Welcome to Walk A Mile’s Direct Donation section and thank you for supporting this initiative.
In addition to sponsoring a participant (e.g. Old Boy, student, team) which you can do via this link, you can also donate directly to any of the initiatives that OBA is supporting through the Walk A Mile project.
There are 5 main projects that this initiative is raising funds towards:
- Senior Quadrangle Project (3rd Phase) – This project involves building four additional classrooms and a Performing Arts Studio (in memory of The Late Mr Vinodh Senadeera) on the top floor of the building. For more information about this project and to donate, please click the tab labeled “The Quadrangle Project”.
- Smart Classroom Project – With help of donations from our Old Boys and proceeds from the Thomian Ride by the class of 82 which took place a few years ago, the College has been able to equip some of the classrooms with Smart-boards. The Smart-boards have helped to make teaching much more engaging for the students.Having conducted one and a half years of online schooling using Smart Boards, our teachers have been able to produce wonderfully interactive lessons using this technology and the need for all remaining classrooms to be equipped with Smart-boards have become a necessity. For more information about this project and to donate, please click the tab labeled “The Smart Board Project”.
- The Pavilion Project – As part of nurturing our school sporting talent, we need to ensure that we provide them with facilities that spur on their flourishing while also ensuring that the College is on par with the requirements of modern sporting infrastructures. The new Pavillion facilities will aim to be world-class, designed not just to meet the needs of today, but also sustain itself for the future. For more information about this project and to donate, please click the tab labeled “The Pavillion Project”.
- The Gurutalawa Project – Most recently, the OBA of STCML launched a Green Initiatives project which also mapped out a comprehensive sustainable development plan for the Farm at STC Gurutalawa. Based on this plan, certain investments are required in order to optimize the resources and land usage which when implemented will enable an improved revenue stream helping to make the operation of the farm and school more self sustaining. Through Walk A Mile, we will help raise much needed funds for projects to be carried out by STC Gurutalawa which will also include new classrooms and other urgent infrastructure developments. For more information about this project and to donate, please click the tab labeled “The Gurutulawa Project”.
- OBA Peer Support initiatives – The OBA has been supporting our extended Thomian fraternity through various challenges and difficulties such as the ongoing pandemic, via response initiatives such as the Fund a Student Initiative and the Peer Support Network initiative, which aims to assist members of the fraternity by providing information, guidance and financial support as needed. We intend to support our fraternity through their various developing needs even beyond the Pandemic. Depending on the need, we will contribute a portion of participant proceeds from the Walk A Mile project towards these humanitarian initiatives to support our fraternity during these challenging times.
Senior Quadrangle Project - 3rd Phase
This project involves building four additional classrooms (two each on the ground floor and first floor) and a Performing Arts Studio (in memory of The Late Mr Vinodh Senadeera) on the top floor of the building.
This phase is designed in such a way, that there will be a separate entrance from Hotel Road, and as such, the premises, particularly the Studio, can be hired by outside parties to generate additional income for the College.
Construction was delayed due to the lockdown related closures of the past few year but will commence as soon as feasible with completion time expected to be approximately 3 months provided the country remains open
The estimated cost is twenty million rupees, of which five million has already been already donated by the OBA. We have pledged another five million towards the project through the Walk A Mile initiative.
The Gurutalawa Project
S. Thomas’ College in Gurutalawa is one of the beloved branch schools of S Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia with a very strong bond between the schools maintained over the years. Ever since its inception in 1942, when schools in the Colombo District were forced to close and boys from STC Mount Lavinia were scattered all around the country, the farm in Gurutalawa was gifted to the school by Mr. & Mrs. Leslie de Saram under the oversight of the Sub Warden Dr. R.L. Hayman, S. Thomas’ College in Gurutalawa was formed. The two schools have continued to work closely with many students coming from the “School in the Hills” to the “School by the Sea”) to finish their secondary education.
Through Walk A Mile, we will help raise much needed funds for projects to be carried out by STC Gurutalawa including new classrooms and other urgent infrastructure developments. Most recently the OBA of STC Mount Lavinia in partnership with the OBA of STC Gurutalawa, helped initiate a Green Initiatives project aimed at ensuring sustainable development of the land in Gurutalawa which included a full drone survey and an agri-sales promotion.
Through direct donations and participant sponsorships for Walk A Mile we will continue to support STC Gurutalawa.
We are very thankful to the Warden and OBA of STC Mount Lavinia for inviting us to be a part of this Historic Vertual Fund Raiser ‘Walk a Mile’. This will be a great opportunity for us to raise funds for our new classroom Project as well as for other infrastructure development which need immediate attention. Through this initiative, we will reach out to the Boys, their parents, the Teachers, Old Boys who are living in Sri Lanka and abroad and Well wishes for their support to make this event a success.
We also take this opportunity to wish the STC OBA ML success through this Project.
Welcome to the direct donation page, where you may directly donate to the project of your choosing, under the Walk A Mile umbrella.
Smart Classroom Project
With the help of donations from our Old Boys and proceeds from the Thomian Ride which took place a few years ago, the College has been able to equip some of the classrooms with Smart-boards. The Smart-boards have helped to make teaching much more engaging for the students.
Having conducted one and a half years of online schooling, the teachers have been able to produce wonderfully interactive lessons filled with animations and videos, and the need for all the classrooms to be equipped with Smart-boards have become not only a need but a necessity as we prepare to return to physical school in the near future.
Our goal is to equip the remaining 50 classrooms with Smart-boards, each of which is estimated at approximately Rs 350,000/-. The teachers and students will benefit greatly by having these smart boards in their classrooms.
While the College boasts arguably one of the best and most scenic school cricket grounds in Sri Lanka, the current Pavillion is no longer fit for the purpose and the requirements of our budding sportsmen of today. As part of nurturing our school sporting talent, we need to ensure that we provide them with facilities that spur on their flourishing while also ensuring that the College is on par with the requirements of modern sporting infrastructures.
The new facilities will aim to be world-class, designed not just to meet the needs of today, but also sustain itself for the future.
Some of the features of the new Pavilion planned include – Upgraded dressing rooms for home and away teams, ice bath and massage tables, unrestricted viewing for spectators, warm-up areas, dining facilities, women’s facilities etc.
By upgrading the Pavilion it is expected that the demand for the hire of the grounds will also increase thus providing a means to sustain the facilities and also contribute towards the ever-increasing sports maintenance budget.
The total cost is expected to be forty-three million rupees, and part of which will be contributed from the process of the Walk A Mile initiative.
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