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Rosie is im­pressed with the changes tak­ing place at Saint Joseph’s Sec­ondary School. It has been 56 years since she grad­u­ated from the school. Ms Narruhn trav­elled from Ok­la­homa, USA, to be part of the school’s 60th Diamond Ju­bilee that be­gun with the open­ing mass at the Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral yes­ter­day. “I made my reser­va­tions in Jan­uary so I do not miss the cel­e­bra­tions which we have been wait­ing for a cou­ple of years now,” she said. “I feel there is a big dif­fer­ence in what SJSS was in 1960 and what it is now which I am glad hap­pened be­cause as time goes, we need to grow and pro­vide bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren. “Back in our times, we had nuns from Aus­tralia and New Zealand, who taught us all the sub­jects in school and ex­tra cir­cu­lar ac­tiv­i­ties too,” Ms Narruhn said. She said she was sur­prised to see how the school in Suva’s Waimanu Road has de­vel­oped from the last time she had been there. “It is good to see how the school it­self has pro­gressed and how the girls are fo­cused on their ed­u­ca­tion which back then was a bit hard as not all of the girls had op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tend school.” She en­cour­aged stu­dents to get as much ed­u­ca­tion as they can, so they never feel left be­hind. “Life has a lot of chal­lenges and if you are ed­u­cated enough, you are ca­pa­ble of fight­ing those chal­lenges and that’s what I would like to en­cour­age the stu­dents to do is fol­low their heart and learn,” she said.

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