A Day in Viqueque – a student experience in Geelong

Music, Drums & Dance Workshop

Music, Drums & Dance Workshop

Our fifth annual Day in Viqueque was very well successful with 125 students and 15 teachers  from 11 Geelong schools attending. With sessions relevant to students from primary years to senior secondary the aim was to increase student knowledge of Timor Leste and the lives of students living and learning in Viqueque.

The students could choose to attended four from a range of workshops: Music, Drums and Dance Music in East Timor, East Timorese Food and Cooking, Weaving In and Out, Timor – Land of the Crocodile, Let’s Play – games and activities from East Timor, Letter Writing in Tetum, and I Love Timor – student experiences in East Timor.

There were also presentations from With One Seed a social enterprise that is taking action on climate change through community forestry in East Timor and from Special Guest Chris Van Ignen whose talk on addressing the problems of Global Poverty was once again the highlight of the day.

The feedback from the students and staff confirms that the students enjoyed themselves and came away with a better informed knowledge of life in East Timor.

Many thanks for the success of the day are owed to Patrice Hall, the event coordinator, who spent many hours leading up to this day. She was assisted in the task by Chris Clark, Louise Madden and Peter Cannon. Committee member David Whelan also acted as Games and Play coordinator.

A special thanks must also go to Saint Joseph’s College who make us so welcome to their school and to their many staff who were on hand to help out on the day.

Deb Singleton has small short video snippets from the day on Facebook.

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