Greetings your Eminence and 'Apifo'ou Family,
This is Week 5 and the ball is rolling as far as all our programs are concerned. Our Class Timetables are more or less fixed as we await the final lineups of our teachers. As of now we have 70 faculty members. The final countdown of the college's roll for this year has yet to be finalized due to the number of existing students yet to be registered. The roll is expected to hit 1,500. The teachers have informed me that they haven't seen the Hall totally packed by the students!
There's excitement around the college as all the students are engaged in the Cadet Training! The soldiers from His Majesty's Armed Forces are conducting the training. They've informed that this is the first time they conduct the Cadet Training to so many students. Other schools have cadets such as Toloa and Tailulu but only the TVET or Tech students are involved. It's anticipated that our Cadets will pass out in August during the PTA celebrations.
There are almost 60 students who have enrolled in Form 7. There'll be more in the second half of the year as some of our students are doing bridging courses to complete their Form 6 exams before joining in the 2nd semester. We're indeed grateful that Maletino Hola and Dr. Paku Tausinga are joining the staffs for Form 7.
The annual Inter-House Sports competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday of this week. The 12 Houses will battle it out in these two days. We have made some changes to the strategies for our athletics. We wanted the houses to be more competitive, so we've put it off until week 5 thus allowing them to prepare well and to compete better. We're putting more emphasis on the field events such as shot put, javelin, high, long, and triple jumps, discuss, hurdles, and even pole vault! This is the only way to compete against the likes of Toloa and 'Atele.
St. Joseph's Statue
Today marks a unique event as the statue of St. Joseph & Jesus arrived at the college. We're indeed eternally grateful to Mr. Navi 'Uhatafe and family from Lapaha who kindly donated the marbled-made statue which weighs over 1 tonne. I spoke briefly on our behalf to thank Navi and his family (photo). The statue will officially be blessed at a later date.
We kindly invite ex-students and friends of AFC to come and join us on Thursday & Friday for our Inter-House Sports. It'll be opened with a March competition that will be judged by the soldiers from His Majesty's Armed Forces. The chief guest is the Cathedral Parish Priest, who is none other than a record holder in long distance running, Fr. Sepa Makaohi.