BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
KOKEGOLO Community High School (KCHS) yesterday held its third annual ‘Religious Day’ celebrations in Munda, Western province.
More than 800 students both secondary and primary, plus parents and guardians, teachers and visitors witnessed the opening ceremony at the Kokegolo Church building.
The theme for this year’s day is ‘Children are a gift from the lord’.
Guest of honour Fr Patterson Nibeo, parish priest at Noro Anglican Church of Melanesian (ACOM), in his speech said, “Wisdom comes from the lord and to fear God is the key foundation to develop our relationship with God.
“Through prayers nothing is impossible and word of God is our stand.
“Children you are a gift from the lord and I am honor and privilege to be part of this opening ceremony here at Kokegolo and as a parent this team reminds all of us to be responsible to protect you children.”
He said that teachers are role models responsible for teaching children to have reverence for God.
Deputy Principal Mrs Rewisi Teboruru Ian Liliu, reflecting the history of the event, said it was born two years ago, being the brainchild of the religious committee of the school under the guidance of Rev Kendrick Kasa.
“Today the chairman Rev Morris Tanapa and members of the committee continue to uphold the tradition.
“This programme was initiated to uphold Christian teaching in the school through interaction, fun, laughter, sharing and time out of classroom for both teachers and students.”
The opening programme was highlighted with a school parade and speech competition based on the day’s theme.
The programme will continue today with a singing competition, bible quizzes, action songs and other religious activities.
Invited guests who attended include chiefs and elders within Munda, Education Secretary United Church Education Authority Mrs Veronica Toben, (KCHS) Chaplain Rev Morris Tahapa, Principal Danarae Hitu, and religious committee members.