College Updates: Week 10 - Term 3
Greetings your Eminence, Cardinal Mafi, and fellow AFC Family!
This is the 10th week of the final Term for this academic year. All the focus at this time is on the Prize Giving which will be held next Friday, December 9. The rest of the college will begin their Christmas break after that while the Level 6 will continue, as they'll sit the external exams from December 12-23. Our Form 7 students are wrapping up their USP exams and they'll also take a break together with the rest.
Closing Mass for 2022
We were very fortunate that the former Principal of the college and Provincial Council Member, Fr. 'Aisake Vaisima, landed in Tonga last Thursday. He was gracious in accepting to preside at our final Mass, thus marking the end of this academic year. A few visiting confreres concelebrated at the Eucharist: Fr. 'Okusitino 'Ulupano, Vice Rector at the Pacific Regional Seminary, Fr. Kelekolio Misiloi, and Fr. Tomasi Sili.
Fr. 'Aisake was back to familiar territory as he led the celebration of the Eucharist.
Fr. 'Aisake made use of his time at the college to recreate with the teachers and also with his Marist confreres around the tanoa! He made special mention of how well the confreres look, perhaps too well and overly so for some!
Cheering for the Samoa U20 Rugby Union
The Ministry of Internal Affairs requested Apifo'ou College to cheer for Samoa, while Tonga High School would cheer for Tonga at last Tuesday's match-up at Teufaiva Park. Some of you might know that we do have lots of Samoa connections at the college, especially from Ma'ufanga. The Kaihea's and the 'Ali's are but some with strong blood ties to Samoa.
Well, the funny thing was, since THS made no show on the day, the students were divided in half to cheer for both teams since Samoa was leading 19-3 at halftime! That made the trick as Tonga just managed to score in the dying minutes to edge out Samoa, 25-24!
Much to the delight of the Samoan Team, they came after the game and thanked our teachers and students. Funny enough they thought that our students were from Samoa as they were chanting and cheering in Samoan!
The Team from Ecocare Christchurch completed their project early this week. As explained in the last update, this Water Refinery System will purify and freshen the water. We're indeed grateful to Dr. Ricardo and his Team for this tremendous offer.
Donations to our annual Prize Giving
We're indeed humbled by the many generous donations arrived recently from different families, alumni, and friends of the college. The Vahe Family has kindly donated $2,000 to split between the Dux, 1st & 2nd Runner ups. This is to honour their parents Masia & Akosita Vahe. Likewise, the Alumni 81-85 Aotearoa donated their annual cash of $1,000 and trophy awards for the Dux. Other donations came from 'Unaloto ki Hevani Garage Sale Group ($900) and the Lalo Kasia Club ($4,000). Malo fau e 'ofa mo e tokoni!
The college made history yesterday as the first school to launch a Disability Pathway in its Curriculum. The Ministries of Education and Internal Affairs were present at the occasion since they are the two departments responsible for the program. It was a joyful day for the college, especially Mr. Timote Solo who is championing this venture.
Marist Rugby Club
The Marist Rugby Club will be playing in the semifinal against a familiar opponent, Toloa Old Boys! I hope that my blessing and pep talk yesterday will do the trick at Teufaiva today. Good luck boys!
Once again, may I extend to you all our deepest gratitude for your ongoing support for our beloved college. May God and Mary continue to watch over the Apifo'ou Family both at home and abroad.