Sports and Athletics are an integral part of the school curriculum. In the context of a school of the Good Shepherd, they help to promote a variety of positive, wholesome values and play a significant role in promoting morality, honesty, fair play, respect for others, doing your best, team work and having fun. Interestingly competitiveness and winning rank as the least.
Due place is given to Sports and Physical Education, at Good Shepherd Convent, Kandy. Netball was introduce as far back as the 1950's and has persisted to the present day as a popular sport. In 1957, the netball team became not only Central Province Champions but All-Island Champions as well. In 1968, the school had the distinction of one of its players Estelle Gomez playing for the Ceylon Team against the Australian Crusaders.In 1995, Imali Edirisinghe and Chamindrani Kirielle were selected from the Kandy District to play in the Sri Lankan team at the net-ball tournament held in Sydney, Australia. There are four net-ball teams in the school, Under 13, 15, 17 and 19. These teams participate anually in the Zonal net-ball tournaments, the Milo matches and inter-house matches. In 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005 the teams were selected for the all-island tournaments. Since then many teams and players have wone places at various levels.
The game was introduced to the school in 1970. The team participated in the Central Province Badminton Tournament in the same year. In 1974, Elizabeth Macky represented Central Province at the Badminton Nationals held in Galle. In 1982, the Central Province Novices and Senior Championships were both won by the school team. In 1985, Nilmini Wijesinghe was the Runner-up in the District Badminton Tournament conducted by the Department of Education. In this decade, Kavisha Vihangi Rajapakse has participated in Zonal, Provincial level competitions and was the Runner-up at the all island Badminton Championship in the under 11 category.
Basket ball was introduced only in the 1980's as the convent lacked facilities. In 1985 the school basketball team participated in the District Basketball tournament conducted by the Department of Education and became the 1st Runner-up. In spite of the lack of facilities for practices this was a great achievement. In 1986 the Basket Ball Court was constructed in the school premises which fulfilled a much felt need. Today the game is very popular and the teams participate in competitions held at provincial and national levels and win places. Students from Grade 6 upwards participate actively. The teams take part in friendly matches with other schools in Kandy. The team won the Zonal Level Championship in 2008. Five students were selected as best players and participated in a tournament in India.
This game was introduced in the 80's and is a popular game. Many children participate. A few have excelled. At the Table Tennis Tournament conducted by the Y.M.B.A. in 1986, Devi Jayawardena was the Runner-up. In 1987, Amrita de Soysa became the Under 8 championship in the All-island schools Table Tennis Tournament held in Colombo and Amila de Soysa became the Under 10 Runner-up at the same meet. We take pride in Dasunika Ratnayake who has brought honour to our Alma Mater and distinction for herself. She is an outstanding Table Tennis player. She has won the championship at Zonal, Provincial and All-island level. She has also won colours at school, zonal and all-island level. Dasunika Ratnayake, Reboni Perera, Natasha Silva and Hashani Dilsara won 1st place at the all-island Table Tennis Championship in 2012.
Students are encouraged to learn swimming and participate in varoius events, though the school has no facilities. In the 1990's the De Soysa sisters, Amali and Amritha participated at national level and won awards. Manik Upatissa won school colours in 1991. She won many awards at various events. Chamedi Liyanaratne, studying in Grade 12 at present has won many awards and brought glory to our Alma Mater. She won 1st place in 100m. Breast stroke, 400m. Individual Medley 100m. Free Style in 2010 at the All Island Swimming Competition organized by Sri Lankan Schools Sports Association. She has also won places at the all-island Competition organized by the Sri Lankan Schools Aquatic Sports Association. She was awarded the much coveted championship prize and school colours.
Was introduced in the 1990's to the school. Today both Primary and Collegiate students are coached in Chess. Amadie U. Karunathilake is an outstansing chess player. She has won many places at all-island level competitions. She was ranked 30th with 2 points in the ONGC Asian Schools Chess Championship 2011, held in New Delhi. Swasthiha Kirupalamoorthy is also an outstanding player. She won 2nd place at the National Youth Chess Championship.
