Trivia Night – a great success!

The Trivia Night at St Joseph’s College was a great success with over 250 people attending.  Special thanks must go to Rosemary Friend, Louise Madden and Peter Cannon for their leadership of the organising committee, without whose persistence and dedication the night could not have gone ahead.


Whilst the official tally has yet to be done it can be confidently expected that the evening raised in excess of $10,000 which will be spent in promoting literacy projects with the District of Viqueque.


Attend the Trivia Night and Support Timor Leste

Back by popular demand the 2016 Timor Leste Trivia Night is being held on Saturday March 5, 2016 in the St Joseph’s College Gymnasium.  In 2013 it sold out and in 2016 we are hoping for a similar attendance.

There are 30 tables of 10 so why not organise a table from amongst your friends or work colleagues?  It is BYO drinks and shared food and all of the proceeds from the night will be spent on building literacy in Timor Leste, particularly in the District of Viqueque.

Tickets cost $35 and bookings will open shortly.

Support Timor Leste

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

Platypus Goes to Viqueque

President Peter used the DVD The Platypus: The World’s Most Amazing Animal when he gave 10 lessons to Year 9 English classes in 01 Viqueque and Cabira-oan schools. The students enjoyed the experience. Using a soft toy of the platypus helped, especially how the baby egg ( a tiny piece of white chalk) is cuddled.

It was a great way of telling something wonderful about our country. The two schools have libraries which have been set up by funds provided by Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools and the two new librarians, also funded by us, were both glad to have jobs and being pleased to be part of the schools.

Curriculum Ideas for Timor Leste

curriculum_ideasWith One Planet has launched a new website funded by the xpand foundation, which contains curriculum resources for Australian schools. It provides opportunities for teachers to engage students in single or cross-disciplinary areas of study, and explores climate change issues through the science, English, maths, geography, history, art, civics and citizenship curriculums.

The Culture and Citizenship modules focus on Timor-Leste. Katrina Langford, who attended our Student Day has written the culture modules. She would welcome feedback from teachers. Katrina conducts Tetun courses. In Melbourne the next Level 1 course takes place on- 6/7 June. and in Sydney there is a Level 2 course on 12/13 June. You can contact Katrina via email address at

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.

Deakin Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools Timor Student Youth Tour

Deakin UniversityDeakin University’s Faculty of Health in collaboration with Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools are investigating the feasibility of coordinating an inaugural Student Youth Tour visit to Timor for a two week period at the end of the 2015 and or 2016 Yr 12 school years.

The visit will aim to provide students with a range of volunteering experiences and action tasks across a range of Government and Community organizations and districts in Timor Leste. This would include visits to and participation in projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Viqueque Friendship Schools and Many Hands International.

As an inaugural pilot program there will be a limited number of student places available for this tour. Applicants will be selected on the quality of their applications as well as the selection criteria to include an appropriate quota of exit year 12 students from a range of participating Friendship Schools across the Geelong area.

An information session for interested Year 11 and 12 students and parents to further discuss details of the Timor Student Youth Tour has now been scheduled. Information session speakers will include Professor John Toumbourou (Deakin University), Mr Peter Cannon (President  Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools) as well as Mr Afonso Soares and Mr Simao Do Rosario representatives from the Ministry of Education, Timor Leste.

Timor Youth Tour Information session:

Venue: Western Beach Room Room, Sally Walker Building

Entrance from Western Beach Rd or Cunningham St, take lift to 6th level (Rm AD6.104)

Campus: Deakin Waterfront Geelong (See Campus Map Below)

Date: Tuesday 7 July

Time: 6 to 8pm

RSVP: Mr Chris Loughnan email:

We look forward to seeing all interested parties at this meeting.

Waterfront Campus Map

Waterfront Campus Map