Ten graduate from Faletagaloa Pre-School
Ten students graduated from the Faletagaloa Pre-School on Thursday and are ready for Primary School next year.
The event was held at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Faletagaloa's Hall and was attended by the village and parents of the students.
It started with a small service conducted by Reverend Vaueli Sanerivi of the C.C.C.S. church who reminded the gathering about the importance of parental love in nurturing children.
"The theme I have chosen for today is, "The ark of bulrushes of life," Reverend Vaueli said.
"A reminder for us, parents, about our duty and role in nurturing our children and building a strong foundation for their lives."
He made reference to the story of Moses from the Bible where Moses' mother, Jochebed, who devoted her time and effort to make sure her youngest son, Moses could be spared from the Egyptians.
"She waterproofed a basket that's called an ark of bulrushes to make sure that her son lived.
"Something that reminds us all that a mother's love for her child is unconditional. She understood that what she did was risky, but she had faith and with that, she was able to save her child.
"It's not easy being a parent; with so many obstacles and challenges we face, it is never easy. But God can turn your struggles if you are honest in your calling and fulfilling your duties as a parent, into blessings.
"That is the foundation we should build for our children. If you struggle now and do our best to nurture our children and raise them the way they should be, you will reap what you sow in the future."
Iosefa Lui Mamea was named the top student of the graduating class. He is the third child of Lui and Mariana Mamea's five children from the village of Matavai.
Fe'auina Tuliatu Iosefa was second in class, while Esera Junior Esera came third in class.
There are 31 students attending Faletagaloa Pre-School and have a staff of eight teachers, including the principal.
The Faletagaloa preschool is under the administration of the Women’s Fellowship or Mafutaga a Tina for the Faletagaloa Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, and had been in operation since 2013.