New Don Bosco School Opens in Salelologa


11 February 2011 | OUR HAPPENINGS

Don Bosco High School and Vocational Centre, Salelologa, Savai'i, Samoa, with enrolments in excess of 120 boys and girls in Years 9 and 10, opened this month.


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This long awaited Don Bosco School is the only Catholic secondary school on Savai'i where more than 90 per cent of the families are subsistence farmers. Preparing the site for building the school was a costly exercise as it involved clearing several acres of volcanic rock.

Fr Mosese Tui, Principal and director of the building operations, was determined to have facilities, however minimal, ready for teaching at the commencement of the 2011 school year.

Building costs in Samoa are high because materials and equipment have to be imported (mainly from Australia and New Zealand). It is even more costly building on Savai'I as goods have to be transported from Apia, the capital, by ferry to Salelologa. In addition to the planned and budgeted expenses, there are always unforeseen expenses with any new school.