Don Bosco witnesses EOSDT graduation

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Employment-oriented Skills Development Training (EOSDT) students in Information technology and Fabrication-Welding, had their graduation to end the year-end program of DBTI-Henderson.
The even was held on Saturday.
This was an experimental course with 3 terms (30 weeks) in school and 1 term (10 weeks ) in industry.
There were 18 students of IT and 21 students of Welding-Fabrication.
This was a 3-fold celebration : (i) the EOSDT Graduation (ii) Recognition day (iii) Christmas celebration.
The program was presided over by Hon. John Maneniaru, Minister for Fisheries and Marine resources with Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Smith, Mr. Jeffrey Sade (PS for the ministry of Mines, Minerals and Rural Electrification; Madam Morgan (Country Manager of APTC) as Guests of Honor.
The graduation ceremony commenced with the solemn march of the Graduands followed by a short prayer-service when Archbishop Emeritus gave a message.
The graduands were presented to the Rector by Fr. Srimal Priyanga, the Principal. In his message, the Minister highlighted the theme “Keep your Head held high” emphasising the sense of achievement after immense efforts in acquiring skills and knowledge and making ourselves useful to our communities and to the country.
The Certificates were distributed by Hon. John Maneniaru and Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Smith.
A continuation of the graduation ceremony was the recognition of outstanding students from each trade with the guests of Honor taking turns to distribute the prizes and certificates.
Fr. Dominic Kachira, the Rector gave his speech highlighting the efforts made by the graduating students and the entire school community for an year well spent.
He also announced the transfers in the administrative and teaching staff for next year.
• Fr. Srimal Priyanga, the present Principal, was appointed Rector and CEO of the Salesians fo Don Bosco Education Authority. The present Rector, Fr. Dominic Kachira was transferred to Port Moresby.
• Fr. Moise Paluku, hailing from the Republic of Congo and the present Spiritual Moderator, would replace Fr. Priyanga as Principal.
• Fr. Isidore Maramun, the first Papua New Guinean Salesian Priest, who volunteered to be a missionary in Solomon Islands would be the Spiritual Moderator.
• Mr. Tommie Kaekae and Ms. Desma Mapita would be returning to PNG after two years of service. Their services were acknowledged.
The first and second part of the program concluded with the by the graduands.
The Nativity musical, efficiently directed by Madam Anke McLean involved the whole school. The nativity story was enacted in music, singing and drama in a unique way.
One trade group was transformed into sheep and shepherds; two classes formed the angelic choir; another horses and camels with the wise men from the east.
The 30-minute musical held everyone spell-bound. Kudos to the incredible ability of Madam Anke to get such a crowd of actors and actresses with variety of sound effects and dramatization.
The nativity performance was followed by a Carol singing competition with the 5 trade groups putting up the best show ever.
The judges for the event were Anna Smyrk, singe and songwriter from Melbourne; Amelia Tobias, Australian volunteer attached to NRH and Mikael Burhin, attached to SINU.
The students of the MFM trade were declared the best group followed by the Electrical group. All the others received consolation prizes.
The event concluded with lunch for the guests in the Gym, and class lunch for the others followed by the distribution of the ‘transcripts’, containing a report of the performance of each student in academic and trade subjects as well as deportment and attitudes.
Thus was closed the Academic year 2016 at DBTI – Henderson.winnersthe-runners-up-group-electrical-students