• Japanese Centre re-named to honour 35 years of dedicated service to All Saints' College.

    20 October, 2010

    The College's Japanese Centre re-named the Fudeko Reekie Language Centre on Tuesday, 19th October, 2010.

    The Bishop of Bathurst, the Right Reverend Richard Hurford OAM, presided at the re-naming ceremony and paid tribute to Fudeko's lifelong passion for fostering a cultural bond with Japan. This bond opened the door for cultural visits and exchanges that many have enjoyed over the years.

    Members of the College community, Council, Foundation, staff, parents and former students gathered to witness the unveiling of the plaque and Fudeko planting a Japanese Cherry tree. On such a beautiful spring day the Japanese gardens proved to be the perfect setting.

    Fudeko Reekie grew up in a small country village in Japan and worked in Tokyo, Canada, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand before taking a position as a Japanese teacher at All Saints' College in 1975.

    In 1992 Fudeko established a Sister School relationship between All Saints' College and Yachiyo Shoin Gakuen (Chiba), which is still in place today.

    The Osaka Japan Expo Funds provided the most of the money to build the Japanese Centre. Mr Iizuka, a friend of Fudeko's, funded the cost of the surrounding gardens. The Centre was officially opened by the Japanese Consul-General in 1992.

    Fudeko assisted in the establishment of the Sister City relationship that Bathurst enjoys with Okhuma. It is through this relationship that Fudeko secured funds to build the Japanese Garden on the banks of the Macquarie River in Bathurst. Okhuma Town Council also donated ornaments for the Japanese Centre.

    Fudeko also was instrumental in obtaining funds for the Bathurst City Library from the Osaka Japan Expo Funds.

    The newly named Fudeko Reekie Language Centre is a fitting tribute to Fudeko's legacy, which will continue on into the future. She continues to amaze us all with her boundless energy and enthusiasm and we owe her a great deal for the cultural richness she has brought to our school and our community.

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