Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya

Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya is a leading Catholic girls school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was established on 3 February 1903, by the nuns of the Holy Family Order of Bordeaux.

Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya
ශුද්ධ වූ පවුලේ කන්‍යාරාමය, බම්බලපිටිය
Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya
Retreat Road, Colombo

Coordinates6°53′17″N 79°51′24″E / 6.887979°N 79.856803°E / 6.887979; 79.856803
TypeGovernment-aided private school
MottoFrench: Gloire a Dieu seul
(Glory to God Alone)
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established3 February 1903; 121 years ago (1903-02-03)
Grades1 – 13
Age5 to 19
Houses  Suzanne
  Rose De Lima
Color(s)Blue and white
PublicationRefreshing Breezes
Alumni nameFamilians

It provides primary and secondary education. The school currently [when?] has around 3,500 students. The school is a non-fee levying school. School buildings covers and includes a fully equipped auditorium, ICT lab, Science lab, Chapel and Library.

History edit

The first principal was Rev. Mother Agnes Stouter. The school's chapel was completed in 1933. The school began as a small school for thirty students at "Clock House" down Laurie's Road. After shifting location several times, the school ended where it is now, down Retreat Road. During World War 2, the school building was used as a hospital. Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya celebrated its 110th anniversary on 2 February 2013. The school is also known as The Grand Old Lady by the Sea due to its proximity to the sea.[citation needed]

Chapel edit

The chapel of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya was dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1933. Funds to build it were collected through various sources. One of the main sources was the school's very own students. Concerts were organised and each class came forward to perform every Friday for which tickets were sold at the price of 10 cents.

The Carrara marble altar was a gift from the past pupils of that time and the tabernacle was a gift from Elizabeth Pillai. Holy Hour every first Friday afternoon of the month, annual retreats which went on for two or three days and confessions on Thursdays were the regular religious services that were held in the chapel.

Today, Holy Mass and special ceremonies such as Confirmation, Christmas Eve mass, the school Christmas carol service and First Holy Communion are held in this place of worship.

College anthem edit

The college anthem was composed by Eileen Walles and the words written by Wendy Whatmore.[citation needed]

Facilities edit

  • Auditorium
  • ICT labs
  • Dancing halls
  • Large conference hall named "Green Hall"
  • Home economics room
  • Library
  • Multimedia rooms
  • Primary Hall
  • Primary play area
  • Science lab
  • Students' saving unit powered by HNB

Notable alumni edit

External links edit

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka : All female flying crew makes history at SriLankan Airlines". www.infolanka.com. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  2. ^ "Sri Lanka : All female flying crew makes history at SriLankan Airlines". www.infolanka.com. Retrieved 2019-10-23.

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