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Newstead Girls College

Situated in quiet and peaceful surroundings, ideal for a place of learning and ever comforted by the gentle and cool breeze that blows over the Indian ocean which ‘roars on one of the school’s boundaries. Newstead college during the past 187 years has risen to great height and stature. 1815-1962 a period of 147 years is a long time in the history of New stead-A period when the school was run by the ‘Wesleyan Methodist Missionary society. The school from its humble beginnings as a vernacular boys school was transformed in to Wesleyan Girls English High school. Negombo, at the turn of the centaury: and became a leading senior secondary School bearing the name Newstead after one of the founders of the school, Rev. Robert Newstead. Much was accomplished during this era mainly because of the dedicated services of the Missionaries, Missionary Principals and devoted staff.

Traditions were established, foundations laid and educational work expanded. The time for change however arrived and Newstead along with many other schools that had been run by the Methodist church was vested in the government in 1962.lhis was a period when many long standing and reputed schools lost even their very identity in the turmoil of reaction and change. But Newstead, with the able guidance managed to sail through and establish her place proudly in the main stream of education in Sri Lanka as a National school, the first of its kind in the Gampaha District.

Newstead ever sounds the clarion call in her assertion of the unity of humanity. At Newstead there is on family community with Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil and Burger children from Christian, Catholic, Buddhist & Hindu backgrounds, living together in the abiding reality that they constitute one human family. The pioneers of New stead placed their total trust in Gods security with the fundamental conviction that their lives were throwaway lives in the service of the master. The summons of Newstead is crystal clear “placing your lives unreservedly in the hands of God, and trusting his security, launch out in to the deep and traverse More Beyond”.

The present standing of-the school with around 3000 pupils on the roll, while the spectrum of co-curricular activities, started years ago, still continues. Many new activities have been introduced and facilities have greatly expanded and students excel both within and without the curriculum. Although the school aims at high achievement in its varied fields of activity, it still tries to pass on from generation to generation the values of its founders-simplicity and dedication in all they undertake. Newstead was and will always be productive, fruitful and fertile ground to build women, ,and by their influence, men-who will find happiness in simple things, who will be balanced and capable who will be anxious to give friendship and service, who will be answerable, accountable and responsible to the world.