Whether you are a past student browsing the pages to reminisce, or a prospective parent searching for a school that meets your requirements, I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to this website.
Since its inception in 1996, our school has been blessed with remarkable characters – students and teachers – who have helped shape the essence of our community. It is a community that continues to thrive and I always take great pride when showing guests around both our Junior and Senior Schools.
Although we have a tremendous record of academic success in public examinations, we aim to provide far more than impressive grades. We are committed to stretching the minds of all our students, encouraging them to think for themselves, to lead others, to ask questions, to take responsibility.
Our school has a wonderfully positive ethos, an environment where students encourage one another to try something new without the fear of failure; it is this incredible atmosphere which allows them to flourish in all aspects of school life and to enter the outside world armed with self-confidence and humility.
Happiness, passion, dedication and school spirit are not that easy to convey on a website. If you would like a tour of the school, I would be delighted to show you around.
MA Hons (Oxon.) Dip. Ed. (Oxon.)
Head of School
Elizabeth Moir Tenduf-La was Head Girl at St Mary’s Calne, the prestigious English private school. She then went on to graduate in Mathematics from Oxford University, where she stayed on to complete a Diploma in Education. Amongst her many achievements at Oxford, she captained the Ladies Tennis Team. The list of her contemporaries reads like a Who’s Who of high fliers of the 20th and 21st centuries in fields such as education, politics and sports.
Soon after leaving Oxford, Mrs Moir joined the Diocesan Girls’ School in Hong Kong where she established the A Level Mathematics department. After four years in Asia, Mrs. Moir returned to England where she worked as an IBM systems analyst in the capital's financial district. It was in London where she met her husband, Kesang Tenduf-La, a Tibetan aristocrat whose parents owned the famous Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling. She spent the next few years bringing up her children and helping her husband to run his businesses – including Chinese restaurants, interior design and textiles. This gave her an insight into the world outside academia.
Elizabeth Moir came to Sri Lanka in 1982 with her husband and their three children. With the only international school at the time restricted to expatriates, she was keen to establish an educational environment that could be enjoyed by all nationalities. She soon founded the Colombo International School and was its Principal until 1994. In the same year, she started the British School in Colombo
Two years later Elizabeth Moir wanted to go back to the system which she feels works best: a small family school in which everyone is afforded exceptional individual attention. She was persuaded to allow the school to carry her name as it is seen to be synonymous with quality, commitment, love and attention.
On top of starting three schools and sending scores of students to Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Yale, Mrs Moir also headed the Follow Me programme in Sri Lanka, which brought English teaching to the masses on an unprecedented scale. Her reputation is such that she has had approaches from around the world to Head top schools, but her commitment is to this country. However, she did accede to one request when, in her role as an Executive Director, she helped set up the Trivandrum International School in South India.
Mrs Moir is an enthusiastic golfer and swimmer.