College Updates: Holiday Projects
Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
a) There were few organized classes for the exam Forms for certain subjects that have yet to complete their coverage, especially Mathematics and Science. I'm indeed grateful to Mrs. Makalita Kiutau and Mr. Sosafate Peauafi, the respective HOD's, for their tireless efforts to equip our students well for the upcoming exams.
b) The Brass Band group utilized the 1-week break to maximize their skills under the professional guidance of Mr. Sitani Kisina. Vinaka Sitani.
c) Fetu'u Hopo 'o e Lalo Kasia 01/07
The Alumni 2001-2007 has accorded one of Mary's titles, The Rising Star, as part of the group's name, Fetu'u Hopo 'o e Lalo Kasia 01/07. Seen here in photo 004 are their leaders, Taufu'i Naufahu, Tolisi & Lakei Fifita, plus their members. They have kindly offered to paint all the 5 classrooms of Level 1. We can only sing with them the Magnificat, "My soul glorifies the Lord for He Has done great things for AFC through these lowly servants!"
d) St. Mary's Chapel
The former Head Girl and Dux of St. Mary's in 1975, the late Makasini Paini, passed away earlier this year. She left behind her beloved husband Mr. James Raass and children, who are still heartbroken. The family therefore decided to fund a project that would perpetuate the loving memory of their gentle and kind-hearted Mum. As a fitting and noble gesture, James and the children have decided to give a face-lift to the old chapel at the St. Mary's Campus. They knew that the late Makasini adored this chapel during her stint with the Nuns at the convent. Hence, seen here in photo 022 is the reconstruction work that began on Tuesday. Fakamalo atu James pea mo e fanau e manatu 'ofa ki ho'omou fa'e anga faka'ofo'ofa mo tonunga.
e) Annual Retreat for Marist Fathers
We were very fortunate to be able to have our annual retreat at Lilo, Veitongo. With COVID-19's devastating effects on planned and organized programs so far, we are indeed grateful that we were able to carry it out. Seen here in photo 011 are the Marist Fathers in the Tonga sector, minus our living saint, Fr. 'Epoki! Fr. Steven Lugabai posted the photo on the Oceania Page with the title, "Marists of the Tonga Sector re-enacting the Fouviere Pledge in their annual retreat!" This might force a smile on our Founder's normally stoic countenance!
f) Construction & Reconstruction Works
The 3 buildings (B4, B5, & B7) currently constructed and repaired by Ca'Bella are progressing well. Photo 014 shows the four repaired classrooms. They have put up the rafters this week and probably the roof next week. Photo 019 is the Sangato Tomasi block (B4) which is the newly constructed 4-classroom building. You can see the brick walls are coming up. The B5 building, which is the one directly opposite the Gas Depot, has the rafters up as well.
g) Mr. Sosaia Vaka RIP
Yesterday, we broke our retreat program and joined the Folaha community as they celebrated Mass to coincide with the burial of their beloved son, the late Sosaia Vaka. The burial ceremony was held at 9 AM in Suva yesterday. Sosaia was the Head Boy of AFC in 2016 and this year he was in Year 3 at the Seminary in Fiji as a Marist candidate. Seen here in photo 010 is the ECL Choir from Folaha who sang so harmoniously at the Mass. Kai ia 'a Folaha! May his soul rest in the peace of Christ.
May I take this opportunity to extend to you all our big vinaka vakalevu for all your prayers and support for our beloved Alma Mater, 'Apifo'ou College! This year is our 155th anniversary and all the more reason for us to be eternally grateful to the Lord and Mary for guiding us through glorious and tempestuous years of our journey!