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Launch of Selwyn Chapel Appeal
April 26, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Selwyn College on West Guadalcanal, the premier school of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, will formally launch a fundraising drive for the completion of its new chapel in Honiara this weekend.

Among guests who will be officiating at the launch programme is the Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia, the Most Reverend Sir Ellison Pogo, who will also give the launching address.

Others include Ms Audry Takola, Chairlady of the Chapel Appeal Committee; Mr Baddley Anita, Vice Chairman of the College Council; Sir Baddley Devesi, who will be representing the parents, and Mrs Christiana Vunagi, Principal of St Nicholas, who will represent the former students.

The main highlight of the appeal programme will be the pageant put on by the Selwyn College students.

The pageant, in traditional, modern and island styles, will be used to make specific appeals to different groups, including former students of Selwyn, Pawa, Pamua, Najilagu and Maravovo, parents and clergy, as well as island and provincial groups.

Money raised from this appeal will used to purchase pews for the chapel as well as materials needed for minor interior work.

Work on the chapel is expected to be completed by July this year before the consecration on August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration.

The Chapel Appeal Committee urged former students, parents, supporters and friends of the College, including the old church schools, to be part of the programme this Saturday at St Nicholas School.

The Committee said it was time to give something back to the school, and especially to assist in the completion of a chapel as an important sacred space for the school community.

In the absence of a chapel, the College is using a school hall for church services. It has been without a chapel ever since it was relocated to the present site from North Guadalcanal in 1991 following the devastation of the school by cyclone Namu in 1986.

The financial support received from donor agencies under the relocation and re-establishment project did not include funding for a chapel. This prompted staff, students, parents and former students to organize themselves in 1994 to raise funds to build the chapel.

Selwyn College was first relocated to Najilagu following an amalgamation of Pawa Boys' School and Pamua Girls' School on Makira to form a co-educational school for the church in the early 1970s.