Best All-Rounder Aims To Join Police Force

  Joining the Fiji Police Force is next on Petero Naibuka’s “To Do” list. This was after the Nabala Secondary School head boy was named the Best All Rounder of
11 Aug 2018 10:00
Best All-Rounder Aims To Join Police Force
Nabala Secondary School headboy Petero Naibuka at the school’s ground during the cadet passing-out parade on August 10, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka


Joining the Fiji Police Force is next on Petero Naibuka’s “To Do” list.

This was after the Nabala Secondary School head boy was named the Best All Rounder of the 2018 Nabala Secondary School cadet passing-out parade at the school’s ground. The school, in Naduri, Macuata, is about 27 kilometres from Labasa Town.

The award came as a surprise, however, as Petero said it was always a lifelong dream to join the Fiji Police Force.

Despite the tough five weeks of training, the young man from Buavou in Seaqaqa said he enjoyed every bit of it and thanked the trainers for their support.

Acknowledging God, Petero said divine help gave him the courage and confidence to be able to achieve his award.

“This All Rounder award is paving a way forward towards my career path. Since kindergarten, I have always dreamed of becoming a Police Officer following the footsteps of my grandfathers, uncle and cousins,” he said.

“Always think before you do anything because it may determine life and death situations. That is a key message I learned today. The cadet training was indeed difficult.

“We had to stand under the sun for long periods of time.

“We had to march around the ground three times a day and when we didn’t listen to the instructors, we would get punished; we were told to do as they say.

“We have to work towards the goal and that was to showcase an excellent parade and we have done that today,” he said.

The eldest of three siblings, Petero said while the weeks of training had been tough, the principles learned would be engraved in their hearts.

He said this meant that they would become productive and law-abiding citizens.

“I have seen a change in the students’ behaviour since the start of cadet training. Students are becoming better and paying more attention in class and getting more disciplined,” he said.

“I would encourage other schools to take up cadet training. It’s a very worthwhile experience; it is very difficult, but it will help mould students to become better and help them in their individual lives.

“I believe the cadet training will help instil discipline within the students and I believe this cadet training should continue in the years to come,” he said.

Nabala Secondary School cadets braved the hot Babasiga sun in front of families, loved ones and friends.

Petero’s mother, Sereima Senoveva, praised her son for his achievement, dedication and hard work.

“As his mother, I know that he had the passion and the attitude to become whatever he wants to be,” Ms Senoveva said.

“He is determined to achieve his dream so that he can look after me and his siblings.”

The cadet programme at Nabala Secondary School has been in taking place since 1990s. The school is a Catholic school and has a roll of 180 students.

Some former students who have made a name for themselves include the 1986 headboy and now Deputy Divisional Police Commander Eastern Kasiono Vusoniwale and Dr Raumanu Turaganiwai.

Edited by Epineri Vula



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