History

Present Ferguson came into existence as a result of the meritorious deed of Mrs. Florie Radhley.

Beginning

The school was first started in 1917 by the name of Baptist Missionary English School. It was started with only 3 girls, in the premises of Baptist church. Miss Elizebeth Maldeniya was the first teacher. After her, Miss Margret Maldeniya took her place. Later Miss S.R. Cassie Chitty was also appointed to meet the needs of increased number of students.
The church building was not enough for students and a new school building was badly in need. In 1918, a Fancy Bazar was held to raise funds for a new building and it was opened on the 10th March 1919 by Mrs. Foucer.

In 1920, Miss Wijesinghe was appointed as the head teacher and Miss Nesta Vanderstraten joined the staff.

In 1921, Mrs. Joice Collier was appointed as the principal. In the same year the school was registered as a “Grant in Aid – English School”.
  • Miss Evelyn Allsop

In 1922 Miss E.A Allsop was appointed as the principal.

  • First Candidate

In 1923, Miss. Elsie Abeygunasekara pass the E.S.L.C Examination.

  • Kindergarten

In 1925, Muhandiram C.P Wanigathunga opened the kindergarten and Miss. Barbet was the in-charge of it.

  • Ferguson High School

In 1928, the school known as Baptist Missionary Girls’ English School was renamed as Ferguson High School in memory Mr. John Ferguson who helped the Baptist Missionary Society in Ceylon.

  • The hostel

In 1924, the hostel was started as an integral part of the school.

In the same year, the school was registered as a mixed school.

In 1929, two storey building was opened as the new senior hostel. The former one (Etherington house) became the junior hostel. The two hostel buildings were connected by a long flight of steps.

  •  Guiding

In 1925, the first Ratnapura Guide Company was begun. In 1928, His excellency Sir Herbert Stanley visited the guide company in the school.

  • The 1930s

The 1930s was a period of growth. The total number of students was 118 and staff 9.

In 1931, a joint concert was held with the brother school of Ferguson High School, Carey College.

  • House System

Miss. W.F Gadge, the acting principal introduced the hose system, three houses Blue , Red and Orange. (The school colour was green)

  • OGA

The first reunion of the old girls was held on 8th September 1933 and Old Girls’ Association was inaugurated.

  • S.S.C

The first candidate, Miss Augusta Perera passed the S.S.C (English) in 1934.

  • The 1940s
  • In March 1940, Miss. F.A Brook came to Ferguson High School

In 1942, during world war children from Colombo schools came to Ferguson in large numbers. In the same year the Silver jubilee of the school was celebrated. Rev. S.F.Perera was the chief guest.

In 1943, the first school building was demolished to make room for a new hall.

On 12th February 1946, this new hall was opened by Lady Moore, wife of H.E the governor of Ceylon.

In 1946, primary classes switched over to mother tongue medium, Sinhala / Tamil.

On 39th May 1947, Miss Allsop’s Silver jubilee at Ferguson High School was celebrated.

In December 1947, the first Ferguson Fair was held to swell the building fund.

  • Miss. F.Aurora Brook

In 1949, Miss. F.A Brook became the principal of Ferguson High School.

  • Miss. E.A Allsop left the country

On her retirement, Miss. E.A. Allsop left the country.

In 1951, Mrs. J.E Stembo was appointed as the head of the primary section. In the same year school joined the Free Education sheme.

On 11th January 1955, new two storey building was opened by Miss. M.E Roper.

The 2nd Ferguson Fair was held on 29th july & 30th july in the same year.

In 1956, Miss. Pearl Perera , a Past Pupil and  a teacher o Ferguson High School came back to the school as the Head teacher of Ferguson High School.

  • School Birthday

In 1957, was the 40th Anniversary of Ferguson High School. Miss. Allsop’s Birthday fell on 27th march and it was taken as the school Birthday. 40 oil lamps were lit on a stand with the letters F.H.S. Everyone brought presents of 40 coins as birthday gift.

  • Arrival of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayaka

In April 1958,Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayaka (She was also a past pupil Ferguson High School 1923-1924) came as the chief guest of the prize giving.

In November 1958, the 3rd Ferguson fair was held.

  • First Sinhala Principal - Miss. Pearl Perera

When Miss. Brook left the country 1960, for the first time in Ferguson History , a Sinhalese , Miss. Pearl Perera was appointed as the principal.

  • Ferguson High school – No longer a Christian assisted school

From 1st December 1960, Ferguson became a director managed government school.

