Thursday, February 24, 2011

First day of school 2011

PHOTO: Matamaka GPS students and staff 2011.

Wow, I couldn't believe it's that time of year again. Where did summer go? We officially opened for learning at Matamaka GPS on January 31. We have a ton of new faces this year, including a new principal! Her name is Pitisi and she joins our staff from Leimatu'a GPS. She is very excited to work in the outer-island for the first time. Ma'asi and I are very grateful to have her join our team.

Great news, Matamaka GPS was ranked in the TOP 3 Government Primary Schools in Vava'u in the 2010 academic year. We had a 100% passing rate with the Secondary Entry Exam last October. All my Class six students literally rocked their exams. A special shout-out to our former principal Soane for his hard work and dedication with the students. He has been transferred to the main land this year (He also added another beautiful baby girl during the holiday break--congrats!). We will miss him dearly, but we wish him best of luck at Pangaimotu GPS.

We have approximately twenty total students this year. We are still waiting on a couple students to return from Tongatapu. Regardless, I am super pumped for this year. There is a new syllabus and I definetly feel more comfortable with how things function at the school. Furthermore, the students all know me by now and are comfortble speaking some faka-palangi (English) with me.

PHOTOS: Lolo being launched at the Neiafu wharf.

Here are some photos of the official Ministry of Education boat getting ready to take my new principal and outer-island staff to our individual sites--thank you EU for the generous donation of the boat. Ma'asi will be teaching the Class 4-6 this year and he will do great. It is a big step from teaching Class 1-3 since it will be his responsibility to ensure each students do well with the exams in October. Lastly, I want to give a quick shout out to Kathy Beck, a RPCV, for her kind donations of school supplies from Tongatapu. The children love the new letter blocks and art supplies! Malo 'aupito!
PHOTO: The children trying to figure out the new letter blocks from Kathy.

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