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  • In gloriam Dei optimi maximi (Unto the glory of God, the best and the highest)
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In gloriam Dei optimi maximi (Unto the glory of God, the best and the highest)


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Jaffna, Sri Lanka


The foregoing facts give ample proof that Jaffna Central College is the oldest permanent English school in Jaffna. It was founded as an English School by Rev. James Lynch in 1814, named Jaffna Wesleyan English School in 1817, re-named Jaffna Central School by Rev. Dr Peter Percival in 1834 and became Jaffna Central College in 1869. There were over 60 students enrolled at JCC in early 1815. The school progressed and grew steadily and in 1849 there were 150 students enrolled at JCC (Wesleyan Central School and St Paul’s School). Today, we are proud to declare that there are over 1800 students at JCC and that the curriculum has been enhanced to meet modern challenges.

In the education sector, the modernisation includes providing multi-media facilities and building an auditorium in the premises owned by the late Mr Edward Selvarajah Thambyah. Selvarajah Master was a Centralite; he was taught at JCC and dedicated his time for over 30 years as a coach for cricket and athletics. His family generously donated their premises through the Chelvanayagam Memorial Trust to build an auditorium with state-of-the-art facilities.

Centralites must realise that recent intensive research on the history of JCC unearthed indisputable evidence that the college was founded by Rev. James Lynch in 1814. The historical records confirm that the college had enrolled over 60 students between February and March 1815 (Cook, 2015). Although JCC was founded in 1814 by Rev. Lynch, the official date of acquisition of the property by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society from the Government of Ceylon was 1 August 1816 (CME, 1936). Before the research findings came to light, JCC had already decided to celebrate the bicentenary in 2016 based on this official date. The revelation of JCC’s founding in 1814 does not hinder our determination to celebrate the historic occasion in 1816 but brings further pride and honour to all the Centralites.


Wet the ground and wind opposing,
Just ten minutes yet to play;
Play up Central, no reposing
On the gains of yesterday.
Now’s the time for combined action;
Pass the ball from man to man,
Never selfish play nor faction,
Proved worthwhile since sport began.

Central Rally for the School then,
Take the field with one accord;
Keep your courage cool and clean then,
Central’s flag must ne’er be lowered.

On the field of life when striving,
Keep your honour true and bright,
Play up Central ever thriving
On the fruits of grace and light;
For your comrades of the old days,
Scattered far though, they may be;
For your school and for her true praise,
Live in service glad and free!



ஈரம் திடலில் எதிர்க்கும் காற்று
நேரம் மணித்துளி பத்தினும் ஆட;
ஆர்வம் குறையா தாடிடு மத்தி
ஒர்மம் நேற்றுள வெற்றியில் ஊட்டு
வந்தது நேரம் ஒன்றிய செயற்கு;
பந்தினை மாறு ஆளுக்கு ஆளாய்;
என்றுமே சுயநலம் பிரிவினை நீக்கு
நன்றிது ஆட்டம் முன்தொடர் சான்று!

இணைந்து பாடல்

மத்தியம் நித்தியம் கலையகம் காக்க
ஒத்திசை வாகக் களத்தினைக் கொள்ளு;
மெத்தென உறுதி சுத்தமாய்ப் பேணு
மத்தியின் மணிக்கொடி நித்தியம் நிலைக்கும்.

வாழ்வெனும் தளத்தில் தளம்பிடும் போது,
ஆள்கநின் கீர்த்தி அகமெய் ஒளிர்க,
ஆடிடு மத்தி அனுதினம் முயல்க
கூடிடு கருணை குவிசுடர் கனிய;
உன்னவர் தோழர் உள்ளனர் முன்னாள்;
அன்னவர் அகலப் பரந்துள போதும்,
உன்னது பள்ளி அன்னவள் அரும்புகழ்,
எண்ணிநில் தொண்டில் இன்பம் ஏகாந்தம்:

இணைந்து பாடல்

தமிழாக்கம்:- கவிஞர் நா.க.சண்முகநாதபிள்ளை (அதிபர் 1990-1995)

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  • May 26, 2022 4:02 PM local time

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