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ACS Old Scholars Celebrates 66th

The alumni of the prestigious Adi Cakobau School celebrated their 66th anniversary its themed ‘RaNadi Ball’ at the Sheraton ballroom on Denarau Island last Saturday night. It was a night
06 Oct 2014 08:51
ACS Old Scholars Celebrates 66th

The alumni of the prestigious Adi Cakobau School celebrated their 66th anniversary its themed ‘RaNadi Ball’ at the Sheraton ballroom on Denarau Island last Saturday night.

It was a night where former students got together and remembered their yester years with party, food, drinks, laughter and merrymaking just as it was during their school days.

The chief guest, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, said he was delighted and honoured to address the former students of ACS since the school had very close personal links with his family.

“Sixty-six years ago, on October 1, 1948, Adi Cakobau School opened its gates to let in 62 girls between the ages of ten and sixteen to become its first students,” he said.

He said the focus at ACS was to educate girls to take their rightful place in society, and to empower them to do the best they were capable of, and being true to the motto: “To leave the world better than they found it”.

“The number of former scholars who put their hands up in the last general election is indicative of  Adi Cakobau School still living up to its motto and still championing the cause of women,” Ratu Epeli said.

He said it was also fitting to mark the birthday celebrations with major projects and developments such as they had in the opening of Charlton House last year.

ACSOG Nadi branch organising committee president Adi Mitimiti Dreunimisimisi said the reunion was an astounding success.

“We would like to thank the sponsors who were part of the inaugural ball of such magnitude in the Western Division,” she said.

Meanwhile, Adi Cakobau School is named after Adi Litia Cakobau, a granddaughter of Ratu Seru Cakobau, the Vunivalu of Bau.

The late Adi Cakobau was the mother of Ratu Epeli’s father; late Ratu Sir Edward Tugi Tuivanuavou Cakobau, who was the first chairman of the board of governors of the school until the President’s late older brother, Ratu Dreunimisimisi, succeeded him.

Originally, the school was named Adi Beti but because of the late Ratu Sir Edward’s influence, and that of another Bauan, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, the name changed to Adi Cakobau – a more appropriate name for the school.

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