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St. John's College, Jaffna
|St. John's College
பரி. யோவான் கல்லூரி
Main Street, Chundikuli
|School type||Private 1AB|
|Motto||Latin: Lux in Tenebris Lucet
(Light Shines in the Darkness)
|Founder||Rev. Joseph Knight|
|School district||Jaffna Education Zone|
|Authority||Church of Ceylon|
|Principal||V. S. B. Thuseetharan|
|Headmaster||A. H. Gnanarajan|
|Head teacher||V. Kumanan|
|Chaplain||Rev. Jurinesz Shadrach|
St. John's College (Tamil: பரி. யோவான் கல்லூரி Ceṉ. Yōvāṉ Kallūri, SJC) is a private school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Founded in 1823 by British Anglican missionaries, it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools.
In 1817 the Anglican Church Mission Society (CMS) approved the establishment of missions in Ceylon. On 20 December 1817 four clergymen – Joseph Knight, Samuel Lambrick, Robert Major and Benjamin Ward – and their wives left England and sailed to Ceylon on board the Vittoria. They arrived in late June 1818. Knight went to Jaffna, Lambrick went to Colombo, Major and his wife went to Galle and Ward and his wife to Trincomalee. Knight started his missionary work in 1818 in Nallur.
The Nallur English Seminary was established in March 1823 by Knight. The school had only 7 students and was located in Knight's bungalow. In 1845 the school was relocated to Chundikuli and renamed the Chundikuli Seminary.
In the same year the Church Mission Society took over the old Portuguese St. John the Baptist church. In 1846 the school moved into a hall next to the church. The church was demolished in 1859 and replaced by the current church.
The school was renamed St. John's College in 1891. The free education system was introduced by the government in 1945 but SJC chose to remain outside the system. In 1951 SJC joined the free education system. Most private schools in Ceylon were taken over by the government in 1960 but SJC chose to remain as a private and non-fee levying school.
SJC's principal C. E. Anandarajah was shot dead on 26 June 1985 in Jaffna. It is alleged that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam assassinated Anandarajah for organising a cricket match with the Sri Lankan military.
- 1823-1825 Rev. Joseph Knight
- 1825-1839 Rev. W. Adley
- 1839-1841 Rev. F. W. Taylor
- 1841-1846 Rev. I. T. Johnstone
- 1846-1866 Rev. R. Pargiter
- 1866-1874 Rev. T. Good
- 1874-1878 Rev. D. Wood
- 1878-1879 Rev. E. Blackmore
- 1879-1889 Rev. G. T. Fleming
- 1889-1892 Rev. C. C. Handy (Acting)
- 1892-1895 Rev. J. W. Fall
- 1895-1899 Rev. I. Carter
- 1899-1900 Rev. R. W. Ryde
- 1900-1919 Rev. Jacob Thomson
- 1919 Rev. K. C. Mc Pherson (Acting)
- 1920-1940 Rev. Henry Peto
- 1940-1957 Rev. J. T. Arulanantham
- 1957-1959 P. T. Mathai
- 1959-1966 A. W. Rajasekeram
- 1967-1976 K. Pooranampillai
- 1976-1985 C. E. Anandarajah
- 1985-1987 T. Gunaseelan
- 1987 K. Pooranampillai
- 1988-1993 Dr. E. S. Thevasagayam
- 1990-1993 S. Thanapalan (Acting)
- 1993-2006 S. Thanapalan
- 2006-2019 Rev. N. J. Gnanaponrajah
- 2019 Ven. Samuel J. Ponniah (Acting)
- 2020- V. S, B. Thuseetharan
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