Greetings your Eminence and fellow Apifo’ou Family!
This is the 3rd week of Term 2. Yesterday, we had our first Inter-House Sports. This is a strategy to help relieve the pressure of study on both staff and students. Running non-stop until December can have adverse effects, especially for students with limited abilities. No wonder both staff and students were really looking forward to this event as an ‘icebreaker’ as it were from classroom activities. Everyone had fun!
Fiber Optic Internet
The college is deeply indebted to the Ex-students’ Executive Committee from Sydney, Australia for the funds donated to set up Fiber Optic Internet for the school. In order for the internet network to work effectively, we need a cable line from TCC as the base for the network connections to reach the Forms 6 & 7 Blocks. Our Sydney Alumni have kindly donated $9,401.74 for this project. May I extend our heartfelt gratitude to the President, Mr. Dan Loloa, Secretary Mr. Hingano Chris Kaitapu, and Treasurer, Mr. Angina Lapa and the rest of their Executive Committee and members for this wonderful gesture of support for the college. Malo fau e 'ofa!
NZ Royal Navy Ship Manawanui
The college welcomed the Officers from the NZ Royal Navy ship, Manawanui. They had a brief tour of the school and interacted with the students.
Last Saturday was a busy day for ex-students. In the morning they conducted a special AGM to discuss some of the pertinent issues pertaining to the construction of the college's new chapel. His Eminence, Cardinal Mafi, graced the meeting and offered his support with his words of wisdom.
In the afternoon the reps from the different Alumni Groups met at the Marist Fathers' residence to discuss ways to assist with the operational cost of running the school. It was heartwarming to see elderly ex-students like Mr. Kama attending the meeting.
The Alumni 97 group then donated $6,000 to help with the running cost of the college. Seen in the photo below is Mr. Pasoni presenting their donation to the Principal. We certainly hope that this would inspire other Alumni Groups to reach out.
The TVET staff and students are wrapping up the work on the school's new Dental Clinic. The dentists from the main hospital have started bringing in the equipment and furniture for the clinic. We have finalized with them the Opening Day for the Dentistry which will be on the 2nd of September of this year.
The victims of the fire that razed their family home to the ground were very grateful to the college for the ongoing support ever since that disaster. Last week the college conducted a Kasia Day and collected $1500 plus other items such as food stuff, clothes, utensils, etc. which were then presented to the family. This is an easy way of collecting funds wherein students donate $1 each and teachers $5.
This is a joyful week as we welcomed back two of our teachers that were on study leave overseas. Mr. Timote Solo has returned from Fiji after conducting studies to obtain his Masters. Mr. Sipinoti Moimoi has also returned from New Zealand after successfully completing his study for his degree in Music. Welcome to both of them.
May I extend to you all our sincerest gratitude for your ongoing prayers and support for our beloved college.