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Head Girl Pays Tribute To Single Mum

Esther was also the head girl of Marist Convent Primary School in Lami.   Leadership is not about giving orders, but it is about striving for change and living the
07 Feb 2019 10:00
Head Girl Pays Tribute To Single Mum
Jai Narayan College 2019 school prefects after their induction on February 6, 2019. Photo: Wati Talebula
  • Esther was also the head girl of Marist Convent Primary School in Lami.

 

Leadership is not about giving orders, but it is about striving for change and living the change you want to see.

The comment was made by newly-appointed Jai Narayan College (JNC) head girl Esther Baleiono during the induction ceremony at the Suva school yesterday.

The 17-year-old hails from Udu Village in Totoya, Lau, and was also the head girl of Marist Convent Primary School in Lami.

Esther paid tribute to her upbringing, saying it played an important part in her life.

“I am raised by a single mother and that has motivated me to strive to lead. Being the eldest of three siblings instilled in me leadership skills,” she said.

“Seeing my mother has driven me to lead. I did not know that I would be given the opportunity to lead a prestigious institution. I believe I have what it takes to create change in the school.

“Each prefect has his or her opinion and I believe through communication we can work on our differences and work towards instilling values that will help us lead JNC.”

Newly-appointed head boy William Fonorito hails from Kalvaka Village in Noatau, Rotuma.

The 17-year-old said he was ready to face the challenges ahead.

“I was named a prefect when I was in year 11 and that had motivated me to one day become the head boy of JNC because it made me realise that the teachers believed in me and saw something in me,” said William.

“I will work with the deputies and prefects in strengthening relationships between the teachers and students. Through regular meetings I believe we can all work together for a common goal.”

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports Parveen Bala, the chief guest at the induction ceremony, says education cannot be separated from leadership.

“It is often said that knowledge is power. And knowledge that leads to power, becomes a powerful leadership tool,” he said.

“Jai Narayan College is rightfully known for its academic excellence, and for its all-round achievements. This achievement has not come overnight.

“It is the result of sound leadership. Sound leadership from your school management. Sound leadership from your principal and staff. And in the end, it must be stressed sound leadership from its student body.

“Of course, such leadership, gains strength from the support of parents, alumni and well-wishes of this important institution of our country.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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