Greetings Your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This is the 6th week of classes. We continue to focus on preparing our students for their first Assessment on week 8.
As Tonga awaits the results of the blood test of the first alleged victim of the virus, we continue our normal program. However, general awareness programs and a variety of precautionary measures have been taught to our staff and students.
There are about 70 athletes in the squad for the inter-secondary competitions that will be held on the 21-24 of April. The long distance runners have started camping while the rest will come in next week. Parents and ex-students have contributed to the up-keep and feeding of the athletes.
Photo (004) of the athletes was taken this morning after their early training session in front of the statue of Our Lady & Baby Jesus, in keeping with a long Marist tradition of offering each day to the Lord and the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother.
Two new staff members:
Two new teachers, Ms. 'Anaseini Lolohea and Ms. Fauangina Lepolo, have joined us this week. They've just graduated from USP, majoring in Maths & Physics, respectively.
On the same token, Dr. Paku Tausinga continues to help with English in our Form 7. He teaches twice a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays despite his loaded responsibilities at St. Andrews. We're eternally grateful to Paku and other ex-student scholars who have come back and offer their services to the college.
Construction & renovation works:
The Ca'Bella contractors are preparing to pour concrete on the beams of the 3 new classrooms (photo 013). They appear to be on track with respect to the schedule.
The Leo Group are putting final touches onto the purlins and rafters of the Science Labs (photo 015). They'll put up the roof next week.
The Ca'Bella contractors have also started with the construction of the 4 new classrooms, 2 on each side of the old Admin block at St. Mary's (photo 005).
For your information, the materials for the roof (colorbond) have been kindly donated by Mr. Minoru Nishi and family (photo 016). This week they have also donated texts and library books to the college. We're profoundly grateful for such generous acts of charity.
Please accept our sincere gratitude for your continuous support and prayers for 'Apifo'ou College. It's in the spirit of Lent that we continue to support each other through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.