SEVEN Schools selected to accommodate visiting athletes and officials during the 2023 Pacific Games has pledged their full support in making sure all accommodations are well prepared before the Games kick off.
The schools assured their support towards the development in the recent signing ceremony between the seven schools, the National Hosting Authority and the Games Organizing Committee (GOC).
St Josephs Tenaru Deputy principal told media, the school, education authority and Catholic Archdiocese are all in support for this development.
He added being part of the Games village has two folds, the motivation for sports and the upgrading of schools infrastructure.
“On behalf of the school, education authority and the Catholic Church Archdiocese of Honiara, we sincerely appreciate this development
“Indeed it is a great opportunity we cannot let go; we see it as very important for the school.
“We render our support towards this program because it will definitely benefit the school in two folds, one is motivation of our students to take up sports as one of their undertaking in the future and it will benefit our school infrastructure development and uplift.
“Thank the Government, the NHA and the GOC for your recognition and trust in St Josephs Tenaru to be part of the Games village for the Pacific Games next year,” he said.
St Nicholas School Board member, Dr Alex Munamua shared the same sentiments.
“We will support these Games; we will ensure that our school is prepared to accommodate all incoming athletes and officials.
“The School is also looking into the legacy these Games will give back to the school,” he said.
Senior Manager for Venues, Villages and Services for the Pacific Games, Jack Smith thanked the schools after the signing.
“Glad to finally sign the agreement with the seven schools for the Games village.
“The signing is vital for the operation of the Games; without accommodations it will be difficult to run the Games,” he said.
Work on the schools includes upgrading and renovating of infrastructure.
The actual date to start work at the schools is yet to be confirmed however Smith assured schools that work will definitely start this year.
By CARLOS ARUAFU