We Stand for the Future: Founding Student Remembers First Words Spoken at Samoa College

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By: Leota Marc Membrere, Government Press. When Samoa College first opened its doors in 1953, Naitua Taefu was one of the founding students.

Deputy Prime Minister Hon Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio received the SamCo parade and spoke on behalf of Government to congratulate Samoa College on its 70th Anniversary.

This morning as Samoa College students past and present gathered infront of the Government building to launch its week-long celebrations, Naitua Taefu was given the honour of blowing out the candles for the school’s 70th anniversary cake.

Ms Taefu remembers the school’s first leaders that year were Tunumafono Apelu Aiavao and Dawn Rasmussen.

She recalls the first words spoken by Tunumafono on the first day of school.

“Apelu stood up and the first words he said were, we stand for the future.”

Ms Taefu says she believes those words have been achieved and reflected by each and every student who attended the school from that day forward, and evident by the hundreds of former students who turned up to the 70th celebration launch on Monday morning.

“First of all we thank God and give thanks to God for guiding us throughout our lives [that] we have reached the milestone of this 70th anniversary for Samoa’s first College,” Naitua said.

SamCo past and present students and teachers marched through Apia to launch the week long celebrations.

Attending the celebrations were Samoa’s Head of State, Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Member of the Council of Deputies Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, Acting Prime Minister Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, former Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, and hundreds of SCOPA members.

The college celebrates its 70th Anniversary with a week of activities including an opening cocktail on Monday night, a sports day, a golf tournament and the much anticipated SCOPA Ball as a finalé.

Photos: Leota Marc Membrere