Greetings your Eminence and fellow AFC Family!
~ This is week 3 of the second Term. The staff and students have resumed classes after one week of sports. The spectacular performances by our Athletic Squad have laid a formidable foundation for the rest of the extra-curricular activities for this year. Likewise, it sets the pace for all the activities of the college especially the academic domain.
Athletics' Squad Thanksgiving Mass:
Photos 016 & 017 show the joyful experiences of the athletes during the Thanksgiving Mass last Sunday at the Bp. Patelisio Finau & Knight Sofele Kakala Hall. The families and friends of the athletes prepared a scrumptious meal and shared it with everyone after Mass.
Official Sports Results:
You'll see in the final official results released by the Sports' Committee yesterday that Tupou College once again the overall winner of this year's athletics competitions. They hauled 35 Gold medals.
Apifo'ou College was in second place with 18 Gold medals followed by Tonga High with 16 GM. The big difference was that Toloa gathered lots of medals from the Field events and the Open Grade. We had a lone competitor in the Open Grade and he wasn't successful!
Now that we have some of the sports equipment such as the mattresses, we can and we must try and compete in all the field events, including Pole Vault. At our Think Tank program on Letio Apifo'ou yesterday, I shared with Francis & Rodney that we need professional guidance on these areas of sports.
We usually conduct our own medals presentation together with some Cash incentives to the athletes in the school's Assembly. However, we thought it would be better to have it on Saturday during our Feast Day celebration.
Rugby, Netball, Football will begin on the 28th of May so we have a month before that.
The senior rugby Team started training early together with the athletes. According to Fangatapu the boys need to get the basics of rugby right.
Photos 057, 059, & 060 were taken yesterday and this morning as the machines started the grading, filling, and rollering of the roads. This was made possible after our request to the Hon. Minister Tatafu Moeaki for assistance. He reckons that this is done just to better the roads before our Feast Day celebration on Saturday. Of course, part of the programs is the march from the Cathedral to school.
You can detect on photo 057 that Mary is smiling as the machines do their work! I suppose her message was "....about time!"
Feast Day Celebrations:
The day will begin with the Mass at the Cathedral at 9 AM.
Around 10.45 the different Alumni Groups of ex-students form their groups and begin the march to Apifo'ou.
Upon arrival cold drinks will be served and then assembled for the AGM.
Next will be the shared lunch at the Hall. Medals presentation will be done during lunch.
This will be followed by the presentation of Levies by the ex-students.
A key feature during the AGM is the presentation of the 5 Years Master Plan. I look forward to the deliberations on this Plan because for me this is the Charter forward for our beloved school AFC.
My heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Alisi Kautoke who has been instrumental in facilitating this project. To the rest of the Team Sakopo Lolohea and Kesomi Siale, I thank you most sincerely for your unique contributions to the Plans. Together we have formed a formidable Team, Indeed, the Plan is the ideal tool that will lever our beloved college to greater heights and new frontiers.
May I take this opportunity to extend to you all our committed Apifo'ou Family for the renewed passion with which you rally behind the college. The experiences we encountered during the consultations were mutually challenging but heartwarming. The soaring spirit showed by the respective Parishes in the recent concerts and fundraising affirms the willingness of the Apifo'ou Family to embrace their pledge and support for our beloved school.
May I wish one and all, a joyful and grace-filled celebration of our feast Day!