Celebrating the 16th Year of Independence for Timor Leste
The world has always been about relationships and this is something we pride ourselves on here at Christian College. The relationship we have forged with the people of East Timor in particular those in Viqueque is long standing, and one we hope will continue long into the future.
Students, this week, have gained an understanding of this special bond we have, through three specific devotions, teaching them about the Timorese culture, their fight for Independence and Christian College’s recent work in Viqueque.
In the 2018 April holidays, teachers from Christian College Geelong travelled to Viqueque to run a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ conference, all in the native language of Tetum, giving local teachers,the skills on how to read effectively to students, and also resources, including over 621 books supplied to the schools. This of course comes at cost. With each book needing to be translated and then printed, costing $US6 per book.
This is where middle school students have contributed, donating a generous amount of money to cover the cost of these books in today’s Project Care Day. Students have also purchased gifts from the East Timor stall with all proceeds going towards the purchase of the picture storybooks.
Students also participated in a flag raising ceremony, symbolizing East Timor’s rise to be an independent country. Local hand woven fabric called Tais were tied around the flagpole symbolizing our continued friendship. Our Year nine prefects ran this ceremony.
Year 9 student India Lewis, who recently went to Timor along with Harvey Beckley, Eliot Cudmore and Bridgette Benney, have contributed greatly to the celebration this week, running devotions described above at the year level assemblies. These students also accompanied Mr Costa and Mr Barton today into City Hall, to represent Christian College Middle School at Geelong’s official East Timor 16th Year Commemoration Service of the country’s independence.
Tonight Christian College Geelong is also celebrating 15 years of relationship, friendship and involvement in East Timor at the new Surf Coast Campus.
Mr Graham Barton
Year 8 Coordinator