Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
If this was a normal school year we would be taking a break next week. However, we will continue this journey until December! Last week was a hectic one for the college as mentioned earlier. We continued with our Common Test 2 while at the same time fulfilling our obligations to the funeral of the late Fr. Tupou Ma'afu, RIP. This week we continue with our exams and we'll complete it by Monday next week.
We have been working closely with Fonomanu & 'Unaloto, the Coordinators of this program, to find ways to help the staff and students. One of their major projects was the purchase of 1 Projector, 4 Laptops, 14 iPads, and 2 Samsung Tablets. Unfortunately, these items haven't been fully utilized as we had to install a more stable internet connection. Previously, we've been working with the two local suppliers, Digicel and TCC. However, we still encounter problems. So we've moved to Wantok a newly established internet supplier in Tonga. They've assured us they'll install the equipment to cater for the internet needs of the two Computer Labs, Levels 6 & 7, and at the St. Mary's Office. And today there were smiles on the teachers' faces as they were given the equipment as prescribed from Melbourne!
Drop Everything And Read! If anyone from outside was visiting the college at 8.30 AM one would be surprised to find that there's total silence inside all the classrooms. The first 10 minutes of each day is dedicated to reading in English. We're very grateful once again to the Volunteer Program as they've supplied the reading materials for all Levels. Seen below is Ms. Singa Kaifoto with her Enrichment Program class enjoying the new reading materials.
RED Day & Exams
As part of our support for the Climate Change Week, the whole school was wearing red yesterday. Indeed, there was a sea of Red at 'Apifo'ou while exams continued.
Even the teachers enjoyed the Red atmosphere.
Seen here are the juniors in a jovial mood as they've completed their exams, led by the one and only, Mr. Ha'amonga Tu'ipulotu.
Despite the dry weather experienced throughout Tonga we were able to continue with the planting of the Taro tonga! We've been relying on the guidance of St. Joseph to whom I have the privilege to talk to every morning as he stands guard at the entrance to the priests' house. Believe it or not, it rained after we planted about 3,000 plants! A big vinaka vakalevu and malo 'aupito to the few teachers, ex-students, and students who were there to help without forgetting the man upstairs.
Photos from the funeral of Fr. Tupou Ma'afu RIP
Seen below is Sr. Malia Simione greeting and bidding farewell to Her Royal Highness, Princess Salote Mafile'o Tuku'aho Tuita, who graced the solemn Requiem Mass.
These photos portray a fitting farewell for such a vibrant and self-less servant of God! Rest well brother in the tranquil arms of the Lord that you faithfully served.
Our heartfelt gratitude to all the Apifo'ou Family, near and far, for your continuous and generous support for our beloved college.