Greetings your Eminence and fellow Apifo'ou Family!
This is the 3rd week of term 2 and the college is back to normal program after the celebrations of our 158th Anniversary last Saturday. The Level 6 students are embarked on the usual vital exercises of getting their Internal Assessments (IA's) done. This is a key component of their efforts to pass the external exams. The teachers and the students are working together to ensure that all the students are able to submit their works on time. Meanwhile, the three NRL Teams, U16 boys & girls, U18 boys are preparing for their final games this week.
Our Marist confreres joined us in the celebration of the Eucharist. It was great to have Fr. Suni Halapio with us as he prepares to go for his renewal program.
It was such a wonderful feeling to see the ex-students coming out in numbers to celebrate our anniversary. It was extra special to witness the older generations blending joyfully with the younger ones!
It was a proud day for the two Head Prefects, Malia Kaihea & Soane Huhane to lead the March from the Cathedral to the college, led by the college Brass Band.
Seen here are some of the teachers at different levels marching with the students.
An important part of the celebrations was the singing competitions. There were nine choirs in total: 7 Parishes who are associated with Apifo'ou plus the college choir and the Lalo Kasia Club. Each choir was to select a song composed for Apifo'ou by the legendary Knight Sofele Kakala. One can tell that choirs sang with passion and pride as they have identified in one way or another with these songs. You can watch the recordings of these songs on the Facebook page of Letio Apifo'ou Tonga.
Seen above is the conductor Patelisio Fuimaono with the Lalo Kasia Club choir. And below is the Nuku'alofa choir who was awarded winner of the competition. The second prize went to the college choir, and third was the Ma'ofanga parish choir.
The Chief Guest at this anniversary celebration was ex-student Mrs. Pasemata Vi, who attended on behalf of her brother and ex-student, Lord Ve'ehala, who is currently out of the country.
Volunteer Container from Melbourne
Our classrooms are looking brighter with all the remaining blackboards having been replaced by white ones! The Enrichment Program has been richly blessed with the items from our ex-student volunteers in Melbourne. These children now have more reading materials, games, and other visual aids thanks to this generous donation.
The eagle has landed! The container sent from our ex-students in Queensland has arrived safely at the college yesterday. The excitement is in the air at the college as another massive donation from ex-students arrived just in time. We cannot thank our Queensland ex-students enough for such an invaluable contribution. Malo e 'ofa
Campaign for New Brass Band Instruments
We're indeed grateful to 'Isitokia Paasi, together with our Radio Apifo'ou hosts from Texas, ex-students Rev. 'Aleki Latu, Lui Vaitaki, and Pelenato Huhane, who are orchestrating this campaign to get new Brass Band instruments for the college Brass Band. Malo fau e tokoni.
Seen below is a List of willing Donors so far to this worthy cause. And there's still time for anyone wishing to contribute a brass instrument. Malo si'i 'ofa Famili 'Apifo'ou.
Tonga NRL Finals
The AFC three Teams lost out in the finals but we saluted them for a gallant performance. The U16 Boys lost to Atele 10 - 14, U16 Girls lost to Liahona 8 - 14, U18 Boys lost to Liahona 4 - 6. Well done AFC!
Dr. Leonaitasi Hoponoa
Since the Staff Retreat, Dr. Hoponoa has been instrumental in running formation classes for the students. Malo 'aupito e si'i tuku taimi mo e tokoni lahi Sir!
Prefects' Formation Day
We're very grateful to the Parish Priest of Hihifo, Fr. Mateo Kivalu and his ECL Diocesan Team, Servants Clare & Bernadette, for facilitating this wonderful event. We're also equally grateful to the parishioners of Hihifo for all the caterings. Malo fau e 'ofa.
May I extend to you all our heartfelt gratitude for all your prayers and support for our beloved college.