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Bishop Nathan Tome and Prime Minister Ham Lini unveiling the schools board
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Pioneer students of Losalava with their teachers and COM delegates
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COM and government representatives witnessing the official opening
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Dedication and blessing of the school by Bishop Nathan Tome
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DOBT Officially Opened New School
June 1, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] People of the Diocese of Banks and Torres showed up in hundreds to witness and celebrate the official opening of their newly completed secondary school; Losalava on Gaua island in the Republic of Vanuatu.

For three days and nights prior to the official opening on June 1, they had a really big time celebrating in worship, feasting, singing and dancing to express their appreciation and joys of having a new school they hope would bring better and prosperous future for them.

Speaking at the official opening, Bishop of the Diocese of Banks and Torres the Rt Rev. Nathan Tome said the opening of Losalava secondary school is a dream they have long waited for.

“The event for us is history created and a new page opens as we record the growth of the mission of Jesus Christ in this Diocese.”

He said establishment of the school is a demonstration of Gods love in responding to human needs and thanked the Church of Melanesia for that vision.

Reasons for building Losalava he said is threefold; academic and spiritual development, lift geographical and financial burdens placed on parents and guardians in getting better education for their children and the inability of students in the diocese and Torba province to find favour in the annual national scholarship awards due to ill equiped schools by the government.

“Losalava offers a beacon of hope and recourse in this aspiration,” Bishop Tome said.

General Secretary of the Church of Melanesia Mr. George Kiriau said with the establishment of the school the mission and ministry of the church through education has moved to a higher level.

“It is the desire and commitment of the Church of Melanesia to provide quality education through the school so that it can nurture and produce God fearing and God loving people as the founding Bishop of Melanesia Bishop George Augustus Selwyn puts it in the principle of sound learning, true religion and useful industry.”

He said it is the wish of the Church to develop Losalava into a senior school in the future.

Prime Minister of Vanuatu Hon. Ham Lini Vanuaroro officially opened the school with a declaration of the school operations and unveiling of a school barge.

He thanked the Church for its huge contributions to Vanuatu in the areas of politics, economic, education, religious and social development.

Losava School was built last year by the Church of Melanesia Trust carpenters with additional assistance from the surrounding communities of Gaua.

The current facilities including a double classroom building, dormitory for boys and girls, a dining hall and two staff houses was funded from capital grants provided by the Church.

Other buildings have either started taking shape or are in the process of being constructed.

Forty Year 9 students pioneered the school with actual classes starting in March this year.

The school currently has three staff; Mr. Brown who is the principal and two class teachers Peter Tari and Jean Gabriel.