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Ex-students Mark School’s Anniversary

Scores of former Saint Thomas students took to the streets of Lautoka in celebration mode. This was to mark the 90th anniversary of Saint Thomas Primary and 40th anniversary for
24 May 2015 10:09
Ex-students Mark School’s Anniversary
Former students of Saint Thomas during the celebrations in Lautoka yesterday.

Scores of former Saint Thomas students took to the streets of Lautoka in celebration mode.

This was to mark the 90th anniversary of Saint Thomas Primary and 40th anniversary for Saint Thomas High School.

Pioneer members and former teachers reminisced about their days at the Lautoka schools.

Association president Yvette Kava said it was not easy task to set up the association.

“From the beginning we thought it was really hard because we had our ups and downs trying to get people together and getting donations,” she said.

“There are only eight of us in the committee with the help of our husbands and big families giving up their time with their children to try and sort things out and meet every night to get things done and organised.”

She acknowledged the relentless effort of association members despite time constraints.

“I’m really surprised they got themselves together considering it’s last minute; our Suva branch and everybody else like Nadi and Sigatoka came down and joined us for this celebration,” she said.

Present during the festivities were former students from New Zealand, California, America and Sydney, Australia.

Former student of Saint Thomas Primary and high school Patricia Herbert, who travelled from Sydney, Australia, specifically for the commemoration, said it came in a timely manner.

“I think it’s great because old teachers came out to see us and even school mates we haven’t see in a couple of years,” she said.

“It’s important for ex-scholars to get together because they do a lot for the students.”

Former student Annie Chongsue, 65, travelled from New Zealand for the celebration.

“About 13 of us came from Fagaperoa, New Zealand, and we did our little fundraising for soli contribution to the school. It’s good to see everyone again after a long time,” she said.

Meanwhile, former student David Anthony – who travelled from California – said the 100th anniversary was one that would be anticipated.

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