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Australian Partner School Sets up Scholarship Scheme for Pamua
November 29, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Sydney Church of England Grammar School, also known as Shore School in Australia, is setting up an annual scholarship scheme for Pamua High School on Makira in Solomon Islands, starting in 2008.

The award, consisting of two scholarships, is offered in honour of two Brothers from Makira, Brother Francis Tofi and Brother Tony Sirihi, who were murdered during the ethnic unrest on the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal in 2003.

The scholarships, offered in Form 4, will cover the three years from Forms 4 to 6.

Open to both boys and girls who have done their third form at Pamua, the scholarships will cover tuition and boarding, examination fees for Forms 5 and 6, school uniforms and return passage to the students' home villages.

Selection will be based on excellent academic, behaviour and leadership records and strong participation in school programmes.

The scholarship is administered by the Anglican Board of Mission based in Sydney.

Application forms are included in information packages available at the Church of Melanesia Education Office in Honiara and at St. Stephen's High School Pamua on Makira.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2008, and interviews will take place during the second week of February.

Shore School and Pamua have developed a sister-school relationship, and the scholarships are among several areas in which the Sydney-based school is helping Pamua.

In August this year, the school principal and the head boy of Pamua spent two weeks at Shore School. In December the chief librarian of Shore School will travel to Pamua with two other volunteers to catalogue and set up the school library at Pamua.

Shore School and Pamua will continue to exchange visits and work together in various projects to support and learn from each other.