Art for Timor – Photographic Exhibition – Open

‘UMA- Home’ Exhibition dates: 2-28 August 2022 Rachinger Gallery  Familia da Silva The Art for Timor Photographic Exhibition highlights our shared humanity with our near neighbours in Viqueque, Timor-Leste. The theme Uma-Home was selected to highlight the similarities and differences we share in our daily lives. The word home means different things to different people,... Continue Reading →

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A successful Trivial Pursuit!

Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools' Trivia Night Friday 29th April, 2022 This year, the committee made a decision to hold a Trivia Night, rather than a Dinner as we have done in previous years. What a great decision! The Trivia Night was an outstanding success, both financially and socially. Thank you to everyone who contributed in... Continue Reading →

Why Timor Leste?

The flag of Timor-Leste A reminder as to why our friends and neighbour Timor Leste warrants our support. I have just read Crossing the Line by Kim McGrath. The plight and tragedy of the Timorese is graphically portrayed as the story of the oil boundary unfolds. The author focuses on the Timor Sea and our government’s negotiations... Continue Reading →

Clonard’s 2020 Timor Team Update

Sadly this year, the 18 Clonard students from Year 11 were unable to participate in our immersion program to explore East Timor and visit our sister school Uaimori in the Viqueque region. During the time at Clonard in the lead up to the planned immersion dates, the students organised several BBQs and cake/slice stalls to... Continue Reading →

A Long Haul, A Huge Outcome

In these difficult days I am pleased to pass on some good news. After a lot of hard work and dedication Simmy de Rosario and Afonso Soares have now successfully completed their Masters program at Deakin University. As a result of these studies they have both been successful in recent applications for Directors positions at the... Continue Reading →

Kirsty Sword-Gusmão 2019 Study Tour

Rosemany Nugent with Xanana Gusmão . Geelong West resident and former teacher Rosemary Nugent, felt privileged to accompany First Lady Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmão AO and nine others on a Study Tour to Timor-Leste in August 2019.  There were many opportunities to witness the important role played by women in their community, including those associated... Continue Reading →

Fostering Tetun Literacy in Schools

GVFS was again delighted to have financially supported the excellent teacher training programs conducted by Mary MacKillop Today. Its Literacy Team continued its training in Viqueque with a five-day program for 45 primary teachers from remote schools. The objective of the training was to understand the new curriculum developed by the Ministry of Education with a... Continue Reading →

Young Timorese Fulfilling their Dreams

The Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools Committee have been elated and truely humbled by the amount of individuals responding with interest to our donor call out. Obrigadu barak to everyone who has committed to sponsoring Timorese students from extremely low income families to further their primary and secondary education by committing to an annual payment of $100... Continue Reading →

Another Enjoyable Evening-2019 GVFS Dinner

David Whelan welcoming our newest GVFS Committee members . The 2019 Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools Dinner was again a huge success. It was fantastic to see that the event was a complete sellout. A true testament to our greater community's dedication to our friends in Timor-Leste. To commence proceedings, we were delighted to officially welcome... Continue Reading →

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