Photo (above): The main building of Villanova Senior High School in July 2010, before the school opened.
In 2005 the Indonesian Province of Papua, centred on the city of Jayapura, had the new Province of Papua Barat excised from it, centred on the city of Manokwari. Hence today there is the (reduced) Province of Papua, with its capital at Jayapura, and the Province of Papua Barat, with its capital at Manokwari.
The new school is named Villanova Senior High School in honour of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A. (1486 - 1555), who for the Order of St Augustine is the patron saint of studies. It is called a senior high school because, in the Indonesian educational system, it will have only the final three years of the six-year high school curriculum (i.e., Grades 10, 11 and 12).
In the same city of Manokwari, the Catholic Church has only a diocesan junior high school (i.e., Grades 7, 8 and 9). The city already has ten senior high schools, which variously are governmental, Moslem, Protestant and private, but until then had no Catholic senior high school.
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