Two students from Malaysia and Indonesia completed their SLBC-FIC course yesterday and are now off to East Sale to begin their three-month Flight Instructors Course. In a classic 'win,win' situation and while honing their own language skills, these students were generous in sharing their considerable knowledge of flying with staff in many casual conversations and more formal presentations during their stay at DITC. Happy flying, guys!
The DITC panacake factory (Team April) churned out another calorie-crunching pancake stack for our monthly Panacake Morning Tea.
At this month's Conversation BBQ, footy was all the talk as DITC marked the start of the Aussie Rules football season. Revelers in their favourite colours passed around the tomato sauce and sang rousing choruses of their team anthems while enjoying a traditional aussie meal together. The competition got somehat fierce when the handball target came out and everyone went for the highest score possible. The style were varied and sometimes unorthodox, but the main focus was to have fun and learn a bit about Australian culture.
All ARTC 2014 students successfully graduated from their two-week course today with the 500th graduate since the inception of ADFELPS in 1994, being especially congratulated. No doubt the mascot from the NZ Defence College, 'Owlky' was very pleased to be included in the ceremony.
As a new nation, Myanmar (formerly Burma), presented its new tricolour flag to the CO which represents three stages of its history. The colours also mean different things; yellow represents its religion and solidarity among the people, green is for peace and red for courage, while the white star is for unity.
The first student from the Ivory Coast presented his country's flag to the CO today, explaining the symbolism behind the three colours of the flag; yellow for the savanna, white for peace and green for the forest.
This is a solemn Christian remembrance of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
In addition to its religious significance, Easter in Australia is enjoyed as a four-day holiday weekend starting on Good Friday and ending on Easter Monday. This long weekend is an opportunity to take a holiday or get together with family and friends.
99th commemoration of the heroic landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli during WW1. A traditional Dawn Service is held at RAAF Base Point Cook and a march to the war memorial in the nearby country town of Inverleigh for the laying of the wreath.