BOSCONIAN Term two,
More than a word, we say thank you. The entire school will miss you. We do appreciate what you have been to the students and to the teachers.
“MUCH MORE TO DO, WITH YOU IN FOCUS”
Dear students, friends and family members in Don Bosco, we have come to the end of Term two (2) and of Semester one. Gaging all the efforts, I realize that there is much more to do, yet with you only in focus. You (students) remain the preferential option of our Salesian living. In this way I would like to say big thanks to our two AVI Andrew and Anke who are leaving for Australia after one and half year at the service of Don Bosco youth. Every students and staff learned from both of you the passion for excellence and the price of humility. You have contributed a lot to make Don Bosco a place where vision gets built. God bless your next mission to humanity. In addition, many changes are happening around us, either in the training of teachers, update of the curriculum of the Technologies, making our workshops and labs a safe place to train, beautification of the campus, opening the
schools for spiritual growth and in sports activities. Nowhere DBTI will go further without the hard work of teachers, spirit of belongingness from students and the generous support of parents and other people of good will. Indeed, dear Bosconians, there is much more to do for the second semester. Don’t lose track, make use of the three weeks’ holiday to supports parents and or your guardians. Be with them, for you will need their supports in return for the second semester. God bless our endeavors; may he keep us safe with great hope and excitement to meet again together in July. Fr. MOISE PALUKU, SDB
UPHOLDING THE “BOSCONIAN IDENTITY” From the 3rd to the 6th of May,2017 the Deputy Principals from all the Don Bosco schools in PNG and SI gathered at the Emmaus Conference Center in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea to meet and discuss ideas related to maintaining the ‘ Bosconian identity’. The 3day program organised by Fr.Robinson and facilitated by guests speakers Br. Alfred, Fr.Ariel and Fr. Alfred Maravilla, covered sessions ranging from getting to know one self and colleagues better to addressing and re-‐emphasis of the idea of ‘Salesian Assistance’ and the importance of the ‘Bosconian identity’. These group of leaders also had the opportunity to go through the ,’Salesian Youth Ministry Frame of Reference’ an important document which provides a deeper insight into the foundation of Don Bosco’s Preventive System. The meeting being the Rirst for these leaders was deemed a success with many agreeing that they have learnt a lot not only from the sessions held but from sharing ideas with each other. Each hopes that with a better understanding, we can effectively uphold the ‘Bosconian identity’.
“TO LEAD IS TO SERVE” This year gain the DBTI students engage in Community service through the SALT program (Servanthood and Leadership Training). The program concerns the year two students include the EOSDT Welding and Computer. The purpose of this program is to form our Bosconians to an attitude of service, giving without expecting a return or appraisal. The activities consist on cleaning the surrounding communities in and around the towns. This year we had an overnight camp with a special trainer, Mr. Peter, a lecture at SINU with his team. He insisted on leadership in Solomon context. The following day, all the participants went to clean up at the National Referral Hospital (commonly known as number nine). As the program requires a completion of 12 hours, it is up to each class with its advisor to organize in order to complete the hours. Thus, some clean up along the road, to Bethesda Center, Visale Home for Aged. This experience remain an awesome experience for Bosconian formation, especially as servants and leaders of our nation.
“DEATH RATHER THAN SIN”
The celebration of the saint Dominic Savio feast day Although the really feast day of Dominic Savio falls on 6 May 2017, the principal of the school together with the spiritual moderator and the liturgy group have opted to celebrate the first Bosconian saint on Friday 5th May at Don Bosco Technical Institute. Staff and students celebrated with a special highlight on dancing and singing competition. A day well organized, simple, sweet and short. We begin our program at 12pm and finished at 3pm in. As true Bosconians, in love with the Eucharist and Mary, our celebration began with a solemn mass presided over by Fr. Isidore, SDB our school spiritual moderator. Then each class presented its items. It was challenging to the judges of the day to the determine the winners after competition due to the high performance and participation of each student and class in general. For instance, the IT department presented the version of Lean On Me with Dominic Savio altered lyrics and the Electrical students designed the colours of the Solomon flag with their line-up. After all, the Life Skills Department won. As one family again, this celebration brought us all united together. Let’s keep on being cheerful as Don Bosco advised Dominic Savio, now he addresses us.
APRIL JOINT TEACHER FORMATION As professionals, it is important that teachers regularly update their skills. On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April, teachers from Don Bosco Technical Institute and the Don Bosco Rural Training Centre Tetere came together in Henderson to participate in workshops and presentations on improving teaching practice. The theme of the formation was "Quality Questions, Deeper Discussions". On the Friday evening Andrew MacLean, AVI volunteer and DBTI Mentor to the Teachers, gave an overview of the topic and explored the idea of increasing the ratio of student thinking and participation in classrooms and workshops. Teachers practised writing questions and participated in discussions where participants connected and related ideas and opinions. After dinner, Anke MacLean, AVI volunteer and Head of Communication Studies, explored the idea of 'growth mindset'. Watching video presentations by Carol Dweck and participating in problem-solving tasks, teachers explored the idea that every student can learn and looked at how to encourage students to understand the worth of challenging tasks.
