Saving the Best for Last
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.