Quite appropriately, on this day, which is also Teacher's Day in Vietnam, MELT students graduated from their course. As the CO stressed, they are one of our most cherished group of students, as they go back to their countries to teach, to spread our message of understanding through mutual English language skills. We wish them well in their mission... and as always, look forward to seeing them back one day.
A moving speech by the graduating student representative for AAELC-ADC 3/14 & 4/14, CAPT Agus Rustandi reminded all of the status and importance of teachers in students' lives and the life-long relationship of teachers with their students. Teachers at DITC were honoured by, and grateful for, these wonderful words so sincerely expressed.
Director International Education & Training (DIET), CAPT Heath Robertson, was happily on hand to congratulate and issue certificates to all the graduating students of AAELC 2/14. He reminded them of the value of learning a second language and urged them all to take every opportunity keep up the practice on their return to their own countries.
Remembrance Day 2014 was commemorated by the whole of DITC yesterday at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. The XO gave a commemorative address which was followed by a reading of The Ode to the fallen. A minute's silence was observed after the playing of The Last Post. A wreath was then laid at the DITC memorial and the epitaph read. Proceedings ended with the playing of the Australian National Anthem. DITC wishes to thank all staff and students from all nations for the respect shown at the ceremony. Lest we forget.
November, it seems, is a big month for birthdays, as more than usual lined up to receive their congratulations from the rest of DITC. Perhaps it was the lure of the November 'stack' that brought them to the fore... a rather unique, 'expressionistic' concoction.
Ghostly ghouls and wicked witches rose to the surface at DITC today as staff and students celebrated Halloween. All Hallows Eve, or All Saints Day was originally when Christians commemorated the dead every year, and chasing away ghosts and other scary creatures (with chocolates and sweets) has now become part of the folklore of this day.
DITC BBQ Area