MISS QUEENIE ABEYWARDENA (1960- 1962)
School was on the verge of being vested in the Government according to the new educational policy introduced by the state. However, Southlands continued as a Secondary school under the management of the Government. Miss Queeni Abeywardena, a loyal past pupil and a devoted member of the staff for many years, was appointed as the acting Principal for a short period. She was the music teacher for many years and a very active member of the Past Pupils Association and also the District commissioner of the Girl Guides.
Miss Abeywardena encouraged all the activities in school initiated by her predecessors. On 5th March 1962 Southlands College was vested in the government. It saw an end of a memorable era of the school led by the Misssionary management. Miss Abeywardena retired from services as the last Christian Principal of Southlands after staging of the annual play ”Pathibakthi” at the end of the Southlands Week.