"Quality Questions, Deeper Discussions"
By Unity Surupua
On Saturday the teachers met with Gwenda Lawther, a member of the Business Faculty at SINU who is working with the Skills for Economic Growth program. Gwenda volunteered her time to lead Don Bosco teachers through a number of sessions throughout the day. She began with an introduction into skills based learning and learner competencies. She moved on to exploring the fundamentals of student participation and working with teachers to identify practical methods of gaining student participation. Teachers later discussed learner characteristics and how to utilise them to ensure a good learning experience for everyone, and finally worked through 'group dynamics' theory and how it can help make use of the teaching time. The weekend was a good mix of researchbased theory and practical strategies and everyone who participated learned a great deal.
Mr ANDREW MacLean
“MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS,PRAY FOR US”
T h e D o n B o s c o Te c h n i c a l Institute and the Salesian family in Henderson Solomon Islands join the rest of the Salesian Family around the world to celebrate this great Solemnity of Don Bosco's Madonna, the Help of Christians. His Grace, the Archbishop of Honiara, Chris Cardone was the main celebrant for this great Feast. After the holy Eucharist, each trade from the school presented an item, plus a Marian song to help celebrate Our Lady's feast day. The whole week was accompanied with a novena prayer during every Morning Prayer while the Notice Board Marian Decoration competition was going on. It is certainly a great privilege for the students and us all to belong to this great big Family, The Salesian Family! Sr. Matalena Leota, FMA
GIRLS’ RETREAT: “WE ARE A FAMILY” To be true, this is my very best experience of fellowship, familiarize with other trade girls and including the OJT friendship and of spirituality, I ever had. The overnight of 5th Bosconians. I have been through challenging times but this to 6th of May, all the female students, we had our retreat retreat thought me something I needed to know. For here at Don Bosco Technical Institute. Not only were example, the feeling of belonging, sharing and the current students invited, but also other girls who caring; but the main thing I learnt is that I am on practical were invited to have a special night not alone in this. There are others out there WE ARE A with the Lord, as a family of Don Bosco. The who are going through the same situation and theme of our retreat was, “We Are Family.” The even harder than mine. Therefore, to help FAMILY Salesian sisters, our retreat facilitators, based on myself out of this, I should reach out and talk the Salesian strenna 2017, chose this theme. Not to someone. Share the burden so I do not have only was it a moment of prayer, but of fun too. Thus, to face it alone. Tangio Tumas Salesian sisters on the first day of the retreat, we had some fun singing, and the management for preparing such wonderful Zumba dance, sharing ideas, playing games and watching a activities and for making it a successful and enjoyable movie about Jesus’ family as an example of a good family. retreat. A short time, strengthened peace and hope for my Personally, I was very happy because every game that we future. played was mainly focused on the theme, we are family. In By Priscilla TAKAE addition, the retreat helped me to get to know and
“we are Bosconians, Run, jump and make noise” Attending the Don Bosco Technical Institute is fun to all students, when it comes to sports. Students normally have classes until 2:00 pm, and then an hour of sports is allocated on Tuesday and Thursday. Bosconians normally play in classes as a team. The usual games are soccer, Futsal, Volleyball and Basketball and Netball. For this year, the School has highlighted more on sport. This is in order to motivate youngsters to value their youthful age through sports. Thus, under the organization of Mr. Rodney Aita, the sport master, the School has sent two teams to join the league organized by Hockey Federation, the Futsal club strong enough to represent the school in the town league at the Lawson Tama Multipurpose hall. Hockey teams played all their match games for the first round and they were qualified for the quarterfinal rounds. With the same spirit of competition, the football and netball club are competing with different schools (Selwyn, St. Joseph, St. Nicholas) in friendly games. For every Bosconian, the playground is where he runs, jumps and make noise in order to avoid sin. MR. MAXWELL
“INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING STUDENTS” Visit of FMA ( Salesian Sisters) General Councilor from Rome: Sr. Lucy Rose to DBTI Henderson. A very important visitor from the General House of the Salesian Sisters in Rome, Sr. Lucy Rose FMA visited Don Bosco Technical Institute in the afternoon of Wednesday 10th May. The purpose of this quick visit was to see the mission work of her Sisters and to familiarize herself with the reality of this small island, Solomon Islands. She visited all the places that the Sisters work, and of course she visited DBTI because Sr. Bernadette Wauki FMA is part of the staff here as well as Sr. Matalena Leota FMA. Sr. Lucy Rose gave a talk to the students of DBTI, encouraging each and every one of them to study well especially in a Don Bosco School, to learn all the skills that they need to find a job for their future, and also to help their family and nation! Sr. Lucy also congratulated the Salesian Fathers who are running the school, and she was very much impressed with the neat surroundings of the school and things all in order!
“Run, jump and make noise”
Our DBTI School had chance to participate in a career talk organised at Woodford International School. The careers workshop was organised by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce with the theme of “Inspiring and empowering students to shape their future and achieve their dreams.” It was an oppor tunity for us Bosconians there present representing the school to go and learn something new things about bigger companies, shareholders and industries which contribute towards developing our country (Solomon Islands). We were glad and proud introducing our school and technologies to other colleges, high schools and other people. Children from WIS were too interested with the Don Bosco trades. For instance, many students from other schools there present have not seen a lathe machine in their life. This was a day to remember. I strongly believe that those who visited the DBTI stall learnt something great from us and with hope that they will become Bosconians in the future. Mr. SAMSON