  • First University entrance

Sweenetha Suraweera and M.D Karunawathie were the 1st two students who passed H.S.C and U.A (Arts) examinations and entered to the university.

  • 4th Ferguson fair was held in 1966.
  • Golden Jubilee

1967 was the golden jubilee of Ferguson High School. In the same year Governor General His Excellency, William H. Gopallawa came as the chief guest of the Prize giving.

  • Mrs. Malini Wijenayaka

From 1972 – 1974 she had been the inspector of science in Colombo district and she helped to organize the new laboratory and get science teachers to start Advance level science. The 1st batch of science students not only passed the exam but also selected to medicine and science faculties.

  • Primary Head Teacher – Mrs. C. Gunarathna

Mrs.Gunarathna worked a lot to improve the standard of primary section of the school.

  • Mrs. Mallika Thambiah

Mrs. Thambiah, the next principal in 1974, made extra curricular activities very popular in the school.

  • Second arrival of Miss. Pearl Perera

In 1976 Ms. Pearl Perera was transferred back to Ferguson High school as the principal. Miss. Brook and Miss. Moon were the chief guests of the school birthday in that year.

  • Allsop House

The old mission house was acquired for the school in 1978. The building was named as “ Allsop House” and kindergarten was moved there.

  • Amalgamation of Baptist Missionary Society Primary school with Ferguson High School

A new two story building was opened in 1978 to meet the need of increasing number of students. As it was also not enough department of education amalgamated the Baptist Missionary Society Primary school with Ferguson High School. It was known as Junior Boys’ Section and girls of that school was were administered to Ferguson High School.

  • 60th Anniversary

An all night pirith ceremony was held in the school main hall to celebrate the 60th anniversary.

Administration


Principal   |   Deputy Principals  |  Assistant Principals   




Mrs. Mercy Galagama

The Present Principal of Ferguson High School – Ratnapura.

  • Born on 8th June 1968, in Ratnapura to a well reputed family and brought up in an English speaking environment with good education, good attitudes and good manners.
  • Young, active, enthusiastic and pleasant looking.
  • Highly keen on the development of Ferguson High School; her Alma-Mater that provided her the opportunity to receive both primary as well as the secondary education from 1975 to 1987.
  • Very lucky to become the Head of a school that has a hundred year Golden history, place where she learnt her first letter that paved her the way to success, to prove herself to be a true FERGUSONITE.

Professional Qualifications

  • Obtained the BSc Degree in 1996and was awarded the certificate in Post graduate Diploma I Education with Distinction Pass in 1999, and Post Degree in Master of Education in 2001 from the University of Colombo.
  • The year 2008was the turning point in life. Got through the SLEAS III in 2008that laid the foundation for the present position holding.
  • Actively participated in the Orientation Programme in Education Management and Education Leadership Development programme conducted at the National Institute of Education , Maharagama.
  • Successfully completed the certificate course in General Management at NIBM and the Public Management at SLIDA.

Work Experience

  • Ten years working experience, as an English Teacher (1991-1999), as a teacher of science (1999-2007) after the Graduation.
  • Appointed as the Deputy Principal (Administration and Finance ) of Ferguson High school from 2007 – 2012.
  • Served as the Acting Principal (2012 – 2013) of the same school.
  • Presently holding a prestigious position as the PRINCIPAL of FERGUSON HIGH SCHOOL, rendering a great service to school to bring it to the International Standard.



Past principals

Miss Evelyn Allsop (1922 – 1949)



In 1922 Miss E.A Allsop was appointed as the principal.Miss. Allsop’s time is considered as the Golden era of the Ferguson High School. Amongst the remarkable incidents of that time;

First Candidate

In 1923, Miss. Elsie Abeygunasekara pass the E.S.L.C Examination.

Kindergarten

In 1925, Muhandiram C.P Wanigathunga opened the kindergarten and Miss. Barbet was the in-charge of it.

Ferguson High School

In 1928, the school known as Baptist Missionary Girls’ English School was renamed as Ferguson High School in memory Mr. John Ferguson who helped the Baptist Missionary Society in Ceylon.

The hostel

In 1924, the hostel was started as an integral part of the school.

In the same year, the school was registered as a mixed school.

In 1929, two story building was opened as the new senior hostel. The former one (Etherington house) became the junior hostel. The two hostel buildings were connected by a long flight of steps

Guiding

In 1925, the first Ratnapura Guide Company was begun. In 1928, His excellency Sir Herbert Stanley visited the guide company in the school.

