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  • Khippam Vayama Pandito Bhawa ("Strive hard and be wise")
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Khippam Vayama Pandito Bhawa ("Strive hard and be wise")


Boys' School


Galle, Sri Lanka


Colonel H.S.Olcott and Madam H.P.Blavetsky arrived in Galle on their first visit to Ceylon on the 17th May 1880(Vesak day) and became Buddhists. From then onwards Colonel Olcott pioneered the establishment of Buddhist schools, Sinhala as well as English, in all parts of the island. At Galle, he visited a number of leading Buddhist prelates and citizens, and brought about the formation of The Galle Buddhist Theosophical Society with the object of promoting Buddhist education, by setting up Buddhist schools under its management.

The first English school was inaugurated at Galle, on 15th September 1880 and was called The Galle Theosophical Buddhist School. It started with an attendance roll of 500 pupils but had to be closed down due to lack of pupils. On 21st February 1891, after a lapse of ten years, the school was reopened but it made no progress until the arrival of Dr.Bowles Daly L.L.D. Dr.Daly who had once been a Christian clergyman in London, author of several works on History and Political Economy, joined the Theosophical Society in 1889, and offered his services to Colonel Olcott, for the society’s work in Asia. He assumed duties as General Secretary of the Ceylon section of the society, and came to Ceylon in July 1890, and became a Buddhist receiving Pansil from Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala.

He took charge of the Galle Theosophical Buddhist School on 1st August 1891. He gave the school a new name “Mahinda College” and re-inaugurated it under its new name on 1st March 1892. He gave the college a Motto “Nihil est Amabilius Virtue” (Nothing is more lovable than virtue).

Dr.Daly left at the end of 1893, and the College passed through a period of 9 years under five principals. At the request of Colonel Olcott, Mr.Frank Lee Woodward came to Ceylon on 1st August 1903 and took over his assignment as Principal of Mahinda College.

Mahinda College, located in the heart of Southern Sri Lanka, is one of the country's leading schools. Mahinda is devoted to excel in education and developing leaders in many disciplines who crave to make a difference. Mahinda, which has the origins from the beautiful city, Galle in Sri Lanka, has an enrollment of over 3750 students.

Since its opening in 1892, Mahinda has been dedicated to preparing students with unique diversities for leadership in a complex world. Mahinda is known for its character, drawn from the legacy of the people who built her glory. Areas of excellence range from various academic successes to various sports and athletic victories. Mahinda is located in one of the highest lands in Galle and is standing tall on one of the most beautiful landscapes in Sri Lanka.

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Societies and Activities

Art Society
Buddhist Society
Commerce Society
Cub Scouting
Customer Educational Circle
Debating Society
Do You Know Team
Eastern Dancing & Dancing Society
Eastern Music Unit
English Debate Team
English Drama Society
Environment Society
Environmental Pioneer Society
First Aid
Junior Prefect Board
Junior Science / Mathematics
Mass Media Circle
Mathematics Do You Know Team
New Inventors Club
Photographic Art Society
Robotic Club
Senior Prefect Board
Sinhala Debate Team
Sinhala Drama Society
Social Environment Circle
Space Science Society
Student Parliament
Traffic Unit
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Western Cadet Band
Western Music

Available Facilities
Open hours today: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Monday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Tuesday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Wednesday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Thursday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Friday

    7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Saturday


  • Sunday


  • May 26, 2022 4:11 PM local time

Contact Details
  • Mahinda College Elliot Road, Galle. Sri Lanka.
  • +94912234965
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The 117th Lovers' Quarrel between Mahinda College and Richmond College was abandoned due to the rain. Now it has been declared that the big match of 2022 has been drawn. The match is a draw.

#NotForTheOrdinary #SOTG

Update : The 117th Lovers' Quarrel. The furious and passionate battle between the lovers came to an abrupt end due to the rain. It's pouring down rain here on Galle city. Mahindians are still here cheering to their phenomenal architect of glory Mother Mahinda.


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