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New Name for Christ The King School
November 30, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Christ the King Primary School of the Church of Melanesia in east Honiara has now changed its name to Norman Palmer School in honour of the first Melanesian Archbishop.

Archbishop Emeritus Norman Kitchener Palmer himself yesterday morning officiated in a special renaming ceremony that coincided with the school's official prize presentation and closing programme.

Speaking at the ceremony, he said the school had finally got a name of its own, as the former name was that of the church in that area.

"Giving the school a new name is giving new hope and new life to the school that has contributed a lot to the building of primary education in the Church and country for the last 16 years."

The Archbishop Emeritus said that with that spirit of newness, the school should become a model for the Church of Melanesia schools in Honiara.

"I want this school to be a school set on the foundations of discipline and good character. A school with good quality teachers that produce children who can live, act and do things that demonstrate good Christian values and character."

As a teacher himself, produced by one of the best Church schools in the country, Pawa, he encouraged the students and teachers of Norman Palmer School to be an example of who Jesus was through His qualities.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the school, Mr George Iniomea, formally announced during the programme that the school would have a secondary stream starting next year.

He said the introduction of the secondary stream is a reflection of the growth of the school and the recognition given to it by the Church through its academic history in the 16 years of its establishment.

The school has a total enrolment of about 611 children from kindergarten to Class 6.