Whereas the three schools called and known as Sri Sumangala College, Sri Sumangala Boys’ School and Sri Sumangala Girls’ School respectively have heretofore been established at Panadura for the purpose of education :

And whereas the purpose and object of the said schools would be more effectually prosecuted and attained by the constitution and incorporation of a board of management empowered to own, control, manage and transact all the affairs of the said schools and of any branches thereof and of any other schools such board may deem it advisable to take over, or establish:

Be it therefore enacted by the Governor of Ceylon, with the advice and consent of the State Council thereof, as follows :-

Ordinance Nos,
44 of 1945
[8th December
, 1945
Short title.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Sri Sumangala Schools Board of Management Ordinance.

Incorporation of Sri Sumangala Schools Board of Management.


(1) There shall be established a board (hereinafter referred to as “the board”) the members of which for the time being shall be and are hereby constituted a body politic and incorporate with the name of ” The Sri Sumangala Schools Board of Management”.

(2) The board shall in the said name and for the purposes herein mentioned have perpetual succession, and shall by the said name sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered, in all courts, and shall have and use a common seal with power to break, alter and renew the same at its discretion.

Composition of the board.


(1) The board shall consist of-

(a) seven life-members, and

(b) twenty-four other members,

elected in accordance with the rules made under this Ordinance.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1), the first members of the board shall be the following : –

(a) Life-members :

1. Mrs. Angela Ellen Dias.

2. Mrs. Dovisina Leanora Dias.

3. Ponnahennedige Alfred Lewis Dias.

4. Walter Salgado.

5. Arthur Vincent Dias.

6. Neville Spencer Cornelius Perera.

7. Cyril Thomas Rodrigo.

(b) Other members :

1. Richard Salgado.

2. Susanta de Fonseka,

3. Ponnahennedige Robert Dias.

4. Dr. Theobold Henry Dias.

5. Charles Victor Dias.

6. Neil Quintus Dias.

7. Charles Martin Dias.

8. Mrs. Lilian Perera.

9. Mrs. Cecily Violet Dias.

10. David Solomon Fernando.

11. Percy Reginald Rodrigo.

12. Dickman Harold Dias.

13. Thomas Edwin Gooneratne.

14. Warusahennedige Leo Fernando.

15. Wilmot Rodrigo.

16. Leslie Simon Bernard Perera.

17. Patrick de Silva Kularatne.

18. Mrs. Eileen Rachel Amarasuriya.

19. Lionel Cyril de Mel.

20. Warusahennedige Abraham Bastian Soysa.

21. Arthur Edwin Dias.

22. Mututantirige William Peter Cooray.

23. Mututantirige Albert Cooray.

24. Bensiri Senarath Dias.

Objects of the board.

4. The objects for which the board is constituted are hereby declared to be –

(a) the management of the three schools situated in Panadura and called Sri Sumangala College, Sri Sumangala Boys’ School, and Sri Sumangala Girls’ School respectively, and of any branches of those schools, and

(b) the establishment or taking over and the management of any other schools.

Power to make rules.


(1) It shall be lawful for the board from time to time at any meeting specially called for that purpose and by a majority of the members present and voting to make such rules, not inconsistent with this Ordinance, as it may deem expedient for the management of its affairs and the accomplishment of its objects.

(2) The powers of the board to make rules shall, without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred by subsection (1), include the power to make rules for all or any of the following purposes : –

(a) the election of life-members and other members of the board, and the terms of office of members of the board, other than life-members ;

(b) the appointment of a chairman, secretary and treasurer of the board ;

(c) the custody of the seal of the board;

(d) the procedure to be followed in the transaction of business ; and

(e) the conduct of the duties of the board and of the various officers and servants of the board.

Power of the board to hold property.

6. The board shall at all times hereafter be able and capable in law to acquire by purchase, exchange, gift, devise or bequest or in any other manner, and to hold and enjoy in perpetuity or for any lesser term, subject to any express trust or otherwise for the benefit of the said schools and of any of its branches and of any other schools such board may deem it advisable to take over or establish, any property movable or immovable of any nature or kind whatsoever.

Power of the board to deal with property and to make investments.

7. The board may erect or cause to be erected any building on any land vested or acquired or held by it, and may also from time to time sell, grant, convey, demise, assign, exchange and dispose of or mortgage any property for the time being vested in the board. The board may invest any funds vested in the board in any securities authorized as a trustee investment by the law of England or of India or of Ceylon or upon any mortgage of movable or immovable property in Ceylon.

Seal of the board.

8. The seal of the board shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of the chairman and one other member of the board who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

General powers of the board.

9. It shall be lawful for the board in all cases not provided for in this Ordinance to act in such a manner as appears to it best calculated to promote the welfare of the said schools and of any other schools such board may deem it advisable to take over or establish.

Saving as to the rights of Her Majesty and others.

10. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall prejudice or affect the rights of Her Majesty the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, or of any body politic or corporate or of any other person, except such as are mentioned in this Ordinance and those claiming by, from or under them.