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Former students of Pawa at a school re-union in 1979 at St. Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara
Moffat Wasuka
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Former Pawa students to launch chapel appeal
May 29, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] In an effort to revive the rich and important historical relationship the Anglican Church had with Pawa School on Makira in Solomon Islands, former students are currently embarking on a major initiative to re-build the school chapel.

This re-building project starts this Sunday afternoon at St. Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara with the launching of a major fundraising appeal.

Pawa chapel which was a prominent land mark of the school that can be seen from miles away was in 1979 destroyed by cyclone Kerry and has since not been re-built, prompting former students to form a working committee to spearhead the task.

Being a Church school until the mid 70's, they felt that a chapel is an important part of boarding school life that offers a place of worship and solitude for the school community.

Besides the chapel, the project is being planned to include a library and archival display facilities where a rich history of Pawa also known as All Hallows School can be accessed by researchers and visitors.

Pawa has a great history, both in education and religion, educating some of the finest men Solomon Islands has ever known.

It produces the first Melanesian graduate, bishops and archbishops, governor generals, doctors, teachers, administrators and successive generation of priests of outstanding character and immeasurable faith.

Pawa School is currently owned and run by Makira Ulawa province who along with the Diocese of Hanuato'o is very supportive of this project.

The fundraising drive this weekend will also be a time of re-union for former students and staff.

Archbishop Emeritus Norman Kitchener Palmer a student and teacher at Pawa will formally launch the fundraising appeal.

The committee encouraged men and women who had attended any of the Melanesian Mission Schools or taught in them, as well as friends and supporters in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and overseas to assist in the appeal.