Silver Jubilee of Don Bosco Oysterbay

ongratulations Don Bosco Oysterbay for the silver years. On 16th November 2018, Don Bosco Oysterbay celebrated its Silver
Jubilee of Salesian presence since the year 1993 and the graduation ceremony of the level III students. The glorious 25 years
began with a humble beginning, where Rev. Fr. Mathew Puthumana was the first Salesian to reside at Oysterbay. It has been
a pretty remarkable twenty five years by any standards. There have been ups and downs, but anyone who can remember
what things were like after before these 25 years, appreciates what immense changes have been achieved since
then.
The auspicious day began well with the Holy Eucharist presided over by the Chief Guest of the day, His Grace, Juda Thadaeus Ruwa’ichi,
the Coadjutor Arch Bishop of Dar es Salaam. Rev. Fr. Simon Asira, the Provincial, Salesians from different communities also
concelebrated in the Holy Eucharist. Thereafter, we had the exhibition. The students of Don Bosco Oysterbay belonging to different
trades had well prepared exhibitions in their respective classes/workshops. Everyone who attended the event was eager to see
what the students had prepared for the exhibition. With the help of the school principal, Fr. Babu Augustine, they were able to visit
all the trades where students demonstrated their skills.
Felicitation, certificate giving ceremony and entertainment began immediately after the exhibition. Fr. Babu Augustine, the Principal
of Oysterbay, gave the welcoming speech where he thanked in a special way the people who with courage, laid the foundation of
Don Bosco Oysterbay. Just to mention but a few, Fr. Mathew Puthumana sdb, the late Cardinal Rugambwa, His Eminence Polycarp
Pengo, His Lordship Eusebius Nzigilwa, Fr. Asis Sylvester Mentonza, and all the priests and religious working in Dar es Salaam at
large. He went further and recognized the presence of the benefactors, various funding agencies and ministries. He thanked them
for their generosity, contribution and support. In a special way he mentioned Via Don Bosco of Belgium, the Miserior of Germany
and the Sterling Trust of the late Mzee Jasani.
A series of programmes had been lined up to commemorate the occasion. The students entertained the guests, the graduates and
the parents. We had speeches from past Salesians, past pupils, students, graduates and guests. They praised Don Bosco Oysterbay
for being a home for many and the efforts they are putting in various fields like using English as the main language in the school.
After the speech of the chief guest, His Grace, Juda Thadaeus Ruwa’ichi, the certificate giving ceremony began. Mr. Pancras Kipingi,
who was celebrating 25 years of service at Don Bosco Oysterbay was the first to receive his certificate of total dedication in his duties.
The employees who had completed 10 years of service as the staff and past pupils of Don Bosco Oysterbay, 10 years of service
as staff of Don Bosco Oysterbay and the outstanding students in all departments in various fields and curricular activities also received
their certificates. The 50 graduates of the day too received their school leaving certificates. There were presents also for the
guests. After the programme of the day, a sumptuous lunch was served to all. We say thank you to those who accepted our invitation
to the function and all those who contributed positively to the success of the day. May God bless you.
“Silver jubilee celebration is not merely an occasion for introspection of the past but an opportunity for looking forward “.
The Jubilee year is for thanking the Almighty God for His blessings and guidance. Long Live Don Bosco Oysterbay!

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