In addition to doing water filters on Tuesday, we had the closing Mass, dinner together for staff and students. This was followed by a variety concert. Sister Ailish, Brother Methodius and I had the idea for it one Saturday morning at breakfast. Sister Ailish started a music club in addition to teaching music. They are really good. They play what the Irish call tin whistles. Ailish has upgraded the name to flutes. She plays the violin with them and they have bottles made into shakers. They sometimes use milk tins for drums but we borrowed the real drums from the seminary. Father John also left his key board. I can send pictures but you are missing the lovely sound. They played for the concert and for graduation.
Brother Methodius has taught a number of religion songs to the Bridging group who had weak English and had to have a semester of English before starting the regular program. They have become a good musical group with Brother as the choir master!
We then had many of our various ethnic groups do song and dance. Amazingly everyone joined everyone else's dance! It was wonderful to watch them proudly sharing in one another's cultures.
Thursday was graduation. Our executive director came from Juba as well as the national minister of education from Juba. For the first time the students have been awarded a national certificate of education. This is an important step because they come from all over the country. It will be more recognized than a certificate from the state of Western Equatoria. Bishop Hiiboro was also in attendance. He has been very supportive of the teacher training college. We actually graduated three classes--the in-service class that finished in January 2015, the pre-service class that finished June 2015 and the pre-service class that finished November 2015. In total it was fifty graduates here. There were a few who couldn't come because of distance or insecurity.