It was in the field of Athletics that Good Shepherd Convent Kandy has had outsanding success. As far back as 1958, Nilmini Alwis became the Champion Athlete of the Central Province setting up new records in Putt Shot, Javelin Throw. She maintained this same position at the 1959 Junior Nationals as well. In 1961 Kandy Convent created a record by winning all three places at the Junior Nationals. Z. Jumar, S. Samarakkody and I. Sheriffdeen were placed first, second and third respectively. At the Central Province Relay Carnival held in 1979 the Under 16 Team of Kandy Convent emerged Champions. The year 1982 saw the promising young Athlete Sunethra Karunanayake become the Under 15 Circuit Champion and at the District Level Schools Nationals held in Matara in 1985 she won the Gold, and Silver Medals for the 100 Metres and 200 Metres respectively.
In 1986 Sunethra Karunanayake, Shivanthi Senanayake, Nilmini Wijesinghe and Ganga Dissanayake became Circuit and District Junior Champions and represented Kandy at the Schools Nationals held in Colombo at which Sunethra once more kept new records in the 100 and 200 metres in the Under 17 age group. In 1987 when Sunethra once more represented the Kany District at the Schools Nationals held at Badulla she excelled herself by keeping 3 new records in Long jump, 100 Metres and Metres 200. 1988 saw the Kandy Convent Athletic Teams become Circuit Junior Champions, District Senior Champions, as well as Relay Champions, while the under 12 team comprising of Romayne Doole, Nayanthi Wijesuriya, Thilini Ranasinghe and Anusha Bandaranayake became All - island Champions at the Junior Nationals. With Sunethra Karunanayake crowning all her previous efforts by being chosen to represent Sri Lanka at the Junior Nationals held in Jakarta in 1986 and to represent her country at the 13th Asain Games held in 1987 in Singapore.
In the early 1990's, the Under 19, Relay team with Ruwini Fernando, Dulakshi Edirisinghe, Nivanthi Peiris and Sara Arumugam won 1st place atthe all-island Athletic Meet.
Paboda Siriwardena was an outstanding athlete. She won 1st and 2nd places at Zonal, Provincial and all-island Athletic Meets. She won colours for winning the Under 13 Championship at the Amateur Athletic Meet. She won 3rd place in 400m at the Junior Nationals Athletic Meet in 2004, held in Matara.
Sandrien Weltd is another of our outstanding athlete. She won national colours at the all- island National Schools Athletic Meets in 2001, 2003 and 2004 at 400m hurdles. She has the distinction of making a new record in 100m. She won school colours.
Stephanie Fernando has won the Junior Championship at the Zonal Athletic Meet, 2013. She holds the distinction for the best timing at the John Tarbet National Athletic Meet.
So as we look back on an emotional sports history, memories of the most encouraging, brave and genuine Game Mistresses start to flood the scene. We remember with gratitude the late Mrs. Iris Dunuwila, late Mrs. P. Sumathiratne, Mrs. S. Pathmanathan, Mrs. Subadra Samarakkody, Mrs. Kumuduni Fernando, Mrs. Imali Edirisinghe and Mrs. Therika Ranasinghe the present games mistress. Good Shepherd Convent, Kandy enters her 125th anniversary, we are confident that our students will reach the pinnacle through hard work, determination and dedication.
: The flag is orange and green with a Harp in the centre
: Blue and white with a Cross in the centre.
: Green and white with a leaf in the centre.
: Yellow and white with a Margarita in the centre.
: Pink and white with a Rose in the centre.
The origins are unknown. Sung only in the schools run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Community. The song is sung at the Annual Inter House Athletic Sports Meet and on Tuesday and Thursday before morning exercises. The haunting melody and the lyrics inspire and instill value of true sportsmanship in the Shepherdians.
Dear Lord in the battle that goes on through life - I ask but a field that is fair. A chance which is equal to all in the strive - The courage to do and to dare And if I should win let it be by the code - With my faith and my honour held high. And if I should lose let me stand by the road - And cheer as the winners go by Lord, teach me to conquer if conquer I can - Having shown my worth in the fray. And if I should lose let me lose like a man - And not like a coward, I pray. Let me stray where they stand - On whom honour's bestowed Since they play the game bettor then I - And if I should lose, let me stand by the road, And cheer as the winners go by..