Ladies College Colombo was founded as a self supporting institution in 1900 by
Liiian Nixon from Ireland and Ms Elizabeth Whitney from Canada at the behest
of the Church Missionary Society. The history of the school is woven round the
seven principals of the college who were responsible for its founding, expansion
and ethos. There is no doubt it was due to their Christian faith and commitment
that Ladies College grew from a rented bungalow in Slave Island with two
students to what it is today... Quoting Ladies' College 1900-2000
Several issues fascinated us. ……
How a Christian Missionary school like Ladies’ College, established in 1900
within a colonial ethos, adapted itself to the social, cultural, and economic
changes that were ushered in with independence in 1947?
did the school come to terms with the subsequent shifts in educational policy by
successive governments especially during the second half of the last century?
did the school cope with such dramatic changes and do so while still remaining
geared to the national system of education?
did Ladies’ College not only survive for a period of a hundred years, but grow
from strength to strength?