Bastian Looks To Prove Himself

Drasa Avenue School head boy Joshua Bastian said he hopes to prove himself capable of his new role by setting a good example for the student body.
14 May 2022 14:21
Bastian Looks To Prove Himself
From left: Drasa Avenue School Parents Teachers Association President Raijieli Powell, Deputy head girl Asena Waqanicakau, Head Girl Ashey Ayushi, Commissioner West Mesake Ledua, Head boy Joshua Bastian and the Deputy Head Boy Joji Tamanivakatagi after the prefects’ induction in Lautoka on May 11, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Drasa Avenue School head boy Joshua Bastian said he hopes to prove himself capable of his new role by setting a good example for the student body.

He is also using his recent appointment to prepare him for other future leadership roles.

The 13-year-old was inducted alongside the head girl Ashey Ayushi and 62 other prefects in Lautoka on Wednesday to lead the school’s 343 students.

“You have to show that you’re setting a good example and to show that you’re doing it, it takes action to work. You can’t just keep telling people to do work, it doesn’t work that way,” he said.

“For me, I have to be truthful, I have to be honest and also I have to show that you can do it and so it will help me in life so that if anything gets tough or I’m given a bigger leadership role, I can think back on this time.”

He said he resides in Vuda, Lautoka with his younger brother and his father who is Australian and his mother, who is originally from Labasa.

“I was born in Suva, I lived there ever since I was a little kid for three years then I moved to Lautoka and then my little brother came along, he was born in Lautoka and then we lived here ever since. I went to FSC Kindergarten first and then I came to Drasa Avenue,” he said.

“My dad is a carpenter, he owns a business and does small carpentry work for other businesses. My mom doesn’t work but she takes care of us at home and my brother is in class 4 here.”

Head girl Ashey Ayushi said leadership was about action and not the position that was given to any individual.

“I will do my best to fulfil all my duties with the utmost sincerity and determination so that I uphold the name of the badge I am wearing today. I will also ensure that my fellow student council members will do the same,” she said.

While officiating as chief guest, Commissioner West Mesake Ledua said students were fortunate to have access to quality education due to the Fijian Government’s incentives in the education sector.

“The Fijian Government has made every effort to help you realise and live your dreams with the free education grant, transport assistance and so forth, even when you reach secondary or tertiary level, there are a variety of options for you,” he said.

The Deputy Head girl is Asena Waqanicakau and the Deputy Head boy is Joji Tamanivakatagi.

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