BOSCONIAN newsletter Term One
“All Have The Right To Forgiveness”
One of the sentences that should be carved in block letters is the one written in the Strenna 2017: “All Have The Right To Forgiveness” because forgiveness is the way to happiness and true peace. It is true that in our lives all of us suffered from some offence and we also certainly did offend someone; neither do we always give nor receive forgiveness. In such case, even many years can pass, but one still continues to live in an atmosphere of “rarefied” air, which is called resentment, hatred, anger. When the offence is inside the family and there is no forgiveness, the family becomes a hell. There is no doubt that the problem of many families derives from “resentment and the difficulty to forgive”. What can we do in the face of such a painful situation? This is what Pope Francis said to the families: “We are asked to promptly heal the wounds that we cause, to immediately reweave the bonds that break within the family. If we wait too long, everything becomes more difficult. There is a simple secret to healing wounds and to avoiding recriminations. It is this: do not let the day end without apologizing… There is no need for a long speech, as a caress is enough: one caress and everything is over and one can start afresh”. The Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, in the Strenna 2017 said that families “have to learn to be families by their mistakes. This requires humility and understanding, forgiveness and mercy”. “Forgiveness is of vital importance both for our emotional health and our spiritual survival – C. Vargas wrote –. Without forgiveness the family becomes a theatre of conflicts and a stronghold of offences. Without forgiveness the family gets sick”. Because of this, the statement of the Rector Major is fundamental: “All have the right to forgiveness and all have the ability to forgive in order to build and to rebuild the family”. But which are the steps one must take to forgive and thus to “rebuild the families”?: “preparing the families to be capable to forgive”; “proposing mutual forgiveness as a new start”; “knowing how to live together, understand, excuse and forgive”; but above all “we need to feel the embrace of the unconditional love of God … who loves without limits”, the Rector Majors underscored. “In the family all have the right to forgiveness and all have the ability to forgive in order to build and to rebuild the family”. Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major
“WE ARE A FAMILY! Every home, a school of Life and Love!” On these words of the Strenna 2017, I would
like to welcome back the senior students to the Salesian Family. For our new students and parents this academic year, thank you for joining Don Bosco Technical Institute. It is now on your family, your school of life and love. All of us have the strong personal experience that we are born to a family, and are born a family, with the beauty and limits of every family, but ultimately within a family. A family, which is in its very concrete human reality where the art of Life and Love is learnt. As our school moto states, “born for greater things,” it is in this DBTI family we are prepared to achieve the greater things. Thus, we are all called to be committed to make this family truly a school of life and love. This is a duty which is not only looking in another direction than the one in which the entire school is strongly involved, today under the leadership of the Salesians, but also the humble contribution of every educators. With strong faith and hope, I claim that we as a family of educators will continue to focus on the different needs of our students, including academic, non-academic, growth and development. It is hoped that our teachers can be both mentors and friends to the students. They should become their life mentors and help students develop their full potential with the aim to create a more prosperous future for their lives. Though the Majority of the staff are young, even at the age of 23, they are ready to give their very best. Of course, we cannot ignore the role of the parents. Together with the commitment of our teachers, the students will be heading straight to the goal. This will be achieved only through a family spirit, friendly presence of the educators among the students, strengthening discipline and a spirit of joy, optimism and enthusiasm. The true hallmark of that education will be one “by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” So, seek out that education, discover that truth and remember to use it well. On this note, the school has made effort to upgrade our library with books, a library security system; our labs and workshops, setting up an environment conducive for technical learning. At the heart of the digital age are the youth, who are both the movers and the foremost recipients of this development. It is our aim too at DBTI to make our youth ready for technology, to facilitate their learning in this fascinating field so as to become citizens of the world. We believe that education can always be improved, and the upgrading of the Labs, Workshops and Library is a logical step towards enhancing their ability to acquire knowledge. Despite this, we cannot waver in our task: building our youth for the future is our commitment. I believe that there is never a shortage of generosity, especially if it translates a noble investment that will bring about a better tomorrow for the generations of young people who will succeed us. The school management and teachers are being generous by giving the best of themselves. My wish is to see students and their parents committed and generous enough to this great institution to see the best of themselves. Fr. Moise Paluku SDB
