History

sc4St. Anne’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya which was earlier known as the English Girls’ School has a proud history of 88 years. It is situated at the urban area of Wattala and caters in three mediums, Sinhala, Tamil and English. The school was founded by Irish nuns in 1920 as a catholic missionary school. In 1980 it was handed over to the government as a secondary girls’ school. The school was managed by nuns from the beginning. Mrs. M.L.J.Ferdinandes was the only lay principal who served for a long period.

Again in 1999 Rev. Sister Eta Fernando assumed the duties as the principal of the school and after her retirement in 2005 Rev. Sister Kanthi B. Perera took the racings as the principal.
There are about 90 teachers who served for the betterment of the girls of the area and the school serves to all the girls equally leaving aside the different of caste, race and religion.

During the period of the present principal the school showed a massive progress in physical and human resources. This progress of the school paved the path to excel in education in the Wattala division.

The school has won the first place in the GCE O/L examination and in several other occasions. Moreover the school is trying to build up a well balanced personality with a blend of knowledge, skill and attitudes. Therefore the school has introduced many extracurricular activities to its students. With all these opportunities St. Anne’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya has achieved its goal of creating young women who are capable of facing their future endeavors with a good education and practical minds through a well mannered and disciplined culture.

25th Jubilee Souvenir

50th Jubilee Souvenir

1920 – 04 – 20

1920 – 04 – 20

Welcomes the dawn of education in the suburban town of Wattala. Happy faces greet the pioneers – a few nuns who are to be installed in the new Convent and the school is blessed by his Grace the Archibishop of Colombo very Rt. Rev. Dr. Antoine Courdert. As St. Peter upon the rocks, Fr. Croctaine receives the key of the new…

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1921

1921

Red letter Day for Wattala. Smiling parents drag their chargers to school, happy to be rid of a day’s worry. Ten or twelve boys and girls parade the lonely spot. Sister Mary Bertha and teachers mother them at one time and bully them at another. The little mischievous and playful minds settle down to their routine of work for the first time. Hard time to face – Failures and disappointments do not hinder Sister Mary Bertha and her three disciples from tending those already here and finding out their hidden talents.

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1923

Two years of toil and labour have passed and the first test of an inspection is faced everywhere; the annual Inspection follows. Scared faces, nervous and and blinking eyes greet the trouser-ed gents who walk into the school to do the Kangany’s job of pulling up teachers and pupils.

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1924

Sad faces, gloomy atmosphere prevail. Rev. Sister Mary Bertha, the kindly mother, is transferred; no suitable substitute to replace her. Miss. Elaine Lorage becomes foster mother and carries out her work as Principal. Children find difficult to forget Sister Mary Bertha, slowly but steadily Miss Lorage, who did not spare the road and spoil the child, managers to train her crude charges and make them love the…

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1928 – Great Day dawns

School registered as a grant – in – Aid school. Proud young boys and girls walk about in gay costumes and encouraging smiles.

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1930 – Good News

Rev. Fr. L. A. Guiraud, O.M.I. comes as Local Manager and the Parish Priest of Wattala and the school wok goes on.

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1931 – A surprise packet

1931 – A surprise packet

Rev. Fr. A. Yenveux steps into the shoes of Rev. Fr. Giraud as Local Manager. We get Sister Mary Felicitas as Principal and a new era begins in the history of St. Anne’s. Happy faces once again. Order, discipline, cleanliness find their places once more at St. Anne’s.

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1932

1932

Clock turns on for the collection of A.R.R. As usual this brings a group of inspectors to testify the work of the school. Verdict satisfactory. Well done St. Anne’s! Rev. Sister Mary Felicitous’s principal post falls on Rev. Sister Mary Angel, a guardian angel to watch over St. Anne’s charges.

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1933 – Good News!

Principal and staff busy at their accounts and time table for the collection of A.R.R. always right and always ready at St. Anne’s. Rev. Sr. Mary Norbert, a new arrival to staff – children welcome herb with gleaming faces.

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1934 – Very important event

Log Book opened up for entering important events and reports of inspections. First time in the history of the school candidates prepared for the J.S.C. examination. We will wait for the results. The girls of St. Anne’s never disappoint! Ground! Flags fly – terrible confusion – prize giving – first of its kind – gay faces, applauding hands! Never the like before!

