Headboy And Headgirl Both Surprised By Appointments
Decked in her blue dress with a salusalu around her neck, Olivia Qalotu stood tall when she marched up to be badged as the headgirl of Holy Family Primary School in Labasa yesterday.
“It was one of the proudest moments of my life,” the soft-spoken Nabouono, Macuata lass said.
Sharing links to the chiefly island of Bau in Tailevu, Olivia said: “I was initially scared when I was told that I was going to be the headgirl, but now I am happy and I have reassured myself that I can do it.”
The garland around her neck was no ordinary ‘salusalu’, but one that is distinctly known to be from Bau Island.
Her mother, Loata Niumataiwalu-Qalotu said; “She had always wanted to adorn the Tuiwewe and I told her that she should work hard so she can wear it.
“Yesterday she came home and told us that she was going to be inducted as the headgirl and so I managed to make one for her.”
Olivia said she dreams of becoming a lawyer in the future and that she would work hard to do her family proud.
The school’s headboy, Viliame Tikoibua, said he was surprised when teachers told him that he was going to be appointed headboy.
The 13-year-old said he was still reeling from the announcement, but was determined to be the best.
“I have to be disciplined and be polite at all times,” Viliame said.
“As leaders it is important to be example setters and to be responsible.”
He said his mother, Mere Tikoibua was his inspiration.
The Holy Family Primary School induction was held at the school yesterday.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce