Former schools rugby coach Ravulo laid to rest

WE lost a man of integrity and a true rugby champion, may his soul rest with the angels as he will be surely missed.

Those were the words of divisional education officer central Serupepeli Udre as he presented his eulogy to his friend and former student of Queen Victoria School Elemaca Ravulo at the Nabua Methodist Church yesterday.

Udre spoke highly on Ravulo who is also known by his nickname “Macho”.

“We joined QVS in 1980. We were in the same class and the same house Tovata and we both left the school in 1984. We’re glad that we’ve known each other from our school days,” Udre said.

“He did his Fiji Junior, New Zealand certificates and the University Entrance at QVS and in 1985 he joined the Lautoka Teachers College when he achieved his certificate for primary education.”

Ravulo started his teaching career at Lami Primary School in 1988 until August 1991 where he found the love of his life Maraia Rasovatu.

Also in 1991 to March 1993 he continued his teaching at Nabua Primary School in an area where he grew up. In April the same year to December 1995 he taught at Vunivau Primary School in the North and in January 1996 to December he joined John Wesley Primary School.

In January 1997 to December Ravulo returned to Lami Primary School before he took a break from work in 1999 to 2000 to continue his education at the Fiji College of Advanced Education in Nasinu where he achieved his diploma in Education in physical education, music, art and craft (PEMAC) studies. In 2001 he moved to teach in secondary schools and first taught at the school he was brought up from — QVS until 2007 as an acting head of department PEMAC.

The same year he was transferred to DAV College in Ba and in the beginning of 2008 he started his service training at USP

In 2009-2012 he was then transferred to Nabua Secondary School as head of the PEMAC department and in 2013 he went to Kavanagasau Secondary School in Nadroga as an assistant principal where he set up a rugby academy.

In 2014 he came to Assemblies of God High School as acting principal and in 2015 January to April he moved to Sila Central High School. In May to July the same year he went Suva Muslim College near his home.

From June 2016 to April 2017 he was acting vice-principal at QVS before he retuned home because of an illness

His heart wanted to return to QVS as he was the man behind the Victorian team that won the under-18 Deans trophy last year after Tropical Cyclone Winston that destroyed the school.

“Through his service to rugby QVS was able to win and has the highest number of wins during his time as a coach and a teacher.

“Three years in a row QVS won the prestigious Deans trophy which showed his hard work and dedication to the team.

“He never gave up and that we will be missing him,” he said.

The late Elemaca Ravulo was then laid to rest at the Nasinu cemetery.

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