Samoan students dance the day away

DOMINIC College students were inspired by a morning of song and dance when 45 students from the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa paid them a special visit recently.

The centre caters for young Samoan men who are struggling with traditional education and is supported by fellow schools like Dominic College, which is owned and administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the visit was a memorable day of Salesian family spirit as the young men “joyfully connected” with students.

“Without a doubt, they captivated our hearts and left us with many blessings, including new insights into commitment, reverence, sacredness and masculinity,” she said.

“The boys’ humility and gratitude for our Dominic hospitality was deeply touching.”

Also in attendance at the event was Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer who presented the college with a personal donation to help support schools such as the Don Bosco Technical Centre.

“Like Dominic College, the Tasmanian Parliament also has close links to the people of Samoa through the Twin Parliament Partnership and I was thrilled to be a part of the day,” Ms Archer said.

Dominic College capped off the week of fine arts with its annual Creative Arts Festival, which was held at The Long Gallery and Peacock Theatre in Salamanca.

Ms Gilligan said a “terrific community gathering” enjoyed the works by kinder to grade 10 students that were displayed at the launch.

“The arts are key to the promotion of a 21st century culture at Dominic that values diversity, original thinking, critical analysis, problem solving and team work,” she said.

“It takes significant knowledge and skill by students to create good art and good performance, but it also takes courage, faith and genuine love of learning to publically share what one had created and learn from it.”

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan with Don Bosco Technical Centre students after the presentation of a cheque supporting the school in Alafua, Samoa.

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