, Panadura - 125th jubilee celebrations
One hundred and twenty-fifth years of span is an enormous experience
to any educational institution. St John's Girls' School is one of the
best with a glittering past in Sri Lanka, founded, managed and guided by
the able hands of eminent educationalist Cyril Janz Snr. and his wife
The girls' school first started in the verandah of Janz house in the
year 1885 with only two pupils. This class of two was the nucleus around
which she built the magnificent girls' school of today through her
persistent efficiency and utmost dedication. The modest beginning with a
class of two pupils grew in numbers to that of thousands at present.
Today St John's Girls' School stands with her head held high and her
students can proudly announce we are Johnians, you have taught us the
motto Nihil Amantic Difficile which means nothing is difficult to the
enthusiasts. Previously this school was connected with St John's Boys
School and St John's College, English being the medium of instruction in
that time. During mid 1950's due to vagaries in the education system,
the other two schools were handed over to the government while the
girls' school remains a fully private institution to date.
Today our school has over 1,800 students and efficient tutorial staff
of over 70. Between years 1990 and 2010 there was a major administration
changes effected by then Principals H Dharmasekera and L S Dharmasekera.
This period is quoted to be the golden era of this school.
During this period new avenue of education was implemented to suit
the new developing era, which resulted in obtaining very good results at
the Grade five Scholarship and G.C.E. O-L Examinations.
Since 125 years St John's Girls' School has been moulding many young
girls into courageous, pious and humble women. Many of them are quite
prominent members of the society today. At present the school is blessed
with one such past pupil who is now the principal of the school.
Damayanthi Wickramasinghe, the Principal of St John's Girls' School has
taken the reigns with sheer determination and dynamism to guide the
students towards academic excellence as well as to deliver a disciplined
and a dedicated student force to the nation.
St Johnís Girlsí School, Panadura
The school is managed by the Board of Trustees who have always stood
for honesty and integrity. They have done an immense service to elevate
the school to its current academic achievements over the past few
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, C N D Perera along with its
members, Dr ms Kamala Peiris, D K Subasinghe and the Manager of the
School, T S N Fernando have been great pillars of strength to the school
administration and well-being of the students.
To mark the 125th year of Jubilee Celebration, the school has
organized many events starting with the Johnians Walk.
Events pertaining to the Jubilee Celebrations will continue till the
month of December with pomp and pageantry and will be declared close at
the end of the year with a grand finale.
Past pupils of the school are cordially invited to participate and
support the school in this endeavour. Your advice and guidance will be
greatly appreciated by the Principal and the Event Organizing Committee
of St John's Girls' School.