The 1930s

The 1930s was a period of growth. The total number of students was 118 and staff 9.

In 1931, a joint concert was held with the brother school of Ferguson High School, Carey College.

House System

Miss. W.F Gadge, the acting principal introduced the hose system, three houses Blue , Red and Orange. (The school colour was green)

OGA

The first reunion of the old girls was held on 8th September 1933 and Old Girls’ Association was inaugurated.

S.S.C

The first candidate, Miss Augusta Perera passed the S.S.C (English) in 1934.

Primary Classes in Sinhala and Tamil Medium

In 1946, primary classes switched over to mother tongue medium, Sinhala / Tamil.

First Ferguson Fair

In December 1947, the first Ferguson Fair was held to swell the building fund.



Miss. F.Aurora Brook (1950 – 1960)

In 1949, Miss. F.A Brook became the principal of Ferguson High School. In Ferguson history,  Miss. Brook’s name has been written in Gold for her great work over 10 years.

Free Education

In 1951 year school joined the Free Education scheme.

School Crest

In1952, Ms. Nalani Gunasekar, the teacher in charge of Art, designed the school crest for the first time.

Prize Awarding Ceremony with Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayaka

In April 1958,Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayaka, a past pupil Ferguson High School (1923-1924) came as the chief guest of the prize giving



Miss. Pearl Perera (1960 – 1972) & (1976-1980)



Miss. Pearl Perera is honored as an esteemed principal who rendered a great service to the Ferguson High School until her retirement.

First Sinhala Principal

When Miss. Brook left the country 1960, for the first time in Ferguson History , a Sinhalese , Miss. Pearl Perera was appointed as the principal.

Ferguson High school – No longer a Christian assisted school

From 1st December 1960, Ferguson became a director managed government school.

First University entrance

During her time,Sweenetha Suraweera and M.D Karunawathie ,who passed H.S.C and U.A (Arts) examinations entered to the university for the first time from Ferguson High School

Government School

In 1963, the school became a Government school.

Golden Jubilee & Governor General -  the chief guest of the Prize giving

1967 was the golden jubilee of Ferguson High School. In the same year Governor General His Excellency, William H. Gopallawa came as the chief guest of the Prize giving.

Allsop House

The old mission house was acquired for the school in 1978. The building was named as “ Allsop House” and kindergarten was moved there.

Amalgamation of Baptist Missionary Society Primary school with Ferguson High School

A new two story building was opened in 1978 to meet the need of increasing number of students. As it was also not enough department of education amalgamated the Baptist Missionary Society Primary school with Ferguson High School. It was known as Junior Boys’ Section and girls of that school was were administered to Ferguson High School. 


Mrs. Malini Wijenayaka (1972 – 1974)



With in a very short time, Mrs. Wijenayaka did a prodigious service to Ferguson High School.

First set of medical students

Helped to organize the new laboratory and get science teachers to start Advance level science. The 1st batch of science students not only passed the exam but also selected to medicine and science faculties during her time.



Mrs. Mallika Thambiah (1974 – 1976)

Mrs. Thambiah, did an excellent service to develop Ferguson High School, preserving Ferguson identity.

Mrs. Thambiah, made extra curricular activities very popular in the school.

For the first time she started to hold the school Assembly in Sinhala medium which was held in English.

 

Mrs. Buddhi Bamunusinghe (1981 – 1982) & (1987-1995)


In 1981 another Golden era dawned with the arrival of Mrs. Bamunusinghe. But as was appointed as an assistant director of education she had to leave the school in 1982. After her second arrival to Ferguson High School in 1987 she did a marvelous service with a great dedication.

National School

In 1993, the school grow into a National School.

75th anniversary of Ferguson High School

The 75th Birthday of Ferguson High School was celebrated in grand scale  with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at that time, as the chief guest.

Discipline of Fergusonite

Mrs. Bamunusinghe took a great effort to increase standard of education of the students  and make well disciplined Fergusonites and it was very successful


Mrs. S. Subasinghe (1983-1986)



With in a very short time of 3 years, Mrs. Subasinghe rendered a great service to the school.

Shrine Room

The school shrine room was built during her time.

New Buildings

Two, Three story buildings were erected for the primary and junior sections.

Another new building was established for Muslim section.

A new building was constructed adjoined to the Tamil Section of the school, to widen it.

The land next to the District Judge’s quarters was taken over to the school.

Established the communication system with in the school.  



