TIMOR-LESTE INDEPENDENCE DAY 2015

On Friday the 22nd May, members of the East Timorese charity group (Lu Lu Tulalamba (Yr10 Ga), Ed Arundell (Yr11 P)  and I), along with Avito Hendriques and Mrs Lyn Bouvier attended the annual flag rising ceremony to mark East Timor’s Independence Day at the Geelong Town Hall to listen to speeches by two students from Sacred Heart College about their experiences in East Timor, then attend the annual flag rising ceremony. 

ET_1

The two girls from SHC spoke about a school trip they were involved in which aimed at helping educating girls in East Timor. They spoke fondly about their experiences and the way that the people of Timor were so willing to accept them into their communities. These speeches were a fascinating insight into the culture of the Timorese as it showed how physically and emotionally damaged the people of Timor are, yet how strong they are as one nation.

Following this, we listened to a speech from Maria Bohan who is the head of the Alola Foundation in Australia, a group that aims to educate women in East Timor. She spoke passionately about her views on helping the Timorese people and how much support we can give. The speeches were then concluded with the rising of the East Timorese and the Australian flags outside the Town Hall. 

Overall the experience encouraged us to think a lot about the the help that we can give to East Timor, but most of all showed us how strong and positive the culture of the Timorese people is, despite going through such a long and destructive occupation by foreign countries. Geelong Grammar School has a partnership with a remote school in Viqueque which is impoverished and desperately needs our support. I encourage you to support any initiatives our charity group organises to provide this school in Olocasa with basic education materials.

Sebastian Walker-Staalkjaer (Yr12 FB)


More Senior School Newsletter items

From the Head of Corio
As we near the end of Semester 1, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Corio community for their support this year. It has been a ...
more...
Official opening of the SPACE
More than 700 guests gathered at the School's Corio campus for the official opening of the School for Performing Arts and Creative Education (the SPAC ...
more...
GGS Girls to Row in Rio
Five Geelong Grammar School students will compete in Rio at the Rowing Junior World Championships. The girls are undertaking a grueling training progr ...
more...
International Success for GGS Netballers
Allie Smith (Yr10 A) and Tayla Honey (Yr12 Ga) have both represented Australia at underage level in Netball during 2015.
more...
Year 10 Workshops
The Year 10 Creative Workshops for 2015 took place between June 3-5 with a wide range of options and disciplines for the students to select.
more...
From the Director of Learning
The final date for subject changes for Semester 2 is Friday 17 July. Students seeking to make a change need to check on the Portal.
more...
From the VCE Coordinator
As Term 2 comes to a conclusion, it is an appropriate time for both staff and students to reflect on their academic performance so far.
more...
Year 10/11 Trip to Working Dog Productions
Creativity comes in many forms, and is certainly often associated with the Arts. What is often less understood is the enormous amount of work involved ...
more...
From the Director of Student Welfare
I'd like to draw you attention to three articles- looking at 1. Alcohol and the Developing brain, 2. Alcohol poisoning and 3. How do you look after a ...
more...
The Way Forward
The issue of peers taking a major role in the establishment of behaviour has always presented however in the modern “wired and social networking world ...
more...
Concussion Management Guidelines at GGS
These guidelines have been created to assist members of the GGS community in the management of concussion and recognise that the health of the student ...
more...
Queen's Birthday Honours
Two Old Geelong Grammarians were named Officer of the Order of Australia, while an additional OGG was made a Member of the Order of Australia when the ...
more...
Thanks for following @GeelongGrammar
The School's Twitter account (@GeelongGrammar) recently passed 1,000 followers - a fantastic achievement - and we wanted to say thanks to all our foll ...
more...
Positive Education for Parents
A weekend-long residential Positive Education course for parents is being offered between 18-20 September at our Corio campus.
more...
GGS Concert Series
The second of the Concert Series concerts was held on Wednesday 20 May. As always it was a rainy night- something about fine music and stormy weather ...
more...
Handbury Centre News
On Thursday 28 May, the Handbury Centre was once again proud to host a fundraising morning tea on behalf of the Cancer Council.
more...