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Class photos from the O’Connor Community School

Class photos from the O’Connor Community School

The School has seven classes with a total of 384 students. Class 1.  Teacher Mr Emmanuel  F/26  M/14   Class total 40 Students  Class 2 Teachers Ms Bounjui  F/28  M/26  Class total 54 Students             Class 3 Teacher Ms Taukeii.  F/34  M/23  Class total 57 Students  Class 4  Teacher Ms Kui  F/32  M/35 Class total Students 67 Lower Level Class 1. Teacher Mrs Henry F/33  M/30  Class total Students 63 006     Lower Level Class 2             Lower Level Class 2 Teacher Ms Noho.  F/33  M/21  Class total Students 54 Upper Class 1  Teacher Mrs Kaupa  F/25  M/24 Class total Students 49 Sports days (Fridays) Other classes

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Help for 230 students at Gerehu

Help for 230 students at Gerehu

Renagi T., the head teacher at O’Connor Community School Gerehu, reports that as the 2021 wraps up he has 230 students at the school. The school was founded with the backing of the Peter O’Connor Foundation which has provided help in paying teachers and in providing much-needed school infrastructure, including books, desks, computers, sporting equipment and help with buildings. The school has provided photographs of recent activity, including celebrations of the 46th anniversary of independence.

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More educational material goes to PNG

More educational material goes to PNG

A container full of educational material has just been unloaded at the Peter O’Connor School at Gerehu, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The material came from St Mary’s Catholic College Cairns and the Holy Cross Primary School in Trinity Park. The freight was paid for by the Peter O’Connor Foundation.

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Container arrives at grateful PNG schools

Container arrives at grateful PNG schools

The container collected from schools in Cairns by Harry Graepel Science master of St Marys  Catholic College Cairns and shipped to PNG by the Peter O’Connor Foundation has been unloaded at the Christ the Redeemer Anglican school at 9 mile and the Peter O’Connor School Gerehu. These children are in the squatter camps of PNG and without this help would not get any education at all.

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School thanks foundation

School thanks foundation

The Peter O’Connor Foundation has been thanked by the Saint Barnabas School of Nursing for paying for the shipment of a container to Alotau, Milne Bay Province. Saint Barnabas School of Nursing is a mainline church run institute headed by the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. It is supported by the Catholic Church of Alotau Diocese and United Church of Papua Island Region. Seventy-three cartons of books labeled MEDICAL were unpacked and distributed together with shelves to the St Banabas Nursing School. The Principal, Mrs Tabua,was so grateful for the lovely and very expensive gifts. As for the James Chalmers High School and Fife Bay Primary School we gave priority to the 34 desks and chairs for the Grade 10s mock examinations eventuating next week (June 2019). These 34 desks and chairs were just enough to fill two Land Cruiser trucks which will be undertaken tomorrow. Apart from the…

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Video on PNG help by Cairns teacher Harry Graepel

Over the years the Peter O’Connor Foundation has funded shipments of educational materials to schools in need in Papua New Guinea collected by Harry Graepel, Science and Mathematics teacher at St Mary’s Catholic College, Cairns. These materials include desks and chairs, filing cabinets, metal storage cabinets, books, stationary, teaching aides, some musical instruments, sports uniforms, and shelving. Harry has recently put on to Youtube a 4.5 minute film entitled “Lema – PNG children” which highlights some of his accomplishments over the past decade. He has given credit to the Foundation in the video which can be viewed below.

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Astonishing amount of material headed for PNG schools

Astonishing amount of material headed for PNG schools

Harry Graepel reports that he has loaded a container which is now on its way to Port Moresby (December 2017). The chair of the Peter O’Connor Foundation, John Bottoms, said the container is loaded with an astonishing amount of educational material which will help the schools that the foundation supports in PNG, including publishing aids, science equipment and sports equipment.

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331 students graduate at O’Connor School

331 students graduate at O’Connor School

331 children have just completed the 2016 Academic Year with the Peter O’Connor Community school. School celebrated its seventh year. Miss Renagi Tomerisa and her team of teachers and trainers received great applause from the relatives of the children. About 350 family and friends were present with the rear of the building and doorways overflowing. The school has closed for 2016. And thanks to the support of the Peter O’Connor Foundation the doors of the school will reopen end of January 2017 for a new Academic Year.

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Educational materials arrive in PNG

Educational materials arrive in PNG

Amos Ralph Misirait, Anglican Diocesan Secretary, Rio Fiocco, some of the O’Connor School teachers, and 2 of the Church Pastors, and some of the O’Connor School students holding up some of the recently donated items from the Cairns Container. Books, Recorders, Laptops & Charts from the donated goods.       Rio Fiocco talking about the late Peter O’Connor and the work of the O’Connor Foundation in PNG.                   Some of the items from the Cairns Container being loaded into Amos’ car to be taken to the Anglican School.

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