STUDENTS REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC) 2017 As students, each one of us has a voice and a contribution to make to our DBTI. It is important that we be given the opportunity to express our views on issues of concern to ourselves in the school. It is equally important that we are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the school. To enable this, our School has kept the tradition of electing class captains who are made to form the SRC. To come up with this council, the Principal, Fr. Moïse, together with the deputy and other teachers, assist by facilitating the holding of elections. An overnight orientation program was organize for the leadership camp in order to form the student representative council into servant leaders. Already for the first gathering, an atmosphere of unity and cohesion was felt among the participants. We felt like we were all connected together like a chain. The organizers set up intense but very meaningful activities. The first activity was Ice breaking games organized by Mr. Rodney. Through these games the teacher prepared us on how to face hard situation and problems, how to motivate others in words and action. Already in the mood, we went in the audio-visual hall for the first talk given by Fr. Moïse. The Overall program was made up of six talks with three workshops. Generally, it was about finding servant leaders models in the Bible, leadership in Melanesian context, the characteristics and challenges of servant leadership, Listening and communicating as skills of a true leader. Then in the workshops, we discussed the making of the SEPP, the expectations from the SRC in DBTI, then the skills on how to plan and evaluate an activity. I personally learned the meaning of the word “servant leadership.” I understood from now on that to be a servant leader it is not an easy thing for anyone but the thing I am interested about is one must be responsible for everyone, treat everyone equal. I also learned how to do service in the right way where others may be happy with you. The most and the wonderful motivation work and the encouragement that I heard on that night was this “go therefore and make disciples of the nation… teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” For these skills and knowledge we had the privileged to receive, we sincerely thank Fr. Principal and the deputies, Md Hilda, Mr Andrew and Md Anke for their lovely talks. Our mission began when we were officially sent to work as servant leaders among our fellow Bosconians. Through the oath we made in front of the Salesians, the teachers and other students who elected us, we were commended to represent, safeguard and advance the educational, cultural, sporting, social and general interests and welfare of DBTI. Thus each one is expecting from the SRC to display loyalty to the school and its wider community, consistency in modelling the Christ centred values contained in the Vision statement of the school, and maturity in communicating in both a student and adult environment. Please continue to support and cooperate with us to bring this goal to success. Daniel, 2nd year Auto Motive
POB-DBTI Tree Planting Ceremony
On Thursday 16th February, the Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) offered to the school hundreds of Mahogany trees. The guest from POB, as one of their resolution this year, came with the objective to fight against deforestation in the country. So they conducted an awareness which conclude with the tree planting. The program in our school started at 10:00 am with the singing of the National Anthem. Our guests were the Manager of POB, Mr. Nigel, Mr Felix Koraimae, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Forests and Mr. Manu, Reforestation Officer. The principal of the school, Fr. Moïse, welcomed the guests. After Mr. Nigel gave a speech, in which he insisted on the universal need of trees, the use of mahogany trees for the people of Solomon Islands such as the beautification of our homes and areas. One of the most important use of this tress is for furniture and timbers, for or present and future generations. The event was held in the futsal field, whereas the demonstration of the tree planting took place behind the MFM Workshop. One of the members of forestry ministry came forward to show sampling of the soil. Students asked questions to quench their curiosity. In the presence of the Media, those who did the tree planting ceremony were the school principal, the school captain and the under-secretary of the ministry of Forestry. The ceremony was closed by cutting of a cake, then school anthem and a loud cheers closed the event. Holden, 2nd Electrical.
