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College Updates: Week 2 - Term 4

Salutation

Greetings to you, Your Eminence, Cardinal Paini Mafi and fellow Apifo'ou Family!


Admin Briefs

Even though there were still some extra-curricular activities to complete, the focus was on our Final Exams for Level 6. The Form 6 students know too well how important these exams are as they serve as the final yard-stick to measure their preparedness for the external exams. Once these exams are over, the students will have a couple more weeks to iron out last minute details before they embark on the public exams which will run from 7th to the 17th of November. The rest of the Levels will begin theirs in two weeks time.


Final Exams

It's great to see the most senior of the staff, Ms. Fololeni Fatai, still doing what she loves the most, being in the classroom with her students.






Blessing & Opening of the Reconstructed Canteen

It was a joy-filled day on Wednesday as we witnessed yet another milestone at the college. This time round, it was the blessing of the newly reconstructed canteen. The auspicious event was also attended by Tonga's Honourable Consul to Australia, Ms. Louise Waterhouse.


Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Mr. Sione Finefeuiaki and his Team from the Sione's Foundation who carried out this project. The Second Secretary from the Australian High Commission was present to do the honours of cutting the ribbon. The ceremony was followed by light refreshments and entertainments.






St. Bede's Tour

The Principal of St. Bede's College, Mr. McDowall, Director of Ministry, Rachel, and the 17 boys from our sister college in Christchurch, returned to Aotearoa last night. The eight-day tour program was packed with a variety of activities: field trips, excursions, classroom activities, and doing projects at the college. However, they all admitted that the home-stay program was the best. One can view below the photos of their first meet with their host families and tell that they were already feeling at home!







Their last day together with their host families speaks volume of the profound joy that they share. Some were openly in tears as they bade farewell to one another.

Seen above are the boys at the Ha'amonga Trilithon and below was the welcome and farewell meal at Kolovai, hosted by the Parish of Hihifo. Malo Frs. Mateo & 'Epeli.


It's customary for Kiwis to respond with a song or Haka as tokens of appreciation.



Seen above are the two Principals exchanging niceties before parting company. One of which is a proposed Tour by the AFC's U17 Rugby Team to St. Bede's next year!

Soane Tahi above and his family enjoying the last few moments with his family. He led the boys from St. Bede's and he'll be in Form 7 there next year.



It's always great to have a small project at the host school so to remember them by! The St. Bede's boys gave a facelift to the two sign-platforms at the college.




Pictorials from the Burial of Sr. Saloni Helepiko SMSM (RIP)





Conclusion

May I extend to you all our profound gratitude for all your prayers and support for the Marist Family as we mourn the passing of our fellow Marist missionary, Sr. Saloni.


Please continue to keep us in your prayers, especially in this month of the Rosary.


Viva AFC!

Ekuasi

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