prize for excellence
|Winner of 2006 –
W. A. Wijesinghe
The Saravanamuttu Prize is awarded by the Saravanamuttu
Trust to a student of S.
Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia for showing ‘early
promise of exhibiting human excellence and virtue on adult life’,
and to commemorate a distinguished Thomian Family.
Since 1851 the College has fulfilled its Founder’s
vision of moulding character, and sending out into the world many
who have made a difference to the nation’s life. A number
of ‘Thomian’ families have contributed to the life of
both the school and the nation.
At S. Thomas’, the Saravanamuttus spanning
three generations excelled in both curricular and extra curricular
activities, Five members of the family won the F. L. Goonewardene
Batting Shield seven times between them, four won the Peiris –
Siriwardene Gold Medal, two won the Victoria Gold Medal, three won
the Miller Mathematical prize, two won the Arndt Memorial Prize,
one won the Rajapakse Classical Prize and one, Manickam, won the
prestigious English University Scholarship, and had the honour of
being named ‘the best all-round Thomian boy of the Century’
in the Centenary Year of 1951. Five of them were Head Prefect and
two captained the Cricket 1st XI. Seven have played in the Royal
Thomian Cricket matches, while two captained Soccer and one captained
It is hoped that the Saravanamuttu Prize awarded
at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia since 2004 will not only
honour this outstanding family, but also help to inspire future
generations of Thomians to maintain the high standards of excellence
that the College has been famous for.