Changing of the guard-dog …


… at the big kids school, TEMIS (The Ela Murray International School).

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3 Responses to Changing of the guard-dog …

  1. mum says:

    It was great to see the kids school, they kids seem very happy there.
    And Xaria’s pre school was just lovely there under the trees.
    Lovely to meet your good friend as well, whos name escapes me right now, but she was lovely, though think she misses her mum.
    Better get off to bed, work tomorow,
    love mum

  2. Katharina Spiller says:


    Our family are considering moving to PNG over the next couple of months. We have 4 children aged 15, 13, 11 and 7. Is there a good private high school that caters to my 15 and 13 year old in the Port Moresby area?

    Many thanks,

    • Jacinta says:

      Hi Kathy,

      Yes. The local international high school here in Port Moresby is called “POMIS” (POrt Moresby International School). If you’d like to check out their website it’s

      I really know nothing about the high schooling here. TEMIS, where my two big kids are, cater to grade 8 (NZ year 9). Many expats from Ausralia seem to send their kids to boarding schools from grade 7 onwards. So you really need to investigate your options here. Rightly or wrongly so, it does seems to be very common for highschool children to go ofshore to Aussie boardschooling – I am presuming this is due to the costs being covered in expats employment benefits. It’s worth noting, that on a snorkeling trip last year at Loloata Island, I met an amazing expat lady who happened to be a teacher at POMIS and she was astounded/horrified that so many expats choose to send there kids offshore once they reach high school level. From a parent point of view, my first concern would not be education related (although still a major concern for me here even, at TEMIS), but social. Would your older children appreciate living here in POM, with fewer safe areas for teens to “hang-out at”. I would highly recommend you get in touch with POMIS for more information on their curriculum, perhaps communicate via email with some teachers, and perhaps they can also pass your contact details onto other international parents whom have children studying at POMIS that you could talk too as well.

      All the best,

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