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Anastasia Graduates

The calendar year and the school year are the same in PNG and Australia; her first day of school was in February. Anastasia graduated from Banz Christian Academy in mid-November.

They practiced for graduation for a solid month beforehand, so anticipation had built up greatly! She was excited to wear her bow tie in addition to her normal school uniform, and had a little photoshoot with her sister.

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up at the Mary grotto, the most beautiful place on campus

duck lips?

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up at the Mary Grotto, the most beautiful spot on campus

Annie got there early to put on her gown, but then there was a good deal of waiting for the invited guests (including the Governor, who unsurprisingly did not make it).

standing in the schoolyard with her classmates

standing in the schoolyard with her classmates 

Finally, it was time to process in to the church building. Annie had also been practicing marching for weeks. Can you tell?

The PNG Flag and the "Christian Flag", to both of which Annie has pledges memorized

The PNG Flag and the “Christian Flag”, to both of which Annie has pledges memorized

left, right, left

left, right, left

everyone assembled inside

everyone assembled inside

Annie had kept it a secret that she was going to give a little welcoming address in front of the whole student body! She did great- spoke clearly and had every word down.

"I would like to welcome the guest speaker, Pastor Paul, the Honorable Dr. William Tongap..."

“I would like to welcome the guest speaker, Pastor Paul, the Honorable Dr. William Tongap…”

Next were various items given by the different classes, showcasing some of the things they learned.

The RR 2 class waiting to do their item

The RR 2 class waiting to do their item

ready to hold up signs of animals and recite the phoneme each animal represents

ready to hold up signs of animals and recite the phoneme each animal represents

"A, 'ah', Abbie Antelope!"

“A, ‘ah’, Abbie Antelope!”

At last, after several hours, it was time to give certificates and awards.

Annie also practiced picking up the certificate with the correct hand, and shaking with the other

Annie walking up to get her certificate

Proud!

Proud!

Anastasia also received an award for top marks! It was a math workbook.

She's already done the entire math workbook, haha

She’s already done the entire math workbook, haha

Well done, Anastasia!

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2 Comments

  1. Mikel E Satcher says:

    Congratulations! Great pics–thanks for sharing. Your family is growing in leaps and bounds. So glad that all is going well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Sent from my iPhone

    Mikel E, Satcher, PhD

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  2. aldorisrapp@gmail.com says:

    Annie so proud of you and I know you did a great job w/your welcoming speech. Merry Christmas to you and all your family. Love you and have fun opening all your packages. Grammy

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