College Updates: Week 6 - Term 2
Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family! Trust this update finds you and your respective families in good health, wherever you are.
~ We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Ned Cook for his untimely passing last week. The college had the honor of having him speak to the students on two topics that were important to him, drugs and alcohol. He was a proud ex-student of the college. Rest in Peace our friend and brother!
~ At the Tongatapu Secondary Schools Principals Association (TSSPA) meeting this week, it was officially confirmed that all sports: Athletics, Rugby, Netball, Soccer, etc. will be postponed till next year 2021. This is a much welcome news to all schools as we can now focus on improving the learning outcomes for the students this year.
~ The respective HOD's at the college are being asked to assess and monitor the coverage progress of their departments. Our target is to complete the syllabus by the end of July. This will allow us ample time to conduct revision and remedial works prior to the final and public exams.
~ Ten Prefect Boys of AFC will join Prefects from other colleges such as Toloa, 'Atele and LHS to assist the Police in their patrols of Nuku'alofa today. We see this as a worthwhile course of action and thus more than willing to render our support.
Face Masks Project:
You may have seen in the earlier updates some shots of our junior students donning the face masks. Well, today, TV Tonga did a coverage of the project. We're proud to know that we're one of the first institutions to instigate such a project. We hope this may inspire other schools in Tonga to join the campaign.
AFC Botanical Garden:
There has been a fair bit of rain in the past days which is ideal for our sandalwood trees (photo 021). I continue to encourage teachers and students to continue caring and maybe even chatting with these special trees!
We hope to secure some funding in the coming weeks from the NZ High Com to buy fruit trees (500) from Tokomololo (Forestry Dept.). The 2nd stage of the project is to plant fruit trees as well at the college.
~ The St. Mary's north-side classrooms are shaping up well (photo 001). They are working on the ceilings and painting of the walls.
~ The 3 new classrooms facing the Tennis Court are near completion now (photos 009 & 014).
~ The Leo Group workers are working tirelessly to complete the Science Lab next week (photo 006).
We're still unable to conduct general assemblies and Mass due to the ongoing restrictions from COVID-19. Nonetheless, Masses are offered daily at the Marist Chapel for all the intentions of the college and the wider Apifo'ou Family.