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  • Marcus Bai, Grade 11 A & DBTSS School Captain

DBTSS graduates 148 students at 27th

Vunabosco, Rabaul: Fifty-three grade 12 and 136 trainee students have graduated from the Don Bosco Technical Secondary School (DBTSS), Vunabasco at its 27th graduation ceremony held on Sunday, 1st November.

‘Bosconian: Holy and Upright’ was the theme of the special occasion which was held in multipurpose hall of Don Bosco Rapolo.The event was honored with the presence Mr. Albert Buanga, a delegate from the office of the Member for Kokopo; Dame Sandra Lau; ENB acting Education Adviser and Planner, Mr. Alkan Mararang; the ENB Secondary School principals’ representative, Mr. Christopher Kavanamur; the Parents Citizens and Teachers Association (PCTA) chairperson, Mr. Jeffery Singer; local Ward Councilors for Bitagalip, Palnakaur and Ramale and the Salesian Sisters, Salesian Cooperators and friends of Don Bosco.

The program began with the Holy Eucharist which was presided over by Fr Albert Lenon, SDB and Fr. Moïse Paluku, SBD Rector. In his homily, Fr. Albert asked the candidates and their parents to be grateful to the Lord. He reminded the graduates to look to the future with courage and hope. He also invited them to dream big, to believe in themselves in order for them to achieve what they have been striving for.

Following this was the official graduation ceremony where speeches were made by the guests.

In her speech, Dame Sandra Lau encouraged the graduates and asked them to not bring down the name of Don Bosco after they have graduated as they are still Bosconians.

Mr. Albert Buanga, encouraged the boys to dream high and cherish the privileges they have got to be educated in Don Bosco school.

This was then followed by awards and recognitions of the hardworking students where thirty-five students were awarded the Best in Academics in Science and Humanities, in Technical - Electrical, MFM, Carpentry and Motor Vehicle Mechanic, in Deportment and in Religion. The Highest Award went to Jules Binta, a Social Science student. The program continued on with receiving their statements of achievement and other documents.

On behalf of the graduates, Luther Kangol, a Grade 12 Science graduate and awardee, gave an emotional speech. He presented his gratitude to the salesians, teachers, parents and his companions for their achievement and for their readiness to face the great challenges ahead now that the teacher is life and not in Don Bosco anymore.

Fr. Moïse then concluded the graduation with his word of gratitude to the guests, Salesian sisters, salesian cooperators, teachers, parents and graduates, and the neighbouring communities for their presence and great response to the invitations.

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