Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
On Tuesday Fr. 'Ofa Vaihu sm was taken to the hospital by the ambulance. We were surprised to find out later that he had a minor stroke. The update from the doctor is that he has a blood clot in his brain. They're trying their best to stabilize him. I visited Fr. 'Ofa today and he is cheerful as always! At the same time I'm conscious of the severity of what transpired. I humbly seek your prayers for Fr. 'Ofa and his family at this time of anxiety.
Below, Fr.'Ofa is ever smiling around the kava bowl at our Tonga Marist Sector monthly meeting at Longoteme.
The Form 6 Biology Class had their experiment on Tuesday. This one was quite unique as each student had to get a kidney of a pig for dissection. We had put a request to the Exams Unit if the students could do it in groups. Unfortunately, they insisted that the validity of the task is for each student to dissect a kidney! Fortunately, the students were able to get one, and some students even managed to get more than one.
Seen here is the HOD Science Mrs. Makalita Kiutau 'Otumuli directing the experiment.
The Home Economics with the guidance of Mrs. Nasaleti Tausinga helped the students to get their designed dresses sewed up before the Assessors arrived. They stayed up late into the night and we really admire them for those wonderful efforts. One can see from the colourful and fancy dresses the amount of efforts put in by both staff and students.
The Tongan Language students conducted on Tuesday the display of their handicrafts and also the skills in traditional cooking. With the guidance of the guru, Mrs. Vika Matekitonga, the students scored high marks from these activities.
As we aim to complete coverage at the end of this month, some departments such as Maths are organizing night classes to try and fulfill this. Seen below are 'Alipate Kisina and Taniela Kapeta with the night students.
At the school assembly on Tuesday we presented the awards to the students who took part in the Quiz, Zumba, and Poems competitions last week. The cash prize of $1,000 was distributed among the students and the two staff members who guided them, Mr. David Nagata and Sr. Sesilia 'Alamoti smsm.
We had a special guest at the assembly, the CEO of FISA, Mr. Seventeen Toumo'ua, to present the cash awards. There was also another purpose for his presence as he presented a cheque of $2,000 to the school. This is to help with the TVET section of the college. As an ex-student of the college, Mr. Toumo'ua also gave a pep talk to the students to study hard and seek for jobs in the Shipping agencies.
Despite the losses of the senior rugby team, the feedings continue! Last night the Community at Havelu, led by Kevin Fau'ese, treated the 1XV to a special meal.
Our soccer and netball Teams continue to win lots of games in the competitions. Our U19 soccer boys defeated Toloa last week 3 - 1. At least we can beat Toloa in other competitions!
On this feast of St. Mary Magdalene we pray that through her intercession may we be blessed abundantly.
Please continue to pray for Fr. 'Ofa Vaihu sm for a speedy recovery.