Sav­ing the Best for Last

mailife - - Contents - By MELA TUILEVUKA Pho­tos by SHALVIN PRAKASH

Last month, af­ter the new school year started, Jo­sua Raivanua was called into the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice. Uh-oh, most school­boys would be think­ing. But Jo­sua was told he was to be Head Boy of Ratu Ka­davulevu School – a prom­i­nent all-boys school sit­u­ated just out­side Korovou Town in Lodoni. His­tory states the school was founded in 1924 by high chief Ratu Pe­naia Ka­davulevu and was later re­named in his honor. For Jo­sua, who is from Buca Vil­lage, Cakau­drove in Vanua Levu, be­ing se­lected as head boy came as a to­tal sur­prise. “I didn’t ex­pect it at all and I un­der­stand be­ing cho­sen to lead is not an easy task, but I am ready for the chal­lenge,” Jo­sua said. “I thank the teach­ers for hav­ing faith in me and I will do my ut­most best to per­form my du­ties. I know I have the sup­port of my broth­ers here in school.” The youngest of five chil­dren, Jo­sua’s two older broth­ers had al­ready passed through the school gates be­fore him and were also pre­fects of the school. “Be­ing Head Boy is one step ahead of my two older broth­ers though.” Jo­sua is the last of the chil­dren to go through school. The 19-year-old said he was grate­ful to his par­ents for sup­port­ing him and his broth­ers. “My dad works at the Min­istry of Works and he doesn’t get paid a lot and my mum stays home,” he said. “I ded­i­cate my head boy’s badge to them be­cause I owe my achieve­ment to them for all they have done for me and their older chidl­ren,” he added. Proud par­ents, 49-year-old Wame and 46-year-old Sala­seini Buli­na­mara were both present at the Pre­fects In­duc­tion Ser­vice on 7 Fe­bru­ary to badge their youngest son. Back in Vanua Levu, Jo­sua had at­tended Kama District School where he was also a pre­fect, then when he en­tered RKS as a third for­mer he was made a Ju­nior pre­fect, be­com­ing Cap­tain of Degei House last year. Mrs Buli­na­mara said it was a strug­gle putting all five chil­dren through school and they are grate­ful that the youngest son is now in high school. In 2012 the fam­ily de­cided to move to the cap­i­tal city as Jo­sua’s older broth­ers were in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in Suva and he had en­tered RKS as a boarder for the first time. “We are all very proud of him. It means our strug­gle has paid off and we thank God for help­ing us in mak­ing the right choices for our chil­dren,” Mrs Buli­na­mara said. She said as par­ents they had al­ways em­pha­sised to their chil­dren the im­por­tance of hav­ing a good ed­u­ca­tion as it leads to hav­ing good or well paid jobs.

Joshua with his par­ents and sib­lings at Ratu Ka­davulevu School in Tailevu

Fully badged, the new Head Boy of RKS

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