IT was a joy for the staff and students of Norman Palmer School in the outskirts of Honiara, when they received a huge assistance from their sister school St. Michael’s Collegiate School from Tasmania, Australia yesterday.
A short handover ceremony took place at the school compound in front of nearly 50 students and staff, while the rest of the school are on holiday leave.
Led by a female staff Madam Sandy Rogers, the girls ages ranged from 14-15. They are totalled up to 15 plus three other staff.
The girls from St. Michael’s Collegiate School has donated cash money of $6,000 for building Norman Palmer’s new classroom which was already completed, computers (laptops), books, teaching resources, and stationaries.
Extra computer and electrical equipment donated by a Brisbane electrical company and the assistance of a teacher trainee was also part of the assistance given to the school.
Speaking at the ceremony, school Principal Matthias Rurai said he had no other words to say but just to say a big word of thanks to the visiting girls from St. Michael’s Collegiate.
“The gifts of donation were timely and this will bring us more closely to each other.
“We are proud of you because our school is lucky enough to receive such assistance from you. Thank you so much for being our sisters and brothers from a distant far that listens to our needs,” Mr Rurai said.
In response to the Principal’s address, Madam Sandy said they loved working closely with Norman Palmer School and looking forward to working closer with them in the future.
The group have also just returned from Buma village in West Kwara’ae in Malaita over the weekend.
They booked their travels by a local tourism operator Destination Solomons Travel and Tour.
According to the Managing Director of Destination Solomons Mr Wilson Maelaua, they have been handling the student’s tours and transfer logistics since 2009 and the school has been visiting Solomon Islands on a yearly basis till 2016 except 2014.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA