LIGHTING FACILITIES FOR THE CHAPEL
Mr.John de Vos is an Old Boy of Guru during the time of
Dr.Hayman and Fr.Foster. He had been taught by Mr.P S Duleepkumar,
Mr.Bradman Weerakoon, Mr.Gerald de Alwis et al. Mr.De Vos
is now resident in Victoria, Australia. He is yet another
Old Boy who was "introduced" to the OBA by one
of our active members Down Under, Mr.Ananda Jayasinghe who
is a Solicitor resident in Melbourne. Perhaps Mr.De Vos
may have been conveyed Dr. Hayman's exhortation on the day
the OBA was inaugurated in 1959 "………..If
you can help us, even if only in a small way, you will be
doing something to hand on to others the sort of education
that you yourselves enjoyed and to see that your successors
in the school are better provided for than you were"
Mr.De Vos had mentioned to us in a letter he wrote in February,
2003 that he could not read the lessons from the pulpit/lectern
in the Chapel due to there being insufficient lighting and
recommended the installation of a reading light on the pulpit/lectern.
He says he made this point to Fr.Foster while he was there.
Mr.De Vos had sent a donation primarily to be used for this
We ourselves examined this area of the Chapel with the current
Chaplain Fr.Nihal Fernando and the Secretary of the OBA
Mr.Mahen Ranasinghe. After discussion it was decided that
the appropriate course of action would be to provide a reading
lamp with a suitable clamp fixing it to the lectern. This
has now been done.