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History

19th Century  

In 1873 "the want of a 'Superior' school in connection with the Weleyan misson work was urged by Revd. Samual

Langdon and it was unanimously agreed that a Day and Boarding school should be commenced at Katukelle"

The school was opened in May 1879 at the Wesleyan School Chapel adjoining the Girls' Boarding School, Katukelle, under the management of Miss. Payne, the next Principal arrived in Colombo on 31th July 1879 but left the school in February 1880. In May 1880 Miss Hay came from England and the school which had a 10 on roll at its inception increased to 70 and was registered to obtain a grant-in-aid from the government. 

As numbers increased in 1881 the school shifted to the more commodious precincts of the Mission in Brownrigg Street, but boarders remained at Katukelle. Classes were held in a hall behind the church. Heavy pews from the church were moved weekly when classes had to take their turn in writing. There were no games, Guiding, debating or netball, not even a library.

20th Century

With the dawn of the 20th Century., under the guidance of Miss. Sansom who served for 19 years, Kandy High School became one of the leading educational instructions in Ceylon. On March 21st 1917 the First Company of Girl Guides was formed in the Island. Miss Sansom prepared the way for this and Miss Jane Calveriey, the Vice-Principal was the First Captain. This was followed by the 1st Brownie Company and the Ranger Company in 1918 and 1921. In June 1920 plunge broke out in Kandy and 262 students were ordered to leave the premises over-night. The kindergarten and Std 2 shifted to Trinity College, Std 3 and 4 were housed at the YWCA opposite the police station and the senior girls at the YWCA near the Kandy lake. Miss. Calveriey had a busy time cycling from one place to another supervising the classes, so she invested in a scooter which make her day easier.

1920-1946 Exodus from Brownrigg Street YMCA, YWCA and Trinity College

Seven bullock carts and a lorry carried the school furniture back again to the former premises at Katukelle on 21st, 22nd and 23rd October 1920. Classes commenced on 28th October. In 1920 Miss Mallet who was appointed Principal revolutionized the school curriculum. She introduced school uniform, tie, badge and the House and Prefect System to the Island. Miss Ruth Allen the next Principal who piloted the school during World War II had a flair for languages and introduced Latin to Form VI classes. As part of the air-raid practices trenches were dug in the school and military huts were transformed in to classrooms.

1 The 1st Ceylonese Principal Miss from Mt.Holyoake College and the University iniliated the science course in Form VI and erected the main building which was designed by the architect of the Peradeniya University Shirley 'D' Alwis. In 1951 the school which was grade A School opted to join the free education scheme. It was during the the last of thegreat Methodist Principal Mrs.La Brooy that the Mission decided to hand over the school to the government and classes in the A.L's.

1964-1994

Mrs.Jayasinghe the 1st Old Girl to be appointed Principal gave due recognition to all four faiths and introduced a practical bias to the school curriculum. She was followed by her sister, a former School Captain, who had her entire schooling at Kandy High School. The School song was translated into Sinhala and the Western Band was formed in her time. During Mrs.Ekanayake 's tenure of two decades the school expanded in size and numbers and the landscape too changed, with the construction of the Centenary Building, the library block and the Labroory Building. As this educational institute was among the first 21 National schools, it was difficult to take in all who sought admission, so the grade 1-5 were gradually frozen from 1973. In 1990 Mrs.Amunugama who laid stress not only on academic studies initiated 'Colours Eve', 'Hostel Day' and 'Sanka Nartham'. Since fostering unity among the communities was her dream, she brought together all four faiths in workmanship. The Millen, the kindergarten was re-opened once again in 2001 after 28 years and in 2004 grade It was shifted shifted to Dodanwela. 125 years have lapsed since May 1879 but the mission of the pioneers of our school "to train girls to be women of character, to fit them to meet the strains and stresses of a wider life in the world, to be mature women, willing to serve their homes in or out" has not changed.

Unity in diversity

Our school is one of the very few schools which represent a cross-section of our pluralistic community where children from multi-ethnic and multi-cultural backgrounds are trained to live together as one, human family. 

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Newsletter
  • 2nd Jan 2018

    Welcome of Grade 5 Students to Grade 6

  • 11th Jan 2018

    Enrollment Of Grade 5 Scholarship Holders 

  • 12th Jan 2018

    "Kapruk Pujawa"- Mahiyanganaya 

  • 15th Jan 2018

    Welcome of Grade 1 Students

  • 16th Jan 2018

    School Thaipongale Programme  

  • 19th Jan 2018

    "Deye Uruma" Educational Programme

  • 25th Jan 2018

    Road Safety Program 

  • 1st Feb 2018

    "Ayurweda" Health Programme

  • 15th Feb 2018

    Annual Inter-House Sports Meet - 2018

    Girls' High School, Kandy

    1st Place                - Eaton House

    2nd Place               - Langdon House

    3rd Place               - Lawrance House

    4th Place               - Sansom House

  • 04-13th May 2018

    Global Linking - China Tour

  • 14-15th May 2018

    Orientation Programme for Grade 12 Students

  • 21st May 2018

    Founders' Day

    139th Birthday of Mother KGHS

  • 21st May 2018

    Opening of the New Smart Classroom

  • 25th May 2018

    Felicitation Programme for Retired and Transferred Teachers 

  • 31st May 2018

    Opening of the Refurbished Table Tennis Practice Room

    Project of OGA

  • 14th June 2018

    Annual Commerce Day "Arbitrium '18"

    Organized by the Commerce Society Of Girls' High School, Kandy

    At The Constance Mallet Hall

  • 20 - 22nd Feb 2018

    "ESPECTRO '18"

    The Science Society Of Girls' High School, Kandy  presented 

    The Science Exhibition

    at School Premises. 

  • 24th Feb 2018

    Leadership Program for the Intermediate Committee 2018

  • 27th Feb 2018

    Celebration of Girl Guides Thinking Day 2018

    Kandy Girls' High School

  • 3rd March 2018

    Opening of the New Mathematics Lab

  • 16th March, 2018

    Kids Athlete '18

    Annual Sports Meet Primary Section - Kandy Girls' High School

  • 21st March 2018

    101st Anniversary 

    The Guide movement was introduced to Sri Lanka by Mrs. Jenny Calverley (nee Green) who assembled the First Company of Girl Guides in Ceylon at Girls’ High School (GHS), Kandy in 21st of March 1917.

  • 26th March 2018

    Butterflies Enrollment - 2018

  • 1st April 2018

    Girl Guides Friendship Day

  • 5th April 2018

    Awurudu Celebration Primary

  • 6th April 2018

    Awurudu Celebration Senior Section

  • 6th April 2018

    End of First term 2018

  • 8th April 2018

    Jenne Green Annual Inter-School Netball Tournament

  • 23rd April 2018

    Commencement of the School 2nd Term

  • 26-28th Apr 2018

    Wesak Week

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Email: info@ghskandy.edu.lk
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