THE Badge that you wear is a sign of the school's trust in your qualities to lead your peers, and not a decoration to your school uniforms.
Speaking at the Seaqaqa Primary School prefect induction ceremony on Wednesday, chief guest and Principal of Seaqaqa Central College Mrs Luisa Ratuvuku reminded the students of their roles as assistants to their teachers and not teachers as many think.
"You are about to embark on a journey of leadership among your peers throughout the year, therefore be reminded that you are not the teacher but the assistants
who will stand in for times when the teacher is busy," said Mrs Ratuvuku.
"The badges that you wear signify responsibility and leadership is about influencing your peers towards doing the right thing at the right time," she said.
Quoting the great Indian leader Mahatma Ghandi, Mrs Ratuvuku reminded the children to be the catalyst for change if they wanted students to change.
"There are seven leadership principals that you will successfully execute the task with which you are entrusted with today and that is to always make others feel important, promote your vision, do unto others as you want them to do to you, embrace your responsibility as a leader, praise in public and criticise in private and use competition to your advantage," said Mrs Ratuvuku.
Seaqaqa Primary School head girl, Tapaica Batisaresare said that she was proud to be selected as the head girl of the school and that this meant giving in her best to ensure that the children were well looked after during the school year.
"I thank the staff of the school for having faith in us to lead our peers and we will ensure that this faith is not thrown out the window," she said.
Class 8 prefect Nanise Yacarogo said that she would choose to be the best leader for her friends this year and influence them to do the right thing at the right time.
"We are given the badges to lead and not as a form of uniform decoration," she said.