Ms. Kothalawala (1995 – 1999)



Ms. Kothalawala also did an immense service to uplift the standard of education in Ferguson High school.

OGA Canteen

Established a canteen maintained by the Old Girls’ Association.

Computer Unit

To ease the work of administration, computer unit was started.

Prize Awarding System

The present prize awarding system of the school was inaugurated by Ms. Kothalawala.

Examination Unit

Established an examination unit to hold the Term Tests methodically.

Students applying for the prefect ship

A system was started to apply for the prefect ship by the students themselves.

National anthem & the School Song

Started to sing the national anthem and the school song on every other day.



Mrs. B.A. Dariju (2000 – 2003)



School Van

It was during Mrs. Dariju’s period, the school van was bought.

Duplo Machine for the Examination Unit

A Duplo machine which was a vital need for the examination unit was bought.

Fax Machine

To go ahead with the new technology, a fax machine was bought to the school.

Row of Na Trees along the road

To beautify the school lane, a row of Na trees was planted along the road.



Mrs. B.V.R.C.Bandarawaththa (2004 – 2012)



Mrs. Bandarawththa did a great service to the school in her 8 years period.

Constructed a three story building with laboratories for the school science section.

During her period, she worked to bring fame to the school by coordinating to create talented students in sports. Ishara Dayanada became the all island most popular school sports woman – 2010 and Ishali Chandrasekara Paricipated for SAF Games representing Sri Lanka .

 

G.C.E. (A/L)

G.C.E (A/L) – Results Analysis – 2009

Subject  Stream

Number Sat

Number - Pass

Selected to University

Science

374

323

201

Art

170

147

140

Commerce

134

101

93

Total

678

571

434

 

Science

Subject

Number Sat

Number Pass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Physics

345

247

09

28

83

127

98

71%

Chemistry

314

252

16

39

84

114

121

88%

Comb Math

88

42

01

03

06

22

46

47%

Biology

318

251

14

45

95

97

67

78%

Agriculture

23

23

-

3

13

07

-

100%

Gen. English

306

206

22

28

70

86

100

67%

 

Art

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Sinhala

137

137

53

51

30

03

-

100%

Buddhist Culture

32

32

15

08

07

02

-

100%

Political Science

94

90

21

15

36

14

05

95%

Geography

23

23

04

11

08

-

-

100%

Economics

17

17

02

04

10

01

-

100%

History

59

59

17

16

19

08

-

100%

Logic

44

44

23

11

06

04

-

100%

Art

03

03

03

-

-

-

-

100%

Dancing

07

07

03

01

02

01

-

100%

Oriental Music

09

09

-

02

05

02

-

100%

Christianity

01

01

-

01

-

-

-

100%

Home Science

07

07

02

05

-

-

-

100%

Japanese

08

08

-

04

01

03

-

100%

English

09

-

-

-

-

-

09

0%

 

 

Commerce

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Business Studies

134

130

02

42

17

29

04

97%

Accounts

133

124

23

31

41

29

09

93%

Economics

94

90

21

15

36

17

04

95%

Gen. English

121

57

03

05

20

29

64

47%

 

 

G.C.E (A/L) – Results Analysis – 2010

Subject  Stream

Number Sat

Number - Pass

Pass Percentage

Science

384

232

60%

Art

153

138

90%

Commerce

138

129

93%

Total

675

499

 

 

Science

Subject

Number Sat

Number Pass

Grade

Pass Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Physics

353

235

11

23

67

134

117

67%

Chemistry

384

272

27

37

74

134

112

71%

Comb Math

73

42

02

04

13

23

31

58%

Biology

312

258

13

49

108

88

54

83%

Agriculture

31

31

00

04

17

10

00

100%

Gen. English

372

269

28

37

97

107

103

72%

 

Art

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Sinhala

132

132

86

38

08

00

00

100%

Buddhist Culture

34

30

05

07

14

04

04

88%

Islam

01

01

01

00

00

00

00

100%

Christianity

01

01

01

00

00

00

00

100%

Political Science

106

100

18

32

34

16

06

94%

Geography

13

13

04

05

04

00

00

100%

Economics

25

22

04

05

07

06

03

88%

History

66

66

07

23

28

08

00

100%

Logic

45

44

22

07

11

04

01

98%

Art

02

02

02

00

00

00

00

100%

Dancing

04

04

01

03

00

00

00

100%

Oriental Music

06

06

01

03

02

00

00

100%

Drama & Theatre

02

02

00

00

01

01

00

100%

Home Science

06

06

00

05

01

00

00

100%

Japanese

07

07

00

03

02

02

00

100%

Gen. English

140

48

01

05

09

33

92

34%

 

