In 1999, Gateway College Colombo – took a “Great Leap Forward” when it acquired the then 18-year-old Kandy International School. At that time, its Head Prefect made a prophetic statement: “ We look forward to a bright future of high endeavour and high achievement within the fold of Gateway.” Today, ten years Gateway College, Kandy looks back in joy and pride, seeing that prophecy more than fulfilled.
The student strength, which was just 145 at the time of the take-over, increased by over 100 % during the first year and now stands at nearly 1000; keeping to Gateway’s policy of student-centered learning, the teaching staff now numbers 117 – a staff-student ratio of more than 1 : 10.
The demand for places at Gaterway is high, and the student numbers would have been much higher but for the present constraints of space - constraints which will vanish when the school shifts into its spacious, brand-new modern premises surrounded by wooded hills near the ancient Asgiriya Monastery later this year.
From the very outset GCK has set its sights on academic excellence – and this is reflected in its examination results. The school prepare students for London University’s GCE OL, AS , and A2 Examinations as well as for t Cambridge University’s IGCSE Examination, and results have always been very good indeed.
At the last GCE OL Examination (held in May 2008),in Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry, there were 100 % passes with over 60 % scoring A Grades and A-star Grades ; in Business and Communication 100% passes with over 60 % scoring B Grades and above; and in English, 97 % passes, with over 55 % scoring A and B grades. Two GKS students won World Prizes for being in the highest-scoring Top ten in the world – Anjali Rajadurai in History and Akmal Fazleen in Accounts
At the GCE AL (May 2008), Chemistry and English Literature, 100 % passes (50 % b Grade and above; in Mathematics, over 93 % passes, with nearly 50 % scoring A and A-star grades; in Accounting, 100 % passes, with 67 % B Grade and above; and in Further Mathematics,100% passes, with 50 % B Grades and above; and in Physics, Biology and French, 100 % passes. Nizra Marzook, GCK AL student, won both Genius Trophy Competition and the High Achiever Prize for the International Diploma in Business Studies.
How does GCK get such good results? It has a high staff-student ratio; staff at GCK too participate in the famous annual Staff Quality Enhancement Workshops. Every year, GCK teaching staff together with their Colombo and Negombo counterparts participate in a resident hotel Programme where expert teachers from the UK update their teaching methodologies with the latest educational know-how. In addition, each year, at least two Gateway Kandy teachers sent by the Management, on a study tour of schools abroad, usually in the UK.
When it comes to Co-curricular Activities, GCK offers a wide variety of these. There is Cricket, Football, Basketball, Swimming, Martial Arts and Chess. The youthful doyenne of Sri Lankan swimmers, MINIRUWANI SAMARAKOON, is a proud product of Gateway College, Kandy. The 17-year-old MINIRUWANI has won a Zonta Award this year (2009) for Women of Achievement, the youngest ever to have won such an award; she has represented Sri Lanka twice in Swimming at SAF games, the first time, at only 12 years, the youngest ever to have done so. GCK’s other athletes, too continue to excel at all international school meets.
Gateway Kandy students have always responded with sympathy, warmth and energy to the sufferings of those in need. They have provided practical and generous help to the drought-stricken, the tsunami-stricken, the poverty-stricken, and now, the internally displaced.
GCK has many past pupils who, after sitting their ALs, are now studying at universities abroad – in the UK, India, the USA, Singapore, China, Korea, and Australia. It shigh teacher-student ratio makes for individual attention; its
As it reaches its 10 Anniversary now, on the threshold of moving into its spacious new premises, the young Gateway College, Kandy moves confidently into the future, always wishing to serve its motherland with high endeavour and high achievement.