Aimela Community High School (ACHS) near Auki, Malaita Province,hosted its first school open day, Friday.
The open day, which the school plans to become an annual event, was the first of its kind for the school to organise.
It was fun-filled, as parents joined their children, to participate in the various organised activities.
There were lots of games such as bottle fishing game, card game, and cultural dance song performances, put on by each class.
The day was exciting, and despite the scorching sun, parents, students and the public enjoyed the performances the students showcased.
The programmed started in the morning with parents visiting the classes and held discussions with teachers and their children before moving out for outdoor activities.
School headmaster James Birai said this was the first open day the school has organised, which he said was initiated by the school board.
Birai explained the main purpose for organising the event is to bring parents, teachers, and students together to a central location and allow them to engage in social activities, while giving the parents the opportunity to talk to teachers about the education of their children.
“We want to bring together parents and their children in the classroom so that we teachers can have a time to discuss with them,” he said.
“Also to have discussion with parents on their children’s progress or performance in school and find out how they can help their children succeed at home.
“We want to show parents what is their role to play at home in developing their children because education begins at home,” Birai said.
He added they also wanted to make parents feel they are part of the school and to look at alternatives to improve their children’s education.
“We want to also involve our students in such activities to see what their hidden talents are. As you can see some students are not good in academic but have other skills in curricular activities.
“And today we have seen with our very own eyes that many students are very good at other areas and talents, which they’ve showed on stage,” he said.
Birai said that with the success of this first open day they are planning to organise bigger ones in years to come at every end of the school year.
The highlights of the day are cultural dances, song performances, plus the Rainbow Boys band performance which brought the crowd to their feet.
The programme ended late in the afternoon.
Aimela is one of the oldest schools in Malaita, located at a former government agriculture centre.