TOKSAVE - Term 4 Week 5 2021

Lihir International School and School to Mine Campus

Principal: Mr Gregory Neville

Deputy Principal LIS: Ms Catherine Langusch

Deputy Principal STM: Mr Kevin Collins

From the Principal

Dear parents and carers,

Year 10 Graduation

Due to the government’s restrictions on gatherings of no more than 20 people, our plans for the year 10 graduation have changed. The graduation program will happen at the school, next week on Friday, 12th November, at 12pm. Some aspects to note:

  • Attendance at the graduation will be for the 10 students, high school teachers, principal and HR Manager only (limit of 20).
  • Program will be:
    • Speeches
    • Student PowerPoint presentation
    • Presentation of awards
    • Shared graduation lunch provided by the school
  • Students are required at school by 11am dressed in formal attire, for photos etc before the Graduation lunch.
  • The Graduation will be filmed and available to parents via a link at a later date.
  • Parents/ guardians are also encouraged to celebrate the graduation of their children in the evening at home, with a family function gathering.

Following the graduation, students are free to go home and will have finished all formal requirements for LIS for 2021. Year 10 results and certificates will be communicated to parents once they have been received. As the school will not be holding an awards evening, year 10 students will not be required back in week 9.

Friday Assembly

Due to current restrictions on gatherings, Friday assemblies will be cancelled until further notice. 

Awards Night

Due to the current rise in Covid cases, the Awards night planned for Wednesday the 1st of December is cancelled. Awards will be presented to recipients in their individual classes on this day.


Next week, we welcome former PNG Olympian Nelson Stone to Lihir International School. Mr Stone will lead athletics training for each class next week. Classes will be going to Nelson's sessions separately to keep numbers below 20. On Thursday, each class will separately participate in sprints and hurdles for their respective house - also to maintain numbers below 20. Due to restrictions on gatherings, parents and friends will not be permitted to attend the races. Photos of all the events will be in next week's Toksave.

End of Term

School for Term 4 will finish on Thursday the 2nd December.

School Council

On Thursday the 25th November, there will be a School Council Meeting held at the School to Mine Campus at 6.00pm. 


Greg Neville

Year 10 Alternate Program and Work Experience 2021

This week, our Year 10 students continued their Work Experience placements. Mr Neville and Mr Collins had the opportunity to visit all of our students and it was impressive to see how much every student appreciated and enjoyed their placement, as well as how well they were all received by their supervisors and workplaces. We received nothing but glowing reviews on all students.

Thank you again to the following organisations for their support in welcoming our Year 10 students and providing them an opportunity to experience the reality of life in the workplace:

City Pharmacy Lihir, NML Community Development, Anitua Services, External Relations & Communications NML, Lihir International School and Lihir Sports and Social Club. 

Principal's Awards Term 4 Week 4

Student Council News

Student Council News

Free Dress Day

On Friday of week 8, LIS will be having a free dress day. Remember sun safety and keep your shoulders covered. Please aim to wear red, white and green clothing to create a Christmas theme.


Classes will be collecting money for a fun fundraising event. Students are asked to donate coins and bring them in on any day of the week throughout week 8. On Friday of week 8, each class will line the money up at lunch time. We will find out which class has the longest line of money and which class donated the most money. The money will be donated to Lasiat School at Upper Kunaye.

Drawing competition – CHRISTMAS theme

It is time to get drawing. Christmas is coming! Choices are endless! You may use any art materials you wish e.g., pencils, oil pastels, paint. You can create on A4 or A3 paper. Please ask your classroom teacher or Mrs Neale for paper. Artwork entries are due Friday of week 7. The winners will be announced Friday of week 8. There will be a first prize and a runner up from each class. Have fun drawing!!

Resources for local school

This term, we are continuing to gather resources for Lasiat School. Whilst we would still love more books, please look for unused items at home such as puzzles, games or decks of cards to donate.  We will be delivering all donations to the local school later in the term.

Thank you!


your Student Council


Keeping our children safe in Term 4 2021

It is imperative that parents and carers do not send their children to school if they are sick or showing any symptoms of a cold or flu. If your child is sick, please keep your child home and seek appropriate medical attention. Children who display any signs of sickness will be isolated under supervision in the school's sick bay and parents called to come and collect them.

1.  A comprehensive deep clean of the school will be undertaken by Nayal LTD, prior to school resumption in term 4.

2. Entrance to school for students and parents / carers will be via the Aginas Oval gate only, which will open at 7.45am. Students who arrive before this (which is discouraged) are to social distance and  wait in the carpark undercover area until 7.45am. Students should be at school by 8.05am, ready to start the day at 8.10am.

