Bathiya , Santhush to rock the Sebs after 'Walk'
Sebs Walk, Exhibition and a mega musical Concert will come alive at the St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa on October 7. The 'Walk', the biggest fund raising project of the College, will start at 7.30 am. From the College Grounds. The College students, parents and old boys with well wishers will walk along the city stretch in the Galle Road, Moratuwa extending up to 4 km. to raise funds for the construction of the chapel for the College. This Walk will be followed with a Science and Technology Exhibition at the College premises in a carnival atmosphere till evening and to be concluded the day's activities with a grand musical show featuring Bathiya and Santhush , Ashanthi and Randir.
The Science and Technology Exhibition to be followed soon after the Walk on this day will be opened by Dr. Shyam Fernando, a distinguished old boy of the College. Rev. Fr. Bonnie Fernandopulle, Rector / Principal is confident that this event would be a success and invites all parents, old boys and well wishers to join this gigantic event.
The College administration is confident that around 15,000 will gather on this day to walk for the College and arrangements have been made to make this a very colorful event and it would definitely be a huge attraction.
St. Sebastian's College, commenced in 1856, now 153 years in existence and with a present student population of 3000 it remains to be one of the few privately managed schools in the country and also the leading Catholic school in the south of Colombo.
In 2003, Rev. Fr. Bonnie Fernandopulle became the Rector of the College. Since he became the Rector, having identified the requirements of the institution, immediately implemented a short-term accelerated development plan to improve the infrastructure facilities of the school as a top priority.
The improvement of the facilities of the College has been imperative to accommodate the increasing number of student admissions and expanding streams of languages for education as required by the current curriculum of the Department of Education.
‘Within three years, with his drive and total commitment and with Grace of the God, Rev. Fr. Fernandopulle made it possible to complete the construction of the two main buildings for the College, a four storied and another three storied with a total of 40 new class rooms financed mainly with grants' said a member of OBA.
The biggest achievement in the schools infrastructure facilities is the new 25 metre Swimming Pool at the College. The College also has continuously excelled in studies and popular sports.
'The College has long felt the need to have a proper house of worship and of late it has been especially so in view of its rapidly growing number of students. A proper house of worship is particularly significant in the upbringing of the youth and the proper formation of the young minds in the modern day social context. No doubt that a man without religious values could be very detrimental to the well-being of accepted social and moral norms of any given society' he added.
In the light of this very vital and hard felt requirement in the College, the Old Boys Association with Rev. Father Rector of the College, has launched a Chapel Construction Project to construct and complete a proper House of Worship at St. Sebastian's College, by the turn of 2008. The project is expected to cost a total of approximately 25 million Rupees and the College is bound to get a major face-lift along with this, as the Chapel is expected to come up in the centre of the existing quadrangle.
Therefore, all proceeds of this Walk to be held on October 7 would be utilized towards the construction of this much needed chapel.