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Dux Credits Single Mum

The Monfort Boys Town 2014 school dux, Simione Lagitabu, 18, has credited his single mother that enabled him to scoop the award. Lagitabu, a building and carpentry student won the
24 Nov 2014 09:05
Dux Credits Single Mum
2014 Monfort Boys Town dux Simione Lagitabu being congratulated by his mother, Patricia Hoi and flanked by his family members after the school’s prizegiving on Saturday. Photo: Aqela Susu

The Monfort Boys Town 2014 school dux, Simione Lagitabu, 18, has credited his single mother that enabled him to scoop the award.
Lagitabu, a building and carpentry student won the dux award and the Best Student in Building Year 2.

His mother, Patricia Hoi, 53, could not express her emotions as she recounted the struggles she went through to send her son to school.

“I stand proud to see him achieve the dux award today because I went through a lot and faced so many challenges to further my son’s education,” Ms Hoi said.

“I do plant a bit of rootcrops to sell and a small canteen also helps me to send my children to school.”
She has been a single mother looking after her five children after separating from her husband.

Ms Hoi travelled all the way from Natovi in Tailevu to witness her son graduate and she said the trip was worth it.
Simione said it was tough at first for him to leave home two years ago to pursue his education at the institute, however he was grateful that he had won the dux award.

This, he said, was one way he could re-pay his mother for all her sacrifice and struggles.

“When I came to school here it was hard because it was the first time I attended boarding school but today I’m so happy and overjoyed about what I have achieved and I’m thankful to my mother for being the courageous woman she is,” he said.

Sixty students graduated specialising in different trades from the institute last Saturday.

Special awards
•    Best Student in Fitting and Machining- Mikaele Nadomo
•    Best Student in Cabinet Maker Year II- Joape Tuibuca
•    Best Student in Cabinet Making Year III- Oliver Mongston
•    Best Student in Building Year II- Pauliasi Tuilevukana
•    Best Student in Electrical- Charley Albert Anthony

Attainment awards
•    100% Attainment Award- Bulding Year II- Simione Lagitabu
•    100% Attainment Award- Building Year II- Keasi Vakalagalaga
•    100% Attainment Award- Cabinet Making Year III- Semi Yavitanalagi
•    Baton of Honor- Joseva Ratu
•    Dux 2014- Simione Lagitabu
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