About Us

Overview

S. Thomas’ Preparatory School is a private, Anglican, multi-ethnic educational institution for boys, that provides education at both the primary and secondary levels. This prestigious institution that was established on the 17th of May in 1938 by its founding father, William Thomas Keble, is governed by the Anglican Diocese of Colombo, and prides itself on being one of the first preparatory schools initiated within the British public school system here in Sri Lanka.

S. Thomas’ Preparatory School focuses on promoting the academic, cultural, moral and physical development of its students within a Christian framework, with God at the core of it’s workings as stated in the school motto, “The Lord is My Shepherd”. However, this does not affect the schools stellar reputation of being a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural institution that promotes religious and racial harmony as can be observed through the many activities organised by and for the students.
 
This “new school of a new style,” as mentioned in an article in the Ceylon Observer in 1938, which began with just 80 students and a staff of 7 teachers on roll, has now blossomed into one of the most reputable schools in Sri Lanka with 970 students and over 100 members of staff. The school which once only catered to primary students, now welcomes children within the ages of 6 and 16 (grades 1 to 11), emphasising on the requirements and aspirations of younger children and providing them with an opportunity to learn and develop, unfettered and unhampered by older and more mature students.
 
At S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, special attention is paid to make sure that academic success is achieved not only within the world of examinations, but also within life itself. This is accomplished by ensuring that all our students are well immersed in a plethora of co-curricular and extra curricular activities that would guarantee that our graduating class has had all the opportunities made available to them to make themselves all-rounders. Each of these opportunities provide our students with a platform to not only discover, but also enhance a variety of skills that they themselves uncover within, whilst being engaged in the respective activity.
 
We believe that each and every student who walks through our gates has the potential to do great things, and thus always push them towards greatness. As a result, we are focused on identifying our students’ strengths and weaknesses and providing them with the necessary tools to develop their individuality, however they seem fit, just as long as a high level of empathy is always in check. Therefore, it is fair to say that at S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, every student receives an equal opportunity to obtain a great education that focuses on creating loving human beings.

Our ultimate goal is to produce students who are not only educated and talented but also respectful, responsible and resilient citizens who value diversity and lifelong learning.

Crest, Motto & Flag

School Crest

 The Crest was introduced in 1954 and consists of a young trumpeting tusker, typical of Ceylon, full of life, joy and freedom.

School Motto

The Lord Is My Shepherd, the motto of our school, was introduced in 1954 and was created under the idea that if he is not the shepherd of our little lambs, then our school has been built in vain.

School Flag

 Dark Blue, Light Blue and
Gleaming White are the colours of our School Flag.

School Song

Verse 1:-
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
For our Home by the Rolling Billows
That Sound their Song in our Ears all Day
And Lull us at Night on our Pillows
Chorus:
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
Sing we in Cheerful Chorus
We’ll Cherish the School of our Youthful Years
Thro’ Life that Lies before us!
Verse 2:-
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
For our Flag with its Colours Flying
Dark Blue, Light Blue and Gleaming White
Gaily the breeze defying
Verse 3:-
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
Tho’ we’re Small we’ve Brains and Muscle
And have shown we can hold our own ere this
In many a friendly tussle
Verse 4:-
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
For the games we play together
Play with Vim in the sunshine bright
Nor less in the rainy weather
Verse 5:-
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
For our Tasks (Tho’ we often Shirk them)
History, Grammar, Science, Sums
(Which are wrong as a rule when we work them)
Chorus:
Cheer! Cheer! Prep School Boys
Sing we in Cheerful Chorus
We’ll Cherish the School of our Youthful Years
Thro’ Life that Lies before us!

School Hymn

Verse 1:-
Dear Lord who came so long ago
To live like us a boy on earth,
Who boyish work and grief didst know,
Boyish games and mirth.
Verse 2:-
Live with us in the school we love,
Be our companion day by day,
Against all evil make us brave,
And share our work and play.
Verse 3:-
Help us to work as thou didst work,
With honest effort,patient care;
Help us to play as thou didst play,
Unselfish, keen and fair.
Verse 4:-
The birds and beasts were all thy friends,
Help us, dear Lord, to love them too;
To care for every frightened thing
As thou dear Lord didst do.
Verse 5:-
So in thy strength from day to day
Some humble likeness we may show;
To that dear boy of Nazareth
Who lived so long ago.

House System

Abeynaike

Named after the school’s first Headmaster, Norman Gray Abeynaike.
The house colour is Green.

Keble

Named after the school’s Founder, William Thomas Keble.
The house colour is Yellow.

De Saram

Named after Canon R. S. De Saram who was Warden of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia when the school was founded. He was also the first manager of the school.
The house colour is Red.

Carpenter-Garnier

Named after the sixth Bishop of Colombo, Carpenter-Garnier, who was Lord Bishop in 1938 when the school was founded.
The house colour is Blue.

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All Rights Reserved.