Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy
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|Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy|
|Motto||Vijja Uppaththang Setta |
Pali - "Knowledge is Supreme"
(Buddhist quote from the Dhammapada)
|Established||14 January 1932|
|Grades||Classes 1 - 13|
|Age||6 to 18|
|Colour(s)||dark blue, gold|
Mahamaya Girls’ College is a public girls' school in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Located in the centre of Kandy, overlooking the Kandy Lake, the school is named after Queen Mahamaya, the mother of Prince Siddhartha, the Lord Buddha.
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 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of land adjoining the property which belonged to Arthur Fernando. National leaders like Anagarika Dharmapala, D. B. Jayatilaka, P. de S. Kularatna, G. P. Malalasekare and C. W. W. Kannangara contributed to the college.
Chronology of notable events
- 14 January 1932 - Mahamaya Girls' College was founded under the name "Buddhist Girls' College" with sixteen registered students.
- 1938 - renamed as Mahamaya Girls' College.
- December 1960 - Mahamaya was taken over for State Administration.
- 1982 - Mahamaya received the National School status.
- 1990 - auditorium was completed.
- 2000 - swimming pool was completed.
The college today
There are 4,000 students, 185 female teachers and 15 male teachers. Therevada Buddhism is 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 and house debates.
Mahamaya Girls' College is divided into a primary section and a secondary school section. The primary school which consists of grades 1 through 5 is located near the secondary school. The primary school looks over the Kandy Lake. The secondary school consists of grades 6 through 13. Each grade has seven classes, and each class consists of around forty students.
The school has facilities for science, commerce, mathematics, languages and biology A/L schemes. It 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 extracurricular activities
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 takes part in national drama competitions. The first Observational Astronomy Competition in South Asia was organised by the Anandian Astronomical Association of Ananda College, Colombo together with the Astronomical Society of Mahamaya Girls’ College.
Song and flag
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:
- – Sangamiththa
- – Maya
- – Yasodhara
- – Prajapathi
The house names are derived from Buddhist history. The houses compete in inter-house games and competitions as well as the college sports-meet held in the month of January every year.
Mahamaya College Alumnae Association Sydney
Mahamaya College Alumnae Sydney, the association for former students of the Mahamaya Girls' College was formed by ten former students of Mahamaya Girls College to help their Alma Mater. The association was formed in February 2012 and is a non-profit organisation that unites the 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 support projects such as 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 publicize projects help the disadvantaged in Sri Lanka. Any Past student living in Australia can register with Mahamaya College Sydney Alumnae Association.