Former Principal of Royal College, Mr. Lakshman Gomes Passed Away

March 25, 2010 | By Rakhitha | Filed in: Education, Royal College, Sri Lanka.

It is with deep regret, we announce that our beloved immediate  past principal Mr. H. L. B. Gomes has passed away yesterday.

The Remain of Late Mr. Lakshman Gomes, will lie in state at Royal College, College Hall between 9.00am – 3.00pm on 25th March 2010. Old Royalists are requested to be present at 2.00pm in College tie to pay last respects.

Please pass this message to all old Royalists you have Contact with.

Mr. Honnatarage Lakshman Bertram Gomes

Born on the 7th of October 1940 he had his entire secondary education at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and excelled in the academic field and the co-curricular activities. Due to his excellent performance in school career, Mr. Gomes was awarded the Gold Medal for the Best ALL ROUND STUDENT in 1960 and the Dr. C.L.X. Muthukumara Scholarship for the Best Student of the university entrance class.

Mr. Gomes graduated from the University of Peradeniya, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He obtained the Diploma in Education in 1971 with the best results of the year and was awarded the certificate in Development of Management skills for principals in 1990. He added another feather to his cap by being successful at the Sri Lanka Educational Administrative Service Class I.

Mr. Gomes started his career as a graduate teacher at Dodangoda Maha Vidyalaya from May 1964 to June 1964 and functioned as the Vice Principal of the School from July 1964 to December 1968. He joined his Alma Mater as a Staff Member in January 1960 and climbed the ladder of success to become a Deputy Principal of Prince of Wales College from March 1987 to January 1989 and the Principal from February 1989 to 1997. The respect earned by him while serving this college is a testimony to his competence, indefatigable effort and commitment. The excellent performance with commendable results was the key to his succession to be appointed as the Principal of the Royal College.

Mr. Gomes has extended his knowledge of education not only to schools but also to higher education and spread it far and wide even reaching foreign countries.

While being a Lecturer Grade II of the Training College from March 1973 to April 1975, he functioned as an Assistant Lecturer of the Department of Education, Vidyodaya Campus temporarily. Mr. Gomes held the post of the Head of the Department of Educational Psychology at the Teachers’ College Maharagama, as a Senior Lecturer, Grade I. He was seconded for service and attached to the NIE from June 1986 to March 1987, as a Lecturer, Grade I, in curriculum development.

Mr. Gomes served as a Senior Master cum Lecturer of Geography & Education at the Training College, Nigeria from June 1983 to April 1986.

Mr. Gomes has displayed his capabilities in the field of education with many responsibilities as a teacher educator, lecturer in University, NIE, curriculum centre and Ministry of Education.

As an Educator Mr. Gomes has extended his services to society by involving himself in honorary work, being a lecturer of the Red Cross Society, Colombo, Bikku Training Institute, Maharagama and engaged in panels of talks and discussions with teachers, youths and prefect.

Additionally, he has taken the role of an External Examiner PGDM & B.Ed and Chief Examiner Pertaining to A/L Subject & PGDE.

Mr. Gomes was also appointed to serve on various committees such as the Presidential Task Force on Education Reforms and Restructure of the Technical Committee on Performance Appraisal of Teachers and the Committee of Creating Awareness – Resource Person (Media). The other Committees are Development and Upgrading of Schools under the Secondary Educational Development Project.

Since 1997, as the Principal of Royal College, he was able to improve standards of academic performances, sports and infrastructure of the College. Some of the noteworthy achievements are as follows.
•     Excellent academic performances at Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Examinations.
•     Completion of the Sports Complex, costing Rs. 70 millions, with accommodation for over 10,000 spectators, funded by Old Boys and well wishers.
•     A new building consisting of 15 classrooms in the Primary Section.
•     Modern Computer Centre with facilities to learn information technology.
•     A staff room in the middle school.”

Source: Past Principals

Dear Sir! We wish you will be born among us again, on your journey to attaining nibbana.


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2 comments on “Former Principal of Royal College, Mr. Lakshman Gomes Passed Away



  2. Sir, U are a Legend! We respect u!! And you’l live in our memories 4ever!