DBTI Rector’s Cup Opening Celebration 2017
The Rector’s Cup is an athletic competition series between classes inside the DBTI aiming to put the students’ athletic skills to test. For example, basketball, Soccer, Netball, Futsal and Volleyball are held under the competition series. In fact, Sport plays an important part in the life of our Institute. At yesterday’s gala ceremony held at school, few guests were at honor, but most and we thank them for coming, were the Bosconians bot on OJT and those graduated. This year’s opening Ceremony of the Rector’s Cup took place on Friday, the 4th March with the theme: “United by Don Bosco’s family Spirit, we Run, Jump and Shout but do not Sin.” After days of preparation by each class, the event started in the assembly area at 12 pm. Students from each class invented various team names, representing their trade. Likewise, they also prepared banners, mascots, war-cries and the presentation of dance items. The program began with some brief opening remarks by Mr Freddie Gale as all the Bosconians lined up according to their trades and classes, with their banners held high inside the Gym. The MC, Mr Rodney, who is also the Sport Master of the School, warmly welcomed all the participants and visiting friends. The opening prayer was led by Fr Moïse. During the event, students from each class competed against each other on their war-cries and the presentation of their mascot as judges allocated marks for each performance criteria. At the end of the celebration, the Senior Automotive class, self-styled as the ‘Autohustlers’, became the winners of the Rector’s Cup competition on mascot and war-cry completion, followed by Senior Electrical, the ‘M.C. Isolators’ in the second position, while the third placement was taken by Information Technology. The Rector of the school, Fr Srimal Priyanga, congratulated the winners for their excellent preparation in the program. He continued to thank the other trades, all of whom had given their best and provided excellent and entertaining presentations. He declared the rector’s cup open by receiving back the trophy from the last year winners and the lighting of the Olympic torch. The purpose of the program was to open the year’s sporting competition at the school and to enhance the good spirit of sport amount the young Bosconians, so that they compete with a cheerful heart. The program closed with a sharring of snack at 4:45 pm. Hillary Edmond Sulageni
SPECIAL VISIT FROM ROME
The arrival of Fr. Guillermo Basanes, SDB, Councilor for the Mission, has been an important event to our school in the country. He set foot at the Henderson Airport on the 12th of February 2017. At the Airport he was warmly welcomed by the pan pipers band from the Don Bosco Rural Training Centre Tetere. With talented sounds of music made from the traditional panpipe’s really made Fr. Guillermo Basanes very happy in the presence of Fr. Srimal and Fr. Albert respectively rectors of the two Salesian presences in the Solomons. His visit coincided with the visit of the Apostolic Nuncio to PNG and SI, Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal. Both were welcomed in Don Bosco Tetere surrounded by Archbishop Chris, the Salesians, FMA, the De Pieta sisters, DMI sisters, parishioners of Christ the King and students of DBRTC. In their goodnight talks, they both highlighted their joy to be in this country and wishing people to keep the message of Christ bearing more fruits from the family to the Church. The following day, before leaving the country of hapi isles, Fr. Guillermo took the opportunity to preside over the community Mass in which Fr. Srimal was installed as Rector of Don Bosco Technical Institute- Henderson. It was in the presence of his confreres, Fr. Moïse, the vice rector and Fr. Isidore, the spiritual moderator; and in the presence of the Salesian sisters and few students present. He then also attended the Morning Prayer at 7:30am with the Don Bosco Technical Institute students and staff. After the Morning Prayer, he led in the commissioning of the teachers in their commitment with their duties as teacher to be honest and faithful carrying on the spirit of Don Bosco in this Academic year 2017. The Teachers made their vow in the allegiance to the commitment, as Teachers of the young Bosconians. Fr. Guillermo then left the students with a meaningful good-morning-talk. He invited them to find the meaning in their blue uniforms. As the see are blue and wide, so should the heart and mind of the student be open as the sea and the horizon to the realities of the world and their society. He bid goodbye to the students by checking one’s hands with an intimate message or a smile to each. Mr. Maxwell
