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‘This One Is For My Late Mum’

Eighteen-year-old, Esther Shayal Kumar, Lelean Memorial School’s (LMS) dux, dedicated her achievement to her late mother yesterday during the school’s prizegiving. “I lost my mother when I was in Year
21 Nov 2015 15:02
‘This One Is For My Late Mum’
Lelean Memorial School dux Eshter Shayal Kumar with her father Suresh Kumar after the school’s prize giving ceremony in Davuilevu yesterday. POHOTO JONA KONATACI.

Eighteen-year-old, Esther Shayal Kumar, Lelean Memorial School’s (LMS) dux, dedicated her achievement to her late mother yesterday during the school’s prizegiving.

“I lost my mother when I was in Year 11 and I wish that my mother is by my side today to see what I have achieved,” Shayal said.

She was the dux of Visama Sanatan Primary School in Tailevu before attending LMS. She is the youngest in her family.

“I miss my mother everyday, but I thank my father for stepping up and playing the roles of both parents when my mother died in 2013.

“I enjoyed every moment I spent at Lelean and I thank my teachers for their support. I call this school my second home and I would love to start all over again from Year Nine, but life has to go on,” she said.

She hopes to become an accountant.

Her father, Suresh, said he would continue to support her dreams of having a good job in the future.

 

Koroilavesau shares

humble beginning

Ex-student and Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau shared his experience with students, parents and guests at the prizegiving.

“Boarding school was difficult for me at first.

“As boarders we had to plant our own food, wash our own clothes and many other things.

“When I look back at those days, I can proudly say that it was the foundation that prepared me to tackle the challenges in life.”

Before joining Lelean Memorial School, he began his secondary education at Richmond Methodist High School where his father worked as general purpose hand.

“Being devoted Christians, my parents felt it was proper for me to join Lelean Memorial School as there were only a few Methodist schools at that time.

“As students we didn’t have money for ourselves, so I initiated a programme where we would go pick katar (Indian breadfruit) on Saturdays, fill-up our wheelbarrows and walk as far as Nine Miles to the then Rabi Holdings to sell katar.

“On our way back to school, we would do gardening jobs for neighbouring families and earn two dollars each.” he said.

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