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How long have you been at Marist?
Sam started at Marist in Year 4, which he says now feels like
a long time ago, commenting "you start to think of it as family".
Sam feels his teachers at Marist and friends have helped create
the person he is today. "The teachers have given tips on how to
be successful, I've learnt how to respect myself as well as others,
and to live life the 'right' way. Friends are there your whole life and
at Marist, they turn into 'Brothers'. You see them outside school
as you would your own brothers, and they make you happy."
Sam is the youngest in the Fotu family. He has one sister and
three older brothers who went through Marist.
What are the things you've enjoyed most
about your time at the College?
Sam has enjoyed the variety of practical subjects at the College,
such as Construction, Art, Year 8 Metalwork and cooking.
In Year 12, Sam studied Construction Pathways, Hospitality,
General Maths, English, Religious Education and Physical Education.
Sam was involved in this year's Foundation Marist Mothers' and
Grandmothers' Afternoon Tea through his Hospitality class as a
waiter. Sam enjoyed the chance for hands-on experience and
meeting some of the Marist mothers.
Sam enjoyed being a member of McMahon House Group 6
and has had two different House Group Leaders since Year 7 --
Mr Grealish and Mr Ceruti. Sam liked that there were students
from Years 7--12 in his House Group. As a Year 12 member, he tried
to mentor the younger students (including two of his cousins).
Sam's older brother Loia and another Senior helped to teach
Sam the 'right' way when has was in Year 7 and encouraged
him to be involved in House activities.
Sam was the 2016 McMahon House Sports Captain. In this role he
spoke to the Year 7 and 8 students to encourage their involvement
in various House and sporting activities with the goal of winning
the Champagnat Cup. Sam formed close friendships with the other
McMahon House Captains and other Year 12s within the House.
Sam's older brothers were also in McMahon House.
In Co-Curricular, Sam was involved with DanceFest for five years
since Year 7. "DanceFest tells different kinds of stories and dancing
makes me feel free and happy and it is a way to express how you're
feeling to others. DanceFest also gives you the opportunity to
show others how much you enjoy dancing". Sam's brother Loia
started DanceFest again in 2010 and it was something that
Sam aspired to do when he started Year 7.
Sam has played rugby at Marist since Year 4, and last year was
part of the First XV. Sam started playing rugby when he was six
and loves it. Unfortunately Sam was unable to play rugby for the
College this year due to eligibility requirements. His whole family
has been involved with the sport for as long as he remembers.
Sam likes rugby as it keeps him fit and helps "release his stress and
inner angst through its physicality. It also creates mates for the
future", with most of his good mates originating through rugby.
What are you planning to do next year/
in the future?
Sam will be heading into a 'new world of life outside Marist' next
year and is undertaking labouring on a construction site. He then
hopes to travel during the European summer. London, Croatia
and Germany are on his wish list. The labouring is already lined up
and starts just before Christmas. It could include either residential
or commercial work.
After travelling, Sam hopes to start a carpentry apprenticeship.
Sam would like to follow in the footsteps of his oldest brother Sio
and in the longer term, be able to build his own house. He loves
building things and already connects with those who work in this
field. It's also something Sam feels he learns quickly and this adds
to his enjoyment. Sam would like to remain in Canberra as the
schools are 'pretty good'.
What does 'Being Marist' mean to you?
For Sam "Being Marist means being yourself, being more confident
with what you want to show the world, having the Catholic Faith,
and being involved in service groups."
Sam feels the Marcellin Champagnat story has taught him to
reach out and help the less privileged and to be involved with
If a parent was thinking of sending their son
to Marist, what advice might you give?
Sam would most definitely recommend that parents consider
Marist as a place to send their son. Sam's advice is to get involved
as much as possible and make as many friends as you can. He also
recommends you enjoy your life at Marist and all it has to offer.
Sam is going to miss the 'brotherhood' which currently exists.
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