As a JICA volunteer, I would like to thank the School management for accepting me to be part of DBTI family. I am proud to have come here all the way from Japan to share the little skills I have. Actually, I am the one to learn more than me teaching. In fact, I have had good impression at DBTI. That is, everyone greets me gratefully and speaks amiably to me. While many Japanese youth may be shy, Solomon Islanders are not. DBTI is a suitable environment for students to acquire a good preparation toward their duties as members of society. In addition, I am teaching the use of AutoCAD, a computer aided design software; I am impressed by the attention of the students and their thirst to learn more. This is my first expression too to be a teacher, so I appreciate the students of Carpentry, Automotive, MFM and Hospitality for accepting me as their teacher. I am learning a lot from them. What I will wish them is to keep that curiosity of learning more, especially of the new technology like AutoCAD because it now so much used all over the world. I expect from each one of them to launch out into the world with their new skills. I am of the firm conviction that we have properties with superb studying conditions. These are rare occasions in the country, based on my few experience in the different schools and villages I have toured in around the islands. From the deepest of my heart, I intend to devote myself to my students and enjoy myself at DBTI for as long as I will be in Solomon Islands. Yukie Miyano, JICA Volunteer
ONCE A BOSCONIAN, ALWAYS A BOSCONIAN It is hard to imagine what life would be like today for most of our young generation including myself, if the Salesians fathers had never started the school we call, today, Don Bosco Technical Institute. I am among the most fortunate to be part of the school first as a student, maintenance-man, and instructor from 2002 to 2008, and now this year 2017 back again as a teacher for the welding course. Indeed, this school serves as a second chance for good citizens of this country, who did not make it through the formal Education, giving them a place where they can thrive and grow. What the school has kept until now is discipline. In addition, this school helps us to learn and interact with different people from all over the world. We have teachers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and so forth. As for me, I really learn a lot as a teacher from my colleagues, who show me different approaches I may use in class to teach. Another change is gender equality. I now observe that many girls are taking up courses, which were dominated by boys during my time as a student. This is a very big improvement taking place in this school. Lastly, as someone who learnt and received his own second chance at life here, I must say that I am very happy to be back here. Working, learning and sharing as a BOSCONIAN is what I will always treasure in my life.
“DBTI – HOME AWAY FROM HOME”
Mr. Morris Kennedy Taking the challenge to travel out from my own country to start new career was really a tough decision for me. Without any knowledge of how the life would be out there, new work environment and meeting new people with various traditions and believe systems. Attempting to learn Solomon Islands Pidjin is a big struggle even today. Having trained to be a Bosconian for the last five years, studying in DBTI-PNG, coming here to DBTI – Honiara to begin my career as a Salesian educator was easy. Normally, every Bosconian has a common saying, regardless of the place you are whether up in the highlands or lost in the ocean of oceans, where the spirit of our Fr. John Bosco is, like a “Home Away from Home”, a place of life and love. Getting to know the students and having fun together during break times makes me feel at home. Just forget all about home, mingling around with the Bosconians here taking part in all activities, sharing jokes and laughing. I feel like staying here because I enjoy being a Bosconian. Showing the underprivileged youth of the Happy Isles that they are loved, training more Bosconians in Solomon Islands to be competent with character, good Christians and honest citizens. Mr. Rodney AITA
“Born for Greater Things”
My first and foremost impression is working among professionals and technical staff. Don Bosco Technical Institute like other technical institutes, International and National, recruits professionals from different parts of the Pacific and few expatriate’s from overseas which I am so privileged to be part of their team. Don Bosco is a unique place of study, preparing young adults to become good citizens of this nation. This is a result of the commitment and willingness of the professional and technical staff that display and demonstrate the reality of life through informal education which is depicted on the school motto “Born for Greater Things”. Don Bosco Technical Institute has a conducive and affordable learning environment. On my first week of work, here, I was impressed to see a peaceful but vibrant learning Environment. The buildings and playground facilities and other resources both educational and physical speaks about the feeling of belongingness, that boosts the morale of both the staff and students to work and learn and also develop their Spiritual and physical being. To conclude, I am proud to be called a Bosconian. I wear my uniform with pride because I feel I belong here at Don Bosco where I feel I am called to serve as a Bosconian. I have been here for three months, I have learnt a great deal from both the staff and students, and I am looking forward to continue to serve here with zeal and commitment.
