Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya

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Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya
Uganimu Hademu Sanasemu
Motto in English
Learn, Achieve and Bliss.
Religious affiliation
PrincipalR.A.M.R Herath
ColorsPink, Blue         
WebsiteSirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya
The crest of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya

Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya[1] is one of the leading Public Girls schools [2] in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is a National public school controlled by the central government[3][4][5], provide primary and secondary education.[6]


The school was inaugurated on 31 January 1973 as Stanmore Crescent Primary School and renamed in December 1973 as Sirimavo Bandaranaike Primary Girls School in honor of then Prime Minister Madam Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike.[7] From a Primary School, the school developed into a secondary school and finally to a leading national school within seventeen years of period.

At present, the school has over 3000 pupils and a staff of about 180. Around 45 members of the non-academic staff provide other services.


The site donated by the government for the eshtablishment of the school in 1972

Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya[8] was inaugurated on 31 January 1973, as Stanmore Crescent Primary School with 5 teachers and 149 students under the able guidance of Miss Wimala Liyanage, the founder principal. Her name was "Stanmore Crescent Primary School". The school consisted of classes up to grade five.

After eleven months of deliberation, the then Deputy Minister of Education Mr. B.Y.Tudawesuggested to change the name of the school in honor of late Madame Sirimavo Bandaranaike who was the first lady Prime Minister of the world.[9]

After the initial batch of students finished five years of Primary Education, classes had to be extended to provide Secondary Education and in due course classes up to Year 13 were established. Due to the patronage of former principals Miss. Wimala Liyanage (1973–1982), and Mrs. R.M.L. Jayasekera (1982–2000) the status of the school was raised to level of a National School in 1991. Under the guidance of Miss W.P.N. De Silva (2000–2003) the school’s academic and co-curricular activities were further developed.

Mrs. P.M. Kalubowila assumed duties as the principal from 6 November 2003 having joined Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya in 1986 as a Chemistry teacher. Ever since up to date Mrs. Kalubowila also has been dedicated herself to serve the school in the sphere of educational and co-curricular activities and to upgrade the infra-structure facilities and resources development of the school.[10]

However, in July 2009, Mrs. Kalubowila ordered all students to shut down their Facebook profiles, with a threat of expulsion from school for disobedience. This sparked a controversy in the school system in Sri Lanka. After the retirement of Mrs. P.M. Kalubowila in the month of February, 2012, the newly appointed principal Mrs. Dhammika C. Jayaneththi has taken over. Mrs. Malini Herath was appointed as principal in 2013 and she is class 1 in Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service.

School Motto[edit]


School Flag[edit]


Past Principals[edit]

Miss Wimala Liyanage (1973–1982)

Mrs R.M.L. Jayasekera (1982–2000)

Miss W.P.N. De Silva (2000–2003)

Mrs. P.M. Kalubowila (2003-2012)

Mrs.R.M Herath (2014 to date)


The students of Sirimavo Bandaraniake Vidyala have accomplished the following achievements in many national and international events.

Year Event Category Title/Place won Winners
2016 National Aquatic Championships Swimming Gold medal for 400m freestyle relay
2014 Inter School Best Speaker Contest Public Speaking 1st Runner Up - Senior Category Sajani Senanayake
2014 Inter School Best Speaker Contest Public Speaking 1st Place - Junior Category Rosara Dayaratne
2013 2013 Asian Youth Games Squash Bronze medal for Squash Mihiliya Methsarani
2012 Indian Junior Squash Championship Squash Gold medal Mihiliya Methsarani

Clubs and Societies[edit]

More than 30 clubs and societies are available. Every club and society has a member of the teaching staff overseeing things and helping with administration and organising events.