College Updates: Week 10 - Term 3
Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This is the final week for Term 3. Indeed, we all heaved a sigh of relief as we successfully completed Term 3! Today was the last day of exams for all Forms.
The afternoon studies continue as normal. The feeding of the students after school is a prominent feature in this strategy. The parents from our different Parishes usually helped out with feeding the students. This time around it’s catered for by the college but the quality of food is minimal as often pointed out by the students!
Marist Feast Day
The college celebrated yesterday our Marist Feast Day, the Holy Name of Mary, to coincide with the closing Mass. It was a joyful event as some ex-students and parents did join us. The Chairman of the school’s Board, Mr. Frank Mateo, was also present.
There was a special meal for everyone after Mass and it was wonderful to see parents, teachers, and students shared whatever food they brought for the occasion. The students also put up a few impromptu items to entertain us all.
USP Open Day
The University of the South Pacific, Atele Campus, held their Open Day yesterday. Our Form 7 students represented the college at the occasion. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the operations of the university and get acquainted with the staffs.
Chemicals for the Science Lab
It was a joyful day for the Science Department as the chemicals ordered from NZ finally arrived last Saturday. These chemicals were worth $6,000 thanks to the surplus of funds collected by the ex-students on the college Feast Day. You can see the smiles on the faces of the students and especially the HOD, Makalita Kiutau!
This week an officer from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Joe, an ex-student of AFC, held a consultation session with the parents and teachers. This is part and parcel of government’s efforts to promote the vaccination for the ages 12 – 18. Lots of parents are cautious about the exercise, hence it’s great to clear the air on these issues.
The teachers had their first Zumba session on Monday and it will be held every week and compulsory! Our professional nurse from Australia, Ms. Gladys Ledger, is advocating this strategy and fully supported by the Administration. A few of our teachers are out of shape and we need to keep them healthy. We normally promote healthy living to our students but our lifestyle needs to measure up as well!
May I take this opportunity to extend to you all our heartfelt gratitude for the prayers and support for our beloved college throughout this third Term. We’ll break for a much needed one-week breather!
A few holiday classes have been organized. However, we’ve reminded the teachers that they need to have a break, and the same to the students.
On behalf of the Marist Family in Tonga, may I wish you all a Happy Feast Day tomorrow, the Holy Name of Mary!
However, the Marist Family, including the Third Order of Mary, will celebrate our Feast Day at Ha’asini at 1 pm and followed by a feast! The celebration will be on livestream by our very own Radio Apifo’ou.
Last but not least, please pray for us SM Fathers as we enter into retreat on Sunday evening.