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16-OCT : SCHOOL VISIT TO THE PIZZA RESTAURANT
From: Dorothy Nawadradra
Subject: Photos of the children making pizza at Ovava Restaurant
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dear sister Anne,

Hello from the beautiful isles of Vava'u,

Sent here some photos of our treat and pizza making at Ovava Restaurant. It is owned by a British man who was kind enough to treat us to pizza at his restaurant a fortnight ago, on Wednesday afternoon. We didn't have classes in the morning. The Paradise Hotel Bus picked the children up from school and dropped them off at the restaurant. They had so much fun making pizzas and enjoyed their meal of hot dogs, pizza and barbeque chicken compliments of the owner. We also invited our big brothers/sisters who were there to join us for the meal.

We put up a show on clothing from the 1800's before the arrivalof missionaries and what Tongans are now wearing because of the influence of Christianity.
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We performed an action song "Heavenly Father I appreciate You" and did three traditional items: the Tauolunga, which is a dance that was meant only for the king/ nobles and a sitting dance and a Preschool song " I'm going to go to school so I can become smart". We just wanted to give our parents a treat as well as thank Lawrence (restaurant owner) for his support and kindness.

Vavau_Oct2010_067.jpg Lawrence is the person that made an arrangement for the Whangarei Marina to visit the Kindergarten during the regatta in Vava'u... Amongst our visitors to the school was the owner of the Whangarei Marina, from New Zealand. His brother is with Rotary NZ. When they returned to NZ they had a meeting and decided that they want to help the school by renovating the school building and have asked us to write up what we would like them to do for the school building. We're going to bust open a room so the three year old kids can have more space and also have the back of the school flattened for our eating area where they can put picnic style tables for the children's lunch.
Until that happens we'll just say and sing “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, Praise Him above the heavenly host, praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.

Thanks for prayers and for support and for the faith you have in this Ministry. God bless and have a beautiful week.
Always grateful,

Dorothy

10-JUN-10 : UPDATES ON SCHOOLS PLAN

From: Dorothy Nawadrada
Subject: Updates on Schools Plan with Hotel Owner
Received: Thursday, 10 June, 2010, 1:07 AM

Hi Anne,
All is good in beautiful Vava'u.

We having been sitting with Chris discussing the school and plans that he would like us to carry out. He has a lot of influence in Tonga and last week he asked me to gather information on every school (kindergarten ,primary and high school) in Vava'u. I also mentioned a few points from what I have seen of the educational system here. For the time being I am finding out about the issues and resources of each of the kindergartens and then holding a meeting of the kindy teachers at our school.
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Chris feels that Tonga's educational system is getting worse and he is very concerned about it. He is keen to persuade the government to run a pilot programme using our school curriculum as a model for all the kindergartens here. This would be rather like franchising our school throughout Vava'u! Certainly Hosea Christian Mission School is already a beacon to the other schools and we talked about doing professional development work with other teachers and hold a summit meeting for them sometime next week.

For the moment we will continue to use our current school venue but plans for our new school building will come through once we have worked on these issues. Chris' plan is to fund the building and provision of resources for all the villages. I brought up the issue of ensuring that all the other schoolteachers get proper pay as at the moment they are each paid only 200 pa'anga (about eighty euros) a month or even less. We're lucky because we have our support from you and also the school fees help in many ways to pay for our teachers. We are going to work towards getting every child to attend kindy for free and see that the teachers are properly trained and qualified.

Wow! This is such a huge step for Hosea Ministry in Vava'u and I just want to leap and shout out to the world “Halleluyah! Praise You Jesus for this wondrous work! “ Let's all continue to pray for this. The seeds of tears, prayer, giving and preaching the gospel are reaping hundred times over in this land.

I love you dear sister and I am forever thankful to the Lord for using you as an instrument of His blessing. God bless you and all the glory goes to our Father the King and God of this universe for all that is happening.

Dorothy and family and all the teachers and children of Hosea.


1-JUN-2010 : THE COMMONWEALTH TORCH

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From: Dorothy Nawadradra
Sent: Tue, 1 June, 2010 12:03:35 PM
Subject: School pictures from the last 2 weeks

Hello again Anne from beautiful Vava'u

I hope all is well with you.

The last two weeks have been very interesting for the children .We had the Commonwealth Torch brought to our little island for the first time!

Every school including ours lined the main road. We had our children blow up balloons while we waited for the runners to arrive at our spot. We waited from 8:30am and the torch arrived at 11:30am. What an exciting day it was!

We made a special request with the organizing committee to have our picture taken with the runner. It was a complete disaster because everyone nearby just rushed in to take their pictures with us, not caring about the children so the parents just grabbed their kids and carried them to try and touch the torch - at least our pupils got to see the torch.

Last Saturday we had Kindergarten Day Celebrations.Our school sang a Bible song and performed a dance.It was fun.I bought some snacks and drinks for the children with the money you sent for the children to celebrate the day.We marched through town and ended the day with items from every school.Opposite you can see pictures from the kindy day celebration, Commonwealth Torch arrival and childrens class work on the theme of "myself".

We've decided to teach polynesian dances and action songs for 30 mins every Friday and we start this week.Our Wednesday aerobics is still on. This term our theme focus is on "all about me" We want the children to be proud of their Tongan heritage, their homeland and also their Christian identity.

I hope you like the pictures.Have a beautiful time and be blessed while you're doing God's will out there in Europe. Keep safe dear sister and we love you very much.

