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QVS cadet pass-out

Tevita Vuibau And Geraldine Panapasa
Sunday, July 15, 2012

SUVA'S Albert Park was a sea of blue last week Friday as students of Queen Victoria School took part in their annual cadet passing-out parade.

And for chief guest Commander Viliame Naupoto, the parade marked the culmination of a dream.

In his address to the students on parade, the former student and Minister for Youth and Sports said it had always been his dream to review the parade.

"Thirty-five years ago I stood where you are but on Nukuvuto ground and admired those that came to review our passing out parade," he said.

"Today, one of my dreams as a young Victorian has come true and that is to review a QVS passing-out parade.

"On that note, thank you for the invitation and for making that young boy's dream come true."

Commander Naupoto said the realisation of his dream was part of the endless cycle of life, adding that perhaps one day, one of the students would be in his place.

"Today you have displayed both individual discipline and good commanding skills very well and you have made us all proud."

QVS vice-principal Jone Yalayala said they had Barracks week before the actual parade where they went through various drills and leadership exercises.

He said the commanders for the different platoons were prefects for their school houses.

"The commanders and their platoon had to carry out exercises set out and depending on how well they achieved this, they were given points," Mr Yalayala told Kaila!

"For instance, the best overall company were given points based on punctuality, discipline among other traits.

"This passing-out parade has been a tradition at the school for the past 70 years and it has become a service that instills values, discipline, team work, punctuality and attention to detail."

Mr Yalayala said students from Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Japan were also part of the parade this year.