Caritas Technical Secondary School is run by the Caritas Sisters whose order originated in South Korea under the founder Don Bosco.
I am teaching English to 9th
graders and literature to 11th graders. I am also temporarily teaching Personal
Development, but a new science teacher will be taking over that class. Because
I am temporarily teaching that class, I was at liberty to teach any chapter- so
I naturally found the New Guinea Culture Identity and am asking the students to
teach me about their culture. Fascinating!! For those who know my background, I
remember being in school and writing and presenting about the Amish for
teachers who knew nothing about them. No wonder I would get "A's" and
now I know how those teachers felt.
|Danita and Sr. Sarah|
I asked the class to present 5 items that represent their culture. They naturally formed groups with others who come from the same region of PNG and have a similar culture. Their presentation was on Friday and both of my 9th grade classes joined together for their presentations. We were able to reserve the chapel room and a few other classes joined us. My fellow missionary, Karen Srajer, was able to join me and take pictures.
There is a school mass every Wednesday morning at 7:40 (the only day I can sleep in a little bit). Fr. Michael and my fellow St. Bartholomew parishioners, can you believe I attend mass at 6:30 am almost every morning? It's actually a highlight of my day. Mayra- there is even singing at all the masses here. (English on Monday and Friday and 6:30 Sunday morning) (Pidgin on Tuesday and Thursday and 8 am Sunday morning). English at the school mass on Wednesday. On Wednesday, my home room class were responsible for the songs sung and prayers said during the mass. During the offertory, they did a native dance to music up the aisle led by Sister Bernadette, a student in my class.
Saturday, the school students and their parents and other volunteers helped clean up the city of Kimbe. The cleanathon began at 6 am. (To take advantage of a 'cooler ' morning and finished with a sausage sizzler fundraiser at the school. It was successful (but 6 am on a Saturday?) Oh well.
Next week is a week vacation for the students, the staff have to be here to plan our next term. The next term begins April 23 and lasts for 10 weeks. The students will then have a two week break.
I like my classes. The students are respectful. They stand and greet me when I enter the room. I'm known here as Ms. Danita.
Bishop Bill is in Port Morseby this week attending a Bishop Conference for PNG. Sisters Sara and Florentina were able to go and decorate the hall where 70 Bishops representing PNG and the Solomon Islands will have mass and have meetings. The pictures they took are remarkable.
I encourage you to check out my fellow missionaries blog (Ron and Karen Srajer) as well to get another view of our mission journey. Their blog address is:
If you want to send me anything, please send it to the following address:
Catholic Diocese of Kimbe
Kimbe 621 West New Britain
Papua New Guinea.
Have a wonderful day and I will be back to you soon.
God Bless all of you.