The disruption caused by threats from an Avele College student did not stop Maluafou College celebrating their English Day on Thursday.
On a beautiful day, parents, families, teachers and students of the school gathered to promote the importance of learning the English language, as the gateway to opportunities.
With the theme of the day being “English Bridges Gaps,” Principal, Lasi Tavae, said the main purpose of the event is to encourage the students to speak English and to remind them that English is the key to success.
“English is the language of globalisation,” she said.
“It opens more opportunities and doors for you. Being able to speak English allows you to communicate effectively with people from other countries or when you travel outside of Samoa.”
Turning to the students, she reminded them that as the future of this country, they need to start learning now so that they can be very successful leaders.
“English removes all barriers in learning and it is the main language of instruction we use in the classrooms. Therefore, we may say that English is the main key to success in learning.
“All the subjects are taught in English except for Samoan. However, we’ve noticed that there are some students who are not comfortable in speaking the language because they are afraid of making mistakes. So this activity is very vital in encouraging speaking English and building up their self-confidence.”
This is not an annual event for the school, said the Principal.
“The last time we had an English Day was 2014. Last year, we had a Culture Day, which enabled our students to showcase their talents and knowledge of our Samoan Culture.”
The school was divided into four teams, and they were Upolu, Savaii, Manono and Apolima. The students and teachers were given six weeks to prepare for the event.
The Judges for the competition were Malopaumalama Papali’i, the Deputy Director of EFKS Education and the Editor of the Samoa Observer Newspaper, Mata’afa Keni Lesa.
The teams were judged upon seven different categories. They were the Spelling B Competition, Poetry Recital, Drama, Creative Dance, Speeches, Debates, and the finale which is the Mr. and Miss Maluafou Pageant.
In the end, Savai’i won.