On the Ile des Pins primary and lower level secondary schooling is available. Students must move to Noumea to finish their secondary schooling and go to university. Many go overseas for the later – most to France or Australia/New Zealand.

202The largest school on the Island is the Catholic Saint Joseph’s College in Vao which offers both primary and lower secondary schooling in French.

Not being able to get into the adjacent Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church I had time for a quick wander through the college grounds and include this review as I was quite taken with the artwork on various of the buildings, as depicted. It is sad to see bars on the windows in one of these pictures – goes to show that paradise is not immune to crime.

Note the pine trees in the first two pictures. It was after these tall native pines (Araucaria columnaris), which still cover the island and are endemic to New Caledonia, that Captain Cook gave the island its name after seeing it in 1774, on his second voyage to New Zealand.

This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on my trip to Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. I suggest you continue with my next entry – St Joseph’s – Remembering The Marist Connection – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – No Hurries, No Worries.

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