Our Beloved Teacher Late Mr. S. P. Jeevanantham
Mr.S.P.Jeevanantham had his Primary education at Stanley College and is an Old boy of Columbuthurai St. Joseph School and Kanagaratnam MMV. He went to the Nallur Teacher Training College and became a teacher in 1951 at the age of 22. He served as a teacher in other parts of the country for six years before stepping into the premises of St. John’s College in May 1958.
Mr.S.P.Jeevanantham was a good teacher who served the college with a lot of dedication. His career as a teacher spanned over three decades (38 years to be precise). Knew the family background of each and every student under his care. He taught two generations of students. He knew the family and the family background of each and every student under his care. During the years close to his retirement, he is said to have taught students who were sons of his students.
Acting Principal S. Thanapalan, Middle School Supervisor S.Antonypillai, Head of the Primary School Mr.N.J.Gnanaponrajah and President of the Advisory Board and Manger of the School Mr.T.W.Jeyakularajah were all his students. To top it all, fourteen teachers in the Teachers’ Guild and five temporary teachers serving St. John’s at the time of his retirement were his students.
This extremely talented and service minded teacher was soon identified as a person who could be delegated greater duties. Before long, he was entrusted with the following responsibilities: Assistant Teacher-in-Charge of the Tamil Union (1958-1959), Person-in-Charge of the Canteen, President of the Ceylon Church Society, Teacher-in-Charge of Peto House, Middle School Supervisor(1980-1986) and Headmaster of the Primary School (1986 – 1991). It needs to be mentioned that the Principal of St. John’s College, the Rev. N.J.Gnanaponrajah took over as Head Master of the Primary School to fill the void left by Mr.S.P.Jeevanantham on his retirement.
He served under six principals taught in all three sections of the college before retiring in December 1991 after serving St. John’s for 32 years. This Jubilarian of St. John’s College wore the Tamil traditional attire from the very beginning with much pride and dignity.
He lived according to Christian principles, earned a good name for himself and found a way into the hearts of his colleagues, parents and students with whom he maintained a very healthy relationship. He worked for the school he loved with a smile on his face and had a passion for teaching. His wife was a teacher. He was the father of six children who are doing well in life. He was a blessing to everyone and his own life was a blessed one.
May his soul rest in peace.