SHIPPING firm owner George Goundar sailed to Tuvalu yesterday as one of his ships made its maiden voyage to the island, but he knows he will be back in time for Levuka Public School's 135th anniversary and reunion.
He started at the Levuka Public School Kindergarten in 1968 and stayed on at the school for 11 years, doing his final year in 1979.
A big man of stature, Mr Goundar laughed as he tried to put words together to describe his time at the school.
"I have spent most of my life there. In a way, the school has made me what I am today. Let's just say I was a bit troublesome," he said.
"My teachers Mr and Mrs Singh and a few others helped me to become the man I am today.
"I had a lot of energy growing up and these people helped me to direct it to something useful.
"My whole family is from here and all my siblings went to LPS."
When asked about his fondest memories at the school, Mr Goundar responded there were too many.
"I was into sports. I played hockey for the school and Levuka.
"I also played soccer. 1978 and 1979 were good years.
"I have made so many friends at the school, some whom I am still in touch with and I am looking forward to seeing them."
According to Mr Goundar, Levuka Public School has instilled in him discipline and respect, something which he hopes the children of today will continue to value.
"I recall waking up in Levuka to a beautiful island morning.
"Levuka is a very important part of my life.
"In fact, Levuka is in my blood."