St. John’s Church of England Primary School in Wellington welcomed Melanesia Archbishop George Takeli and his wife, Mrs June Takeli, to the school on Friday 25th September.
The school has been partnered with St. Stephen’s School, Pauma, in the Solomon Islands since 2016 through the Melanesia Mission and the children have been in contact via letters and emails and have learned about each other’s culture and way of life.
Julie Rolfe, School Champion for the Melanesian link, said, “The children of St. John’s have already enjoyed a Discovery Day and assemblies where they learned about the environment, food, transport, climate and the importance of music and worship in Melanesia.
“This visit from the Archbishop and his wife is the first we have received from Melanesia and we all feel very honoured and excited to welcome them.”
Reverend Tim Treanor, Team Rector and Vicar of St John’s Church who is an active school Governor, said, “All Christians are members of one vast world-wide family so it is such a joy and encouraging for us to welcome Archbishop George and his wife to Wellington.”
The children welcomed their very special guests with an assembly of traditional songs and dance. The Archbishop was also presented with a collection of children’s prayers written for him and his wife.