Mrs Helen Papua, primary school

The 16th of September marks another milestone in our history as we set foot to another commemoration and reminding us that we as a great nation with cultural diversity had achieved our independence. We may think that freedom and independence are small things with no value but in reality, a lot of lives were given just to acquire on what we call “Independence”.


The school commemorated this special day on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 by taking part in some organised activities. The Primary students and teachers were part of the Secondary School and Pre-School combined flag raising ceremony and singing of the national anthem. The students’ scripture union leaders conducted the morning devotion. The presentation of the history of Papua New Guinea was done by a student leader.


Ms Jean Ifuda, the Directress of Butuka Academy, presented an Independence message. Soon after that, awards were presented to few selected students from the three sectors who came in their best Independence attire and this was upon the Directress’ choice and initiative. After that, all the students were instructed to move back to their respective sectors to carry on with their programs.


The Primary School celebrated in two groups which composed of the Upper Primary Grades 4, 5, 6 and the Lower Primary Grades 1, 2, 3. The teachers in different sectors took part in organising the Independence related activities. The students also participated in the quiz contest and were appreciated with lollies. The program was short and simple. The Primary students were dismissed at 12:00 midday.


The teachers had a light refreshment at 1:00PM together with the Directress of the school. The Directress encouraged the Social Committee to prepare a program in advance on commemoration of special events in the future.


We acknowledged our colleagues who contributed towards the success of the event especially the Primary Principal Mr Dennis Iauve and the Directress.


Let’s not forget that we shouldn’t always ask what our country can do for us, but more importantly is on what extent can we help to improve our nation as a free country. It takes only a good heart and a good mind to start where we stand as teachers. We salute you for your individual efforts.


Thank you for celebrating the 45th Independence of Papua New Guinea.

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