The aurora of a new hope, the birth of a prospective legend dawned to Panadura territory on the 3rd of May 2000 as Panadura Lyceum International School; the second branch of the Lyceum Group, that initiated its triumphant journey under the guidance of Founder Dr Mohan Lal Grero, and Coordinating Principal Dr Mrs. Kumari Grero. Modestly established at an antique colonial house along Jayathilake Mawatha, Panadura, along with the rapid development, it later shifted to Arthur V. Dias Mawatha. The school has now established itself as a leading international school in Kalutara district with its main school at Walana, the Primary at Bekkegama, and the Sports Grounds at Kiriberiya, incorporating the newest technology, ideas, and features.
The school has stretched its boundaries expeditiously in infrastructure and educational arena to satisfy the increasing demand of a leading international school in the metropolitan city of Panadura. Having completed a 22 years of successful journey, Lyceum Panadura further expands both technologically and digitally with latest strategic inventions and involvements. The school accommodates over 3500 students, both girls and boys, ranging from Pre-Primary up to Advanced Level.
The school’s vision is to allow the students to grow with international ideals securing Sri Lankan identity and character in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious, educational environment. Academic and co-curricular programmes conducted, comply fully with international standards, perfectly aligned with the vision of Lyceum International Schools Network; ‘A Global Citizen, who reshapes the future of their motherland’.
The infrastructure of the school provides multifarious amenities and prerequisites for learning. The students are entitled to explore new knowledge and enhance their imagination through acquaintance with a wide range of books in a cosy spacious library. The conference room and modern air-conditioned computer laboratories with fully equipped network system are designed to reinforce the students in a technological learning atmosphere with latest devices, supported with Domain Server, Database and Proxy servers, providing ample opportunities for all the students to gain hands-on practical experiences on the computers as per their curriculum.
All the staff and student details as well as accounts and administrative functions are computerized so that even the parents are able to access their child’s performance reports online. Besides, state-of-the-art Science Laboratories provide students the opportunity to experience rather a comprehensive and pragmatic learning beyond mere theoretical details. Furthermore, the standard basketball court, swimming pools, spacious dancing rooms, full-fledged music rooms, separate classrooms for art and craft, cookery and electronic skill development are outstanding among the facilities provided to the students.
The ‘Student Counselling, Child Protection and Safeguarding Unit’ provides psychological assistance and guidance for the students while aiming to resolve any matter that might negatively affect their performances. In the school auditorium the school frequently hosts a substantial amount of concerts, dramas, singing competitions, dance performances and shows of cultural, festive and religious significance. The Auditorium, which comfortably accommodates more than 700 audience, consists of a high standard stage and curtain, setting along with high-tech lighting and multi-media facilities.
This enables the school to successfully conduct all school functions and events in a colourful and eye-catching manner. From Pre- Primary to the Senior school the school employs over 350 well-accomplished and proficient teachers, and they could be defined as the cornerstones and inspiration behind each and every student’s success story. Principal, Deputy Principal, Sub-Warden, Head Mistresses, Operations Manager, Sectional Heads, Grade Coordinators as well as all Academic and Non-Academic staff serve to the best of their capabilities to ensure the sustenance of high standard education for students while instilling in them the social, cultural and moral ethics.
From the Pre-Primary up to Grade 8 the school has its own unique Lyceum curriculum. From Grade 9 onwards students have the option of enrolling for the National or International examinations at both Ordinary Level and Advanced Levels. Our students have achieved Global level Top Ranks in Accounting, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, French, Human and Social Biology, Mathematics and Physics, as well as the Island Top Rank in the Arts Stream.
Certainly, embedded with a well-balanced academic foundation of exceptionally high standards, most students across the Lyceum schools, including Lyceum Panadura, pursue in obtaining higher educational qualifications and enter National and International Universities, ensuring their higher education in various fields. A great many number of students from Lyceum Panadura were able to acquire significant international university scholarships for their higher education with the assistance of the school’s Career Guidance Unit, which is now named as ‘Lyceum Placements’.
Irrespective of all impediments and obstacles, Lyceum International School Panadura will forge ahead with undying glory and continuous fulfillment, leaving a message that it is vital to shift our energies to what we can create instead of worrying about what we cannot control. With the blessings and guidance of the Board of Governors, the Lyceum family will always be enhanced and empowered to be the best and to do the best. It has been an evidently proved truth that our Lyceum teachers are ‘Born to Teach’. They will further continue with the same high spirits paving the right path to our younger generation for many more years in future!