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Teachers, Students: Goodbye Apenisa

  Khalsa Primary School teachers with their 530 students paid their last respects to Apenisa Rawaqa yesterday. The Year One student died in a road accident on Monday when he
22 Sep 2018 10:00
Teachers, Students: Goodbye Apenisa
Apenisa Rawaqa’s teacher Komal Kumar and classmates pay their final respects on September 21, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

Khalsa Primary School teachers with their 530 students paid their last respects to Apenisa Rawaqa yesterday.

The Year One student died in a road accident on Monday when he was heading to school.

Students wore black ribbons as a mark of mourning and placed wreaths on his coffin when the hearse visited the school for the last time, yesterday.

Class teacher Komal Kumar said Apenisa was like a son to him.

“He always had a smile on his face every day,” Mrs Kumar said.

“Apenisa will be deeply missed by his close families and friends.

“It has been four days since he left us. It was around 10am and I was on duty in my classroom, when the assistant head teacher relayed the sad news.

“It felt like a heavy burden and I sank into a chair. I began to sob for Apenisa. The assistant head teacher took me into the office and closed the door. The rest of the students didn’t know yet and the plan was to tell everyone the next day.

“I had to pull myself together and go back to my class and teach like nothing was wrong.

“When we lose a student, when we lose a friend, when we lose a family member it breaks our hearts. It’s times like these, when we realise that sometimes there is pain that comes with caring about one another.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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