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.
The new DJT, CAPT Heath Robertson, signed into the visitors book and was met with a warm welcome from students and staff in the Common Room. All DITC staff and students look forward to more visits from the DJT as he settles in to his new posting.
The Choose Health Energetic Food (CHEF) four-week challenge culminated in a big, home-cooked, fresh-food, healthy lunch for all staff at DITC. Lots of new ideas and recipes for eating healthy and keeping fit emerged and hopefully it will encourage staff to keep on making the effort to maintain their health and fitness.
DJT, GPCAPT Breckenridge was farewelled by DITC staff last week who showed him their appreciation for his interest and support during his tenure. The GPCAPT is looking forward to becoming a 'grey nomad' in his retirement... but he's booking a spot for his caravan in the parking lot at DITC in between trips.
The October Pancake Team turned their thoughts to the annual Okotoberfest celebrations held around the world and managed to morph a pancake into a beer. No mean feat! Not forgetting the current health drive at DITC, they relented and added some fresh fruits and nuts to create the face of a crusty beer-drinker. Ah... the perils of over-indulgence!
International Night was a real celebration of diversity this year as students and staff turned out in sparkling traditional costumes and performed traditional songs and dances. In a break from tradition however, finger food was served this year which helped give the evening a more informal, relaxed atmosphere. Well done to the amenities club and all those who lent a hand in the organisation, from the carefully thought out decor to the entertaining performances. We're looking forward to next year already!
Australians of Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths celebrate Deepavali (Diwali), or the Festival of Lights. This is a very popular festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Muharram is the first month of the year on the Islamic Calendar and marks the New Year for Muslims.
DITC BBQ Area
Halloween has its origins in ancient pagan, Celtic harvest and Christian festivals. Children dress up as witches, devils, ghosts and skeletons and seek small treats from neighbours.
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's premier horse racing event that stops the nation. It is always held on the first Tuesday in November.