Commerce

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Business Studies

138

138

74

28

31

05

00

100%

Accounts

140

135

25

36

50

24

05

96%

Economics

139

131

45

21

46

19

08

94%

Gen. English

140

82

02

06

19

55

58

59%

 

 

G.C.E (A/L) – Results Analysis – 2011

Subject  Stream

Number Sat

Number - Pass

Number - All Failed

“A” Passes for All Subjects

Highest Z Score

Number Selected to Universities

Science

189

99

25

-

2.0191

94

Art

97

87

01

07

2.069

28

Commerce

89

84

-

03

2.4410

28

Total

375

270

26

10

 

150

 

 

Science

Subject

Number Sat

Number Pass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Physics

183

109

-

13

33

63

74

60%

Chemistry

189

124

04

08

43

69

65

66%

Com Math

35

16

02

01

04

09

19

46%

Biology

156

127

04

24

46

53

29

81%

Agriculture

07

07

-

01

03

03

-

100%

Gen. English

187

159

20

26

49

64

28

85%

 

Art

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Sinhala

87

86

16

33

33

04

01

98%

Buddhist Culture

14

14

05

03

01

05

-

100%

Political Science

72

67

16

15

20

16

05

93%

Geography

19

19

-

03

13

03

-

100%

Economics

20

17

05

07

03

02

03

85%

History

46

45

23

08

09

05

01

97%

Logic

25

23

05

05

09

04

02

92%

Art

03

03

02

01

00

00

00

100

Dancing

03

02

01

00

01

00

01

66

Oriental Music

04

04

00

01

03

00

00

100

Drama & Theatre

04

04

02

02

00

00

00

100%

ICT

05

04

00

01

01

02

01

80%

Home Science

07

07

03

03

01

00

00

100%

Japanese

05

05

01

01

03

00

00

100%

Agriculture

02

02

00

01

00

01

00

100%

English

04

02

00

00

00

02

02

50%

Gen. English

89

57

03

05

13

36

32

64%

 

Commerce

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Business Studies

84

83

06

21

36

20

01

98%

Accounts

89

86

10

25

17

34

03

96%

Economics

89

89

26

20

31

12

00

100%

Gen. English

89

46

03

07

05

31

43

51%

 

G.C.E (A/L) – Results Analysis – 2012

Subject  Stream

Number Sat

Number - Pass

Number - All Failed

“A” Passes for All Subjects

Highest Z Score

Number Selected to Universities

Science

179

82

36

-

2.0820

65

Art

100

86

-

19

2.2844

34

Commerce

92

83

01

30

1.86

37

Total

371

251

37

49

 

136

 

Science

Subject

Number Sat

Number Pass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Physics

172

104

02

05

49

48

68

60%

Chemistry

175

101

01

09

33

58

74

58%

Com Math

36

11

00

00

01

10

25

31%

Biology

142

107

05

16

44

42

35

75%

Agriculture

04

04

00

00

02

02

00

100%

ICT

04

04

00

01

03

00

00

100%

Gen. English

154

96

08

04

24

60

58

62%

 

Art

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Sinhala

66

66

28

24

12

02

00

100%

Buddhist Culture

17

17

04

02

06

05

00

100

Islam

03

03

00

01

01

01

00

100%

Political Science

61

53

13

05

22

13

08

87%

Geography

11

11

03

03

04

01

00

100%

Economics

16

15

06

03

03

03

01

93%

History

29

29

16

07

05

01

00

100%

Logic

37

33

06

10

09

08

04

89%

Art

01

01

01

00

00

00

00

100%

Dancing

03

03

01

01

01

00

00

100%

Oriental Music

03

03

02

01

00

00

00

100%

ICT

08

07

00

01

04

02

01

88%

Media

14

14

04

04

06

00

00

100%

Home Science

04

04

00

02

02

00

00

100%

Japanese

11

11

04

01

06

00

00

100%

French

02

02

00

00

02

00

00

100%

Agriculture

05

04

00

00

00

04

01

80%

English

09

05

00

00

01

04

04

56%

Gen. English

100

39

03

07

09

20

61

39%

 

Commerce

Subject

Number Sat

NumberPass

Grade

Percentage

A

B

C

S

W

Business Studies

91

90

51

11

12

06

01

99%

Accounts

92

90

51

12

11

16

02

98%

Economics

92

84

42