Proud to be called “Bosconian”
I am new to Don Bosco Technical Institute, but at the end of a term I have learned a lot and am impressed positively by the institution. Being a Catholic School, it is open to both young men and women who are ready to learn a trade and join the workforce of the country. From now I am proud to be called Bosconian. Indeed, I am impressed to be part of this family and full of gratitude. So far the school staff which majority is from different countries mark me. No matter the differences, they remain open up to students, are reliable, understandable, cooperative, energetic and good role models to look up to. Still, in the school, I was captivated by the trust given to some students called SRC. They carry on well their task of assisting in keeping the flow of the school and assist other fellow students whenever they fail to abide by rules. They are also at the forefront for any school activity organised by the school. In fact, like the teachers, many of them are also good role models. The weekly schedule set up has impressed me a lot in a sense that from Monday to Friday one feels occupied. The para-curricular activities give another taste to our staying in DBTI. For instance, the liturgical activities, the Rector’s cup opening which involved each class offered an enjoyable and interesting afternoon program. To finish, for me, DBTI does not only teach trades, but teaches us to become spiritually disciplined, physically fit and intellectually trained. Every individual person is indeed “born for greater things.” Thus, I too loudly claim that “once a Bosconian, always a Bosconian;” I am and I will remain.
Mr Daniel Seehusen, an AVI volunteer to the Solomon Islands came to the institute to deliver a guest lecture. He is a here as a development officer for the Solomon Islands AFL federation.Together with three friends, he bi-cycled from London in the United Kingdom all the way to Australia. The purpose of the journey was to raise awareness of World Vision projects which are designed to protect young people from child trafficking and to improve their lives in developing countries, as well as to raise money for the communities they travelled to. The journey was successful in every way - raising $55,000 Australian dollars. Mr Daniel spoke to the school about how he was inspired to plan the journey by the many books he had read about real-life adventurers. He also spoke about how the journey helped him to enjoy meeting many different people and appreciating how people from so many different places in Europe, the middle East and South East Asia were always happy to help and offer food and hospitality. Mr Daniel shared stories and pictures of the many challenges and adventures along the way, including the time he fell sick while he was maintaining a vow of silence, the experience of eating local dishes, even if they were sometimes strange, and sharing the road with Elephants. At the end of his speech, Mr Daniel reminded the school that even big goals, like travelling across the world on a bicycle, can be reached if we break them into smaller steps and celebrate our achievements.
