Yes, the Fountains of Hope school is closing this early for the Christmas Holidays! Today we packed out the school hall with parents, teachers and students to celebrate a great year, to thank the parents for their partnership and congratulate the children on their progress.

Each class performed a memory verse and a song to their proud parents and giggling fellow students. Several teachers addressed the parents and one of our two parents’ representatives also shared some wisdom with the rest of the group.

Parents Representative addresses the parents
Parents Representative addresses the parents

Teacher Robert reported on each class’s academic progress since the beginning of the year. The average test scores in every class have gone up since January which delighted the parents and received much applause.

The three top scoring students in each class received gifts presented by their teachers and parents. To honour their hard work and achievement.

Teacher Obadiah presents a gift to a parent to share with a winning student
Teacher Obadiah presents a gift to a parent to share with a winning student

We rounded off the day by sharing lunch together and saying our final farewells to the kids until next year. It feels very strange closing so early (and wishing people happy Christmas in October!). But the government changed the national school dates part way through the year, favouring a much longer break at the end of the year.

We’re praying that all of our students stay safe, healthy and well fed throughout the long break and we look forward to being together with them again in January.

Our Children’s Centre in Kianda also follows the school calendar and closed today after a final parents meeting yesterday. Our Community Library will continue running into December, offering all these kids who are off school a safe place to pass the time.