Mufti Mania day to help cyclone damaged school in Tonga

The New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association in partnership with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are encouraging Catholic primary schools to get involved in this year’s Mufti Mania Day, Friday 4 July, by wearing mufti to school in exchange for a gold coin donation.

When Cyclone Ian hit Tonga in January 2014, the roof of St Joseph’s Technical College industrial arts classroom was destroyed.

Practical skills like woodwork and metalwork, which were taught in the classroom, are important in Tonga as many students go on to become carpenters, mechanics or involved in hands-on trades.

Sister Malia Kiutau, the principal of the school said after the classrooms were destroyed by the cyclone, they tried teaching woodwork in our main school building.

“The noise disturbed students in other classes. We had to stop and now students are missing out on a very important part of their education, because we can no longer use these classrooms.”

Mufti Mania 2014 will support building a new classroom at St Joseph’s.

Since 2007, Catholic Schools across New Zealand have raised over $100,000 through Mufti Mania to support schools in the Pacific.



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