opened the 2012-13 school year with a Blessing and Dedication Ceremony for the new Science, Math and Library Center on Friday, Sept. 7. Students, parents, faculty and staff, representatives from the town of Needham, and friends turned out to mark this historic moment in St. Sebastian’s School history.
“With hearts bursting with gratitude, we thank our gracious and loving God, the giver of all good gifts, for all of it, and in a special way for our new Academic facilities,” Headmaster Bill Burke said during his remarks. “We are thankful to our parents who engage in sacred partnership with us and who give and give and keep on giving. We are thankful to our unified and focused Board of Trustees led so very well by Mr. Jim Elcock, and to all of our many tremendously generous donors.”
The school’s new Science, Math and Library Center is a 32,000 square foot facility containing eight state-of-the-art science labs, eight mathematics classrooms, three project rooms with technology specific to math and science, and a library expansion containing silent study and seminar rooms.
“This tremendous building project has given us the opportunity to renovate and re-purpose former science labs, math classrooms, and other spaces, enabling us to achieve department unity, to create a language lab, and to close in on the one teacher/one classroom ideal. Every one of our eight academic departments has benefited greatly,” Burke said.