Samoan students

Students shine at flag raising welcome ceremony

The students braved intermittent rain to perform anthems and traditional dances from French Polynesia, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia as the flags of those countries were raised on the lawns of Falefono.

Sene Palepua, the vice principal of Maile Primary School that represented Palau at the ceremony, said her 445 students rose to the challenge of learning Palau’s national anthem, despite its unfamiliar words and sounds.

Students excited by ceremony choir involvement

“It’s a really good experience for the students to be involved in the choir in [the biggest] event that has ever happened here in Samoa,” said student Meafou Fiaui.

For Meafou, a young and passionate singer, performing at one of the largest sporting events in the Pacific is something that she had never imagined.

“Music class teaches you about notes and things like that, but going to the big stage you learn different kinds of voices,” she says.

“You have to know the different people that have different parts in the choir in order for you to know your part.”

Pasifika students raise money for Christchurch victims

Just over three weeks ago, the students were told they would not be performing at Polyfest because of the events in Christchurch.

On Sunday, more than 50 boys took to the stage at the school's gala day on its campus in the suburb of Glendowie.

One of the parents, Sharon Swann, said the boys agreed that all donations made at the performance would go to the victims of the Christchurch attacks.

The group had missed out on other chances to perform since 15 March, she said.

Samoan Scholarship students farewelled

A total of 28 students have been awarded the bilateral full scholarships and another four have been awarded China-South Pacific Regional Scholarships.

Samoa’s Foreign Affairs Chief Executive, Peseta Noumea Simi represented Government at the event.

Students driving Samoan farming at Taratahi

Now, after just three weeks at the training centre, she can drive tractors and quad bikes, and has learned valuable agricultural skills that she will pass on to the Samoan government.

As well as being the first female farm manager in Samoa, Miss Fou is also the youngest at just 23.

She manages the largest government-owned farm in Samoa, “10,000 acres”, which is just over 4000ha.

Miss Fou was selected alongside Elvis Tuaia, 28, to attend a 7-week bespoke course at the Wairarapa training centre.

Both work for Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.