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Love Fiji, students urged

By FONUA TALEI “Fiji Day is a time for us to gather and think about what it means to live here in Fiji,” were words echoed by International School Suva
13 Oct 2012 08:01

By FONUA TALEI

“Fiji Day is a time for us to gather and think about what it means to live here in Fiji,” were words echoed by International School Suva (ISS) principal Anna Marsden as the school celebrated Fiji Day yesterday.
Addressing students at its assembly hall, Ms Marsden said ISS embodied the true essence of Fiji in its diversity of students from different cultural backgrounds.
Ms Marsden spoke highly of the chief guest, Fiji’s paralympics gold medallist Iliesa Delana, thanking him for showing that “we can all achieve all that we want to achieve if we have the drive and determination.”
Also present at the event was former ISS student head and reigning Miss Fiji Hibiscus 2012 Drue Slatter.
Delivering a heart-felt speech to students of ISS, Mr Delana said Fiji Day was a day of remembrance and thanksgiving, adding that we pay homage to Fiji’s leaders and forefathers who have achieved independence through struggles.
He said everyone must stand together to build one nation for its people.
“We commemorate Independence Day for one purpose and that is to express our undying love for our country Fiji. Our Fiji is renowned for our warm Fijian smiles and love for one another,” Mr Delana said.
“Fiji has excelled in education, health, business, technology, tourism with many challenges that we have overcome because of our faith. Let’s work together to create a brighter future for us and our children.”
Mr Delana reminded students that they were not only future leaders but are also leaders of today.
“You have the strength, courage, energy to make a difference. Please remember that as young adults you are the jewel of our country.”
He went further to acknowledge the school and its staff for organising Independence Day celebrations for the school, not only for Fiji Day but also for other countries worldwide.
“Congratulations ISS for this initiative to commemorate other Independence Day celebrations. It signifies multiculturalism and the respect and love you have for each others’ culture.
“Fiji is indeed the way the world should be.”




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