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Nabou Victims Remembered at Principals’ Conference

Nabou Victims Remembered at Principals’ Conference
The divisional education officer Western Division Joseva Gavidi (seated 7th from left) with principals present during the conference at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Lautoka on September 14, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
September 15
10:44 2018

Principals from all over the country yesterday remembered the eight lives lost in the horrific Nabou accident in Nadi last month.

During the closing ceremony of the Fiji Principals Association 122nd Conference in Lautoka, the school heads observed a minute of silence to pay their respects – as two secondary school students were among the fatalities.

Tilak High School principal, Vinod Sharan said the tragedy not only touched the lives of relatives and friends, but also teachers, especially school principals.

“We as principals feel that they were our children,” said Mr Sharan.

“Any child lost is just not a student of that school.”

Mr Sharan said that principals throughout the country were grieved by the incident.

“We, the principals are together as one in times of sorrow,” he said.

The conference

Mr Sharan said the conference proved to be a good platform for principals throughout the country as they got together to share their experiences.

“We were able to voice all that we had come here for. It was a very fruitful two day event,” he said.

The divisional education officer Western Division, Joseva Gavidi, was present to officiate at the closing ceremony at the Lautoka Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Mr Gavidi urged all the principals not to be afraid of failure as it was part of the learning process.

“Tasting failure is normal, but the recovery phase is what matters most to you,” he said.

“If you fail, remember to stand up,” he said.

Mr Gavidi also added that principals had the responsibility to continually nurture their team in order to allow for a reflective growth and development.

“You must be able to nurture and groom people whom you lead,” he said.

Mr Gavidi also requested teachers to share their success stories and stories of failure.

“This will help your team find inspiration from what you share. It is also important that you share your failures as well,” he said.

Mr Gavidi also urged teachers to assess their progress on a daily basis.

“Assess your progress on your daily task and yourself every morning,” he said.

He said that the route to success could be greatly rooted towards self-assessment and re-adjustment to things.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback:  yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj

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