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to the First Ever Issue of ‘SPOT.Ed’, our quarterly community newsletter. We are so excited to finally be able to offer this. The process of creating SPOT.Ed’ has been a rewarding challenge; Where there was
NO TIME, we MADE TIME; NO FUNDING, we WORKED FOR FREE; NO EXPERIENCE, we LEARNT FROM OUR MISTAKES..

WELCOME

LETTER FROM ABROAD
International member writes to OTS after a year away

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INTRODUCING EXPRESS ! TWO TALENTED TONGAN POETS!
And there’s a whole lot more where this came from... PAGE 3

And the learning continues... Our Vision is to EDUCATE, EMPOWER and ENGAGE the Community through this dynamic creative platform.

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THINK ! T H E S P OT T O V O I C E Y O U R T H O U G H T S A N D R E A D E X P R E SS !
THE SPOT TO CELEBRATE AND APPRECIATE CRE ATIVE WORKS AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.

‘OFA PRESCOTT Tuionetoa...
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THE SPOT TO LEARN AB OUT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY

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OTS LEADS
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THE SPOT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO, WHAT WE’VE DONE, WHAT WE WILL DO & WHAT YOU CAN DO!

AWARD IN TONGA
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It’s a beautiful thing to be blessed with a lifelong friend, a person whose absence makes you miss them, whose opinion you will always value, and who, when they ask ‘How are You?’, you can never just answer ‘fine, thanks, how are you?’. Well, For the members Of OTS , Bethany Jacobs is definitely one of those people. Throughout her 3 year service in Tonga as an American Peace Corps Volunteer, Beth was a constant source of support and friendship to OTS and its members. Now, after a year of continued involvement with ON THE SPOT as an international member living in America, Beth shares her reflections and thoughts :

To my dear, dear friends at OTS:
I've been thinking a lot about my time in Tonga recently. This is probably because I "celebrated" being back in the United States for 1 year at the beginning of February. It was weird to have people saying things like, "Wow! You've already been back a year?! I can't believe it! It seems like you just got back a month or so ago!" To some degree it does feel like I left only a few weeks ago, and on the flip-side, it seems like it's been ages since I've basked in the "comforts" of what quickly became my (Tongan) home. To say that this year was full of change might the biggest understatement of all time! Not only did I leave the life I LOVED for more than three years, but I came home to a place I didn't know and decided to create a whole new future for myself. I stepped out, for the first time, truly on my own. I was scared to death and fearless at the same time. I admit that I owe my fearlessness to ON THE SPOT. Are you all surprised?! You shouldn't be! It was through my work with you that I came to fully understand myself (my talents and my short-comings) and how I want to relate to others. You all taught me to have a little faith that things will work out alright; that good feelings between people are more important than any material possession; and that perfection isn't about nailing all the details, but more about putting on a great performance. These three ideals continue to help me have on a daily basis. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I've also spent a large part of my year being forced to follow my own advice. Telling myself to "be a problem-solver and NOT a problem-admirer" became exhausting after only four months. Then, I realized, if I actually followed that advice I'd be able to make changes in my life. And, believe it or not, that's exactly how it worked! Once I started doing, as opposed to observing and complaining, my life truly began to change for the better. The other thing that I cannot deny is how much OTS has changed over this year as well, for the individual members and for the group as a whole. I feel like I want to say that you've come a long way, but that feels, somehow, more condescending than complimentary; it's meant to be a compliment, trust me. Either way, what remains the same is that you all are the most-talented, fun, and wonderful people I have had the privilege to know! Please, please, PLEASE continue to DO great work, for yourselves and for the youth of Tonga! You have made a HUGE difference in my life, and I know I'm not alone in this feeling!!! 'Ofa lahi atu! Beth, a.k.a. Bef, Pepe, or Ta'ahine Pisikoa Fakahela 'Aupito

“You all taught
me to have a little faith that things will work out alright; that good feelings between people are more important than any material possession; and that perfection isn't about nailing all the details, but more about putting on a

great performance.”

