‘Teaching At Marist Institute, Rewarding’

Ms Foi said children at the Marist Champagnat Institute had to be taught differently.
08 Apr 2022 12:18
‘Teaching At Marist Institute, Rewarding’
Eugene Samisoni during the graduation ceremony at the Marist Champagnat Institute on March 31. Photo: Sheenal Charan

Katherine Foi has learned to be humble and patient after teaching at Marist Champagnat Institute for 10 years.

Her journey began in 2012 and according to Ms Foi, teaching at this school was rewarding and a different experience.

“When I came here, my experience was very different because I only taught in mainstream schools,” she said.


“I taught students who were of senior level and coming here was a challenge.

Ms Foi said children at the Marist Champagnat Institute had to be taught differently.

“We work with children according to their abilities. We still need to teach these children to become good citizens and to be able to have life skills in order for them to cope.


“We have a lot of therapies that are involved in our teaching like writing therapy and listening therapy.

“We have to organise activities to be short so that they can complete it. Rather than us giving them instructions we have to work with them.”

Ms Foi said they offered many vocational programmes and some students had secured good jobs.


“There are some students who have been successful and are working in the Navy and Army.

“There is one who has joined the British Army, some has been offered work contracts overseas and quite a few are working in the construction companies.”


A Mother’s Experience

Rami Samisoni, gave up her job for her son’s education.

Her son, Eugene Samisoni has been suffering from autism since childhood.

He obtained a certificate in vocational studies from the Marist Champagnat Institute in Suva.


Ms Samisoni said she was not aware of her son’s condition for several years.

The mother-of-four struggled to find a school for Eugene.

“We enrolled him in this school and we are happy we did because in other schools students made fun of his disability.


Eugene said he wanted to follow his father’s footsteps to become an Engineer.

“He is my role model,” he said.




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