Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sir Douglas Bader Celebrate and Graduate!


This project was loaded with personality and took a little longer to get to the starting gate with the schools very busy terms BUT get there we did!  Thank you for welcoming us aboard Principal Peter Weir, BOT Chairperson Peter Sykes and our signed Champion, Deputy Principal Danny Gautusa.  Our trainer was the affable Foloki Faiva, and experimental buddy support - senior Aorere College student - Shiloh Aloiai.  I enjoyed the time I spent with this project - getting to know the families more and this is our first step into Mangere East.


The opportunities to have fun while learning were seized with gusto - one time being the absence of the chocolate biscuits and milk for the coffee breaks.  The students had set up their email accounts and promptly sent emails of concern to Danny Gautusa.  Some of these were absolutely hilarious - in equal humour Danny sent a reply promising to trek off to Switzerland to procure for the project, the finest milk the Alps could offer.  

Through this project we received the support of 'Forever Young', coordinator Mary Rau being one of our graduates and Ephatah Trust, manager Epenesa So'oula being another graduate.  Both of these women are committed to the projects they have within the community and it has been a pleasure to support them in return with a computer package gift. 

This project was also the highest users of the blog comment section of the first posting welcoming Bader Intermediate to the CIH projects.  Quite a few ideas sprang from watching the interaction online - ideas we will look to implement in the future!

We had an excellent line-up for graduation night - National Director Di Daniels, Trustees Selwyn Creed and Kim Humpherson, SGM Chairperson Joce Williams and IT Support Brandon Johnson.  (Look for the superb group shot in the slide show!)  Principal Weir and Danny Gautusa presented 20 graduates, hosted not only families from the school but embracing others in the community via Mangere Community House.

I am looking forward to returning to Bader Intermediate to continue the next phase:  Stepping Up!  Watch this space :) 

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