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ON THE SPOT’s Recent STAGE FRIGHT Poetry Challenge featured an impressive array of Original Poetry . Initiated to celebrate creativity, connect communities and complete challenges, STAGE FRIGHT is constantly discovering new talent. Here are a couple of our most recent finds:

Precious POETRY:
Brain Scan Receipt
We spend subconscious time searching for something to find When we don't find it it's a forgiven indecision I spent most of my life tryin not to go blind But all I was doin was restricting my vision This thing we call life is it supposed to be safe?! It's grace is ever fleeting this place Such a waste to live life to save face But if you throw me a rope I might be able to cope A friendly face flashes a glimmer of hope On that rope we can bullishly pull...... After all, the glass isn't half empty.....it's definitely half full Pen and paper flow with a rhythm that is broken Inadequate it seems these words that can be spoken A simple token that is trivial for a man is hush hush Though it's cause and effect feel like an adrenaline rush I take a step forward but faith is when we leap It's hard to forget what I see when I sleep The soul craves for dreams Just floatin on seas and trees And those smiles still bring me to my knees Its such a priceless gift Maybe one that will uplift And sure to keep us from ever floating adrift If it weren't for the tears Those long and short-lived fears Will these words survive the distance between my mouth and your ears? This thing we call life is it supposed to be safe?! From tragedy to discovery of beginnings, not endings so refreshing Renew faith in humanity, humanizing those surrounding It feels so organic, or can it just flow like a stream from our mothers and fathers Let's take a little bit further, and gaze at this space..... How did we arrive at this time and place? You see if time doesn't exist then why don't we just vacate? Wait.......I think I lost you there, or maybe you can relate Self serving and maintained or is it preordained? Our journey to understand the decisions already made It's zest can best be expressed By the thrill that comes through the struggle Of this we can attest The path is clear and ours to be perceived The idea for these words weren't immaculately conceived You see in us are two dogs of very different breeds A good one and bad, now which are we gonna feed Which ever one is bigger will control all of our deeds Sometimes a lie is what needs to be believed Like there's no prejudice in the world no matter your race or creed That good always triumphs over evil, and love is all we need This thing we call life is it supposed to be safe?!

Soldier of Change March forward Turn right, turn left Be Alert! Of the Theft Time is a virtue Waiting anxiously Observing silently Love dangerous red Black sophisticated sad Crammed with opportunity Cuddle with infidelity Salute to failure Gun down success Decisions, Destiny You must address CHANGE
By TEVITA VAHA’I

(2/3/11)
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.”
Thomas Gray

By NAUDER BOLOURI

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SPOTlightin’ the ‘O’some ‘OFA PRESCOTT TUIONETOA
Ofa Prescott Tuionetoa has an infectious passion for dance, music and creativity. She has dedicated her life to supporting her family, serving others and pursuing her dreams, ever-ready to take on new challenges and make the most of life. Since joining ON THE SPOT in 2009 with her younger sister, Aiona, as a dancer, choreographer, singer, and an enthusiastic young leader, she has contributed greatly to the groups development. Presently, Ofa also serves as one of OTS’s 12 Core Members.
When asked about her involvement with OTS, ‘Ofa had lots to say:

“... this group is like real brothers and real sisters. They love each other & little things that are happening in the group, everybody comes together and help, you know, they make each other feel better.” “...being a part of the group I‟ve learnt many things like virtues and Working together and helping each other. Many teenagers are not doing that now, They just see that person and are like “oh Nah, I‟m better than her,” You know, like they don‟t get to hold hands, sit and be friends and help him/her and love each other.” “I wasn‟t confident to stand in front of people or talking to people... I‟m a shy person I‟ll say... I‟m not Anymore... when I came in to the group you meet new people, make them feel welcome... put that smile on your face which is like “Ok You‟re In! Welcome...like definitely in to whatever you‟re going to.”
One of ‘Ofa’s favourite memories with OTS is when she had to complete a choreography challenge for Stage Fright . The dance had to be performed and filmed right in town on the roadside in broad day light...distracting the drivers and almost causing an accident. “...it was

Do you have a favourite Quote/ Inspirational saying...??

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”
Eleanor Powell

sooo embarrassing ( giggle) I‟ll never forget...Wow, I‟ve been having a lot of fun with OTS”.
What inspires you as an artist?

“...My Family...I have one real brother and he is disabled and it really encourages me... he could‟ve done something else but because he is disabled. I‟m working for him as well... and another thing that really inspires me is God... I‟m doing everything for Him, and be strong in Him, cos he‟s the only one who will lead you that way and who will get you through what you wanted to be in the future.”
How do you feel about having your sister in the group?

“It‟s really awesome!!...you know, it‟s good to work together in something...you feel like your sister is always there for you.”
Finish this Sentence: I Could Not live without.....

“GOD.”