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1935

Another ordeal to face – Annual Inspection. Ms. Elsie Solomons visits the School. Hopeful news! School report very satisfactory – from Miss Solomons! Great Achievement. Quick on his heels comes Mr. Beling. Inspector of Art, like a blithe spirit. “Freedom in expression, that is Art” says Mr. Beling. The Divisional Inspector (W.P.) accompanied by another comes to have a glance round the school. Incidentally – glorious indeed! – Rev. Mother Superior drops in as if from heaven. She never or seldom comes this way – we consider it…

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1936

Mr. Sahabandu, District Inspector, pays a surprise visit and suggests to form a Parent-Teachers Association. We are now 3 more than 100 with 5 teachers. Well done, St. Anne’s!

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1937

The hands of the clock move automatically and inspectors walk in their orders. Art inspection on the 18th by Mr. Gunasekara and annual inspection by Miss. E. Solomons.

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1938

Not a very eventful year except for a Public Convert and Prize Giving presided by the General Manager. Here too, January begins the toll of inspections with Messers. Beling for Art. Rajapakshe for Sinhalese, Miss E. Solomons for the A.R.R.

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1939

School reopens. Children still in mood of enjoyment after the Christmas holidays when inspections begin. Two more teachers added to the Staff. – Now 7 teachers. Mr. Sahabandu comes on a surprise visit.

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1940

1940

Gives the luck of a trained teacher to the Staff (Miss Ludowyke) First Staff Meeting held in a well organized form. Epidemic threatens round about village and school closed after the Sinhalese inspections. Measles and whooping cough scare away the residents and compulsory closing of school. In spite of all this Miss Solomons is not to be scared – she walks in to collect the A.R.R. Everything is nothing for the Inspectors who hop in whenever they like for this or that inspection. Glorious but frightful scene! Suburb of Colombo floating in the waters of the…

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1941

1941

Year dawns with new Principal, and a train of Inspectors follow in quick succession. Miss Solomons doesn’t forget to come again and again. Small Pox – alarm! 110 pupils called up for vaccination. Rev. Fr. Anthony,General Manager of R.C. Schools, brings bag of full news. Red Letter Day indeed! School has been graded as a Junior Secondary School. Friday declared holiday by him to celebrate the occasion. School’s netball team comes to the fore-front – They face a contest with the Nayakakanda Girls. Successes do not force St. Anne’s up to the summit. Charity, compassion take hold on them. Visits to Ragama Deaf and Blind School – Excursions to the Dehiwala Zoo, Tea and Rubber Factories in Naboda and Kaluthara are made in happy mood. Parents meet in school and enjoy a Variety Entertainment. Drill display in honour of Parent’s Day – a grand day indeed for both Parents and their progeny! Wattala Map has become a necessity our young geographers march round the neighbourhood of Wattala to collect facts to draw it up.

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1942

January On the throes of a war, Arulnandy (Divisional Inspector) visits in connection with A.R.R. measures and precautions.   February Gentle Mr. A.M.K. Coomarasamy inspects the school. Children find a change in the atmosphere – kindness and gentleness all round. Inspections follow one after another. General Manager cannot forget us.   July War measures drive. Upper Forms and Staff to attend A.R.P. lecture held at Nayakakanda.   September Jolly party wending towards Negombo and Bolawalana.   November Net-Ball Match.   December Variety Entertainment.

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1943

1943

January Once again we meet our Inspectors. Art inspection – Annual inspection.   February Sinhalese Inspection.   July Domestic Science – it sounds very big and important – well such a class had been started and a European Lady – Miss Westrop – visits prior to approving that class or course in our school. St. Anne’s! Be proud of your girls. They are going to be scientific cookies. Well ought their mothers to be proud too – they can sit and enjoy their well-earned rest; their daughters will don the cooking – Savoury dishes – mind you. Our young scientists need to learn to cook vegetables – not pleased with what the Junction Markets sells – walk round Hunupitiya enjoying the healthy vegetable gardens. – But why! – Guess!!!     August Miss Westrop and the General Manager seem to take delight in  St. Anne’s – must visit again and again.   December J. D. Sc. Examination – 1st batch of 10 students give demonstration of their talents.

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1944

January Calm after the storm of A.R.R. Miss Gunethilake changes hands with Miss. H. Mendis and makes herself quite at home with the environment and the children.   December Sister Mary Immaculate changes her residence.

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1945

January Sister Mary Hyacinth fills the vacancy. Miss Westrop collects A.R.R. fully satisfied with the work of the school, gives her a lift by raising her up to a Senior Secondary School. Proud S.S.C. Prep. work with might and main to bring out their bright colours in the December finals.   December For the first time, St. Anne’s Girls see their mother’s tongue given prominence. They are careful to make their own tongues  too as good and long.

