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Three-Day Reunion For Ex-St Thomas Students

Three-Day Reunion For Ex-St Thomas Students
Ex-students of St Thomas Primary and Secondary schools in Lautoka to celebrate the schools’ three-day reunion, which started on September 6, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
September 07
10:00 2018

Former students of St Thom­as Primary and Secondary schools in Lautoka have been travelling from all parts of the globe to celebrate the schools’ three-day reunion.

St Thomas Schools Ex-students Association president Tuni Bed­does said the reunion will start this morning at the Lautoka Parish Hall with traditional ceremonies of wel­come.

It will be followed by the celebra­tion of Mass and the Annual Gen­eral Meeting.

On Saturday, the ex-students will gather for the gala night at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi to re­new friendships and relive their STS years.

Formal invitations have been ex­tended and indications are that more than 200 ex-students, reli­gious, faculty, and staff will be in attendance.

Plans for this year’s event began immediately following the very successful 2015 reunion.

Mr Beddoes said this year’s event promised to be enjoyable and mem­orable.

“We have more classes participat­ing this time and the very positive response to the last reunion indi­cates that those who attended will certainly be returning to this one,” he said.

“We have made a strong, early ef­fort to contact as many ex-students as possible so that they can plan their vacations and travel sched­ules around the reunion. We will have students attending from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, UK, US and East Sudan, including Fiji.”

The reunion committee, which is made up of Nadi and Lautoka branch members of the association, has attempted to make the event as accommodating as possible.

Mr Beddoes said much of the planned format for this year’s event was similar to what they learned from the previous reunion.

“We listened very carefully to those people who attended in 2015,” he said.

“We knew that we needed to find a location that can comfortably cater for the number of expected guests, offers hotel accommodation within walking distance and is accommo­dating enough so that people will want to attend.

“We are confident that the Tanoa International Hotel fulfils all our requirements.”

A ticket for the Gala Night is $60 per person and is open to all inter­ested STS ex-students.

“We have tried to keep the fee rela­tively low by encouraging other branches in Fiji and around the world for financial assistance,” Mr Beddoes said.

“We have received huge response and thank everyone for their great efforts and support.”

Mr Beddoes said that they would like to be able to find as many ex-students as possible.

He said that they have used every available means to track down and the best source of information has been through friends and family us­ing social media.

“St. Thomas’s is a very special place and the reunion is a great way to keep those memories and friend­ships alive.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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