History of Kandy Royal International School

Back in 1991, RIS had its origins in an initiative to establish an English medium school in Kurunegala; driven by a vision to provide an international education for the children of the North Western province; passionately believing it to be the most comprehensive and relevant form of education. However, they did not want to lose the Sri Lankan influence; therefore the school is a fluid blend of both a national and international experience. At RIS the teachers and parents are partners working together to create an environment where students thrive and grow into well-rounded members of their communities with their own unique style. RIS is run and managed as a social enterprise - all funds are used to support student education, teachers, staff and the maintenance of our buildings, equipment and vehicles. We endeavour to keep the fees reasonable to ensure as many families as possible can make the choice of an RIS education for their children. We were the first private school in the North Western Province.

Message from the Managing Director

It is time at last for the 'big move.' From humble beginnings, we have reached unimaginable heights. However, the move must be more than just a move to new buildings We must move with new and inspired hearts and minds Our new school building must inspire new attitudes in both students and teachers Our pledge is to use the expertise of our staff and to bring out the talent of our students and to develop the potential of both We have a reputation for; High standards, disciplined students taught by professional staff led by professional management. Our vision is becoming a reality
Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.
There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.

Maria Montessori