In her publication 'The Secret of Childhood' Dr Maria Montessori, a foremost educationist, researcher and founder of the well-known Montessori method concluded that 'the child is a worker and a producer. Although he cannot share the work of the adults, he has his own difficult task to perform that of producing a man …'. HCI hence, has taken the onerous duty of taking the role of a responsible facilitator in providing an excellent location, the best of resources and the most congenial environment to offer an education service from the play group to A/L, a service unmatched in Sri Lanka in quality and commitment.
HCI is a multi-cultural, multi-religious, mixed, international private school located in the green, serene, clean and enriching environment in Malabe, away from the pollution and congestion experienced in the city, devoutly providing the child the congenial environment 'which will enable him to develop freely'(Maria Montessori). The management of HCI has spared no pains to do its utmost to provide the best with everything now in place for HCI to be world class - confirmed by none other than foreign and expatriate visitors to HCI specially from the USA, UK, Australia and Japan.
The CEO / MD of HCI, Mr Upul Daranagama with his deep interest and commitment to education, is the brain behind this grand and innovative concept to offer the best in the field of education to bring out the latent creativity and profound intelligence of our youth in the service to the nation through a holistic philosophy of education. His strong educational background and the wide foreign exposure he has gained are expressed in a high profile entrepreneurship which enables him to venture into diverse projects with resounding success.
His vibrant personality and incessant dynamism that drive the school to reach the lofty and ambitious heights of the stated vision and mission of HCI are supported by a well selected staff with the appropriate qualifications and experience. Steeped in cultural and spiritual values, Mr. Daranagama places great emphasis on imbibing these values in the total development of the students. Furthermore, the years of success Mr Daranagama as CEO / MD of Oxford College of Business has recorded, with his students earning world awards year in and year out speaks well of his managerial excellence. The wealth of experience and professionalism he has gathered over the years in the field of education will enrich HCI in no small measure.
The Principal of HCI, Mrs Maryanne Hills, is an English Language Graduate holding a Master's Degree from Ohio University, USA. She had been the Vice Principal of Bishop's College, Colombo and the Principal of City Schools of Pakistan and the founder Principal of Regent International School in Gampaha before joining HCI. Equipped with this wide experience and qualifications she steers confidently to deliver her responsibilities in the best interests of the students, providing an interestingly innovative and modern teaching method in small groups of students not exceeding twenty-five per classroom. Mrs Hills as erudite as she is, also is a strict disciplinarian with a strong belief in well defined codes of conduct, morals, ethics and manners that should be instilled in students.
HCI has prudently provided its students the option of following either the British syllabus or the local syllabus in the English medium up to A/Ls.
HCI consists of three schools:
- The Elementary School
- The Primary School
- The Secondary School
The curriculum of Elementary School is well-balanced comprising the best practices derived from Montessori and modern Pre-school methods.
The Primary and Secondary Schools offer broad and well-structured British curriculum with a strong emphasis on the areas of creativity, excellence and enjoyment. The Primary School is equipped with a modern library, a science laboratory, computer lab, speech lab, dance room, music room, drama room, swimming pool, IT facilities and beautifully landscaped play areas which are some of the special features of the school.
The main focus of the Secondary School is on promoting academic excellence balanced with creative and expressive arts. The Secondary School provides the ideal environment where students learn to appreciate cultures and relationships while acquiring a greater independence of thought and action. In addition, the school will also offer a wide range of sporting and cultural co-curricular activities with a broad array of residential expeditions and trips for students to develop leadership, interpersonal and interactive skills whilst providing opportunities for active community services.
HCI will be a great meeting place for many expatriate families in Colombo, to make friends leading to long lasting and endearing relationships.As another unique feature of our concept of education Mr Daranagama affords the students, particularly at HCI, all the encouragement to proceed for higher studies by establishing Horizon College of Business and Technology (HCBT) Campus in the adjacent premises which is a distinct and separate institute. HCBT Campus is a private limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act of Sri Lanka which has received the approval of the Board of Investment (BOI), an autonomous statutory body constituted under Law No.4 of 1978 of the Government of Sri Lanka.
With affiliations to leading foreign universities HCBT Campus offers a wide range of disciplines from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. The Edexcel programmes which HCBT Campus offers provide students an internationally recognised path to gain a Higher National Diploma fulfilling the entry requirements to proceed for 'top-up' degree from an internationally recognised university such as the Heriot-Watt University of Scotland, UK. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, comfortable lecture halls, IT labs, a well-stocked library, highly qualified and experienced faculty, a sports complex and a comprehensive student support system HCBT provides the ideal teaching-learning environment with a real campus style life where learning becomes a life long pleasure and guarantees a successful future for all its well-accomplished students.