Vaipouli College

Vaipouli College is a secondary school on Savai'i island in Samoa.[1] The college is co-educational, open to male and female students from Year 9 - 13. The college is also known as Salafai College, in reference to Salafai, another name for the island of Savai'i.

Pupils of Vaipouli school, ca 1930. The school uniform was a lavalava with two white stripes, which was also a symbol of the country's pro-independence Mau movement during the early 1900s. They also wear Samoan necklaces and caps.

Vaipouli College was founded in 1922 as an agricultural college for boys during the colonial administration of the country by New Zealand.[2]

The college is situated in Matautu, 10-minutes inland from Avao village in Gaga'emauga district on the island's central north coast. The scenic drive to the college passes Itu o Tane Secondary School, plantations and Vaipouli Waterfall and river, the main source of water for the people of Matautu.

Vaipouli College is one of nine public secondary schools on the island.

School calendarEdit

School Terms Dates Duration
Term 1 1 February - 15 May (15 weeks)
Term 2 7 June - 3 September (13 weeks)
Term 3 20 September - 10 December (12 weeks)

2010 School holidays;

  • 15 May - 6 June
  • 4–19 September
  • 11 December - 30 January

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Savai'i Schools". Samoa Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Strategic Planning Seminar Report, Western Samoa Education for the 21st Century". University of the South Pacific. March 1997. Retrieved 5 June 2010.

Coordinates: 13°27′58.68″S 172°22′7.41″W / 13.4663000°S 172.3687250°W / -13.4663000; -172.3687250