Nabou Vic­tims Re­mem­bered at Prin­ci­pals' Con­fer­ence

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Prin­ci­pals from all over the coun­try yes­ter­day re­mem­bered the eight lives lost in the hor­rific Nabou ac­ci­dent in Nadi last month. Dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Fiji Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion 122nd Con­fer­ence in Lau­toka, the school heads ob­served a minute of si­lence to pay their re­spects – as two sec­ondary school stu­dents were among the fatal­i­ties. Tilak High School prin­ci­pal, Vinod Sha­ran said the tragedy not only touched the lives of rel­a­tives and friends, but also teach­ers, es­pe­cially school prin­ci­pals.

“We as prin­ci­pals feel that they were our chil­dren,” said Mr Sha­ran.

“Any child lost is just not a stu­dent of that school.” Mr Sha­ran said that prin­ci­pals through­out the coun­try were grieved by the in­ci­dent.

“We, the prin­ci­pals are to­gether as one in times of sor­row,” he said.

Tast­ing fail­ure is nor­mal, but the re­cov­ery phase is what mat­ters most to you. If you fail, re­mem­ber to stand up. Jo­seva Ga­vidi Di­vi­sional ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Western Di­vi­sion

Mr Sha­ran said the con­fer­ence proved to be a good plat­form for prin­ci­pals through­out the coun­try as they got to­gether to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

“We were able to voice all that we had come here for. It was a very fruit­ful two day event,” he said.

The di­vi­sional ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Western Di­vi­sion, Jo­seva Ga­vidi, was present to of­fi­ci­ate at the clos­ing cer­e­mony at the Lau­toka Full Gospel Taber­na­cle Church.

Mr Ga­vidi urged all the prin­ci­pals not to be afraid of fail­ure as it was part of the learn­ing process. “Tast­ing fail­ure is nor­mal, but the re­cov­ery phase is what mat­ters most to you,” he said.

“If you fail, re­mem­ber to stand up,” he said.

Mr Ga­vidi also added that prin­ci­pals had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­tin­u­ally nur­ture their team in or­der to al­low for a re­flec­tive growth and de­vel­op­ment.

“You must be able to nur­ture and groom peo­ple whom you lead,” he said.

Mr Ga­vidi also re­quested teach­ers to share their suc­cess sto­ries and sto­ries of fail­ure.

“This will help your team find in­spi­ra­tion from what you share. It is also im­por­tant that you share your fail­ures as well,” he said.

Mr Ga­vidi also urged teach­ers to as­sess their progress on a daily ba­sis.

“As­sess your progress on your daily task and your­self ev­ery morn­ing,” he said.

He said that the route to suc­cess could be greatly rooted to­wards self-as­sess­ment and re-ad­just­ment to things.

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