College Updates: Week 10 - Term 2
Greetings Your Eminence and fellow AFC Family! Trust all is well with you and your respective families, wherever you are.
~ The mid-year exams are continuing and Friday is the final day. We'll then break for 2 weeks and everyone is looking forward to that since it has been a tough Term!
~ With the completion of the Science Labs, there'll be classes for the Science students as they'll have to catch up with their tasks and overdue labs!
~ There are also organized classes for other departments who have yet to complete their IA's. For instance, the Home Economics students will use the first week of holiday for that purpose.
Science Labs Handover:
On Monday afternoon the college put on a small but significant meal for the Leo contractors plus the Kramer Group. This was to coincide with the official hand-over of the labs to the college signaling the end of their reconstruction works. Fr. Sepa Maka was present to conduct the official prayer and blessing (photo 006).
Our TVET staff and students carried out the final touches to the benches so as to have them ready for next week (photo 004).
The Ca'Bella contractors are on track with their plan to complete the 7 new classrooms by the end of this month. They've requested to give them another week, the first week of July, to cover minor works that need to be ironed out. In the second week of July, they'll hand-over the new buildings to the college.
The Construction Committee has yet to finalize what sort of rituals and events when these new buildings are officially opened. Mind you, all government projects with the World Bank are usually opened by the Hon. Prime Minister. Hence, we'll meet soon to make a decision on this.
Container from NZ:
Fr. 'Ofa Vaihu and a few teachers supervised the offloading of items in a container from NZ (photo 024). As mentioned in the earlier updates, the assorted items such as desks, chairs, cabinet drawers, etc. were put together by the Hala Fatima Aotearoa 91-2000 alumni group.
Once again, our deepest gratitude goes to Frs. Line, Soane, and the ex-students for this tremendous gesture of assistance. It cannot have arrived at a better time as the new buildings are almost ready.
At a recent national essay competition conducted by the Media Association Tonga (MAT) for all students in Forms 5, 6 & 7, our Form 6 student Jane Fe'iloakitau won 3rd place (photo 033). We congratulate Jane for another milestone in her career. She has won top prizes in previous essay and oratory competitions. The Award ceremony will be held at the NZ High Com this afternoon.
We look forward to the 2-week break but it won't be much of a break for some! We'll continue to water and look after the sandalwood plants. At the same time, we'll prepare for the 2nd stage of the Botanical Garden project.
A big vinaka vakalevu and malo 'aupito for all the support in the first half of this academic year, 2020. We look forward to more collaborations in the second half.