3. All students will be greeted at the gate by a teacher, where they will be temperature checked. They will then wash their hands at the wash station and then proceed to their classroom.  Parents and carers will be permitted to escort their children to classrooms, If parents need to go to the office, they will be permitted to proceed to the wash station and are then to make their way straight to the school office. 

4. Several wash stations are installed around the school and hand sanitiser is available in all classrooms. Students will be required to wash their hands in the mornings before school, before and after recess/lunch and before leaving school in the afternoons.

5. All desks, door handles, playground equipment and other high contact equipment will be sanitised twice daily or after use by cleaning staff.

6. Social distancing measure of 1.5 metres will be employed in classrooms through desk arrangements. Social distancing markings have been painted on cement areas where students line up and in the undercover area for recess/lunch eating times. The school will implement staggered recess breaks between the primary and high school to reduce the number of children using toilets etc.

7. Students will be issued with a reusable washable mask. Students will be need to wear these masks for travel to and from school and during all activities at school.

8. The school canteen will be open on Fridays in term 3. The P&W will send more info out regarding this in due course. Students will need to bring a packed recess snack and lunch each day - there is to be no dropping off of food by parents, siblings or haus meris. Students are also asked to bring a water bottle to school that they will refill.

9. Term 4 will see assemblies in the basketball court  throughout the term. Parents will be welcome to attend, adhering to social distancing protocols.

From the Deputy Principal (LIS)

Student Led Conferences and High School Open Night

Student led conferences will be held for primary school classes (Kindy - year 6) on Wednesday afternoon next week from 3.15pm - 6.00pm. The High School students will showcase some of their Technology work at the STMC  at the same time.  

Due to Covid restrictions, primary teachers have sent home a booking form for parents to nominate the timeslot they wish to attend. This form has also been emailed to parents by class teachers. As per the form's instructions, please nominate your preferred times and your class teacher will confirm allocated times on Monday.

Siblings will be supervised in the undercover area. Students are to bring a book to read while they are waiting.

Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT Tests)

Next week, students from Prep – year 9 will be completing online ‘PAT’ tests in English and Mathematics. PAT stands for Progressive Achievement Tests.

These tests are conducted in many schools in Australia as well as international schools and are used to track both individual student and year level learning progress. These tests are not used for student reporting but give teachers evidenced-based data about a student’s learning at a given point of time.

Staff analyse data from these tests in order to identify future learning needs.

These tests are facilitated through the ACER organisation (Australian Council for Educational Research). Their website  ix

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or your child’s teacher.

Kind regards,

Ms Langusch

2021 Term Dates for Students

Term 4 - Tuesday 5 October to Thursday 2 December

2022 Term Dates for Students

Term 1: 31st  January – 30th March 

Term 2: 19th April – 16th June 

Term 3: 11th July – 15th September 

Term 4: 3rd October – 1st December 

From the Deputy Principal (STM)

Our FODE students continue to complete their final assessments as the year comes to an end. This weekend Mr Takaundo will do a final day completing their Computing Practical assessments.

This week we commenced Week 5 of our Work Ready Program with 14 young Lihirian people continuing to develop work readiness for a future of work with either Newcrest or other stakeholders in the mine. On Wednesday we welcomed Hannah Iihave and Peter Ririma from the HBP Team for come to discuss the Trupla Man Trupla Meri with our trainees and the importance of respecting everyone in the workplace and in the community. Again this week, I’ve included a Trainee Profile of 2 of our Trainees.

Unfortunately, our Trupla Principal Program that was to be held next week was postponed due to numbers allowed for gatherings under the current COVID19 Restrictions. We will undertake this Professional Development opportunity with Lihirian Principals and Head teachers during Term 1, 2022.

The Kisim Save Library remains open to all Townsite Residents and Newcrest Employees every Saturday by appointment. Please email .


Mr. Kevin Collins


Work Ready Trainee Profile

Alphonse Lanbot

What village are you from?


What form of training have you previously had?

I completed Grade 12 at Lihir Secondary School in 2016. I also did a Diploma in Business Management at Port Moresby Business College from 2017 – 2018

What do want to do after you complete the Work Ready Program?

I want to become an asset for Newcrest.

Work Ready Program Trainee Profile

Maryanne Andapi

What village are you from?


What form of training have you previously had?

I completed Grade 12 at Lihir Secondary School in 2015. I also did a Certificate III in Business Management at Institute of Business Studies in 2019, and a Certificate IV in Human Resource Management at Institute of Business Studies in 2020.

What do want to do after you complete the Work Ready Program?

I want to work with Newcrest in the Human Resource Department.


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