About Bolawalana Ave Maria Convent

Who we are

Up to the year 1999, annually, the administration of Ave Maria Convent Main School- Negombo, managed by the Nuns of the Good Shepherd Order, was facing a huge problem during school admission period. This was due to heavy demand for admissions compared with very limited capacity available for grade 1 students.

The welfare board which consisted of parents of the students of that school discussed with the then General Manager of Catholic schools Rev. Fr. Ivan Perera and the then Archbishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Nicholas Marcus Fernando to find out a solution to the heavy demand for admissions. After series of lengthy discussions over a few years, the Archbishop agreed to donate Rs. 1.0 Million and a 2.0 acre land to the AMC Welfare Board to start an Ave Maria Branch School at Akkarapanaha.

School Anthem

Let us raise our voices sweetly
Let the bells of joy ring clear
Here’s a pledge of faith unbroken
To the school we hold so dear
At thy side we children gather
Mother dear so pure and fair
Guide us on to Christ our saviour
Keep us in the love and care
Ave Maria ///
Hail Mother dear
Steadfast, loyal, true and noble
Let us cherish all that’s right
Holy Spirit, lead us onward
In thy light let us see light
We shall march to greater glory
In the years that are to be
Working, praying, hoping trusting
In our Lord eternally.

Message from Sister Principal

An experienced and highly skilled and committed staff works collaboratively to deliver quality education for our students. Each child who arrives in Bolawalana Ave Maria Convent, comes with their own individual challenges which have reached the point where they can no longer cope well in their mainstream setting, despite the good intentions and often valiant efforts of parents, teachers and other health professionals.

May God Bless You!

The Principal,

Rev. Sr. Sirima Opanayake

Our Establishment Timelime

The ceremonial opening was held on the 10th Jan 1999.
The foundation stone was laid for the second school building by Rev. Sister Anita Fernando, the provincial superior of the congregation of Good Shepherd sisters on 19th April 2002 and Rev. Fr. Dr. Lesley Fernando.
Comfort Station was declared open by Rev. Fr. Ranjith Madurawala, the GM of Catholic Schools on 14th July 2007.
Rev. Fr. Ivan Perera laid the foundation stone for the 4 storied building on 15th June 2008.
The first G. C. E. Ordinary Level student batch sat for the examination. 92% qualified for the Advanced Level.
Papal Nuncio His Grace the Archbishop Joseph Spiteri blessed the first wing of the administration building and Mother General of the Dominican Sisters of Malta, Rev. Sr.Carmelita Borg O.P. was present. - Started the G. C. E. Advanced Level classes in Science, Arts and Commerce streams in both English and Sinhala medium.
His Eminence Malcom Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo declared open the new 4 storied building on 24th March 2011. - School chapel was blessed and declared open by Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Perera on 17th June 2011. - The school commerce students along with their teachers organized the first 'Commerce Day' on 12th of May. - 'Glimpse of Rhythm', concert of the primary students was successfully held on 11th of June at Maris Stella Auditorium.
Student Dilasha Dias was selected for under 13 Asian Football Competition. She achieved the 3rd place in National Ranking in Football.
A grand exhibition called ' Evolution of Money ' was held for the first time at school premises in June. Former President Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse visited for the opening.
A science exhibition called ' Phylologia' was organized by the students of science stream.
The renovated school playground was blessed and declared open by Rev. Fr. Anthony Pinto. The school Brass Band was introduced and a brass band show 'Bronze en Sonoro' was held at school premises on 25th of April. - 'A Glimpse of Rhythm 3 ', the grand concert of the primary students was successfully held for the 3rd time at Maris Stella Auditorium on 12th September. - A special reality program ' Star Chef Hunt', organized by 'Swarnavahini Rasa Saraniya' was held at school premises on 3rd of October .
Vigil Service was conducted for all the parents and the students by Rev. Fr. Darrel Coonghe, Rev. Fr. Terrance Perera and Rev. Br. Lalith to honor the Year of Mercy. - A Media Unit was established in March. - The school produced the best results at G.C.E. (O/L) examination being the top 50 in the Island while achieving the 30th in the Island Rank and the first place in the Negombo Educational Zone.