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1946

First appearance of Miss L. D. Silva, present Mrs. Kariyawasam; she tests the strength of our “Keep Fit” girls.

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1948

January Happy New Year wishes in Sister Mary Norbet into the Staff of St. Anne’s. Busy year. Exams follow A.R.R.   October Mrs. Navarathnam fills the vacancy created by Miss. Westrop who bids farewell to Ceylon.   December Sad and gloomy is the face of every girl and teacher for the news is bitter : Sister Mary Adrienne, the Principal must…

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1949

January New Year dawns – Fear of new Principal benumbs the mischievous traits of the school minds.   June Mrs. Nilam gives an impetus to our girls and encourages them to advance in their Home Science. Ready action follows suit and every class becomes occupied with cookery. Sad to part – but we must : Sister Mary Antoinette leaves us after 6 years.   September Lower school Sinhala and Tamil Classes enjoy a day’s outing on an educational excursion. Rev. Sr. Mary Ceciliya – our Montessori trained Teacher – joins After 5 years Sister Mary Hyacinth leaves us.

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1950

1950

January Mrs. N. Nilane visited the school, entertained by our young enthusiastic housewives. Our tears now dry up for us have Sr. Mary Placida to work with us. A.R.R. is collected by Mrs. Nawarathnam. May Grand Day – Gay spirit and excitement prevail at the first Sport Meet in honour of the Principal’s Day. June Mrs. Nilam makes a thorough inspection of the needle work, class by class looking for comments. She is highly pleased with the work of every class. Feast of the Sacred Heart – Renewal of Enthronement. Whole school consecrated to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary by the Parish Priest, followed by Benediction of the blessed Sacrament. July First Tamil & Sinhalese Elocution contest December First Public Prize Giving patronized by the General Manager of R.C. Schools. Proud winners walk off with their trophy. Inter House Competition Cups and Shields are also carried away. Disappointing news – Sr. Mary Placid has to…

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1951

May The little kids of the Kindergarten see a sight in Miss. P. Crouning, Inspectress of the Infant Department.   June The girl’s of St. Anne’s have the unique privilege of staging the first Roman Catholic Ballet. Keep it up St. Anne’s. Our young choir competes in the Oriental Singing competition and comes out victorious.

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1952

September Miss. Kariyawasam inspects the P.T.   December 1st Crowds gather round the portals of St. Anne’s Red, white and blue line up to greet the Hon. Minister of Education.

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1953

1953

March Inspector E. P. Kekulawala inspects the work of our typists. Satisfactory condition makes him approve this as a commercial subject. June St. Anne’s march to the coronation parade and take their place among the leading schools of Colombo. July Sr. Mary Daria appointed principal of Primary Dept. August Inspector Beling invited to judge the standard of Art of the pupils. ALso Mr. Beling wanted them not to forget about the great event – Jubilee Art Exhibition at the Art gallery.

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1955

1955

Rev. Sr. Mary Good Shepherd became a pension holder and her position was replaced by Rev. Sr. Mary Eugene. For the first time Science, Commerce and Art Advance level classes were established.

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1968

The school girls played a ballet created in relation to the Russian story “Hathpethi Mal”, at places such as Lionel Wendt theaters.

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1969

1969

The first ever Girl Guides – 1969

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1971

Wattala Roman Catholic Girls school was combined with St. Anne’s under the guidance of Mr. Patrick Warnakulasuriya, who was the Divisional Educational Officer of Gampaha.

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1973

1973

The school Western Band and the Oriental Band achieved the 1st prize in the inter school competition held at the Capital District.   After the service of the 18 years, the Principal of the St. Anne’s Sr. Mary Eugene been transferred.

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1976

1976

The empty position of the Principal Sr. Mary Eugene was filled up by Rev. Sr. Mary of the Angels, on the 21st April in 1976. The Advanced Level Science class was invented. The school Western Band was selected for playing in the Non-Aligned Nations Summit.

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1977

1977

Rev. Sr. Mary of the Angels been transferred. Ms. M. L. J. Ferdenandaz was appointed to the position of the Principal on 19th September 1977.

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1978

St. Anne’s was selected as the best school in the Gampaha District. Among the 17 students who have been seated for the A/L examination, 15 were got through and 3 of them got qualified for university education. The school primary section too achieved a grate victory by being the school which has scored the highest marks in this year scholarship examination among the other schools in Wattala.