From all of us at Hosea Christian Sch Vava'u
Dorothy


PS There are now four teachers in the school.


3-MAY-2010 : ON THE HYGIENE THEME
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From: Dorothy Nawadradra
Sent: Mon, 3 May, 2010 6:43:52 PM
Subject: a few more pictures

Some pictures of our aerobics class last week, together with preschoolers learning to write their names and doing cutting and pasting activities.

Our theme last week was on HYGIENE. We had fun doing our toothbrushing drill each day. We also got the children to check each others fingernails and teeth. We also talked about keeping our school compound around our schoolroom clean. Here are some pictures of the children doing toothbrushing and picking up rubbish around the school compound.

What a great week we had! We can see the children becoming more and more responsible in school.

Much love from all of us in Vava'u.

Dorothy


18-APR-10 : HEALTH WEEK

From: Dorothy Nawadradra
Sent: Sun, 18 April, 2010
Subject: HEALTH WEEK


Hello again Anne,

This week our theme in school was on HEALTH.

Each day of the week we talked about something that was related to this theme - our main focus was on encouraging our children to play and enjoy sports, to sleep at the right time, to enjoy eating the local vegetables and food available to them in abundance. To understand its importance in their lives and to get the parents and teachers to work together to bring this awareness to our children. We had aerobics on Thursday and on Friday we had a balanced lunch meal at the school.

The parents came to join us for our "balanced meal day”. We wanted the parents to help their children to enjoy the local food. We also spoke to the parents on the purpose of our theme: - to encourage our children to eat the fresh and nutritious food grown locally and to allow their children to play and take part in activities that will help them to be strong physically and mentally.

When we had our aerobics on Thursday some of the parents came to join us. We also invited a nurse to talk to the children. A Japanese volunteer at the local hospital ran our aerobics session. We have asked the hospital if they can do aerobics for the children and parents every two weeks so now it will be an addition to our school programme. We had a very exciting week.

Here are some pictures of what we did in school this week and some pictures of the classrooms and school.

God bless and thank you for your love and support.

Dorothy and the children @ Hosea Christian Mission , Vava'u.

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BACKGROUND

Dorothy Nawadradra, head teacher of Hosea Christian Mission Preschool in Vava'u, Tonga describes the school and what it means to the community. dorothy-portrait.jpg

Hosea Christian Mission Preschool is very, very popular in the islands of Vava'u. We have children from both Christian and non-Christian backgrounds attending our school. Before the end of every school year many parents come to ask if they can pre –register their child for the following year of school. To make it fair on everyone we tell them that they have to wait until the week before school starts. We go on a first come, first served rule. So many would like their child to attend our school but we can only accept 45 children due to the limited space in our building. We secretly choose about six children from the community who come from very poor backgrounds and we let their children attend school with us. The other children pay $10 weekly fees.


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It is very humbling to see parents hold so much pride for this school. It is though this school is the “IN” school for Vava'u. A year ago, we had a preschool conference held in Vava'u where teachers from throughout the kingdom attended .. Our little preschool was applauded and thanked for the outstanding results and uniqueness of the children that come out of Hosea Christian Mission Preschool. It was noted by the Ministry of Education that the standard of learning at our kindergarten is very high. We were told that it took about 2-3 months for the children from the other preschools to catch up to the level of the children that come out of our preschool.

Our children have been observed to have beautiful manners, to be very confident in and out of class and well prepared academically. The non Christian parents come around to thank the teachers for the wonderful surprises they find in their child's behaviour. So often they say that their child cannot wait to return to school each day. That alone is a blessing to the teachers. It helps us to know that we are doing OK.
This is Akanesi .She is one of the students who come to school for free. She is very bright and her family is poor. We decided to help this child and a few others to get a head start at thebeginning of their education.


It is so surprising also to know that most of the Christian children who attend our kindergarten don't know much about Jesus. It is often the case that they hear about Jesus as their Saviour for the first time when they come to kindergarten. We can tell that the parents are not focused on helping their child to love the Lord by the funny answers we receive from our children. In the middle of the first term of school each teacher in the school holds a teacher-parent session with all the parents of the children in her group. In this session the parents are introduced to the whole school program, school extra-curricular activities, and what their children will be learning at this kindergarten.
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We also make them aware of the developments that are normal for a child that is 3-5yrs old. We encourage them to help their child to love the Lord and to help them trust in Him – the focus is on the God of Possibilities. We make them become aware of what positive disciplining is and how it encourages good behaviour in their children. At the end of each group / class session the parents and teachers pray together for the school, the families, the teachers, their children .It is a very special moment and it helps the teachers to get to know the parents more and the parents to work with the teachers to help their child to progress positively.

At the end of each school term we hold an Open Day for the parents in which we display the children's art and other theme work we've been doing. This is always the bonus part of each term because the kids and parents are so proud of the work displayed.

I would like to thank you, Anne for believing in us and for your vision for Vava'u. I thank the many people who have prayed and given towards this mission project. The support we receive has made a tremendous difference in the sense that we are able to pay our school rent and the bills each month, buy stationery, do maintenance work on our school building and purchase materials that we find relevant for our school and children. It also helps with the three teachers' weekly wages when we sometimes receive less from the weekly fees that come in. You have made this school a place with a difference. God bless you and may the glory and praises be HIS alone. Thank You Jesus for everything.

Dorothy Nawadradra 10 April 2010


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