Nailovolovo Targets RFMF Navy Career

Paula, who is the school headboy, said he did not expect to win the baton of honour award.
08 Sep 2019 15:53
Nailovolovo Targets RFMF Navy Career

Top St John’s College, Cawaci, cadet 19-year-old Paula Nailovolovo wants to join the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Navy when he leaves school.

Paula, who is the school headboy, said he did not expect to win the baton of honour award.

However, his mother Donasaiana Yacavola praised his achievement.

“My son is well disciplined, hardworking and follows instructions,” she said.

She said her son was always ready to offer help when needed.

Ms Yacavola said her son wanted to join the RFMF Navy and she was optimistic he would be accepted when he applied for a place.

She said his strong discipline would take him to all places he would like to join.

Paula received his primary education at Namamanuca Primary School, Yanuya in Malolo.

She said as she was an old scholar of St John’s College she had wanted one of her children to follow her footsteps.

Chief guest at the St John’s College passing-out parade was the Tui Levuka, Ratu Etonia Seru Rokotuinaceva. Ratu Etonia said cadet training had so much potential to positively impact a person’s life.

“Despite what some may say about it being too strict, I have never come across a situation where discipline has been a negative influence,” he said.

He said they were aware of some of the things that had been reported in the news about the involvement of students in illegal activities etc.

“It takes just a matter of seconds to make a decision that could ruin all the hard work you’ve put in your education.”

He told the students to show self-control and self-restraint and chose to say no, even if it meant being unpopular.

He said they understood peer pressure was immense in today’s fast-paced world, but they needed to apply the discipline learned during the cadet training in their everyday life and accepted that saying “no” was an okay option.

His fatherly advice – enjoy your childhood.

“The problem is that some of you want to jump into becoming an adult.  Wait for your time. You will get tired of all the responsibilities that come with being an adult,” he said.

“Don’t make your future be one of regrets. The key is in your hands right now and it goes back to the way you use your time and the company you choose to have.

“Surround yourself with positive people and you will be able to achieve positive results.”

Edited by Epineri Vula


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