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1979

It is really unfair to maintain a footpath dividing the land of a school. The footpath which ran through the school premises was barred and banned.

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1980

Neigh tours; Mr. Alfred Perera & Mr. Peris made a complaint against closing the above mentioned footpath.

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1983

A/L Science, Agriculture stream was commenced by Ms. Mari Perera Mrs. Irangani Samaraweera the oldest member of our present teachers staff become the in charge of grades 6-10.

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1984

Annites were lucky. Thanks Mr. Parakrama Karunarathne the lawyer for defeating enemies. The footpath had been closed according to the high court judgement sentenced on the 30th September 1984.

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1986

Annites were delighted receiving the best A/L results in the Gampaha District. It is said that our students defeated Royalists in Physics getting through A/Ls.

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1987

At the program concept of Udagam, our girls won the 1st place of the Western Province presenting their talents in Music & Dancing. Uner the gudance of the Ms. Hamli Amarasinghe.

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1991

Samanthi Kannangara, one of our students won the trophy of the first place at the SAARF general knowledge competition.

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1992

The primary section of the school was moved to a new location.

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1993

The explended exhibition “Nipunatha” was held at the school premises exposing the students skills and competencies.

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1999

1999

Mrs. Ferdinandez the only one lay Principal a successful mentor of the history of the school retired. For a very short period, Sr. Irangani was appointed as the acting Principal. Rev. Sr. Mary Eta Fernando became the Principal of St. Anne’s. 

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2001

Commencing the construction of the three storied building “St. Rose De Lima”. The entrance of the school was neatly arranged adding  a watch hut. Electricity was supplied to the assembly hall. St. Anne’s was lucky enough to be offered by a well equipped computer unit which is being highly contributed to uplift the standard of school.

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2004 – 2016

2004 – 2016

This should be regarded as an exclusive era of St. Anne’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya Wattala. Rev. Sr. Kanthi B. Perera was bestowed with the honour of being the Principal during the period. She has been making changes to create further academic progress of the Annites community. Construction work of the three-storied building “St. Rose of Lima” was completed. Establishing and modernizing the laboratory and the library to the demand of the students. The chapel was modernized and declared open at an impressive ceremony by Rev. Fr. Oswald Gomez, the retired Archbishop. An aesthetic unit makes any school rich in charity and humanity. The aesthetic unit of the school was established in the newly built three storied building consisting nine class rooms. Home Science unit also in an essential for a girl’s school. The old building of the Home Science unit was modernized and facilitated. Children are normally nature lovers. Creating a pleasant & natural teaching, learning environment, three outdoor classes were constructed. The attractive vision of the present school garden is just only one sweet fruit of the ambition of our Principal regarding the…

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2016

2016

September The Annites cadet platoon participated in the all island band assessment camp (Western) 2016 held from 17-24th September at Rantambe won the following places out of 29 platoons participated. http://stannesbmv.org/2016/09/22/all-island-band-assessment-camp-western-2016/   Won all island schools western music dance competition http://stannesbmv.org/2016/09/22/won-all-island-schools-western-music-dance-competition-2016/   V. A Senara Devindi, a student of grade 13 is participating in the 3rd South Asian Karate championship to be held in New Delhi, India from 22nd to 26th September 2016. She is tacking-part in the event individual Kumite. Karate team Kata, she also resived the 3rd place in the event individual Kumite at the all island school games 2016. All Annites wish her all the very best ! http://stannesbmv.org/2016/09/22/won-the-3rd-place-in-the-event-at-all-island-school-games-2016/

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2017

2017

St. Anne’s kept her first step for the transformation to a Smart School. As a result, two classrooms were transformed as Smart Classes. On 09th of December, 2017 an E-Board was established for the first time.

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2018

2018

Photographing Society was established.   For the first time ever in St. Anne’s History, the Term Test Marks were entered into an online system through Office 365. Students began to use online lessons as well using OneNote. For the first time, Air Scout Batch was formed.  

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2019

2019

For the first time ever in history, a Buddhist student was appointed as the Head Prefect. Congratulations Sumudu Saumya !!!     Jubilee Year Declaration was done on 31st of May by Very Rev. Fr. Ivan Perera.   Guess what? The smart school concept is still going on. As a result of that 1986 Old Girls donated the 4th Smart Class on 04 of June.  

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