Don Bosco Alafua Prize-giving


11 December 2013 | General Interest

Don Bosco Alafua Prize-giving

11 December 2013


“Our Annual Prize-giving and Graduation Ceremony is a celebration of achievement, participation, love and hope,” explained Fr Chris Ford, Principal of Don Bosco Technical Centre, Alafua, at the commencement of awards ceremony. And it certainly was!!

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The large gathering of parents, family, friends and supporters joined the students in the Eucharist, which revolved around the theme “Live the Dream”. Don Bosco’s Dream at the Age of Nine was re-enacted during the Liturgy of the Word. The Gospel was Jesus’ “dream for humanity”, the Beatitudes. Fr Chris invited all the students, especially the graduating Year 4s, to live the dream of Jesus and live the dream of Don Bosco throughout their lives. After Communion, the Year 4 students presented a beautiful liturgical dance of thanksgiving, giving praise to God for their four years at Don Bosco.

The Awards Ceremony followed the Mass, after a short interval for morning tea and the performance of the school song by the students. Numerous special guests presented the awards to the top three students in each subject at each year level. Most of the prizes received had been made by the students themselves, with other prizes coming in the form tools donated by local companies. All the Year 2 students received their Basic Trades Skill Certificate after successfully completing their first two years at Don Bosco. The special prizes were presented by the Rector, Fr Nicholas Castelyns SDB, who announced that the Dux of Don Bosco for 2013 was Lui Maiava and the overall Most Outstanding Student was Manusamoa Tufugafatu.

Fr Chris then presented certificates to the graduating Year 4 students who had completed all the requirements of their particular specialist course in one of Motor Mechanics, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing and Sheet Metal. The mixture of joy, gratitude, sadness and hope expressed by the graduating students was admirably captured in the emotional address of the Head Boy, Tino Kalolo.

Happy smiles on the faces of staff, students and parents was a reliable sign of the success of the day.