St. John’s Girls’ School was founded by Mrs. Amelia Jansz in the year 1885 with the support of her husband Mr. Cyril Arnold Jansz who was the founder of St John’s Schools and Colleges. The girls’ school also came under the umbrella of the St John’s Schools and Colleges. It is in keeping with the idea that the girls’ school should flourish even in the absence of the founders that Mr. Cyril Arnold Jansz appointed Board of Trustees to see to the total wellbeing of the girl’s school. Thus, he gave sole ownership of the girl school to the Board of Trustees, comprising of one member from the Jansz family, three members from the Association of the Old Johnians and one member from the staff of the girls’ school.
At present, the Mr. C Neil D Perera is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees while Mr. Upul Abeywardena and Mr. Ivan De Mel are members.
Mrs. Lakshila Ilapperuma, the Principal of the school is well supported by the Deputy Principal Mrs. Anushka Abeyratne to develop the school in all spheres to cater to the growing needs of the hour.
At present, the school stands as a very prestigious private girls school having more than 2000 students on roll from Lower Nursery to Advanced Level with a tutorial staff of more than 100. In keeping with the regulations of the Ministry of Education, the school functions and education is done in both Sinhala and English medium while the Advanced Level streams comprise of the main areas, namely Arts, Commerce, and Science.
Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are also carried out to provide wholesome education to the students and they take part in various competitions throughout the year bringing glory to the school.
St John’s Girls’ School stands strong and steady as a leading girls school especially for girls in and around Panadura, competing well with the leading schools in the island.
The Leadership Training and Attitude Development Program will be held from Friday 9 December from 6:30am to Sunday 12 December at 6:30pm. The purpose of the school-led leadership and attitudinal development program to develop and produce competent, responsible and perfect citizens of society.