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The former provincial Minister of Education Mr. Suranimala Rajapaksha had the intention of commencing a new school as an alternative to the growing population of the area and the increasing demand for a good school. As a result with the consent of the former member of the Parliament Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe the constructions were started on 20th of June 1990.

This school was inauguraly opened on 25th of March 1991 with 171 little Vishakians. But legally the date was recorded as 1st of April 1991. The staff consisted of two teachers and there was just a two story building in a land of one acre. The land was given by a retired principal Mr. Gamage. In addition to that Ms. M.D. Punnyawathie, Mr. S.K. Shrikantha, Mr. N.D. Perera, Mr. I.G. Sujitha Perera and Ms. M.D. Ariyawathie contributed by selling their lands to a sum of 80 lacks with the involvement of the government.

Rev. Banagala Upathissa Thero has been supporting for the progress of the school as a well wisher from the very beginning. He took the initiative to construct the main hall of Vishaka Vidyalaya by spending nine hundred thousand rupees. As an honor the main hall is named as “Banagala Upathissa Hall”. Rev. Banagala Upathissa Thero never forgets to inquire about the school as soon as he gets a relief from his duty by being the chief incumbent of Japan. The founder Principal Madam D.L. Padmasheeli was giving her committed active and clever leadership to guide the Vishakians. Her commitment to the service has contributed a lot for the enlistment of the school. The way Vishakians reached was not a comfortable path. We achieved this goal and reached the vision through a lot of inconveniences and using and following various successful guidance. We succeeded in spreading the name and fame not only in the Kelaniya zone but beyond it with the help of the accurate management and the vigorous leadership of the honorable Madam Principal.

Mrs. D.L. Padmasheeli.

First Log Entry

WP/KE Vishaka College Sapugaskanda was ceremonially inaugurated today at the auspicious time 11.33 a.m. This occasion was graced by the presence of the following dignitaries; Mr. K.M. Jinadasa, Deputy Director of Education-Biyagama, Mr. C. Wimaladharma, Assistant Director of Education-Biyagama, Mr. A.J. Sirisena. Mr. P.P.D.T. Aquinaz and Mr. V.K. Ruparathne, Divisional Secretary of Biyagama. The occasion was also attended by Mr. Keerthi Atapattu, the O.I.C. of Biyagama Police Station, Mr. M.W. Gamage, the philantherpist who donated the land and Mrs. Malani Fernando, the Engineer in charge of constructions, parents and students. The ceremony was arranged by Principal Mrs. D.L. Padmasheeli and staff. Mrs. K.G. Jayamanike and Mrs. K.M. Kavithilaka were appointed as school teachers and K.L. Anuruddika, was admitted as the 1st student. Mr. Rathnasiri Gamage, who got pension under circular 44/90, also works as a temporary staff member. It is pleased to conduct the opening ceremony as hoped.

“My one and only wish to become this school as one of the most popular schools in Sri Lanka”

Suranimala Rajapaksha

Vocational, Youth Affairs, Labour and Education Minister of Western Province.

25th March, 1991


1990

• Founded to the first step

1991

• Declared open ritually on 25th March • Declared open legally on 04th April

1992

• 1st Anniversary of the school • Staged a cultural show “PIPENA KEKULU”

1993

• 2ND Anniversary of the school- held a Pirith Ceramony

1994

• 1st English Day

1995

• 1st Prefect’s Day • 1st batch sat for the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination

1996

• Declared open the new Playground

1997

• Held the 1st Prize Giving

1998

• With the guidance of Rev. Banagala Upasitissa Thero, Mrs. Park Joon Ho from Korea presented a Piano to the school
• Founded to the Multipurpose Building (E Block)

1999

• The Main Hall built up under the Patronage of Rev. Banagala Upatissa Thero was declared open with celebrations and it was named as “Rev. Banagala Upatissa Hall” (B Block)
• Founded for the three storied building including Advanced Level Science Laboratories (D Block)

2000

• With the contribution of the Ministry of Education in Western Province founded for the three storeyed building (H Block)

2001

• 10th Anniversary of the school-“VISHAKA PEACE WALK”
• 1ST batch of Grade 11 sat for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination
• D Block was handed over to the students
• Opening Ceremony of the Multipurpose Building

2002

• The Madam Principal was honored by presenting a souvenir for her committed work as a teacher
• Held the ceremony “Tharuyaya”
• Established a Savings unit by the People’s Bank
• The Madam Principal was selected as a member of the National Education Commission
• Commenced the Advanced Level classes for all the sections
• On 7th of June 2002 the school was named as a Maha Vidyalaya. At present it is a 1AB school which takes in scholars.

2003

• Ishara Harshani was a member of the National Netball Team which took part in the Melbourne Wawerly International Netball Series and Bhagya Sonali took part in the Common Wealth Life Saving Swimming Series held in South Africa
• The declare opening of the H Block

2004

• The 1st batch of G.C.E. Advanced Level sat for the Examination
• The Photography Exhibition “PIYAVI NETHIN EHA”

2005

• The building erected for G.C.E A/L Art section was declared open by the former Prime Minister Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksha. • 15th anniversary of the school – Pirith Ceromony
• Won the championship of the inter school football series.
• W. A. Charitha Kumuduni who acted as the main character in the play “Emali” won the Best Actress Award, in the State Children Drama Festival.
• B. A. Chamali Madushani won the second place in the cycle tour of Western Province.

2006

• On 14th September Vishakians entered the Computer Age. The IT Lab was opened for the students by the Minister of Education, Hon. Susil Premajayantha.
• The school Buddhist Society took steps to hand over the presents for 30 senior citizens from Pattiwila.
• A house was built and handed over to a family, who had been affected by tsunami disaster.

2007

• The 1st Kitty Group of St. Jones’ Ambulance Service