2 weeks ago

Mangere College Magazine 2017

samoa malaga E muamua

samoa malaga E muamua lava ona fa’afo’i le vi’iga ma le fa’afetai i lo tatou Tapa’au o lo’o i le lagi aua ua i’u manuia ai matou fuafuaga e ala i le malaga ta’amilo i Samoa. First and foremost, we would like to return all glory and praises to our Heavenly Father for His love, protection and guidance for Mangere College’s Samoa Malaga 2017 – our journey and tour of our motherland. Not once, did He forsake us nor was His presence not acknowledged and glorified; for this, staff, students and families are grateful. It is safe to say that the levels of excitement amongst the students set to go on the Malaga were constantly fluctuating as the weeks turned into days leading up to our trip. It did not occur to us that we were leaving until we stood in the departure lounge with our families and friends, taking the last few photos as we walked through customs. Despite a few hiccups with the check-in process resulting in a sprint to our gate, we landed unharmed with our hearts full of joy and excitement at what lay ahead of us. We left Auckland on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 4:00pm and arrived in Samoa at 9:30pm, local time. We had a full-on programme for the two weeks of the school holidays. Although we were overcome with our excitement, none of us expected how the next two weeks were to be full of unforgettable experiences and moments that we could only wish didn’t have to come to an end. Out of the 10 students who attended the trip, it was a first for ' was a first for many, to breathe in the Samoan air, and to step on and off the plane..' many, to breathe in the Samoan air, and to step on and off the plane. For the rest of us, it was a breath of relief to be back home. We were split up among our families for the weekend and reconvened at Apia Central Hotel at 3pm on Monday, October 2. Once we were all together at our accommodation, we went on a short drive around town. We made stops at the Parliament House, the graves of famous Samoan politicians and the house in which the Mau movement was established. After our evening meal, we headed back to the hotel to pack our overnight bags for an early start the next morning. Our tour officially started on Tuesday morning with an early rise to endure an hour's drive to Mulifanua Wharf to catch the 8am ferry to the island of Savai’i. We arrived in Savai’i at 9am and were given time to explore the Salelologa markets, grab a bite to eat and pick up a souvenir if we wished. Once we were all sure we had explored and eaten enough, we started our drive around the massive island making stops at important landmarks, like where the London Missionary Society was accepted and the church where the bible was translated before we headed to see the lava ruins, the virgin’s grave and to swim with turtles. Other places we visited in Savai’i included Le Ana o Sa’a (The Dwarves Cave), Le Mata o le Alelo (Pool from the tale of Sina and the Eel), Le Ina’ilau o Tama’ita’i (The House of Rock), The Canopy Walkway, Le Vae o Moso (Moso’s Footprint), Le Ana o Va’atausili (Cave of Va’atausili), Afu A’au (waterfall) and we were the first Malaga to visit Le Ana o Analega. On Friday morning, we left our beach fale and drove to see the blowholes and Lover's Leap before coming around to Salelologa again for our 12pm ferry back to Upolu. When we arrived back in Upolu on Friday, we went back to the hotel and enjoyed the rest of the day packing our overnight bags because the next day we were off to our families for the weekend for White 50 Mangere College - 2017

Sunday. Saturday morning, we took a small boat to a smaller island called Manono Tai. This is where you can find Pa le so’o which is what’s left of the tale of a man from this island who had 99 wives and died before marrying his hundreth wife. We took the same boat back to the main island, grabbed our bags and waited to be picked up. Once White Sunday weekend was over, we met up again at the hotel on Monday, October 9. This Monday was a public holiday because of White Sunday, so there was not much for us to do other than catch up and go for ice cream after dinner that night. Our tour of Upolu was much shorter than Savai’i and involved more driving. A very memorable part of our trip in Upolu was our stay at the Tafatafa Beach Fales. It was here where we became ‘real island guys and girls’, as many of us would mutter as we did the fe’aus (chores). We were given the responsibility of making dinner for our stay which required us to kill and prepare a pig, make the coconut cream, prepare the umu and the koko Samoa. This experience plus swimming at Piula Cave Pool and To Sua Trench and our fun volleyball games made this stay a favourite on our lists. The next day we drove around the rest of the island, visited the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum where we were given a memorable tour as well as the Museum of Samoa where we were free to wander and read as we pleased. This was our last night together before spending the last few days with our families. The last task was our morning hike up Mount Vaea to visit the grave of Robert Louis Stevenson. When we came together in the foyer 'This trip was definitely an eye opener for all of us. It helped us realise that although our homeland is a paradise, nothing in it comes easy.' of the hotel getting ready to go with our families you could feel the sense of sadness because one thing that we came back from the trip with was a bond that none of us saw coming. We developed inside jokes, all had nicknames by the end of the trip and an uncountable number of laughs with each other and our teachers. From the times of laughter to our serious moments after dinner we learnt to be accountable for our actions both now and in the future, to live a life of struggle so we can appreciate the better life we have the potential of making for ourselves and just to appreciate life itself after experiencing the life our ancestors went through and gave up for us. This trip was definitely an eye opener for all of us. It helped us realise that although our homeland is a paradise, nothing in it comes easy. Everyone we met over in Samoa is a hard worker from the minute they wake up to the moment they can finally rest. We saw the true beauty in our country which was not only found in the natural and historical landmarks we visited but in the people and culture. Days after our arrival back in New Zealand we were still buzzing about how fast the two weeks had passed and how we wished to go back. We thank Mrs Ah Sam and Mr Fesuluai for pushing as hard as they did to make our trip possible and enabling us to know our roots and to be the best we can through knowing our history and where we come from. We thank them for organising everything, caring for us while we were overseas, for allowing us to flourish and become more comfortable and in tune with our culture. Thanks to Mr Ah Sam for being yet another carer and providing more detail in regards to what we learnt about our culture on our trip. We are grateful to our parents for supporting the trip, putting up with our financial needs and our teenage selves. To our families in Samoa, e ui ina le umi se taimi na tatou mafuta ai, ua lagona lava le agaga fa’afetai aua a outou galuega lelei sa faia mo i matou i le taimi o le matou malaga. Ia pule alofa le Atua, tatou te toe mafuta i se taimi lata mai. You are all appreciated beyond verbal explanation and what physical actions can express and for all you have done, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May our good Lord bless you abundantly for your hard work and loving contributions to our growth. Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai tele lava. -Aigalelei Loruama Lologa Mangere College - 2017 51

275 Times April 2017
Journal 4 - 2011 - Bethlehem College
Moneague College Magazine
View the Programme and Speaker biographies - Scots College
Launching Leaders Conference programme - Scots College
Oak and Ivy, The Wardlaw+Hartridge School Magazine Summer 2017
beyond performance leaders and entrepreneurs ... - Dance Magazine
Celebrate, Issue 21 - March 2013 - King Edward VI School
MC Magazine 2017 FINAL FULL
Mangere College Term 3 Newsletter 2017
Mangere's 275 Times. June 2016.
2013 Term 1 Issue 3 - Tangaroa College
Performing Arts - Drama and Music - Whangaparaoa College
275 Times May 2017