Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya

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Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya
සමුද්‍රදේවී බාලිකා විද්‍යාලය

Coordinates06°52′14.2″N 79°53′25.9″E / 6.870611°N 79.890528°E / 6.870611; 79.890528Coordinates: 06°52′14.2″N 79°53′25.9″E / 6.870611°N 79.890528°E / 6.870611; 79.890528
TypeGovernment school
Mottoඅත්ත දීපා විහරත
Be a Light to Yourself
Established5 May 1915 (5 May 1915)
GradesGrade 1 to 13
GenderGirls' school
Age6 to 19
WebsiteSamudradevi Balika Vidyalaya

Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya (Sinhala: සමුද්‍රදේවී බාලිකා විද්‍යාලය) is a public girls' school located in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. It was founded on 5 May 1915 and is considered as the oldest girls' school in Nugegoda.[citation needed]


Historical image[1]

Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya was started as St John's Mixes school with 14 pupils on May 5, 1915.[2] Initially it was a Christian Mission school and the first principal of the school was Rev. Fr. James Henry Wickramanayake.[3] In 1934, the mixes school was separated into Girls' and Boys' schools. The girls' school was known as st John's Girls' School and boys' school was known as St John's boys' college. The schools were under the church of SS Mary and John, Nugegoda.

The girls' school had both English and Sinhala medium classes. There was a Tamil stream as well but the classes were initially at the boys' school and then transferred to a building adjacent to the Church. It became a separate school and was called Tamil Maha Vidyalaya. In 1963 under the government re-organisation of schools, all English medium classes were transferred to st Joseph's Convent. On 1 January 1965 the school was renamed as Samudradevi Ballika Vidyalaya.[4]

Past Principals[edit]

  1. Mrs. Grace Aldons
  2. Miss. Jayasekera
  3. Mrs. B. L. Jayathunga
  4. Mrs. Padmini Fonseka
  5. Mrs. L. B. Walaliyadde
  6. Mrs. Rani Fernando
  7. Mrs. I. Siriwardena
  8. Mrs.Lorna Kumaratunga
  9. Mrs. M.K. Perera
  10. Mrs. P. Kalubovila
  11. Mrs. W.S. Ranasinghe

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "First building". Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya buds are waiting to bloom". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 8 February 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ "St.John's, Nugegoda celebrates centenary". The Island (Sri Lanka). 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya to build aesthetic complex". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 30 March 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017.