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One Of Longest-Serving Teachers Relives Memory

‘This is not just a school. I get the most opportunities to develop my passion at this school’ Former Yat Sen Secondary School principal and retired teacher Iva Teilai yesterday
28 Aug 2016 08:25
One Of Longest-Serving Teachers Relives Memory
Chinese Education Soclety of Fiji chairman Newton Yuen, Fiji Yat Sen alumni Lynda Tabuya and former Yat Sen Secondary School principal Iva Teilai during the Yat Sen School anniversary celerations yesterday. Photo: Filipe Naigulevu

‘This is not just a school. I get the most opportunities to develop my passion at this school’

Former Yat Sen Secondary School principal and retired teacher Iva Teilai yesterday recalled the 22 years of her teaching career at the school.

Mrs Teilai, who was one of the longest-serving teachers at Yat Sen Secondary School, was the special guest at the Yat Sen School anniversary celebrations in Suva yesterday.

She started in 1991 as a science teacher.

Mrs Teilai remembers how people and relatives and friends used to ask: “Aren’t you tired of being at the same school?”

She replied: “No. This is not just a school. I get the most opportunities to develop my passion at this school. Its board is supportive to the requests of the school principal.”

Mrs Teilai said during her years at Yat Sen, teachers grew to become competent and competitive in the world of education, not just by acquiring a qualification, but by acquiring experience.

“At Yat Sen, teachers had a relationship based on freedom and trust. Teachers were trusted to submit work on time and to be in class according to the timetable,” she said.

“Teachers were expected to give students the best of their time.”

Mrs Telai also recalled the positive changes that had evolved in their academic work, sports, social and holistic development at Yat Sen.

“To all the former students of YSSS, the history of Yat Sen is the history about you,” she said.

“The image and the name portrayed globally is your story.”

Mrs Teilai also challenged the current students to rise up to the legacy that was before them.

“The conditions of our environment  doesn’t make us who we are. Suceeding is a choice,” she said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  filipe.naigulevu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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