Year 13 Sooaemalelagi class of 2018 set benchmark

Saint Mary’s College has thanked sponsors for supporting fundraising that has enabled the school to renovate the senior block with ceramic tiling.

The deputy head girl of the school, Quenjule Slaven, said that they ran a spellathon fundraising which started in February of this year and resulted in the collection of $18,000.

“The total amount was then divided up into various allocations including the Year 13 formal wear, educational field trip to Savai’i for arts, science and commerce to conduct the internal assessments, and lastly the ceramic tiling which alone costs $10,000."

“The reason behind the idea of renovating is due to so many cyclones that resulted in flooding and therefore affecting the condition of the floors in the classrooms. The ceramic tiles will replace the vinyl tiles, which were not in good condition."

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“These ceramic tiles are to provide the students with safety and a more hygienic environment to help them with learning and reduce chances of injuries. The project also serves to cater to students having adequate education facilities which their parents are paying for,” she said.

Quenjule added that the school buildings have hosted and produced many successful graduates over the years. 

“We acknowledge the support of our parents and everyone that have helped us with raising money needed for our project,” she added. 

The graduating classes in Saint Mary’s College has a tradition – which has been practiced over the years – where they leave behind a legacy by embarking on a school project. 

The location of the school at the Vaimoso village makes it prone to heavy rain and flooding, which can reach the school compound and flood the entire school classrooms.

Quenjule said that it was the hope of her class – Year 13 Sooaemalelagi class of 2018 – that with their ceramic tiling project this year, could inspire the next senior class to focus on renovating the learning facilities, which would benefit the next generation of students.

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