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Students thrive at literacy week finals

Samoa's Primary Schools and Colleges went head-to-head for the final events of the Literacy, Numeracy and Sciences week on Thursday morning. 

More than 2000 students attended the programme over the past four days, with plenty of parents and teachers also watching on. 

Most of the Colleges and Primary Schools involved were from Savaii, who won most spots in the finals.

The events they took on were: impromptu speech, debate, spelling bee, quiz, the creation of "Vee Diagrams", maths, poetry, science projects and other events

One debate between two colleges on the topic of “violence against women” drew an emotional response from the crowd 

Sagaga College from Afeaga walked away with a big win of 79 to 67 over Amoa college from Savaii. 

Meanwhile, Itu-A-Sau College prevailed against Aleipata College with a close-run finish to the spelling bee contest.

“I felt scared when two of my teammate spelled the word wrong, and I was the only one left,  but I am thankful that we won the spelling bee literacy events,” Gretel Fa’a Paia said. 

Gretel won by spelling the winning word: “Thoroughly”.

Primary schools students also put on a show for the crowd, as they took on quizzes in maths and poetry.

Salelesi Primary School triumphed over Tongmaonon and Patamea Primary Schools in the quiz events. The question that separated the teams was:" "How many days are in one year". 

Speaking to Samoa Observer, principal of the School, Jiah Lefaoseu, said his students have done well and making it to the finals was not an easy path. 

"I am positive that we won this quiz competition [at the] Primary School level and during our preparation I did not sleep well trying to make the students ready for the finals," he added.

Not only students but parents and teachers showed faces full of happiness at the conclusion of the literacy week. 

Lau Taouma, 34, said she was happy to watch on to see the students have enjoying the events so much. 

"I thank the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture for this programme, which now the students [know is so] important," she said. 

She said that many students' confidence had grown visibly throughout the competition. 

"There are lots of Primary Schools who have shown us parents [they really] can speak in English," she said. 

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