College Updates: Week 12, Term 1
Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This week has been dedicated to the preparations for the likely reopening of schools here in Tonga in two weeks time. It has been announced by the Hon. Prime Minister that due to the steady decline in the number of positive cases in the country, there’s a real possibility that schools may reopen soon.
There will be a general inspection of all schools, conducted by the MoE, MoH, and UNICEF. This is to ensure that all adhere to the guidelines for the safety of staff and students. We’re very grateful to the teachers who turned up for the cleaning up.
Meanwhile, there have been some timely donations to the college. Firstly, as shown below, there were donated items from Her Majesty, Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho. These were cartons of face masks, sanitizers, and gloves. We’ll send a formal note of gratitude on behalf of us all to the Palace Office next week.
Secondly, a very timely gift from the Alumni 90/95 in USA which they explain below:
"Ko e tu’unga 'o e fakahoha'asi 'a e feitu’u na koe'uhi ko e ki'i puha 88/44 mei he to’u ako 90/95 mei Amelika, na’a mau fa'o atu 'a e ngaahi me’a malu’i PPE koe’uhi ko e mahaki 'oku to i hotau ki'i fonua:
Masks = 10,000
Gloves = 5000
Gowns = 600
Plastic Apron = 800
Goggles = 1500
Hand Sanitizers = 72
Oku mau tui 'e 'aonga eni ki he fanau ako 'i he taimi faingata'a ko eni. 'Oku mau 'ofa lahi atu mei he Palesiteni mo e to’u ako 90/95 USA:
Mafi Mateo, Erini Sakalia, Vatau Mateo, 'Epifania Havea, Vila Fakava, Lofitu Mateo
Mohu, Flora Fusimalohi, Tomitila Kuea, Mele Taloa, Fatima Latu, 'Ana Tu'amoheloa,
'Anamalia Saulala, Kasanita Lu’au, Falemei Fehoko pea mo au 'Ana Kolopeaua."
To assist with the preparations for reopening we got 30 bins from Frank Enterprise. Our maintenance crew led by Pila Havili fitted water taps into the bins. These will be scattered along the corridors to serve as water taps for the washing of hands.
The next set of photos will feature the collective efforts of our teachers and some students to prepare the college for reopening:
Seen above is the Dean for St. Mary’s, Sr. 'Akanesi Liongi, supervising the cleaning up.
The clear signage of directions, as seen above, was strongly recommended by the MoH. This will enable the orderly flow of students. After doing this we've noticed that this activity has added a sense of neatness to the corridors and walkways.
Seen here above is the Leading Hand, Mr. Haukinima Mafi, guiding the students on how to ensure the signage is painted neat and straight.
Seen above are the supervisors of the painting operation, Mr. Silo Tahi, Fr. Sipiliano and Taholo 'Anitoni, still deciding what to make of the end result.
The teachers with the help of some students are doing a great job in terms of cleaning up around the campus. Below is Sr. Mo’unga SOLN leading the charge!
May I extend to you all our sincere gratitude for your continuous prayers and support for the college. We look forward to resume classes at least for our senior Forms.
In this month of Mary I pray that our Blessed Mother will continue to watch over the entire Apifo’ou Family with her powerful intercession.