Bandarawela Central College

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Bandarawela Central College
බණ්ඩාරවෙල මධ්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයය
Sri Lanka
Type Public
Motto Paraththan Patipajjatha (Pali)
Established 1948
Founder Mr. Amerasekara
Principal Mr. D.M. Ranathunga
Staff 120
Grades Class 1 – 13
Gender Mix
Age 6 to 19
Enrollment 4500

Maroon and gold

Affiliation Buddhist

Bandarwela Madya Maha Vidyalaya (Bandarawela Central College) is a public school in Uva province, Sri Lanka which was founded in 1948 as a section of Royal College Colombo. A national school, controlled by the central government (as opposed to the Provincial Council), it provides primary and secondary education. Bandarawela Central College has supplied many undergraduates from Badulla District to local universities.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


The foundation for the establishment of the college was laid by a Japanese bomb attack on Colombo during World War II. In 1942, Forms 1 to 3 of the Royal College, Colombo were moved to Glendale Bungalow in Bandarawela,[7] where BCC stands today. In 1944, the Royal Preparatory School was also moved to the same place; in 1948, they were moved back to Colombo.

After the departure of Royal College, a new school was established on its former premises. Beginning with a few buildings, the school grew; Glendale Bungalow was endowed to the school with its 26 acres (11 ha) of land. In 1954, Prime Minister John Kotelawala opened the college main hall and two-storey building required by the rapid development of the college. In 1958, it was renamed Bandarawela Senior School; in 1972, Bandarawela Senior College became the Bandarwela Madya Maha Vidyalaya (Bandarawela Central College). In November 1986 BMMV became a national school, the only such school in Uva Province. In 1974 BMMV‘s primary school became Bandarawela Darmashoka Vidyalaya; in 1986 Dr. E. W. Adikaram Primary School, Bandarawela was established and it became the Primary of the Bandarawela Central College .


The school educates nearly 4,000 primary and secondary students in Sinhala and English; students may choose their language of instruction. It is administratively divided into two sections: primary (grades 1–5) and secondary (grades 6–13). The school provides housing for boys and girls. Its students have performed well in Ordinary and Advance Level Examinations, rating highly[8] in provincial and island-wide rankings. BCC provides a variety of facilities, including science laboratories, an IT unit, a large playground, a library, auditoriums and sports facilities.


Students of the school are divided into four houses, named by four renowned Sri Lankan kings in the country's history:


The college provides students an opportunity to improve their sports skills, organizing annual intramural games to develop athletic skills and team spirit. Trainers and coaches are available for the games.

Sports played at the school include:

Golden Battle of Uva[edit]

The Golden Battle of Uva is an annual cricket Big Match played against St. Joseph's College, Bandarawela, which was first played in 1996 at the school playground. It later moved to the Bandarawela Urban Council Playground, where it was played until 2003. After a seven-year hiatus from 2004 to 2011, the match was reorganised by the school Old Boys' Association in collaboration with St. Joseph's College and held at the Bandarawela Municipal Council Ground. At the end of the match, Bandarawela Central College won the trophy for the first time in match's history.


L-shaped, two-storey orange building
Advanced-level Science Section
Title Name Term
Mr. Amarasekar (principal, Royal College) 1949
Mr. H.R. Perera 1950
Mr. Percy Bouy 1954
Mr. D.G.R. Abegunawardana 1960
Mr. W.P.K.D. Silva 1 January 1961
Mr. M.B. Rathnayake
Mr. C. Bibile (acting) 4 June 1965 – 15 February 1966
Mr. H.W. Fernando 15 February 1966 – 1 January 1967
Mr. K.V.W. De Silva[9] 1 January 1967 – 26 May 1977
Mr. D.M.P. Dissanayake 6 June 1977 – 1 March 1979
Mr. P. Samaranayake 1 March 1979 – 31 December 1981
Mr. D.M.M.B. Dissanayake (deputy) 1 January – 1 March 1982
Mr. M.P. Alwis 1 March 1982 – 23 April 1989
Mr. Gunadasa Edirisinghe 24 April 1989 – 1 August 1993
Mrs. Wijelatha Gunawardana (acting) 1 August – 11 October 1993
Mr. R.M. Jayasekara 11 October 1993 – 3 May 1995
Mr. A.M. Vithana 4 May 1995 – 23 November 1997
Mrs. Wijelatha Gunawardana (acting) 24 November 1997 – 25 March 1998
Mr. Jayantha Wikramanayake 25 March 1998 – 9 December 2002
Mr. H.K. Jayasekara 9 December 2002 – 12 November 2003
Mr. K.M. Aberrathna Banda 13 November 2003 – 3 April 2009
Mrs. Sunethra M. Vithana (acting) 4 April – 1 October 2009
Mr. M.M. Vimalasekara 2 October 2009 – 2013
Mrs. Kalyani Widyarathne 2013 - 15 October 2014
Mr. D.M Ranathunga 16 October 2014 – Present

School song[edit]

Bathi kusum puda adarin samada – Obe paa namadimu dohoth naga
Oba apa Jeewaya oba apa praanaya – Bandarawela maha viduhal maatha//
Kandurali atharin thuruliya sipagena – Diwaena suwandathi mada pawane
Amuthuma sisilak genadei apahata – Obe pa yuga sewane
Bathi kusum puda...

Oba thurule hinda biwu sip kiri rasa – Apa leya ha musuwee
Hada pana ganwai theda bala nanwai – Hela wikuman mathuwee
Gunadam mini baranin apa sarasa – yahamaga me yayi nisi penwa
Oba dun owadan pana men surakimi – Divihimiyen samada
Bathi kusum puda...

Rata daya nagumata hela nama rakumata – Diri denu apahata mawni daya
Yamu yamu peratama jaya gosa nagamin – Samaya sathuta soya
Bathi kusum puda...//


  • Cadet squadron
  • Interact Club
  • English Learners Club
  • Sinhala Literary Association
  • Art Society
  • Science Society
  • Commerce Society
  • Society of Vidunada - The Media Unit
  • Drug Prevention Unit
  • Scouting
  • Cadet Band

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Lokubandara, W. J. M.W. J. M. Lokubandara member parliament - Haputale (1977–1989), Badulla (1989–2010), Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province (2010–2015)
Herath, VijithaVijitha Herath member parliament - Gampaha (2010–present) [10]
Weerawanni, SamaraweeraSamaraweera Weerawanni member parliament - Badulla (1989–1999), Chief Minister of Uva Province (1999–2001)


Coordinates: 6°30′25″N 80°35′44″E / 6.506944°N 80.595556°E / 6.506944; 80.595556