Samoa College farewells Mr. Rimoni
Samoa College officially farewelled their long-time serving former Principal Malaeulu Papalii Reupena Rimoni on Friday afternoon.
Students of the Year 13 level and staff members relayed emotional words and gifts for the now-retired Mr. Rimoni in a ceremony held in the College's multipurpose hall.
"This is not a 'good bye' but a see you later," said most of the department speeches from the staff members.
The staff members echoed similar sentiments saying Mr. Rimoni will be remembered for his gentleman-like ways, his humility and ability to smile at whatever is thrown at him, especially the knowledge he has passed down over the years.
Mr. Rimoni has been serving in Samoa College for more than 30 years, starting in 1987.
Seven years of teaching in Samoa College, he was appointed as deputy principal in 1994.
In 1998, he was promoted to be the Samoa College Principal and went on to head the prominent high school for more than 20 years.
In his farewell speech, Mr. Rimoni said may every praise he has heard from both students and staff regarding his service in the school be praises for the Lord.
He also encouraged the current students of Samoa College to stick with the Lord always and to be diligent in their decisions.
"I am sure I have taught the parents of most of the students sitting here. And that's the spirit of why the Lord shall be thanked because he is the one who gives the strength for me to do this job," he said.
"The truth is, this job is not easy. But what makes it easier is sticking close to the Lord, be close to him at all times. His spirit is what shares with you what should be done and not.
"Within the 33 years, I have seen many generations come through this school. And I thank everyone whom I have worked alongside, including the students I ave taught because everyone has a role to play."
Mr. Rimoni went on to inspire the teachers to continue doing the noble work of teaching and educating Samoa's future in a purposeful manner wishing them all the best for the future.
Karene Marie Faasisila, former deputy principal is now at the helm of the high school, Samoa College.