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  • Inauguration ceremony - The Keith Hayes Building

    John Denman

    Inauguration Ceremony
    The Keith Hayes Building
    St Anthony’s International School
    Rua St António Motael,
    Palappasu, Timor-Leste
    24 April 2019

    The tour group, Leonie Robson, Hylton Hayes and Trevor Hayes attended the school for the formal inauguration of 'The Keith Hayes Building’.

    The ceremony was opened by Cesar Dias Quintas, General Manager of the school, and speeches followed by Dr Jose Ramos-Horta (former President of Timor-Leste, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and school Patron), His Excellency Mr Peter Roberts OAM (Australian Ambassador to Timor Leste), John Denman and Ed Willis (on behalf of the association), Mrs Gail Barker (Executive Director, Association of Independent Schools of NT) and Leonie Robson on behalf of the Hayes family.

    The years 5 – 7 students performed a dance which was loudly acclaimed by the audience.

    A year-3 Timorese student, Eria Maeva Menezes Mesquita, stole the show with her expression of gratitude for the funds donated for the classroom.

    There was a formal blessing of the school and the plaque was officially uncovered. This was followed by a classroom tour and afternoon tea.

    Posters from the ‘Debt of Honour’ exhibition regarding the ration truck massacre and Keith’s survival story, and the old association’s long history of support for the people of Timor-Leste were displayed outside the new classrooms along with information about the new association’s continuing supportive efforts.  These may be placed on permanent display in that location and encourage future visitors to the school who have a WWII history interest.

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