Vembadi Girls High School

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Vembadi Girls' High School
வேம்படி மகளிர் உயர்தரப் பாடசாலை
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1st Cross Street

Coordinates9°39′46.40″N 80°0′54.80″E / 9.6628889°N 80.0152222°E / 9.6628889; 80.0152222Coordinates: 9°39′46.40″N 80°0′54.80″E / 9.6628889°N 80.0152222°E / 9.6628889; 80.0152222
School typePublic national 1AB
MottoDare to do right
Religious affiliation(s)Methodist
DenominationMethodist Church in Sri Lanka
Founded1834; 188 years ago (1834)
FounderJames Lynch
Thomas Squance
Peter Percival
School districtJaffna Education Zone
AuthorityMinistry of Education
School number1001009
PrincipalMrs. V. Shanmukaratnam
Teaching staff99
Age range11-18
School roll>2000
LanguageTamil, English
Hours in school day6


Colour(s)Yellow and Black
SloganDare to do right
PublicationThe torch bearer Flamboyant

Vembadi Girls’ High School (Tamil: வேம்படி மகளிர் உயர்தரப் பாடசாலை Vēmpaṭi Mahaḷir Uyartarap Pāṭacālai) is a national school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.[1][2] Founded in 1834 by British Methodist missionaries, it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools.[3]


Methodist missionaries from Britain arrived in Ceylon on 29 June 1814. Two of the missionaries, Rev. James Lynch and Rev. Thomas Squance, traveled to Jaffna leaving Galle on 14 July 1814 and arriving in Jaffna on 11 August 1814, to establish a mission. In 1817, the Jaffna Wesleyan English School was founded with Rev. Lynch as principal. Despite it being a boys school, there were a few girls enrolled as well. The school was renamed Jaffna Central School in 1834 by the then principal Rev. Dr. Peter Percival. In the same year a separate girls school was established. The girls school was renamed Vembadi Girls' High School in 1897.

In 1944, Vembadi started providing free education. Most private schools in Ceylon, including Vembadi, were taken over by the government in 1960. In 1984 Vembadi became a national school.

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  1. ^ Schools Basic Data as at 01.10.2010. Northern Provincial Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  2. ^ "Province - Northern" (PDF). Schools Having Bilingual Education Programme. Ministry of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ "Vembadi Girls' High School: Milestones". Vembadi Girls' High School. Retrieved 2010-12-12.

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