Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education at St. John’s College

Established in 1823, the College will be commemorating its third century in existence in a few more years. Presently, more than 2000 students are taught by more than 120 tutorial staff who in turn are supported by more than 50 office staff.
The Vision, Mission, Aims & Objectives of the College are based on the verse, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

The vision is to create an ethos for students to attain excellence spiritually, academically, morally and socially and the mission of the College is to lead, motivate and provide training to achieve the vision.

The College sheds light on all academic and co-curricular activities but its main focus is on inculcating discipline, English and Information Technology.

a) St. John’s College

St. John’s College caters to students from grades 1 to Advanced Level (Primary and Secondary education). Syllabus designed by the government of Sri Lanka is followed. The traditional method of schooling with more emphasis on making children well-rounded by making them take part in sports, games and other extra-curricular activities, is followed. Under this system, not everyone reaches their wishful destination. St John’s College, recognizing its responsibility to take everyone to shore, embarked on several programmes and opened its doors to vocational and tertiary education. Now, those who cannot enter the university under the present school system can climb up the ladder step by step and earn a degree, pursue his Masters or obtain a Ph.D.
The College is taking steps (details are given below) to ensure that no student who walks in through the gates of the College falls on the wayside; no sheep under the care of the shepherd wanders from the pastures into the desert.

b) Jaffna Academy and School of Technology

The Jaffna Academy and School of Technology currently prepares students for grade 5, O/L and A/L public examinations. A new model has been introduced where students in grades 1 to 5 are taught Tamil as the first language, English as the medium of instruction and Sinhala as a link language. In this model, all the subjects, with the exception of Religion are taught in the English Medium. Students are simultaneously prepared to sit for the scholarship exam in the Tamil Medium.
Students who are unable to enter St. John’s College on merit are given an opportunity to enter the Academy, prove their capability and gain admission to St. John’s College. Thus, the Academy acts as a Feeding Institution to St. John’s College.
The Academy also takes in O/L and A/L repeaters from other schools and gives them a second chance to pass their public exams.

O/L and A/L students who are identified as having ‘Bodily-Kinesthetic’ learning style (Howard Gardner’s theory of seven distinct intelligences) are placed in the Academy where they are given hands-on learning and taught through physical activities. In other words, the Academy supports students who find it difficult to sit for public examinations through the formal and conventional system of education.

c) St John’s College Continuing Education

The College’s desire to provide language programmes, especially English, Teacher Education and Human Resource Development led to the registration of St. John’s College Continuing Education (Registration Number P25/0077) with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC).
Courses that are offered by St. John’s College Continuing Education which are locally and internationally recognized are:
  • Diploma in Pre and Primary School Teacher Training
  • Certificate in Building Career Skills
  • Developing Career Skills Through English
  • Advancing Career Skills Through English
  • Introduction to Working in an Office (Leads to Diploma in English and Education)

This unit envisions a future where the present courses will lead to Diploma / Degree programmes.

d) St. John’s Academy and College of Technology

St. John’s Academy and College of Technology, registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (Registration Number P25/0076) offers the following technical related NVQ trade courses, leading to Diploma / Degree.

  • Computer Hardware Technician
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Radio ,T.V. & Allied Equipment Repairer – Mobile Phones
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Spoken Sinhala and Language

e) Our Needs

All the four wings of St. John’s College have their own needs.
St. John’s College
St. John’s College has a list of needs, numbering about twenty-eight. These needs range from infrastructure development like constructing smart classrooms, increasing academic results, improving sports performance to staff development. By 2023, the year of its bicentennial, with everyone’s support, the college hopes it would have achieved all.
(Please refer to the Development plan link)

St. John’s College Continuing Education
St. John’s College Continuing Education, the unit that provides language programmes, especially English, Teacher Education and Human Resource Development has a short list of needs that the College could very well manage to finance on its own.
(please refer to continuing education needs)

St. John’s Academy and College of Technology and The Jaffna Academy and School of Technology
It is the needs of St. John’s Academy and College of Technology and The Jaffna Academy and School of Technology that the College is finding extremely hard to meet. The need of the hour is the settlement of the loan and purchase of equipment for the Technology Faculty that is, at present, being used by both the units.
The Technology Faculty was constructed opposite to St. John’s Collegeto government specifications in July 2015. The cost of the building was Rs.36 Million of which Rs.30 Million was a secured loan through the incorporated Trustee of the Church of Ceylon. The old boys and well-wishers were generous and contributed Rs.13 Million. Monthly payments of an average of Rs.470,000/- is due to the Trustees of the Churchof which 250,000/- isagainst the capital. The rest is interest at the rate of 12.25%.
As of February 2018, the loan balance is at Rs.21.5 million and interest payable is Rs.9.5 million. We were required to buy equipment valued by the government at Rs. 30million. Due to generous hearts, we were able to purchase a few but are yet to buy equipment, worth Rs. 25million, which are a prerequisite for the students following the Technology stream. The Technology Faculty, therefore, now has commitments to the tune of Rs. 56 million which it is struggling to meet.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone for the generous donation for the construction of the building. Please see the amortization scheduleand the donor list (Loan amortization Merged & donation list.xlsx)
Although we have access on line for theoretical knowledge, we lack in practical and hands-on training (Example: - we need a used car for automobile repairing, table saw for wood work, etc.)
Government schools funded by the state have no financial constraints. As we are a state-assisted private school, we have to find our own financial assistance.


Looking at the list of requirements and donors, you might realize that an item discarded in your vicinity might be useful to the students here for theirpractical education.Please go through the list(Tools & cell phone servicing list &NVQ tools needed.xlsx )This will save us money. If you wish to assist us financially, the account details are at the bottom of this document.
Monetary help could be done in Sri Lanka through the following accounts:

1) Name of Account : M/St John’s College, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Account Number : 016010004016
Bank Branch: Hatton National Bank,
177, 179, Ponnnambalam Rd, Jaffna

Account No: 00023233138
Bank Name: Bank of Ceylon
Branch: Torrington Square Colombo -7
Swift code: BCEYLKLX

Account Number: 055010169896
Bank Name : Hatton National Bank P.L.C.
Branch: Borella
Swift code: HBLILKLX

If you transfer any funds to the above account please inform us to enable us to acknowledge receipt. Acknowledgements will appear in the college magazine of the respective year.