THE ROCK AND ANCHOR – THE ASONS LEAVE TAPINI AFTER 13 YEARS OF UNSELFISH SERVICE TO GOILALA PEOPLE.
The year is 1994.
I am in Grade 8. And a young Goroka man, married to a Kerema woman gets posted to Tapini High School as a Teacher – current Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School with their 2 lovely children – 1 girl and 1 boy.
While in Tapini, the Asons added two other girls to the Ason Family. This couple were committed Seventh Day Adventists, I later heard, and they lived up to expectation.
The typical “Apo humbleness” was so visible that even students during my time there loved this couple with no boundaries. I am confident any student that passed through Tapini would say the same about the Asons.
Their children proudly claim to be mixed raced – Goroka-Kerema-Goilala. This young Teacher climbed the ranks from a junior teacher up to Senior Subject Master during this few years (1994-1997) at Tapini High School.
Around 1998, Mr. Ason went back for further studiesl in University of Goroka. Mrs. Ason also got employed into the School as a Typist during Mr. Opa’s time as Principal (1995 – 1996). When the Asons returned in 2009, Mrs. Ason was employed as a School Bursar and got into teaching in 2013.
I left Tapini High School, for else where after 1996.
I later heard this humble couple returned to Tapini High School in 2009 as the Head Principal of Tapini SHHS until 2017.
During this time the Ason’s played a critical role in not only bringing Tapini Sacred Hheart High School up to No.1 school in Central Province accademically and remained No.1 for a couple of years straight, the Asons directly had a hand in getting approval from NDoE to seeing Tapini Sacred Hheart High School up to a Secondary School status.
Mr. Ason under his watch as Head Principal, tireslessly worked with Fr. Brian Cahill as the BOG Chairman and Catholic Church Agency, Bereina Diocese to see Tapini High School grow from Strenght to Strenght.
2018 will see Tapini SHSHS take in its pioneer Grade 11s.
Tapini SHSHS is Mr. Ason’s baby. The Asons helped nurtured this baby up from its early stages to its maturity stage it now enjoys.
Then come the Heart Breaking News.
2018 and onwards, the Asons wont be a part of Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School. Imagine what it would have been like seeing the first Grade 12s pass out from Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School.
It must be a career move for the Asons. Or it must be a personal family decision to resettle elsewhere in preparation for life after public service.
This is not breaking news story item as it might be considered.
This is rather my peraonal appreciation and tribute to the Asons for these family has done for Goilala District and its people.
I am one of Mr. Ason’s students. Mr. Ason was my English, Social Science and part time Math Teacher between 1994 – 1996. And he was my Class Patron in 1996 when I was the Class Captain of Grade 10A.
Who I am today had Mr. Ason’s direct input. And for that I will forever be indebted to the Asons.
What hurts me dearly is “how comes the Ason’s leave Goilala so silently without saying GOODBYE?
Or how comes we never got to see the Ason’s off diplomatically as Melanesians?
PASIN BLO YUMI GOILALA GO WEH NA OL ASON’S LUSIM YUMI OLSEM?
I only hope some formal statement does come out from responsible authotities confirming this story, to help answer unanswered questions if there is any.
Silence is Golden. But also whenever there is smoke, there sure has to be a fire Burning.