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OTS LEADS INTERNA TIONAL AWARD!
On February 19th, 2011, 6 members of ON THE SPOT (Ana Longo Kolokihakaufisi, Alfred Soakai, Ruha Fifita, Tevita Vaha‟i, Yvane Fifita, Pesi Fonua and ‟Aiona Prescott) signed up as participants to pilot The International Award for Young People - an exciting internationally recognised self-development program available worldwide for young people aged 1425. This will be the first time for youth here in Tonga to participate in the Award Program.. The Award concept is one of individual challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

“ When the mind is stretched by new experiences it can never return to its former dimensions.”
Dr Kurt Hahn (German Educationalist)

The Award Program was first introduced in 1956 in the United Kingdom as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. It was designed with great care by a small team including Dr. Kurt Hahn, German educationalist and founder of Outward Bound and the United World Colleges; Sir John (later Lord) Hunt, the leader of the first team to conquer Mount Everest; and led by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Since 1956, the Program has developed and grown internationally, now reaching young people in over 130 countries around the world. It is hoped that this Program will encourage young people here in Tonga to be able to look beyond barriers, and to set goals, not limits. The challenge is for young people to make things happen rather than waiting for things to happen for them. For further enquiries please contact Ms. „Ana Kolokihakaufisi, Award Unit Leader/ Youth Development Director, ON THE SPOT (Inc), Tonga. email : akolokihakaufisi@gmail.com mobile:(676) 7708353. Please also reference the Award Program website at www.intaward.org

ON THE SPOT IS ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING. We Currently have

9 programmes. Each is lead by a Core member and has a specific Focus and Annual Plan. Below is a brief description of four of our programmes and activities available to the community over the next 3 months:

ON THE SPOT Programme

EVENT/ACTIVITIES UNDER PROGRAMME

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Developing Healthy Habits ULTIMATE FRISBEE to recharge your lifestyle. When: Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, 5pm.
Where: Tailulu College Rugby Field (Havelu) SHIFTING SANDS ART EXHIBITION When: April. Where: Reef Cafe.

Rediscovering cultural values, knowledge & wisdom through creative expressions.

CREATE. INSPIRE. EXPLORE.
FEEL IT. FACE IT. USE IT....Celebrating community performing arts

ORIGINAL LOCAL ART 4 SALE When: Ongoing Where: Reef Cafe

STAGE FRIGHT THEATRE CHALLENGE- June DARE TO DANCE– Some Saturdays, Judo Hall DANCE CLASSES– Fridays 4-6pm, Judo Hall

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON A PARTICULAR PROGRAMME, EVENT OR ACTIVITY, PLEASE VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/ONTHESP.T OR EMAIL US: onthespot.tonga@gmail.com

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ABOUT OTS :
NAME: ON THE SPOT (Incorporated) or OTS FOUNDED: In 2006 by a group of friends doing a Youth Radio Project . Today OTS is a local youth led , Arts focused NGO based in the tiny island nation of TONGA in the South Pacific.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." "

VISION: To engage young people in activities which promote
creative thinking, artistic expression, social responsibility, global awareness, and local action.

MISSION: To realise our vision we will work together in order to
develop creative initiatives for community service and artistic expression. Initiatives will engage, educate and empower young people as dynamic social agents of positive change by, creating opportunities and a space for development of the arts, as a dynamic means to explore, understand and shape our environment.
Responsibility. Culture & Creativity. Love & Leadership.

PRINCIPLES: Selflessness & Service. Initiative & Integrity. Respect &
TO SUBSCRIBE to SPOT.Ed, Share a story/article, make a suggestion, ask a question, request more information, and/or voice a concern...

E-mail: onthespot.tonga@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ONTHESP.T Mobile: (+676) 773-6888 or (+676) 773-1196

CONTACT US:

Margaret Mead.

CREATIVITY IS AN ATTITUDE, AN ATTITUDE THAT SAYS, “ I CAN DO THAT.” unknown

OTS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT:
LENNIE NIIT & FAMILY REEF CAFE (ROSE & TAVAKE FANGUPO) TANYA EDWARDS & FAMILY CHRIS & SHANE EGAN ROBINA NAKAO ISABELLE DE HAAS LEE MILLER LETILLA MITCHELL NATALIA PEREIRA GEORGE THEODORE STRATIGOSKALAFI MOALA MAUI „OFAMO‟ONI SPOT.Ed is an OTS Publication. EDITOR 1: TEVITA VAHA’I EDITOR 2: RUHA FIFITA

COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PROGRAMME (CYP) CAROLINE HUDSON ROB OLIPHANT LOKETI NIUA LATU LOLA UEDA ELAINE HOWARD TOKOLAHI SHASHEEN JAYAWEERA JOSH MITIKULENA SAINT MARY‟S COLLEGE

And thank you to those who contributed to this issue of SPOT.Ed:
BETHANY JACOBS TEVITA VAHA‟I NAUDER BOLOURI „OFA PRESCOTT TUIONETOA ANA LONGO KOLOKIHAKAUFISI SPOT.Ed:

CONCEPT CREATORS
Sandy Phillips, Sam Hafoka, Tevita Vaha‟i, Ruha & Ebonie Fifita.