A teacher who came to DITC by special arrangement from New Zealand to help out with the DSF course was farewelled yesterday by all the staff. As she heads back across the Tasman, her generous spirit and enthusiasm will be missed. She made a big impression in a short time and we hope to see her back one day.
Over 40 students graduated from DSF 2015 today well prepared for the rigours ahead of university study. All are doing Masters courses in universities throughout the country, stretching from Brisbane to Perth. To undertake such a task in a foreign language is indeed a challenging task, but we are confident that they will succeed by working hard and applying the skills they have already learnt.
Three wonderful representatives of their respective countries (Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia), now lifelong members of the DITC family, were farewelled today as they head off home at the end of their posting as Foreign Seconded Officers at DITC. All three came to be much loved and valued members of the team and we will miss them. As we say, 'Till next time' we look to the new FSOs to continue the growing friendship and cooperation between our countries.
The artists were back at work to create the first of the birthday pancake stacks for the new year to honour Australia Day later this month. More than 50 students were on hand to share in the birthday celebrations as three DSF groups as well as ARPF courses had already commenced their studies.
Three officers, Australian Army officer CAPT Michelle Picton, Thai Seconded Officer FLTLT Bongkotch Kasemkosin and Vietnamese Seconded Officer, CAPT Trang Truong Thi Thu , were welcomed to the DITC family yesterday. They are certainly going to become very 'familiar' faces over the two or three years.
DITC staff and families were in a celebratory mood as they marked the end of the year with a Christmas lunch organised by the Amenities Club. It was a chance for the team to get together in a jovial atmosphere and to enjoy each others company as they reflected on 2014 as well as the year ahead. We wish them all a safe and relaxing break and look forward to working together again in 2015.
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day celebrations are held in communities across the country. Order of Australia awards are announced on Australia Day and the Queen's Birthday each year.
Classroom 8 & 9