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Ballantine Memorial School Names First Nauruan Head Prefect

Ginette came to Fiji in 2017 under a Nauru Government scholarship to complete her high school education.
02 Feb 2020 15:30
Ballantine Memorial School Names First Nauruan Head Prefect
Ballantine Memorial School Head Girl, Ginette Teabuga with sisiter, Jineshka Aror following her prefect induction ceremony on January 31, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A first for Ballantine Memorial School when a Nauruan became Head Girl at the Delainavesi-based school.

In the moving ceremony, Ginette Teabuge, was badged as head prefect during the prefects’ induction at the all-girls school.

Ginette came to Fiji in 2017 under a Nauru Government scholarship to complete her high school education.

“I joined BMS from Year 10 and it has been a long learning journey for me,” she said.

“My idea of leadership is to be a role model, dedicated and ready to take up challenges.”

The 17-year-old said there were many things she learned in Fiji such as various traditions, culture, food and language.

Among the many challenges she encountered since joining the school were the language barrier, food and getting adjusted to a new environment.

“I thank school teachers and friends for always rendering support,” Ginette said.

“Today I miss my parents, I wanted them to be here and see me getting badged.”

Aspiring to be a climate change activist Ginette wants to add honesty, punctuality and commitment to her leadership qualities.

“And to build communication skills with fellow members of the student council,” she said.

Ginette’s achievement was dedicated to her parents who are in Anetan district in Nauru.

She is a boarder at the BMS hostel and during the school holidays she stays with her uncle who works at the Nauru Embassy in Suva.

She will travel back home in December to continue with her tertiary education in Nauru.

Also at the induction ceremony Marion Sorokacika was named the Deputy Head Girl Hostel and Marica Nai is the school Deputy Head Girl Dayscholar.

Edited by Percy Kean

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