Next up on our portraits of long serving staff is Mr Peter Smith. Peter arrived at FDMC in 1984 and like most staff who have been around awhile at the College he has taught in many different areas. The last decade has seen Peter as our Mr Computing, a thankless task when the network is not working properly!
Congratulations to recent old boy Satch Pryor on getting a rugby league contract with Queensland Manly to play in next seasons Queensland Cup. Just another step up the ladder for a talented athlete. No pressure but we are looking forward to seeing who becomes our first FDMC Kiwi player.
A very welcome visit to the College today from past Principal Br Tim Peter. Br Tim is in town for a few days and catching up with all those friends he made during his two tours of duty at FDMC during the 80's and 90's. He is currently in community in Brisbane and working in adult education for the under underprivileged.
As you can see from the image above Br Tim is very well and in good spirits and retains his great affection for the College, a place he had a key hand in shaping in it's current form and spirit.
The following is part of Br Bill's latest letter from South Sudan. It always puts our every day issues in to a more real perspective.
It is a good problem to have. We need more dormitories and more staff accommodation in Yambio where there are now four, full-time classes of pre-service teacher training in action. There are two semesters per year and the programme extends over two years – thus, for four semesters. At the beginning of each semester there is a new intake. Initially, we projected four streams to be our maximum enrolment but with the indefinite closure of our Malakal campus – a consequence of the senseless civil strife in South Sudan - we are planning on expanding our Yambio campus to six streams. There are many young men and women keen for higher education.
While staff and students have been away on holiday the builders have been beavering away at our new classrooms. The concrete bases have been laid on both the science and art rooms sites (art room seen above), so it won't be long before some actual structures will be taking shape. The work is a constant source of interest to both students and staff, with one or two science teachers showing definite signs of excitement.
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