Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This is the 3rd week of the final Term for this academic year 2022.
Weekly Eucharist: The weekly Friday Mass is the highlight of every week at the college. It's an ideal occasion to wrap up each week's activities. Today, the college was blessed to have Fr. Lutoviko 'Olie sm as our main celebrant. He's no stranger to Apifo'ou as he taught here for a couple of years before going to Rome for further studies. Tomorrow he leaves for the Solomon Islands for his new appointment.
This strategy continues as we edge closer to the end of the year. The students are served with a light meal before they do two solid hours of classes.
This evening at the Bishop Patelisio Finau & Knight Sofele Kakala Hall, the college will hold its annual Music Festival. This is primarily to assess the IA Music of the Level 6 students. Some special items from the Band and Choir will also feature this evening. You can watch the livestream of the festival via the Letio Apifo'ou Tonga.
St. Mary's Chapel
Mrs. Vai'ufia Takau recently returned from NZ after taking a holiday with her family. She brought with her the piece of marble stone for the altar of the St. Mary's Chapel. She also brought a Memorial Plaque for the late Mrs. Makasini Paini 'Otuhiva-Raass whose family has generously funded the reconstruction work.
Radio AFC Melbourne's Manatu Melie Program
On Wednesday evening the Melbourne Radio Apifo'ou hosted us on their popular Manatu Melie program. If you may recall, Mr. David Goldsmith, the leading Dentist from the Ballarat Rotary Club that donated all the equipment to our Dental Clinic. We were fortunate also to have Dr. Susitina Piukala to be part of the program. We merely discussed the way forward for the clinic. My sincere thanks to our wonderful hosts, Rev. Lauleti Tu'inauvai and his beloved wife Manusiu, without forgetting the professional technician behind this radio programme, old boy Lisiate Masi.
New Photocopiers & A4 Papers
The arrival of the photocopiers and A4 papers from our Volunteers in Melbourne was most timely. This will make lots of differences for the Level 6 Coordinator, Sr. Sesilia 'Alamoti, and her teachers. Malo e 'ofa lahi!
This is a milestone for Apifo'ou as the Wantok Company has finally carried out the long awaited project of connecting the Levels 6, 7, and the Admin Block to a more stable and robust WIFI connection. Our deepest gratitude to Justin Kaitapu and his Team from Wantok, the newest Internet Provider in town.
Alumni 81 - 85
A dream come true to the St. John's Block of classrooms as the Alumni 81-85 began this week the repair work. They have taken over the first classroom, next to the old Chapel. Fortunately, their leader Tu'ihoua Kalu brought his group of soldiers to do the work which has certainly sped things up.
Special World Teacher's Day gift
Out of all the gifts presented to me in honor of World Teachers' Day, this one from this group of F7 students was the most precious one. I'm not sure how they got hold of this picture but this was my mum's last day with us, 11/12/20. This was an intimate moment as I had just anointed her with the Holy Oil and then she just gradually and peacefully lifted up her spirit to God. This wall clock is truly unique & will be treasured.
The Hall at the college has become the popular venue for our annual Fiji Day celebrations! This year was a quiet one but still worth celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Fiji's independence. The celebration may be small but the 'wai ni vanua' never runs dry!! Toso, toso Viti !!
Frank Mateo Halafihi's Family
One of the obvious pathways to success for Mr. Frank Mateo is his strong family-oriented approach. On Tuesday evening at his newest Bar & Karaoke place in the heart of Nuku'alofa, we celebrated the achievement of his second son, who has just graduated with a BCom degree from the University of Auckland. Mighty congrats Petelo Sanele Halafihi!
Our heartfelt gratitude to you all, near and far, for your continuous love and support for our beloved college.