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Record Numbers!

On Sunday afternoon 23rd April at 01 Viqueque, almost all of the 2017 scholarship holders were presented with certificates and money. A number of parents were present and two of the school principals. Mariano’s meticulous organisation resulted in a most impressive ceremony. There are 73 recipients for 2017 including those directly funded by Sacred Heart College and Geelong High School, with a total outlay of $US 8,000

All Geelong partner secondary and pre secondary schools were represented:

Secondary:           Calixa 9, 4 Septembro 12, St Esteavo 7 and Olocasa 8,

Pre-Secondary:   01 Viqueque 13, Cabira 4, St Teresinha 10 and Mundo Perdido 10.





2015 Scholarship Holders

A presentation ceremony for the students awarded scholarships to assist them in continuing their education was organized by Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools Project Officer Mariano De Silva and held on Saturday 6 June at 01 Viqueque School. Our 2015 scholarship holders:

Pre-Secondary School to Secondary School $100 for one year from
01 Viqueque, St Teresinha, Mundo Perdido or Cabira-oan schools:

Noe Soares Pinto, Isabelita Pinto, Sonia da Silva Ribeiro, Andre S. da Costa Guterres, Julia da Silva, Gilmar da Costa da Silva, Jose da Costa Monteiro, Severinha Monteiro, Baltazar M. da Silva, Angelita Gomes, Jose SS. Pinto

Pre-Secondary School to Fatumacca Technical College $1,050 over three years from St Teresinha and 01 Viqueque:

Year 3 Antoninho Soares Pinto – Viqueque 01, Janio Taek – St Teresinha
Year 1 Constancio Amarel Monteiro –

Secondary School to Tertiary Institution $ 500 over three years to University National Timor Leste or UNPAS from Calixa, 4 Septembro, St Estevao or Olocasa schools:

Year 3 Jamie S.Viana, Gizelda Quintao, Lucio Alves
Year 2 Josefina da Silva Soares, Filomena da Silva, Joao Amaral Pereira, Cesaltino Baptista
Year 1 Francisca G. Viegas, Norberto Celestino Soares, Rosalia de Fatima S.Pinto, Sebastiao, Inacio Urbano, Imaculada die Ferreira, Maria Gusmao Alves, Nelson T. Ruas

Viqueque Student Teachers -100% Pass Rate

We have recently received the following news from Margie Beck at the Baucau Teachers College where Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools is sponsoring 8 students.

It is great to be able to tell you that this year every one of our students passed all their end of semester exams – no failures at all in any unit! I think this is the first time this has happened, as there are usually one or two who need to do make up work in order to pass. Their lecturers are delighted, as it means that the teaching and learning that has been done during the past semester has been excellent!

The Bacau Teachers' College

The Bacau Teachers’ College

Students finished their studies at the beginning of November, and the 3rd Year students held a wonderful farewell on the day after the last exam. They had prepared a great day – starting with Mass, though some of the students stayed up all night to prepare the meal for us. There were speeches, entertainment and of course, lots of tears as they said goodbye. They will be back for their graduation on 21st February, 2015, so it will be good to see them one more time as they start their professional careers.

The Portuguese mission is currently contacting 48 of the 52 finalists in order to start the process for employing them in their schools next year. The other 4 students will be either studying overseas or have found positions already. We are so proud of them all! The number of graduates from ICFP is more than 400, so they are really starting to impact in the educational field in Timor-Leste!

One big change is that Brother Fons van Rooij, fms, will be finishing up as Director of the Institute after 8 years. He has been a strong leader who has given much to each and every staff member as well as being responsible for the new building that will come into full use next year. There will be a farewell for him this coming Friday, with the Bishop of Baucau and the Minister of Education being the key guests.

Br Peter Corr fms, will start his leadership on 5th January, 2015. The Timorese staff are feeling both sad and happy – sad that Br Fons is leaving, but happy that the Australian Marist Province is willing to continue to support the Institute with a new Director.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for the generosity that you give to us here. I know that the students really appreciate that they are able to study at ICFP without constant worry about finances. The finalists have indicated that they pray for you each Sunday during Mass – and I am sure that they do and will continue to do so! May you be blessed in everything that you do.

Margie Beck

2014 President’s Report to the AGM

The full transcript of the 2014 President’s Report can be found below in the Newsletter Section. Here is a highlights package!

The Butler Donation

We have had another good year both in Viqueque and Geelong. The highlight has been the commencement of the allocation of funds from the Butler Donation, a most generous gift from John and Gael of $120,000. After significant investigation the funds have been allocated to a Language Project with a significant focus on the training of teachers. We believe that this is at the essence as to how we can best help in the education of students in Viqueque District. The Timor Leste training providers chosen were Mary MacKillop International Literacy Team and The Learning Resource Development Centre both of which are staffed by qualified Timorese teachers, excellent role models for locals. Tricia and I spent considerable time critically discussing with each of their managers the programs delivered and came away with the strong impression that they are effective. We will continue to use both of these providers with modifications to the programs as a result of review.

The Scholarship Program

Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools is delighted to be helping 27 young people to continue with their studies and this year the outlay towards scholarships is $13,400. Formal presentations were made to some of the scholarship holders at 01 Viqueque in the presence of the Principal Agapito. As a one off payment three
teachers received $500 each to assist them with payment towards their thesis as they completed their formal qualifications at the local Cristal University.


Our Treasurer Michael Wright was able to report a most successful financial year. Our work in Viqueque cannot be done without financial support. My sincere thanks to all who have made contributions. The following made donations of $100 or more:

Clonard College $3,000
Essex Primary School $245
Geelong Grammar School $2,000
J.Halloran $100
Rotary Club of Belmont $1,000
Rotary Club of Geelong $4,500
Rotary Club of Geelong West $ 4,845
Sacred Heart College $2,300
St Francis Xavier Primary School $535
The Geelong College $7,447

In Geelong

The following Geelong schools continue to have partner schools in the District of Viqueque. With Geelong schools signing MOUs with Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools. A financial commitment has been made by most schools was on average $700.

Supporting the upgrading of teacher qualifications

At our last meeting we received a request from three teachers from No 1 Viqueque and Cabira, Jocquim, Paulina and Marcella requesting assistance with the upgrading of their qualifications. As part of their studies the teachers are required to complete a thesis. The cost of the course is approximately $700 and it was decided to assist them with a $500 contribution to each student.

The Scholarship Program

After a long process in liaison with schools and institutions in Timor Leste the Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools Group has established a range of scholarships for secondary students to assist with tertiary studies, technical education (nonexistent in Viqueque schools) and the final years of secondary education.

Four students from the Catholic Institute for the Formation of Teachers in Baucau and four students from Fatumaca Technical College have been the first recipients. It is expected that $7000 will be set aside annually for the Scholarship Program. If you are interested in contributing to the cost of individual scholarship holders please email and you find additional information in our newsletter Mantan Kontaktu No 20.