SOLOMON ISLAND RED CROSS SOCIETY AWARENESS TALK Red Cross is a unique society with its function to voluntarily relieve other societies when they are affected by natural disasters, wars, taking care of wounded soldiers, etc. Since its establishment in 1863, it became wellknown throughout the world. Solomon Island become a member of this society when it was declared as an independent nation in 1978. On Wednesday 15th of March 2017, Luke Soni and Kennedy Waitara from the Red Cross Society visited the Don Bosco Technical Institute, to give an awareness talk to the students and staff. The program began at 10:30 am after the morning break. All the students proceeded to the school gym where the awareness talk was held. Firstly, they introduced themselves to everybody, and then Luke Soni started by briefly stating the history and the fundamental principles and values of the Red Cross society. The core function of the society is to respond to any emergency that occurs within our islands, for instance, when natural disaster strikes, by means of caring for the homeless, feeding the people who are refugee of wars and even in the battlefield, caring for the wounded and the dead soldiers. Meanwhile, Kennedy Waitara gave the awareness talk on how to apply first Aid in the workplace, schools and communities at large. He further outline the three basic aims of first aid: to preserve life, to prevent further worsening and promote recovery. He further explained that First Aid can be applied during or in times of emergency, and the common illness or injuries was bleeding, fracture, dislocation, eye injuries, open wound, amputation, head ache, fainting, heat stroke and unconsciousness. One very important measure is prevention that is by following the safety rules to avoid these injuries. Lots of question were raised by the students, just one of the common ones was, whether the organization was an NGO. He responded by saying, the Solomon Island Red Cross was not an NGO however, the government mandated according to the speaker, during the colonial time but until now there is no support, but they just operate under their authority. It was a great opportunity for the students and the staff to know more about the functions of the society and its regulation within our country. The program was successfully ended at 12:30pm with words of appreciation and acknowledgement from the school principal to the two officers. In conclusion, the Bosconians show their appreciation by giving a rain and yes clap at the end. The two officers left the school at approximately 1:00 pm. From the Writers Club
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017 "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift"
Lent is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply. I would now like to consider the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (cf. Lk 16:19-31).
The other person is a gift The parable begins by presenting its two main characters. The poor man is described in greater detail: he is wretched and lacks the strength even to stand. Lying before the door of the rich man, he fed on the crumbs falling from his table. His body is full of sores and dogs come to lick his wounds (cf. vv. 20-21). The picture is one of great misery; it portrays a man disgraced and pitiful. The scene is even more dramatic if we consider that the poor man is called Lazarus: a name full of promise, which literally means “God helps”. This character is not anonymous. His features are clearly delineated and he appears as an individual with his own story. While practically invisible to the rich man, we see and know him as someone familiar. He becomes a face, and as such, a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016). Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognising their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change. The parable first invites us to open the doors of our heart to others because each person is a gift, whether it be our neighbour or an anonymous pauper.
Sin blinds us
The parable is unsparing in its description of the contradictions associated with the rich man (cf. v. 19). Unlike poor Lazarus, he does not have a name; he is simply called “a rich man”. His opulence was seen in his extravagant and expensive robes. Purple cloth was even more precious than silver and gold, and was thus reserved to divinities (cf. Jer 10:9) and kings (cf. Jg 8:26), while fine linen gave one an almost sacred character. The man was clearly ostentatious about his wealth, and in the habit of displaying it daily: “He feasted sumptuously every day” (v. 19). In him we can catch a dramatic glimpse of the corruption of sin, which progresses in three successive stages: love of money, vanity and pride. The parable then shows that the rich man’s greed makes him vain. His personality finds expression in appearances, in showing others what he can do. But his appearance masks an interior emptiness. His life is a prisoner to outward appearances, to the most superficial and fleeting aspects of existence. Looking at this character, we can understand why the Gospel so bluntly condemns the love of money: “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money” (Mt 6:24).
The Word is a gift
The Gospel of the rich man and Lazarus helps us to make a good preparation for the approach of Easter. We too see what happens in the afterlife. There the rich man speaks at length with Abraham, whom he calls “father” (Lk 16:24.27), as a sign that he belongs to God’s people. This detail makes his life appear all the more contradictory, for until this moment there had been no mention of his relation to God. In fact, there was no place for God in his life. His only god was himself. The parable goes on to offer a message for all Christians. The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers, who are still alive. But Abraham answers: “They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them” (v. 29). Countering the rich man’s objections, he adds: “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead” (v. 31). The rich man’s real problem thus comes to the fore. At the root of all his ills was the failure to heed God’s word. As a result, he no longer loved God and grew to despise his neighbor. The word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God. When we close our heart to the gift of God’s word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters. Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns promoted by many Church organizations in different parts of the world, and thus to favor the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.