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Debris brought by flooding to one of the staff house
Photo: Fr. Keith Joseph
Photo No. : P090211-5
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Mud deposits in the dormitories
Photo: Fr. Keith Joseph
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Selwyn to start classes next week
February 11, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Selwyn College on West Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands will commence its 2009 academic year next week after a month-long delay caused by torrential rain resulting in widespread flooding in the area.

Sections of the school were heavily inundated following the January 30 heavy rains that forced staff to be evacuated to Honiara.

But today hundreds of parents friends and supporters took to the school with hand tools and machineries to kick off a major clean up and repair work to make way for quick resumption of classes next week.

The volunteers will spend the next three days in the school to remove mud and debris in and around affected dormitories and staff houses.

Already the schools water pump has been rectified and so as other facilities most needed by the school before it starts next week.

Other buildings including classrooms, offices, chapel, dining hall and other staff houses on higher grounds are not affected by the flood that swept most of northwest Guadalcanal.

The school was lucky to survive structural damages that might further contribute to further delays.

Students who are now in Honiara will be transported to the school this weekend by the church flagship Southern Cross as road access is cut off by damaged bridges and fords.

More than 500 students attended Selwyn College. Most of the 150 staff members are now in school preparing for next weeks start of the 2009 academic year.

Selwyn College is a pioneer high school of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.