HISTORY

The Staff of Past Years

Rt. Rev. Thomos Cooray OMI then the Archbishop of Colombo realize that Panadura A Buddhist stronghold is in need of a Catholic School. Rev. fr. Alex Ranasingha then the parish priest of Panadura, with the help of Good Shepherd Sister started a primary School on February 2nd 1953 in a temporary house donated by Buddhist native doctor, in Gunananda Mawatha . This was the first School conducted by Sister Mary Ailbie, Sister Philomina and three other teachers.

Later on 2nd July 1953 a new building was constructed at the present school premises and conducted classes for 33 students. Due to lack of space and increasing number of students, then sister superior Mary Cuthbert Maconeli purchased the adjoining land in order to expanded the school. The school was registered as a Catholic School in 1954.

In the early years the school was mixed. In the year 1964 it became a girls’ school. The most important thing happened in 1968 was the composing of the school song. In that particular year grade 6,7 and 8 classes were started and the school Western and Eastern Band were formed.

In 1972 the school was entitled to the new education system and them in 1976 for the first time student were forwarded for G.C.E. (O/L) Examination and in 1997 student sat for G.C.E. (A/L) Examination in the streams of Art and Commerce .Since then the Shepherdians were able to come out with flying colors at their various examinations bringing honour to their ALMA MATER.

At present the school has about 1000 students on enroll and a tutorial staff of 40 teachers. It has progressed through all these years due to the strong commitment and dedication of the Principals and the teachers, past and present and the assistance of parents and past pupils.

Past Principals

Rev.Sister Mary Ernestine
(1963-1971)

Rev.Sister Mary Anthony
(1972-1974)

Rev.Sister Mary Xavior
(1974-1976)

Rev.Sister Mary Benjamin
(1977-1988)

Rev.Sister Mary Dhammika
(1989-1999)

 

Rev. Sr. Muriel Wickramarathne (1999-2006)

Rev. Sr. Mary Francine Muthugala (2006-2007)

 

Tribute to Sr. Mary Dhammika Gunawardana

Rev. Sr. Dhammika did her best to improve the school, the convent and the parish up to the time of her demise. Prior to this period she had served ten years at Good Shepherd Convent, Panadura. At the time of her demise she was 54 years, quite hail and hearty.

As a religious personality, Sr.Dhammika was devoted to her service. To educate students in a religious atmosphere inculcating the spiritual values to enable them to become worthy daughters of Mother Lanka had been her greatest desire. Sister was keen not only in the education of her charges but also in extracurricular activities to maintain their physical and mental stability. She encouraged students to participate in sports, dramas, debates and language competitions. She took the initiative to provide the school band with wind instruments.

Sr.Dhammika wanted to improve the quality of education by imparting knowledge using modern techniques. She started G.C.E. A/L classes from January 1995.

She planned to setup a four-storeyed building for the school. Funds were collected by implementing various fund raising projects. The foundation stone was laid on December 5,1998 with a religious Ceremony and a “Trade fair” as a fund raising project. She wished to go from door to door appealing for building materials to fulfill her target, but her dream was shattered by her death. Her extra ordinary simplicity drew her staff and students to her, blended to work in unity and harmony as a team.