Trinity College Kandy is a multicultural community of learning, animated from its origins by the Christian vision of education and the dynamic values of the national cultures. As a primary and secondary seat of learning, Trinity in its totality is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of excellence, remaining within the traditions set forth by her pioneers and a specific and time-tested set of core values. One of the distinctive features of Trinity, inter alia is to create and sustain an ethos of diversity and quality of purpose. All aspects of life at Trinity strive to provide a holistic and integral education, i.e. a series of formative experiences that illumine the human, social, emotional, spiritual, and professional aptitudes of the child. The historical trajectories of Trinity over one and a half centuries, at times against formidable counter trends, portray an authentic commitment to a model of education that inspires and empowers the Trinitian to blossom in to a ‘Christ-like character’ by his authentic and wholesome pursuit of wisdom and virtue.
A Jubilee, within the Christian ethos as enumerated in the Bible is a moment of renewal. For the Trinity Family, such a renewal can only be a reinterpretation of the Respice Finem in the milieu of contemporary society. It is a duc in altum [venturing into the depths] in exploring the vistas of human excellence [hence, the T150 Tag Line]. Respice Finem is a dynamic phrase, which means to look back, look at, look ahead, and look around: a 360-degree vision of the present while preserving the focus on the end. It is a caution against the tendency to be impulsive and abrupt that dilutes our potential to flourish. It is also a call to enhance our capacity to articulate the ‘big story’ or the ‘greater scheme of life’ against the pitfalls of domestic petti narratives. Amidst the cacophony of mediocrity, a culture of superficiality and sensationalism, Respice Finem beckons us to retain the divinely inspired value mix as the potent motif of our being in a niche within a socio-cultural ethos that is on its merry way to perdition.
T150 Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration, thus, is an opportune moment for the Trinity Family to recall and renew the pioneering vision of those erudite men and women, who ventured into new horizons, exploring new vistas of excellence of education in Sri Lanka.