Song of Solomon 7:12 – Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom. On Sunday of July 5, 2015, the vines did bud at St. John’s College, Jaffna after showers of rain fell from all four corners of the Earth. And as flowers bloomed, many faces blossomed into smiles. Constructions on a four-storied Technology Block was finally completed, in the face of many difficulties and challenges!
After the service of thanksgiving, Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo, Dr. Dan Seevaratnam, Chairman, CMS Governing Body, members of the Board of Governors of the College, Special invitees, staff and students of St. John’s, parents and well-wishers headed towards the new block Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Youth Affairs Thambyrajah Gurukularajah declared open the exhibition on the second day. S Uthayakumar, Provincial Director of Education, Assistant Director and all Zonal Directors were also present. The Minister of Education commended the Principal and staff for the great accomplishment of constructing the Technological Faculty without funding from the government and thanked all the donors and old boys. He recollected his student days at the Academy and commended the services the school has provided and continues to provide to the Jaffna populace. He said that he envied the present students who have enhanced facilities and more choice of stream which in turn will provide them with better job opportunities.
Blessing ceremony. The Bishop of Colombo blessed the first four- storey Technology Block in the island and Ven. S.Jayanth Jeyaveerasingan Archdeacon of Jaffna and Manager of the College severed the ribbon to declare open the building. The Bishop prayed that everyone who walked into the building should be benefited and blessed as he sprinkled Holy water in each of the eight main units of the block. Following this, there was a traditional group dance with musical accompaniment.
Rishivarman, a student gifted with the ability to draw and paint released the first three copies of his drawings to the Bishop, Chairman of the CMS Governing Body and the Principal. The proceeds from the sales will be used for the purchase of Equipment and Machinery.
The Principal, in his speech, thanked everyone for ‘making the dream a reality.’ He expressed his belief that the technological faculty, fruit of labor of many, will one day develop into an institution equal in standards to a university and offer diploma programs.
N. Vethanayahan, Govt. Agent / District Secretary, Jaffna was the Chief Guest on the third day. Several Assistant Government Agents were also present. He too thanked the Principal and staff for implementing the Rs. 60 million Project. He also said that it was a great accomplishment that St. John’s College, being an assisted Private School, was able to construct the first 4-storey building to impart education to students offering Technology at Advanced Level. He said that he was proud of the school’s achievement.
The grand exhibition, featuring exhibits on Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Automobile Engineering, Bio Technology, IT & IT Hardware fields, was declared open on Sunday will be open on all 7 days till July 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4.00p.m. Apart from the exhibits, there were Educational Stalls, Philately, Art, Photography, Environmental and Social Awareness Programs, Awareness Programs on Pathways available for children offering Technology, Sales (of exotic plants, reusable items, LED bulbs and energy saving fans to name a few), Daily Quizzes, Games, etc.
The College had resorted to external borrowing to build the Technology Faculty. Machinery and Equipment to the tune of Rs. 30 million needed to be purchased. This financial commitment is too onerous for a private institution to shoulder. The College requests well-wishers to pledge their support and thereby to the younger generations – to the men and women of tomorrow. The principal can be reached on:
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