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Australian missionary sister 10 years service


Australian missionary sister returns after completing 10 years of service

Australian missionary sister completes 10 years of service

- Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb

- Director, Catholic Communications Solomons 'Aim for the sky and you will get something under it', was a mother's advice to her little child at boarding school. That child was Margaret as she struggled in Mathematics.

The next test she scored 100%. An eye for detail, perfection at all times, reliability, dedication and consequences for those who falter - gives us a picture of Sr. Margaret.

Sr. Margaret Tisch smsm joined the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary 45 years ago. Her formation and initial years were spent in Australia. Opting for the missions - her first assignment was Bougainville where she spent 14 years at St. Mary's Asitavi, a girls secondary boarding school.

Then followed 11 years as Administrator and Vocation directress for the province and these past 10 years saw her as Deputy principal of Bishop Epalle Secondary Catholic School.

'The Dragon Lady' - as she is fondly called - has been delighted to be involved with the young people especially at the secondary school level.

"Being a missionary is a very enriching experience as you learn so much more from the people of another country than you give to them" she muses, and she breaks out into a light smile. She has set high standards of punctuality and commitment and has challenged all to discipline and growth - something that is going to be difficult to imitate - state many.

She is grateful for the warm hospitality and carries with her wonderful memories and happy moments.

"I hope that parents and guardians will take a keen interest in their children and be there for them especially at Teacher-Parent interviews and P.T.A. meetings so that 2004 will be a wonderful year for all" is the wish of Sr. Margaret as she leaves the shores of Solomon Islands.

Five dedicated staff members - Gwyneth Gulu, Andrew Palamai, Sr. Theresa Waine smsm and Sr. Margaret Tisch smsm together with Moses Mamasi were also fare welled on 1st November, 2003, at Bishop Epalle and thanked for the contribution they have made to the school and to the lives of the young.

"Let's live day by day as it comes" recalled the principal Collin Ruqebatu, as he looks to the year ahead.

"May your spirit remain with us at Bishop Epalle School", he concluded. A grand spread, entertainment and speeches followed.

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