"THE bond you share with your peers will continue to make your lives meaningful and help you become leaders one day in your communities."
These were the words of Northern education officer Satya Shandil to students of Ratu Luke Secondary School in Bua during their first cadet passing-out parade at the school grounds last week.
Mr Shandil told the students that in order to become leaders, discipline was essential.
"Cadets, you will be leaders one day in communities that you serve," he said.
Mr Shandil said the training they received at Ratu Luke Memorial School, the only secondary school in the province that offered cadet training, would prepare them for the long journey ahead.
"Some of you may not realise it now but when you leave this school, you will have no regrets at all and I hope that you will cherish and uphold the famous quote which Wainunu is well-known for, and that is Koloni ra lu — the people of Wainunu are independent. In fact, many of you are already leaders in your own rights.
"As cadets, you have been through many sessions of tough and sometimes really challenging drills and training, however, I am quite certain you will look back at all those senseless drill sessions and crazy screaming from your beloved trainers and instructors with great fondness."
Mr Shandil said the future of the nation rested with the children and if there was a need for a disciplined nation full of respect and honour, there was a need to inculcate these characteristics in schools.
"This will later produce balanced individuals who will effectively contribute to a productive nation," he said.