From military aid post to a Central School and from a Papuan Training Institution to a National High School. The Sogeri School of Excellence has a rich history of training national leaders.
It celebrated it seventieth anniversary today with the once famous Sogeri Singing.
The event reunited both former staff and students, some of them from as far as Bougainville, to be part of the reunion. For many, it was decades since they lasted visited the school.
With the theme National Unity and Academic Excellency, it was a successful reunion.
Former staff and students travelled in from almost all provinces to celebrate the school’s achievement.
Since its establishment as a military aid post in 1944, not many people thought the school would groom national leaders.
The greatest attribution was given to the Koiari people for giving up their land to establish the school.
The anniversary was celebrated in Sogeri culture with dances from 23 traditional singsing groups, starting with the landowner Koiari group to the other central villages, the Highlands Region and the rest of Papua New Guinea.
Many former students were surprised to see how their former school had changed over the years, especially with the new infrastructure.
The anniversary took two months of preparation and the school also received additional funding to assist with maintenance work.
The Madang provincial governor Jim Kas donated K5, 000 from his personal savings account and Kairuku Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo gave K50, 000 under the Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities funds.
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