School prepares students for workforce

Fa'atuatua Christian College has hosted a career day to motivate its students to think about what they want to become in the future.

College Principal, Selepa Tipama'a, told the Samoa Observer on Wednesday that the career day did not just promote the subjects they offer at the school but also get students to give serious thought to the careers they would like to pursue after they complete their studies.

“Today we are saying, dear future, we are ready, I am ready and we get the students to dress up in their desired career outfit," Mrs. Tipamaa said. 

"We have also set up activities and fun games and all of that will get them to engage in the actual course content.”

Parents and students of the Peace Chapel Primary School as well as former students of Fa'atuatua Christian College also attended the event on Wednesday.

The students also dressed up in costumes representing the different professions that interest them in terms of career pathways, with the various booths at the college set up to represent the different careers.

According to Mrs. Tipamaa, all the money generated from the college’s career day will go towards funding the development of the subjects, and what they call a "resource corner" in every classroom where stationery will be made available for students if needed.

“The actual booth is mainly the work of the teachers and with some student's assistance because it's really towards promoting subjects and promoting the work of the teachers to the students,” she added. 

“We have also got students who come in and help with poster making and all of that stuff."

Mrs. Tipamaa added that they will be awarding stationery voucher prizes to the most popular booths, displays as well as the best themed outfit.

“With the challenges of the state of emergency [S.O.E.] everybody is going through, like all the sports have been put on hold for schools. We haven’t been able to have the National Science Fair this year so a lot of the things have been canceled and we really felt that,” she further emphasised. 

“This is our second year of hosting career day and the goal is to make it better every time. So this year, despite the weather, there have been some improvements in participation, student participation and also we just wanted the kids to have fun today, be reminded of why they are in school, be more focused towards studies.

“We have no idea what happens tomorrow, but while we are here, we make the best of what we can do at the moment and that is what today is about."

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