The visit from Goethe institute will never be forgotten at the Mary Rice centre. The memories that the Goethe Institute marked in us will not be forgotten with the children, parents and the staff of the Mary Rice. About 100 young and energetic youth surprised us greatly carrying a bag of rice, maize among other things that they donated to the Centre. Goethe institute is a non -profit German cultural association which is promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations among student from different parts of the world.
The students were fully prepared for all the activities of the day, to start off they divided themselves into three groups, one which was in charge of cleaning, the second was to do the cooking and the rest of the group which was in a large number was to interact and play with the children. The group did a splendid job and everything went a planned.
Children and parents activities participated and mingled freely with the visitors. The various activities helped the children to express themselves and show case different talents and gifts thus enhancing their social interaction skills and boost their confidence.
Thy brought a number of goods for the children ranging from food staff, pampers, detergents, clothing, fruits and many more. This was a good gesture and we at the Mary Rice very happy and grateful for all they did for us.
On February 27 St Virgil’s College opened and blessed its new canteen amphitheatre on its Austins Ferry campus in Hobart, Australia. A defining feature of the amphitheatre is a large artwork which highlights the College’s ‘strategic star’ and its link to the Edmund Rice Education Charter and the Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic education.
Featured under the heading of ‘Leadership’ is a picture of Mary Rice Centre Director Br Gerald Mgalula and St Virgil’s Principal Mr Damian Messer. The photo was taken at the Centre last year when Mr Messer visited as part of the Carrigg Karibu program.
The artwork is a daily reminder of the strong link between St Virgil’s College and the Mary Rice Centre students and their community.
Ten of children have exhibited great improvement in social skills and independence in activities of daily living such the ability to feed them and attained toilet training, who have been with us for a period of three years for most of them. The Centre has been able to facilitate their transition to special schools and Vocational Schools.
Among the children who successfully moved to another stage were Racheal, Vincent, Caroline and Donald who joined Nile road special school. Victor and Mary joined Marianne Vocational Training Centre for mentally handicapped where they will be trained on bead work and tailoring. David and Denis have joined Special School for physical handicapped. Sheila and Titus joined the school for the deaf. Erick has joined mainstream school.
We acknowledge the financial support from Edmund Rice Schools in Australia and Ireland through the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia and Edmund Rice Development we have been able to facilitate the transition of the children successfully.