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Old 14-02-16, 11:14 AM
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Default Celebrating 165 years of Thomian Sprit!

" What I conclude on behalf of S.Thomas' is that year in year out, she has sent into every walk of public life so many men not necessarily born with the advantage of wealth and influence, not too well endowed with the enviable gift of superior intellect but nevertheless decent men, who marry decent wives and by their own endeavors set up decent homes; men who represent the right kind of public opinion who will stand firm against the bogus doctrines which emerge from time to time in life of every nation; men who stand for common sense, integrity, courage and faith in the tradition of liberty and fair play "
- Justice E. F. N. Gratiaen -

All beginnings are celebrated. Celebrated a cut above other events. And so is the beginning of our great Alma Mater. It has been 165 years since the first Bishop of Colombo; the Rt. Rev. James Chapman began the school at Mutwal with hope for the future. It was his foremost vision to build a college and Cathedral for the new Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon. Thus on the 3rd of February 1851 the College of S Thomas the Apostle, Colombo was opened with the objective of training a Christian Clergy and to make Children good citizens under the discipline and supervision of Christianity. Now, more than one and a half centuries later, it has raised scores, nay, generations of great men from all walks of life. This day is also the day of this year’s prize giving; it is only fitting that the start of our school be commemorated by a remembrance of her children’s achievements.

The story of the beginning of our great school is one worthy and demanding of constant celebration. Bishop Chapman wished first to establish his college in Mount Lavinia, but was eventually established and begun in Mutwal. However, through the hand of fate, Warden Stone moved it to Mount Lavinia in 1918. It is of most importance that we celebrate this day. This is not simply a day to celebrate the founding of the school, but a day to remember its value. We remember this day the sum of achievements of our forerunners. The sweat, blood and tears of the great men like Warden Miller, Warden Buck, Warden de Saram, Bishop Copleston and so many others shed for our school. We remember the hopes they placed in the Thomians of the future. We remember the Thomians who have served the country in significant positions and the battlefield. We remember how many gentlemen this school has bred. Just as S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia is no ordinary school, our Foundation Day is no ordinary remembrance day. It is a celebration of 165 years of success and honour and esto perpetua.

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