Another day…and the slinky war continues

Thursday 18 April
Last night, while Kotoni’s heroine Margaret Thatcher was given a royal farewell, we were performing dismally at a Palangi (westerner) quiz night at the Bill Fish bar. The money raised will help a swimming group. Although Tongans do swim kind of… there is not a public pool apart from a cordoned area along the waterfront which isn’t much chop for anyone with more serious ambitions.
Walked home by moonlight to find the back porch was crunchy underfoot with hundreds of millipedes… Shudder shudder… But only about seven managed to make it inside. My war on slinkies is starting to work…
Today I spent an hour counselling a young 15 year-old student who has gone off the rails and been suspended for a week of ‘hard labour’ doing housework, gardening and cleaning around the college. Now I am no psychologist but offered to talk to her if she wanted someone neutral. I kept thinking… what would my counsellor friend Kathy McRae do?
We ended up agreeing to develop a contract with her mum and Aunty around some changes to put in place which hopefully all parties will agree too. I will continue to mentor her over the next three months. As like any such situation the issues are complex and involve family tensions… but here’s hoping we can get something positive happening as she is basically a good student who has been lead astray. Sister Anuncia is very student focused and we are on the same page… which is certainly a good start.
We also had a volunteer’s lunch at the Pot Luck Restaurant today which is a monthly catch up. Malakai, Kotoni and their team did a great spread as usual. $15TOP gave you salad with either spinach and beef lasagne or fish and caper mash. Hard to believe we were in Tonga…very simple yet sophisticated presentation and yummy flavours. The fish had been swimming earlier that day!
Kotoni also secured help from another Aussie volunteer Sean who is an IT expert. He is helping tidy up the college computers which will also free up some space in the staff room when we get rid of the IT junk that no longer works or is not worth getting fixed.

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7 thoughts on “Another day…and the slinky war continues

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  2. Mary Givney-Clark April 24, 2013 — 10:38 am

    Hi Son & Gord, I will email you today, hope you can receive ok. What is your postal address? Home your School? Cheers, I am enjoying your blog & listened to Gord’s interview on ABC Orange. Mary xx


  3. Mary Givney-Clark April 23, 2013 — 10:24 am

    Hi Son & Gord, I will email you today, hope you can receive ok. What is your postal address? Home your School? Cheers, I am enjoying your blog & listened to Gord’s interview on ABC Orange. Mary xx


  4. Just back ex Solomons last nite. Glad you are really getting into Tongan life. Off to Sydney later this week for BIG sis 70th on Sunday. Joe


  5. sounds a brilliant adventure.the people sound wonderful…have fun ….lobster yes, slinkies no


  6. Caught up on all your blog entries as we arrived home last night, a day earlier than planned but a bike light came on just as we landed on K.I. (Kangaroo Island to those not ‘local’) So we high tailed it back to Adelaide the next day. Thankfully it was a faulty sensor but we didn’t want to be stranded on the Hay Plain with a dead bike! After a lovely lunch at Hahndorf we trundled in to Ouyen for the night, then home yesterday. A great trip. So Perth in October is a goer! Gordi, surely you can think of some culinary delight with the centipedes??? LoveTania


  7. How lucky this young and fledgling community is to have you both on board. To help with all and sundry. I know that your mentoring this young girl will DEF change her life and world view Sonia. Being a teenager is tough and speaking on behalf or parents….. it is tough being the parent of a teenager as well. I know your years of working with women and providing inspiration Sonia, will ensure that whatever you do will be kind and coming from a sensible and inspired place. XX TT


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