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Old 01-11-2004, 01:56 PM
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Halloween Night Port Moresby Grammar School – (October 29th)

People may think that Halloween Night is only meant for other countries outside PNG, but certainly not the teachers and students from Port Moresby Grammar School or better known as the school of the 21st century.

Like any other school that celebrates a particular event, POM Grammar came alight when the junior wing celebrated its second annual Halloween night on Friday the 29th of October.



Students from grades one up to six, came up with all different kinds of artistic and creative ideas on transforming the school area into a creepy school of horror. They even made it spookier, when they came dressed up, as many characters form movies, reading books and even from their wild vivid imaginations. Indeed the school looked like a school of horror, but spectacular.

Celebrating the Halloween Night (Port Moresby Grammar School)
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Old 01-11-2004, 02:02 PM
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The celebrations started off with dance performances put up by three different groups. The grade 5 girls, followed by the Cat girls and the grade 6 girls rapped it up. When that was over the DJ masters played a couple of song, for the students to go dance in order for the teachers to pick out a student with an outstanding costume, a best girl dancer and a best boy dancer. Every one of them looked magnificent, but only one has to take a price for each category.




The lucky student who won the best costume, with the School Administrator, Mr Wilkes
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Old 01-11-2004, 02:09 PM
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Unfortunately for the senior school, they did not take part in the event, but some attended otherwise to give support to their young ones. Even the senior school vice head boy, Garry Gesa attended the Halloween night.

When asked what he personally thought about the Halloween night and would he by chance wanted to take part. He said,” I think it’s really good, I mean the junior school has worked really hard on putting this show together, and I think they truly deserve it. Yeah! It’s really nice to see them all enjoying themselves out there. Yes I would like to take part in the event, but right now; I’m too old for that.”


Garry Gesa, the Senior School Vice Head Boy.
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Old 01-11-2004, 02:20 PM
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Likewise, other junior students did not take part, like this three grade six students, Jordan, Alexander and Junior. They said,” they did not get anything prepared for this Halloween night, but wanted to attended the event and just have fun with the rest of the junior school.”

From right, Jordan, Alexander & Junior
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Old 01-11-2004, 02:38 PM
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The junior head teacher, Mrs Olley plus other staffs attended the event as well.

She said,"this is the second annual Halloween night we've had so far, and it's really good it get the kids together to learn new things and getting themselves involved in such activities like this. They've all done such a huge amount of work, this past two weeks. Creating art work, to transforming the school area into what it is right now. So it's been really good, it's also nice to see them all enjoying themselves and having a really good time.
We could have got the senior school to participate as well, but decided not too. We wanted this night especially for the junior school."

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Old 01-11-2004, 02:42 PM
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Other then that, the parents, guidance and friends that accompanied their children had a really good time.

It’s a new event to get use to. It’s like you pretending to be someone you hardly know or doesn’t even exist at all, so it is quite an experience.



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I have no problem with POM Grammar celebrating Halloween Day. It is just that I was taken aback when I read the article about the celebration at POM Grammar. Maybe I am just a typical conservative Papua New Guinean but I for one know that such occassions as Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, etc are some of the events that are celebrated by other countries as what the article points out but furthermore, I witness overseas that these happy celebrations are nothing but have become such a monumental money making events for business houses. Its is all comercial!
Country like PNG where the gap between the poor and the well-off is widening should not really embrace these sort of cultural events coz it will make the not-well-off hard to find themselves in the shops throwing big spending on such occasions.
I wouldn't ecourage this for my family coz I know where I come from and I know what will happen.
This is only my view but who cares what others wana do!
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Old 03-11-2004, 12:11 PM
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Hey Waghi4fr, what you just said is true and I truly agree with you. I have two younger brothers and a sister attending POM Grammar. To tell you the truth, for such events like the Halloween, it is quite and expensive exercise. But I also think that, in some other ways, its kind of good for the students as well. Because it helps them to be more creative in art work ect.... So!! What can I say? Im an arts person myself too.

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Old 03-11-2004, 02:38 PM
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I think its a great idea for students and teachers to celebrate the Halloween though its expensive (after all the money goes back to the school isn't it the case). I also think its great too because young students are open to new ideas and adapting to them at an early age. Above all its fun getting everyone there especially the parents, students and teachers interacting together it creates friendships.

GOOD WORK and CHEERS!!

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Old 03-11-2004, 05:06 PM
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May I post a quick reply again. Like I said before, I am not condemning the celebration of Halloween in PNG or POM Grammar. As long as the students and parents plus the teachers enjoyed it and were okay with it, it is great.
My concern is that in in the long term sake, are we trying to embrace what is already becoming a problem for many households in other countries especially when these sort of activities have gone 100% commercial.
An alternative could be that in PNG we have a thousand culture and tradition that deserves to be upheld such as the cultural day where every takes pride in their own culture and traditions. We can have masks such as the Asaro mudment to the masks of the New Britain. These are things that our kids can relate to and has roots to where they come from.
Simply embracing an introduced concept may make us feel like we are not left alone in the 'jungles of PNG' but if we can figure out that if it is going to be a problem for the general populace in today's commercialised world then we can still avoid that before we get dragged into it.

Oh and thanks for all the replies to my view. Remember,it's only one persons (my) view so you are allowed to do what you want and feel like.

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