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Talofa lava and Greetings in the Name of Jesus.
Peace Chapel Christian School was established in 1993 as a ministry of Peace Chapel
Christian Fellowship. As such, the school comes under the covering of the church,
but is administered separately by a Board made up of administrators of both Pre and
Primary Schools, Pastors, elders, parents and people who have a burden for the school
ministry. It is also officially recognised by the Government of Samoa as a Mission
School. The Pre-school began with approximately 20 children, the Primary with 50.
Current rolls stand at 105 and 190 respectively. The school continues to grow physically
every year - with high demand from the community and continual waiting list.
Our mission statement reads :
To provide a quality education in a Christian environment which equips children for
life and service.
Key scriptures given to us by the lord are :
1. Isaiah 54:13 "All your children will be taught by the Lord and great will be
your children’s peace."
2. Psalm 127:1 "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain."
Peace Chapel Christian Fellowship is an independent evangelical Bible believing church,
which encourages the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit but also focuses on the
fruit of the Spirit being manifest within the body of believers.
Raewynn and Milo Siilata initially felt the call of God to establish this school, and He
has continued to prove his faithfulness, with provision of teachers, classrooms, resources
There is a great need in Apia for good quality Christian education that focuses on all
areas of development, not only academic but also spiritual, physical, emotional and
social. We have always looked for teachers who sense the personal call of God on their
lives, to work at Peace Chapel.
At present, the Primary School operates from Year One to Eight, however the long-term
vision for the school is to establish a High School. We have a four-term school year
of ten weeks duration each with a two-week holiday after each term, and a six-week
break over the Christmas period. Our school is affiliated with Christian Community Schools
in Australia, through whom we have received a lot of Christian Curriculum material.
Our curriculum is basically Australia/New Zealand based (we follow the Christian
Community Schools Curriculum in Social Science, Science, Health and the NSW Maths
Programme throughout the school). Close attention is also given to local needs and
expectations. Most of our Reading/Language material comes from New Zealand.
A Samoan Language teacher takes each class at regular times every week, with a Senior
classes having 2, 40-minute lessons a week, and Junior classes 1, 40-minute lesson a week.
The Primary school day begins at 7.15 am for teachers with corporate prayer, with the
first bell being rung at 7.55am. Whole assembly praise and worship begins from 8 until
8.15 and finishes off with individual class devotions at 8.3Oam. We have lunch from
10.15 - l0.45am and afternoon interval from 12.00 - 12.l5pm. School ends at l.15pm.
Subjects covered in the Primary School are the normal curriculum, with every subject
being taught form a Biblical basis and Christ centred approach. These include Biblical
Studies, Devotions, Reading, Language, (oral and written) Handwriting, Spelling, Maths,
Social Science, Science, Health, Samoan Language and Culture, Music, Drama, Art and
Physical Education. Children are encouraged to work to their full potential and learning
tends to take place more in an individualised or group situation than whole class.
Class sizes are between 25 and 30 pupils of the same year level.
The school is fairly well resourced by local standards, but not by overseas standards.
We have quite a lot of up to date reading material for children as well as some concrete
Maths equipment and Phys Ed gear. There are fewer resources in the Social Science/Science
areas. Our facilities include 9 classrooms, a library/resource room, a Reading resource
room and toilet block.
The school roll tends to be predominantly local children (Samoan) with some expatriate
families as well (New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Vanuatu, Tonga). Initially the roll was
fairly evenly split between church members and non-church members, however there are now
many more non-church members as the school grows year by year.