College Updates: Week 2 - Term 2
Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This is the second week of classes for Term 2. We welcome back the Level 5 students as they returned to school on Monday.
Like the Form 6 students they were eager to resume classes. We had to conduct the same drills that were done to Forms 6 & 7 so to ensure the safety of everyone.
New strategies to ensure quality pedagogy
As all schools throughout Tonga are in operation at this time, there is a need to re-strategize so as to cater for the educational needs of the students. The Ministry of Education has made some announcements even though these still have to be endorsed by the Hon. Minister of Education:
a) there's a possibility that there won't be any break or holiday until the external exams in the second week of December.
b) we need 30 - 32 weeks to cover the Syllabus prior to the exams
c) another option is to have the exams in the second week of next January. However, all Principals prefer to have the exams in December.
Yesterday, the Parents and Teachers Association had a meeting at the Hall to discuss some of the suggestions proposed by the Administration and the teachers:
Levels 5, 6 & 7 will extend their school hours from 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM beginning next Monday. Levels 1 - 4 will knock off at the usual time at 3.30 PM.
There will be Saturday classes designated to the core subjects and Consent letters will be sent to the parents prior to each class.
Parents are being asked to prepare lunches for their children at this time as no Canteen is allowed to operate due to Covid-19. Likewise, students are not allowed to go to the shops during lunch break.
These motions were readily agreed upon by the parents and we're indeed very grateful for their support. There was a very strong presence of parents at the meeting yesterday which was very affirming.
The Government announced recently that they would help the senior students in Forms 6 & 7 to buy their own laptops, provided that their families would pay half the price. There are only 20 students from AFC that have applied to be part of this scheme and we can understand the rationale behind this. Simply put, parents can't afford the $600 they need to pitch in as part of the laptop's total cost.
Fortunately, the Volunteer Project from Melbourne has sent Laptops and iPads to help the college in this great area of need. This was a cause for great joy for the parents when this was announced at the meeting yesterday.
Once again, I'd like to thank you all for your prayers and support for our beloved school. Let's continue to pray for each other as we journey forward during this difficult passage.