Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy

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Coordinates: 7°17′11.7774″N 80°38′42.56″E / 7.286604833°N 80.6451556°E / 7.286604833; 80.6451556

Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy
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Vijja Uppaththang Setta
Pali - "Knowledge is Supreme"
(Buddhist quote from the Dhammapada)
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Type Public
Established 14th of January, 1932
Staff 198
Grades Classes 1 - 13
Gender Girls
Age 6 to 18
Enrollment 5000
Pupils Mayans

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Located in the heart of the City of Kandy overlooking the Kandy Lake, Mahamaya Girls’ College is one of Sri Lanka's finest public Buddhist girls' schools. The school is named after Queen Mahamaya, the mother of the Lord Buddha.


This school is regarded as one of the most prominent Buddhist Girls' Colleges in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Kandy, which is the capital of the Central province. The school faces the Kandy lake and is quite close to the Temple of the Tooth Relic.


Mahamaya Girl’s College Kandy was founded in 1932 by the Sadhachara Kulangana Samithiya led by Lady Sarah Soysa and Chitravo Ratwatte. The first classroom was in the West Cliffe Bungalow which was bought from Anagarika Dharmapala together with 2.5 acres of land adjoining the property which belonged to Mr. Arthur Fernando. National leaders like Anagarika Dharmapala, D.B. Jayatilaka, P. de S. Kularatna, G.P. Malalasekare and C.W.W. Kannangare also contributed to the college.

Chronology of notable events[edit]

  • 14 January 1932 - Mahamaya Girls' College was founded under the name "Buddhist Girls' College" with sixteen registered students.
  • 1938 - Officially renamed as Mahamaya Girls' College.
  • December 1960 - Mahamaya was taken over for State Administration.
  • 1982 - Mahamaya received the National School status.
  • 1990 - The school auditorium was completed.
  • 2000 - The swimming pool was completed.


The College Today[edit]

There are about 5000 students, 185 female teachers and 15 male teachers. Therevada Buddhism has largely been an integral part of the school's education system, as it is in all Sri Lankan Buddhist public schools. Students are divided among four houses. The housing system is primarily used for sporting events. The houses are Sangamitta, Yashodara, Prajapathi and Maya.


Mahamaya Girls' College is divided into two sections - the primary section and the secondary school section. The primary school which consists of grades 1 through 5 is located near the secondary school. The primary school also looks over the Kandy Lake. The secondary school consists of grades 6 through 13. Each grade has about seven or eight classes, and each class consists of around forty or fifty students.

The school has a very strong education system and has excellent facilities for science, commerce, mathematics, languages and biology A/L schemes. The school consistently produces nationally high-ranking students, evidenced by the all-island positions received by students who sit for the national Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations. It has been ranked in the top three over the years among all the girls' schools in Sri Lanka in the preference rankings based on year 5 scholarship examinees' demand.

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities[edit]

The school has a number of nationally ranking student-athletes, who are involved in sports ranging from track and field to swimming. In addition to partaking in many national sporting events, the school holds an annual sports-meet, which is an intra-school competition.

The school has a Western music band, an Eastern music band, a Western music choir and a traditional Sri Lankan dance team. The award-winning Literary, Music and Drama Society of the school constantly partakes in national drama competitions. It is important to note that the first Observational Astronomy Competition in South Asia was organized by the Anandian Astronomical Association of Ananda College, Colombo together with the Astronomical Society of Mahamaya Girls’ College.

Apart from achieving academic excellence, the school records all round achievements in sports, aesthetic studies, environmental activities and many other fields.


Clubs and Societies[edit]


Mahamaya Girls' College is equipped with some of the best facilities available to Sri Lankan students.

Facilities at Mahamaya consist of -

  • Auditorium
  • Swimming pool
  • Open College Play-ground
  • School Gymnasium
  • Chemistry, Physics and Biology laboratories
  • Hostel
  • Archives
  • Recreational Art facilities (Eastern & Western Music, Dancing, Art and drama)
  • Eateries
  • Co-operative shop
  • canteen
  • environment room
  • IT laboratories
  • shrine room
  • netball court
  • basketball court
  • mathematics laboratory
  • badminton court

Code of Conduct and Uniform[edit]

The school expects and encourages students to follow traditional Sinhalese and Buddhist values. The school uniform consists of a single piece white frock that should not be shorter than knee length. The dress has a square-neck, a belt that runs around the waist and a pleated skirt. A blue buckle must be worn on the belt, which is the trademark of the school. Students with hair shorter than jaw length should pin a bow made of white ribbons to their hair. Students with longer hair should arrange their hair in two plaits, with a white ribbon tied to the end of each plait. white canvas shoes are worn by the students.

The School Song and Flag[edit]

The school flag, crest and the school song in Sinhala were introduced during the tenure of Ms. Soma Pujitha Gunewardena as Principal. The first school song in English was introduced by Principal Mrs. Bertha Rogers Ratwatte.


The students are divided into four Houses:

The house names are derived from Buddhist history. The houses compete annually in all major games to win the respective inter-house games and competitions.

Past Principals[edit]

Name Entered Office Departed Office

Mahamaya College Alumnae Association Sydney[edit]

Mahamaya College Alumnae Sydney, the association for former students of the Mahamaya Girls' College is formed by 10 former students of Mahamaya Girls College to help their Alma Mater. The association is formed in February 2012 and is a non-profit organisation that coagulates the extensive network of current and former Mayans in Sydney. They call themselves Sydney Mayans and is a voluntary benevolent association of the past pupils of Mahamaya Girls College now living in Sydney Australia. As a fully incorporated non-profit organisation, Sydney Mayans will support different projects that could take the form of maintaining an archive of relevant media and information, supporting School-related projects and organising reunions for alumnae. Beyond the networking of the organisation, Sydney Mayans will also publicize projects help the disadvantaged in Sri Lanka. Any Past student living in Australia can register with Mahamaya College Sydney Alumnae Association.

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