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Lomary First To Hold Passing-Out Parade This Year

After a one-year lapse, Lomary Secondary School in Serua is the first school in the country this year to hold their passing-out parade. With a strength of 268 cadets, the
30 Mar 2018 10:00
Lomary First To Hold Passing-Out Parade This Year
Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) Lieutenant-Colonel Penioni Naliva inspects cadets during the Lomary Secondary School Cadet Passing-Out parade on March 23, 2018. Photo: Lomary Secondary School

After a one-year lapse, Lomary Secondary School in Serua is the first school in the country this year to hold their passing-out parade.

With a strength of 268 cadets, the parade witnessed by students, parents, old scholars and teachers last Friday showcased a remarkable display of compliance and discipline.

Of the total cadets on parade, 120 females were part of the event.

Chief guest, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) Lieutenant-Colonel Penioni Naliva, reminded students of the importance of incorporating discipline in their daily lives.

Lieutenant-Colonel Naliva said the most successful people in life exerted discipline on a daily basis.

Discipline must not only be observed during the Barrack Week, but one that should be lived out throughout your lives, he said.

Principal Iosefo Masivue said the advantage of having the programme early in the year would allow them to maximise the effect of the programme on the students to last the whole year. Mr Masivue said by Term Two, the pressure of academic work piled up on students and teachers.

“Improving and setting discipline and a better attitude at a higher level in the beginning of the year could assist students to withstand the pressure and persevere as the year progress,” he said.

“Lomary has conducted the cadet programme since 2014. We missed out last year and resumed this year. Lomary is the first school to stage a passing-out parade this year, and it was the best organised cadet programme by far.”

Although the cadet programme was expensive and time-consuming, Mr Masivue said the benefits outweighed the troubles they had to go through.

“Cadet instils a certain level of discipline in students that we hope will remain with them and become theirs,” he said.

“It is an important activity to enhance learning for I believe that a student with good discipline and a good attitude always do better academically because he or she is easier to teach, and could follow instructions and participate in the learning process so much better than a student with discipline and attitude problems.

“However, our great challenge now is to maintain the good discipline and good attitude acquired during the barrack week and drills training. Lomary, therefore will continue with commanded parades by the student officers, house points system, and house areas cleanliness competition throughout the year.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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