Dux: This is for my grand­mother

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHAHANI MALA shahani.mala@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Dux of Rarawai FSC Pri­mary School, Adi Nanise Naliva, has ded­i­cated her award to her late grand­mother on Fri­day. The Year 8 stu­dent from Sorokoba Vil­lage in Ba said her grand­mother, Tanny Wallace, was al­ways sup­port­ive of her ed­u­ca­tion.

Adi Nanise, 12, is also the head­girl of the school. She was sur­prised when she was named the Dux. “I was not ex­pect­ing this dux award, I was ex­pect­ing it to go to head boy but now that they have given it to me, I’m very happy,” Adi Nanise said.

“I’m re­ally hon­oured to re­ceive this award.” She will be at­tend­ing Adi Cakobau School next year.

The school’s fi­nal year stu­dents were emo­tional dur­ing the prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony at the school. It was their last day of school. Fiji Sun se­nior sports re­porter Anasilini Ratuva, a for­mer stu­dent, was one of two spe­cial guests. The other spe­cial guest was for­mer stu­dent Aisake Bon­avei­dogo, who is a bank man­ager at the Fiji De­vel­op­ment Bank, Ba branch. Ms Ratuva re­minded the stu­dents of the im­por­tance of ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fice to­wards ed­u­ca­tion. “For ex­am­ple the Fi­jian 7s team won gold medal in Rio be­cause of their ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment, sac­ri­fice to­wards their train­ing that won them the gold medal,” Ms Ratuva said.

“They did not only sac­ri­fice for them­selves or for their fam­i­lies, but for the whole coun­try. And that night at the Deodoro Sta­dium the whole Ocea­nia re­gion was sup­port­ing the team.” Ms Ratuva was there in Rio de Janeiro to cover the Olympics for the Fiji Sun. Stu­dents were also re­minded by Ms Ratuva of the im­por­tance of ap­pre­ci­at­ing the sup­port from home. “Al­ways learn to ap­pre­ci­ate and thank the sup­port of your par­ents, they strug­gle ev­ery­day to put food on the ta­ble, buy you a nice pair of shoes, they wash your uni­forms, pre­pare your lunch ev­ery morn­ing so learn to thank them and ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port to­wards you,” she said. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Queen Vic­to­ria School stu­dent Jope Dave­tani­valu with his award dur­ing the Ratu Sukuna Memo­rial School an­nual prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony.

Dux Adi Nanise Naliva re­ceiv­ing her award from spe­cial guest Fiji Sun se­nior sports re­porter Anasilini Ratuva on Fri­day.

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