Happy 65th birthday, Samoa College!

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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CONGRATULATIONS: Eighty-one-year-old Sianatu Tofa blows out the candles on Samoa College’s 65th birthday during a ball the Samoa College Old Pupils Association (S.C.O.P.A.) hosted to celebrate the event on Thursday night.

CONGRATULATIONS: Eighty-one-year-old Sianatu Tofa blows out the candles on Samoa College’s 65th birthday during a ball the Samoa College Old Pupils Association (S.C.O.P.A.) hosted to celebrate the event on Thursday night. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Friday wasn’t just a special day for Samoa.

For former and present students of Samoa College, the day marked the 65th year of the school.

And what do they do? Well they had a ball, kicking off a grand celebration at their school hall.

President of S.C.O.P.A., Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, said the school has come a long way. The evening, he added, was for everyone to come together and celebrate the grand occasion. 

“The Samoa College Old Pupils Association ball was a success with the total collection of $171,000 from the fundraising,” he said. 

“We knew this had to be celebrated and what other way to raise funds to help with the school development than through this platform?”

 “The turnout was great and even greater was seeing the full support by the private sector and the former students and that is something to be proud of.”

Sianatu Tofa, who is 81-years-old, had the honour of cutting the cake. She has been an active supporter of the school for many years. 

More than 800 people attended the ball, enjoying live music, laughter and plenty more. 

Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo
Samoa College marks 65 years with a ball. Photo/Misiona Simo

The crowd was also treated to a special performance by Samoa’s very own, Leali’ioaiga Eddie Taualapini, known to many as E.T. 

“S.C.O.P.A. is looking at making this an annual event to allow a platform for the members to congregate.” 

The evening ball was packed with former students, members of the private sector; Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng and his wife; Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, Minister of Justice Courts and Administration, Katopua Tialavea, Minister of Education, Sports and Culture Loau Keneni Sio several Chief Executive Officers of Government Ministries. 

According to Leala, the money collected from the event will go to the development of the school, most especially the move for the school to go digital next month. 

“Now keep in mind that we wanted to administer the school to assure that we provide every opportunity possible for our strident and since taking over the school, our goal is to become the first digital college.” 

“And with the strong support by the private sector and former students and the funds collected tonight (Friday) we will be able to achieve our goals of going Digital.” 

“Our whole aim is to take Samco to the next level with going digital and its costly, but it will be worth every sene, given that we are investing in the future of our students.”

“We see this as a way to solve the problem of shortage of teachers as well the resources and going digital allows students to access everything.”

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