STUDENTS of Suva Grammar and Marist Brothers High School came together in a reconciliation ceremony yesterday seeking forgiveness from each other, the community, their parents and the State.
SGS principal Waisake Ravatu said the ceremony should be the last for both schools and his students had apologised for recent incidents of violence between the schools. Mr Ravatu said SGS school heads accepted responsibility for the events and hoped it would not happen again.
"I brought both senior and junior students to witness the reconciliation process, particularly junior students so they could avoid such a situation in future," he said.
MBHS principal John Atalifo said a negative chapter for both schools had been put to rest.
"The desire of the people is for the reconciliation event to last and not be just a show," Mr Atalifo said.
He said both schools should not have been involved in the first place because they had to prepare for upcoming exams.
"We hope everyone has learned a lesson. Even though the vast majority were not involved in the fight, all need to better understand that violence is not the answer," he said.
"There will always be rivalry between the schools but it should always be shown on the field and off it."
"Communities look up to the two schools and for a student to tarnish his or her reputation in public means the school reputation is being tarnished too."