By Helen Sea – EMTV News, Port Moresby
A good school starts with a good principal, happy teachers and happy students which are the keys to a happy, thriving, learning school. That was the message by Lionel Melville, a former principal, at Gordon International School assembly yesterday in commemoration of the school’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary.
To commemorate the school’s golden jubilee celebrations this year, Gordon International School launched their 50th Anniversary logo, under the theme: ‘A Golden Journey, Connecting Global Learners’.
The IEA School was established in 1969 and has been on a dynamic journey providing quality education to both national and international children since its inception. Transitioning from an all expatriate teaching staff by helping local teaching staff through training to enhance and upgrade their qualifications, all the while remaining as an IEA school.
The event attended by the school staff and students both past and present, started with the normal school assembly where a slide show of the school’s progress over the years went on display. The hall was filled with excitement as jubilant students watched on.
Special guest speaker, Lionel Melville, a former principal of the school, said his prime aim as principal in the years 1996 to 2000 was; “happy teachers, happy school”, further adding that “when people are happy, they want to learn”.
Straight after the assembly, the students, all clad in yellow and green, moved out to the Melville oval, which was built during Mr Melville’s tenure as principle; for the second part of the program, a formation of the new school logo to signify the official launch.