Success in national Samoan speech competition

Photo: Supplied
Photo: Supplied
Two Amana Christian School College students, Lilia Solofuti and Jeanne Laban, gained 2nd and 3rd places respectively at the Annual Samoan Speech Competition held in Wellington on the 2nd and 3rd of August.

Their mentor/tutor/coach Mr. Afamasaga Pavihi, the Chairman of the Fono Faufautua (Samoan Advisory Council), was very pleased with both performances, saying that "Their speeches were at a winning standard."

Their speeches were about love given and love gained. In their speeches they stated that love cannot be bought with money. Love is pure, patient and does not take sides. They talked about the love of a mother and how she takes care of her baby. Both speeches included a song. The girls were confident and presented their speeches clearly and convincingly.

Lilia and Jeanne are senior students at Amana in Mosgiel. Their principal, Mrs. Roslyn King and their teacher, Mrs. Saumaleula Solofuti, are very proud of the girls' performances and the creditable way they represented the school, Dunedin and the Otago/Southland region.

The girls presented their speeches at a special celebration assembly at the school last Friday. This was an opportunity to promote the Samoan language and culture which is very important to the school.

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