St. Thomas' College, Matale

St. Thomas' College, Matale[1][2] (Sinhala: මාතලේ ශාන්ත තෝමස් විද්‍යාලය), or (STC), is a secondary school for boys located in Matale, Sri Lanka.[3][4][5][6]

St.Thomas' College, Matale

Coordinates7°28′14″N 80°21′34″E
MottoAnimo Et Fide
(Courage & Faith)
Established1873 (1873)
PrincipalK. A. J. Kulasooriya
GradesClass 6 – 13
Age11 to 19
Colour(s)Gold and Double Blue             
AlumniOld Thomians


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.[7]

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.[8]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.


There are more than 2,000 students studying in the college (July 2014). They have many facilities of studying leading to qualifications such as grade 5 scholarship exams, O/L and A/L.[9]

Past principals

Name Entered office Departed office
Charles Robinson
Rev. Fr. D. Aidan de Silva
W. B. Gopallawa
A. J. Wijesinghe
Upali Weragama
J. H. M. W. Ranjith
E. M. P. Ekanayake
Dampiya Wanasinghe
K. A. J. Kulasuriya


  • 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".

Notable alumni

The school has produced many notable persons who are well known throughout the country.

Name Notability Reference
Kingsley Jayasekera Actor, singer
Lakdasa Kodituwakku Inspector General of Police (1998 2002) [10]
Lahiru Madushanka ODI, T20I cricket player (2017present) [11][12][13]
Hemal Ranasinghe Model, actor [14]
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) [15]
Sanath Wimalasiri Actor, Dramatist [16]

See also

  • List of schools in Sri Lanka


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  4. Matale Thomians-Under 19 hockey champions
  5. No decision at Matale
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  10. "Death of IGP Lucky Kodituwakku". The Island. 2002. Retrieved 29 August 2002.
  11. "Madusanka produces best bowling figures of tournament | Sri Lanka | Cricket". 22 August 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  12. "Sri Lanka U19 beat Afghanistan to win plate championship | Sri Lanka | Cricket". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  13. "Features". 6 March 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  14. "Player profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  15. "Thomians' Nite 2015". motacolombo. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
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