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12 Graduates Make It The Biggest Yet

Teacher Suiloa tells: I am so proud of them   It’s been five years since the Nakama Village Kindergarten in Macuata last held a prizegiving ceremony. Last Friday, the kindergarten
22 Nov 2016 11:00
12 Graduates Make It The Biggest Yet
The graduates and their teacher Mereani Suiloa at the back. Photo: Sera Vakavotu

Teacher Suiloa tells: I am so proud of them

 

It’s been five years since the Nakama Village Kindergarten in Macuata last held a prizegiving ceremony.

Last Friday, the kindergarten saw 12 of its pupils graduate – making it the largest number so far.

The 12 students are from Nakama and neighbouring village, Serenikai.

Kindergarten teacher Mereani Suiloa was emotional as she watched her students walk up to receive their certificates during the ceremony at the village hall.

“I am so proud of them. Next year they will be leaving and entering Year One,” Ms Suiloa said.

“This is one of the largest number of kindergarten students to graduate from here for a while, last year there were only four students that graduated.”

The 42-year-old, who has been teaching at the kindergarten for the past three years, said teaching them was important but it required a lot of patience.

“At the same, teaching this small children is very rewarding and as I farewell them today, I wish them all the best,” she said.

One parent, Emele Sogoituba, said it was heart-warming to witness her son, Iowane Waqauto, graduate with his friends.

“This all so great. I am so proud of my young son. I shed a few tears as I watched him, knowing this is all a part of growing up and he will soon be going to primary school,” Ms Sogoituba said.

At least 50 people witnessed the event.

Nakama Kindergarten started 21 years ago in a bure.

Today, they have their own classroom, sponsored by the European Union, which opened in 2013.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj



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