New Principals mark fresh start for Marist schools

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PRINCIPAL OF MARIST BROTHERS: Brother Siaosi Ioane.

PRINCIPAL OF MARIST BROTHERS: Brother Siaosi Ioane.

The search for principals to lead Marist Brothers’ two schools in Samoa has ended following the appointment of Brother Siaosi Ioane and Brother Bryan V. Stanaway. 

Both principals are Marist Brothers.

Br. Siaosi has been appointed Principal of Marist Brothers’ Primary School, Mulivai for 2017 - 2019. He is no stranger to this position as he was the principal of Marist Primary from 2000 to 2002. 

Aside from postings overseas, Br. Siaosi was also the principal of St. Joseph’s College and Ulimasao College. 

Br. Siaosi is Samoan and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Br. Bryan Stanaway will be the principal of St Joseph’s College, Alafua for 2017 - 2018. 

He has been at St. Joseph’s College for several years now as its Deputy Principal. 

In the middle of this year, Br. Bryan was appointed Acting Principal of St. Joseph’s and later Principal for 2016. 

He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to apply to be St. Joseph’s principal for next year. 

Br. Bryan is of Maori descent and is a Registered Teacher in New Zealand who has vast educational experience having taught at schools in New Zealand and the Pacific for 50 years.

ST JOSEPH’S NEW PRINCIPAL: Brother Bryan V. Stanaway.
ST JOSEPH’S NEW PRINCIPAL: Brother Bryan V. Stanaway.

The Chairman of the Governance Board of the two schools, Tuatagaloa Aumua Leung Wai said the appointments mark a new beginning for Marist Brothers.

 “Appointing two vastly experienced Marist Brothers who are passionate and committed to educate our students is a new beginning in making the Marist Brothers’ schools in Samoa learning institutions of excellence,” he said. 

“We have just completed our Strategic Plan for the two schools so the next phase is to ensure that such plan is properly implemented.”

The Marist Brothers’ schools have produced many leaders for Samoa, both past and current. 

For example, the current Head of State, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Chief Justice and Controller and Auditor General, to name a few are former students of Marist Brothers’ schools. 

The Marist Brothers also introduced the sports of rugby and boxing to Samoa.

 “The Marist Brothers want to ensure that our schools continue to provide education in Samoa based on Marist spirituality so we can produce citizens who are of good character and leaders at home, village, church, business and Government,” said Br. John Hazelman on behalf of the Samoa Marist Brothers’ Trust Board. 

Br. John also thanked the outgoing principal of Marist Primary, Tualasea Kalala Samuelu for stepping up to lead Marist Primary when there was a shortage of Marist Brothers.

 “The Marist Brothers’ celebrate next year their 200 years of existence with the theme: A New Beginning. It is therefore fitting that we are putting in place new strategies to improve our schools starting 2017”, added Br John.

The two Marist Brothers’ schools in Samoa are owned by the Samoa Marist Brothers’ Trust Board but are governed by the Governance Board.

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