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School Set Up To Train Leaders

Queen Victoria School (Vulinituraga) according to former headboy, military Commander and Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, was set up to produce national leaders. Delivering the keynote address at the QVS Chapel
12 Oct 2014 09:37
School Set Up To Train Leaders
Queen Victoria School students during the school’s celebration of the Golden Jubilee of its Chapel at Matavatucou, Tailevu, yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Queen Victoria School (Vulinituraga) according to former headboy, military Commander and Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, was set up to produce national leaders.

Delivering the keynote address at the QVS Chapel he said the Jesus Model of leadership was based on serving – and whoever wanted to be great among them must be their servant and whoever wanted to be first must be their slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Rephrasing their celebration theme he said – “Servant Leadership in Fiji in a constitutionally secular society.”

“How do we interpret this leadership model of Jesus in Fiji today?”

He answered, “Know your God; know who you are; know your calling and be yourself.”

On stewardship, he says it is really looking after something for someone else.

“What is that we, who have been fortunate enough to come to this school, need to look after and protect and for whom?” Mr Rabuka asked.

He said the firm tripod on which our society was built and formed were encapsulated in the Deed of Cession of October 10, 1874, and preserved in the various stages of our nation’s political metamorphosis. As we moved from a tribal society, through  Cession to colonial governance, to independence nationhood thence to true independence of a Republican State ours was  similar to the struggles of America and India in their attempts to shrug off the shackles of partial independent democracy within the realm headed by a foreign monarch.

“We must cherish and preserve the values that gave rise to the bipartisan agreement that laid the foundation for building this school – an agreement between the chiefs of these islands and the government 107 years ago,” Mr Rabuka said.

He said they should also cherish and preserve the values that those two institutions saw in their desire to build a permanent place of worship 56 years ago, that gave rise to the building of their magnificient chapel. Its dedication 50 years ago, completing the tripod for the stable and balanced development of national leaders who would continue to espouse the values of goodness and service based on a firm foundation of faith in the Judeo-Christian God.

For looking forward, he said, “Emulate the comittment made by those responsible for the building of the chapel. Be committed to their calling as servant leaders of this nation. Be selfless in your pursuit of excellence in whatever you do. Hold on to the valuess that this nation was built on; the values that this school was built on, and the values that the chapel was built on.”

In conclusion, he said only when they hold tight to these values could they contribute to the continued radiance of this country and its people and be true to their school motto – ‘Floreat Fiji!’

Mr Rabuka had to be released from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) in 1967 to become the headboy of QVS.

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