St. Joseph's 70th anniversary ends
St. Joseph College’s 70th-anniversary celebration officially ended with a mass at the College's hall at Alafua on Sunday.
President of the Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association Tuatagaloa Aumua Leung Wai said after the Sunday mass that the 70th anniversary was initially planned for September but was postponed due to COVID-19.
The three-day event was originally supposed to be one week long but Tuatagaloa said it was nonetheless highly successful event.
He nominated highlights including the elevated position of God, a communal spirit, the participation of the Marist family, unity and the historic involvement of the all-women Fautasi o Toa crew.
Tuatagaloa acknowledged the Fautasi o Toa crew and their skipper, Vaimasenu'u Zita Martel and said:
"We thank you so much for your kind words yesterday, particularly when you said, ‘Let it be known Samoa that Marist brought women into the sport of Fautasi’."
Various activities were hosted leading up to the celebrations the biggest of which was the Fautasi race.
On Friday, the Alfred (Green) team conquered four others including the all-women Fautasi o Toa, to take first place in the grand finale of the St. Joseph College celebrations.
But second-place getters all-female rowers Fautasi o Toa received the biggest applause from the crowd after crossing the finish line.
Team Alfred had been named the overall champion of St. Joseph College 70th anniversary celebrations and a prize-giving was held at the College's hall on Saturday where all teams were awarded with trophies and monetary prizes.
For the overall results, first place went to Alfred, following Dieter in second place, third place went to Marcellin while Darnard came last.
Tuatagaloa also acknowledged the sponsors and also the St. Mary's Old Girls Association (S.M.O.G.A) for their participation.
"Your support and participation made this anniversary the best anniversary ever," he said.
Tuatagaloa congratulated Team Alfred who were the champions of the celebration and he also thanked the House captains and teams who displayed wonderful leadership.
He also gave his thanks to the Archbishop, Alapati Lui Mataeliga, and the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for his support.