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OBU Embarks on Classroom Refurbishment Project at Wesley College, Colombo

Project overview, funding requirements, contact and account information

After seeing a marked improvement in discipline at Wesley College and further discussion with the Principal and Senior Staff, the Old Boys Union believe we are ready to kick start the Classroom Refurbishment project.

During the last few months, we have been through many discussions about the type of refurbishment that needs to be carried out. It was decided that any type of refurbishment work must be carried out under the following guidelines:

1.       Be of good standard

2.       Maintain Uniformity

3.       Long Lasting

4.       Easy to maintain

We then sourced input from a professional. An old boy of Wesley, Minda Isuru Gamanayake, a Chartered Architect , who has kindly volunteered  his time and advice at no cost.

A review of the types, quantities and materials required has been established. As a result, the cost of refurbishment has increased, specifically for the classrooms in the main block (row near the book shop).  Special attention is required in re-wiring, with separate circuit breakers. Anyone inspecting the wiring now will notice the potential for electrical hazards and how lucky we have been to get away without a major incident.

There are 6 classrooms identified for refurbishment in December 2014. Renovations to the Highfield block will be delayed due to exams being held there from the 2nd week in December until close to the Christmas holidays. Refurbishment of the Highfield Block is re-scheduled to be completed in April 2015.


MAIN BLOCK (adjacent to the book shop behind the main hall)

Cost per classroom is Rs 363,232/ (5 classrooms identified)

One of the classroom that has 2 extra windows will cost Rs 389,452/

Cost will include the following;

· Re-Plastering

· Painting (Dulux Supreme 3 in 1 - 3 Coats System for Internal Cement Plastered Walls)

· Floor Repair

· Furniture Repair & Painting

· White Board (instead of  black board & Chalk)

· 2 Fans &  2 Lights with reflectors

· New wiring

· Circuit breakers

· 2 Plug Points

· Light/fan switches per classroom

· Repair of doors repair of windows with water based paint

· New brass or re-modified hinges

· Door locks

· A name plate will be installed with the sponsor’s name on it.

A reminder to everyone - this is strictly a non-profit making venture for the OBU.

A team from the OBU will be assigned to work with the staff/students to maintain the classrooms once refurbishment is completed. At the end of the 1st year, a reward will be offered for the best maintained class room.

A brass name tag will be fixed with the name of the sponsor/ group on the door frame of the classroom.

Uniformity will be maintained throughout the refurbishment phase.

All associated costs will be transparent and made available for audit.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Any OBU station or batch can sponsor 1 or more classrooms.

How to be a sponsor?

OBU will collect the sponsorships (rates as per above) and ensure refurbishment with transparency and accountability.

Unused funds will be returned back to the sponsors.

Please send your contributions to:

Wesley College Old Boys Union

Account No: 1321731001

(Swift Code: CCEYLKLX)

Commercial Bank


Colombo 10.

With a follow-up email to:

Richie Sappideen  -  President OBU

 Email:  and

V.Kamaleshwaran  - Treasurer of OBU


OBU will send an acknowledgement on receipt of the remittance /deposit.

The Classrooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

We will need the contributions to be in our OBU account by latest 25th November 2014.

The 2nd Phase (planned for April 2015) will involve the Highfield block

Cost range from  Rs155,000/ to Rs231,000/

The same guidelines and process will be applied and your generosity will be acknowledged.

Let us work together to see this through. 

Please email or call me should you require further clarification.

Richie Sappideen

Mobile: +94-77-3762775 or +94-77-7897257 email :

On the 6th December, 8.00am, the Chaplain led prayers prior to starting off the Classroom Refurbishment project.

L to R (inside classroom)

JP Jayaratnarajah (co-Vice Principal), M.Dayaratne (contractor), Richie Sappideen (OBU President), Rev Rohitha de Silva  (Chaplain), Sri Shanmugalingam (Secretary OBU) & Samantha Kumara (Maintenance Officer)

Work in progress – 6 classrooms to be completed by 5th January 2015.


6 Classrooms are sponsored by  
  • Dr.Gershu Paul in memory of his brother Arodi Paul
  • Queensland OBU
  • OBU of New South Wales
  • Class of 1990 (Club 90) in collaboration with OBU Colombo
  • Class of 1987
  • OBU Melbourne