College Updates: Week 5 - Term 1
Greetings Your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This is week 5 and we're focusing on our coverage as we prepare for our first Assessment in week 8. Yesterday, the college celebrated Mass to mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with the administering of ashes.
The officers from the Legislative Assembly conducted a debate at the college yesterday as part of the preparations for the upcoming National Youth Parliament next month. The debated topic was "Should youth be involved in politics?" Our students, with the guidance of the teachers, did brilliantly, much to the admiration of the parliamentary staff!
Two new teachers, both ladies, joined us this week after our call on the radio for more teachers to teach at the college. We still need more!
MOU signed with St. Bede's College:
Last Friday a historical event took place at the college with the signing of an MOU with St. Bede's College in Christchurch, New Zealand. The rector Mr. Boyle and his deputy Mr. Davidson paid us a courtesy visit which was in part to sign the document. Currently, two of our students are studying at St. Bede's under scholarships. This is a wonderful opportunity for AFC to become a Sister School with another Marist school. We look forward for more bilateral engagements and benefits between our two schools.
Ongoing Construction & Reconstruction Works:
Both the new classrooms and the Science Labs are progressing well. The Leo Group reckons that they'll complete the Labs in a couple of weeks. We've requested the CaBella contractors to see if they can complete the first 3 new classrooms so that they can be officially opened and blessed during the celebrations of our 155th anniversary on the 28th of April.
The 'palupalu' or 'gunu sede' in Fijian we had last week was quite successful as we raised more than 7K. A few ex-students collected some funds where they are, including my grog gang in Suva as well as some donations from generous donors overseas. We're eternally grateful for your kind generosity.
The funds raised have enabled us to pay for the manufacture of new high jump mattresses in Fiji. Once it's done, the mattresses will be delivered to the college, probably by next week. We'll make the hurdles here, with our TVET people taking a leading role.
Kole pe ke hokohoko atu ai pe 'etau fehufaki'aki 'i he kamata'anga ko eni 'o e Taimi Fakamamahi. May we continue to pray for each other as we embark on our Lenten journey for 2020.