Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
This is week 6 of Term 2 and I'd like to think that we're back to normal even though we're still observing some of the guidelines from the MoH. Today was quite unique as the Apifo'ou Family marked the 80th birthday of our most senior teacher, Ms. Fololeni Fatai. It is a real milestone for any teacher to reach 80 while still active in the teaching profession.
Seen above and below is the Deputy Principal Kaunga Taulua lighting the candles while the birthday lady contemplates her wish before blowing out the candles.
Seen below are the students singing their hearts out during Mass and especially the birthday song for Ms. Fololeni.
The college conducted its first general assembly this week and today we celebrated Mass together as a college. It's important for the staff and students to experience some degree of normalcy which will increase their level of confidence.
We're very grateful to the ex-students from Aotearoa for donating the TAT Test equipment to the college. It has indeed become handy as anyone who feels sick during school hours will now be administered the test. Our Office Staff have been trained to carry our this important service when needed.
The college is grateful for the many donations that have come from different NGO's and friends of the college. The MEIDECC, MORDI, and Caritas Tonga have offered more masks, sanitizers and other items this week. Malo lahi e 'ofa mo e tokoni.
Kilisitina Pome'e Dentistry
You may have recalled from previous updates that the late Director of TOML, Kilisitina Pome'e, was very supportive of her former school. The organization TOML (Tonga Offshore Mining LTD) has donated $5,000 toward the construction of the Dentistry for the school. This is part of the clinic and it'll be very beneficial for the college. Below are the TVET's staff Fetaiaki and Filipe checking the work by students.
Sitani Paulo's Family
Yesterday, the widow Selina and the children Paulo, 'Akesa, Lavinia & Nate visited us at Apifo'ou. They presented food items and koloa as a token of their gratitude for all that we did for the funeral of their beloved Dad, Sitani. Frankly, this was an unnecessary gesture but I suppose they're just fulfilling their traditional duties.
May I extend to you all on behalf of the Apifo'ou Family in Tonga our sincere gratitude for your prayers and support for our beloved school.