Hundreds of supporters, parents, and officials joined the staff and students of St Nicholas College in Honiara to celebrate the school’s 31 years as a learning institution.
St Nicholas was run by the Anglican Church of Melanesia and offered classes for kindergarten up to second school level.
Cultural performances, speeches, music, shared stories and the school history, plus visits to the school’s various faculties (classrooms and divisions) formed part of the celebrations, yesterday.
The early morning shower did not prevent the arrival of dozens of visitors to be part of the celebration.
The ceremony yesterday attracted the biggest crowd, with student’s entertaining through cultural performances; exhibition and displays which got the audience on their feet.
The event is a spectacular one as it also coincides with the blessing and the opening of the school’s new primary school classroom building worth $2.1 million.
Delivering her keynote address during the event, school principal Christina Vunagi thank God for His blessings to the school over the years, which enabled them to develop and provide access to education for their children from the past until today.
She also commended ACOM, sponsors, parents and guardians and individuals for their generous support and who have contributed one way or the other towards the development of the school.
“…this is an important gathering to celebrate the opening of the new primary classroom building and also the anniversary celebration of the three schools here, where kindy is now 31 years, Primary 30 years and Secondary 20 years,” Mr Vunagi stressed.
“The reason we are here today is to remember those whose vision has been achieved and still progressing and those who contributed resources, time and effort towards the building up of St Nicholas College.”
Papua New Guinea (PNG) students studying at St Nicholas College were also part of the celebration by presenting their cultural dance songs as they marked their country’s 41st Independence Anniversary yesterday.
The anniversary was marked with the theme: “Vision, Achievement and Progress by the Grace of God.”
The celebration ended with lively cultural performances and stage band entertainment by students in the afternoon.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO