History Society

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are”

The Bishop’s College History Society preserves our state’s history and makes it accessible to everyone in ways that advance the knowledge and inspire curiosity of all the people, places, and events that have shaped our nation.


To create the national identity of the young generation.


To improve the knowledge, attitudes and skills of the present-day students by educating them with the history of the country.

Teachers In Charge and Office Bearers

Teacher’s In Charge : Ms. Deepika Kulathilaka

                                              Ms. Sudarshani Madawanarachchi

                                              Mr. Upul Dissanayake

                                              Ms. Rasika Jayawardena 

President                      : Sakithma Silva

Vice President            : Vishmitha Palihakkara

Secretary                      : Devgi Perera

Treasurer                     : Athini Jayaneththi

History of the society

The History Society was introduced at Bishop’s College during the latter part of the first term of 2011. Ms. Zainab Barry was the first staff advisor to create this society. The main aim of creating this society was to develop an interest for history among the students at large.


  • The History Society was introduced at Bishop’s College. 
  • The first meeting was held on the 5th April 2011.
  •  During the second term of school new members were recruited from grade 6 and above.
  • Meetings were conducted every fortnight Tuesdays.
  • Each meeting was conducted by the students of different grades.
  • During the third term meetings were conducted every Tuesday from  1.45pm-2.30pm on popular demand of members.
  • Amashi De Mel was the first president of the society.


  • First project of the year was a continuation of the school history book  that had been published a few years ago.
  • The book was successfully finished with the events that took place in  our school during the years 2000-2011.
  • Furthermore a seminar was organized for the students who will be sitting for the O/L examination this year. Miss Dilma Kokgalage, Senior Lecturer of the Kelaniya University conducted the seminar on   17th September.



  • Began work for the year with the members of the society joining in an excursion to Kandy on 28th February.
  • Visited the Temple of Tooth, Balana Fort and Garrison cemetery.
  • Visited the parliament on the 4th of June.
  • The annual Inter House History Quiz was held on the 18th June and   Henley House was the winner.
  • Organized an Inter School History Quiz named ‘Retro’ which was  held on the 30th September.
  • Visited the Colombo museum on 13th of October.
  • Conducted the general assembly for the month of November.


  • Educational excursion to Gampaha on 1st of February. Visited Varana Rajamaha Viharaya, Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya and Maligathanna.

A Food sale was held on 24th of February in order to raise funds for  the society.

  • Visited Matale Aluviharaya and Nalanda Gedige on 13th of June.

Annual Inter House History Quiz was held and Henley House became  overall champions


  • Visited the Parliament on the 26th of February.

Furthermore, the second assembly was organized for the Lent term as  We celebrate Independence Day. A renowned academic and writer in Sri Lanka , Deshamanya Professor J.B.Dissanayake was invited as the chief guest for the senior assembly and at the junior assembly Mr. Upul Dissanayake addressed the students as the guest speaker .

  •  The Annual Inter House History Quiz was held where Chapman 

       House became overall champions.

  •  The members of the History Society visited Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya  and Panduwasnuwara on the 8th of October as their educational excursion.

Organized ‘Historia 2016’on 21st of October. This program was  conducted to students from many schools in Colombo and Mrs. Aparna Kishore was invited as the chief guest. 


  • The students were taken to Galle on 28th January and visited the  Kushtarajagala, Thotagamuwe Vijayaba Pirivena, the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum and the Galle Fort along the Dutch Museum.
  • An educational excursion was organized to Kandy on 17th June and visited the Dedigama Kota Vehera, Balana Fort, Temple of Tooth and the Garrison’s Cemetery.

Annual Inter House History Quiz took place on 17th October.

  • The members also visited the Colombo Museum on 25th October.



  • Trip to the Anglican Cathedral and Athugal Viharaya in Kurunegala on the 27th of January.
  • Furthermore organized the assembly on ‘Women’s Day’. Ms. Rajitha Jayasuriya was the chief guest for the senior assembly and at the junior assembly Ms. Thaji Dias addressed the students as the guest speaker.
  • Visited the parliament on the 25th of May.
  • Visited the Ibbankatuwa cemetery, Ridee Viharaya and Dambulla on the 4th of August as a part of our educational excursion.

Organized a History Quiz.


  • Organized the second assembly for the Lent term as we celebrated  Independence Day. A lecturer of International Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Dr. Chaminda Abeysinghe, was the chief guest at the senior assembly. The junior assembly was addressed by a  research analyst Shayani Jayasinghe.


  • In February, the members visited a few historical places in  Ratnapura. We had informative and amusing adventures at Delgamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Saman Devalaya and Diva  Guhawa.


Recent Events and Meetings


  • An educational excursion was arranged in February to Delgamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Saman Devalaya and Diva Guhawa.



  • A virtual assembly was held to mark ‘Founders Day’ on 21st of January.
  • Moreover a webinar was organized  on the 1st of July where Dr. Priyankara Jayawardena discussed on Covid - 19 prevention and safety measures.


  • We had several virtual meetings on 10th,14th,17th,23rd,28th,30th of June,28th,30th of July .


 Upcoming Events


  • A virtual journey will be organized in the Advent term to provide insight on major civilizations such as Egypt, China, Mesopotamia,  Indus valley and Mayan civilization. The journey will offer  simulation of the civilizations through a sequence of photos and videos


 Pictures for Gallery


  Ratnapura - 2020