Address by the Commissioner of Police
Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho
At the Nilsen College – Cadet Passout
21st April 2014
• The Principal
• Members of the School Board, Old Scholars, Teachers, and Students
• The Parade Commander and Detachment Commanders
• Cadets of the Nielsen College Cadet Corps
• Ladies and gentlemen
Bula vinaka, Salam Alaykum, Namaste, and a very good morning to you all.
It is both an honour and privilege to be here with you to review your Cadet Pass out Parade, and I must congratulate the Parade Commander and all the cadets for a wonderful display of skills.
Today you have taken the first step towards achieving your school’s goal of “Reaching Greater Heights”. I say this because when you are able to successfully complete any task you show two characteristics needed to achieve great things in life, and they are commitment and dedication.
Cadet training has so much potential to positively impact a person’s life. Despite what some may say about it being too strict, I have never come across a situation where discipline has been a negative influence.
In life you must have some form of self-control and self-restraint, and if you think you can live life without discipline, I can tell you now that you’re in for a life of disarray and chaos which will open up doors to a world of trouble!
Focus on Education
It is encouraging to learn of your school’s achievements last year in both the year 13 and Year 12 external examination results. Hearty felicitations to the teachers and students for the wonderful achievement of attaining a 100% and 88% pass rate for the two examinations. Congratulations also to the parents and guardians because a child’s learning goes beyond just the classroom walls.
I’m always encouraged by external examination results attained by schools outside the major cities and town areas because it shows that location plays no significant role in what you can achieve.
There is always the belief that if you are attending a school located nearer to the main town and city areas that you are bound to do better. Your school has proven that theory wrong and I know 2017 will be another year of high achievements for Nielsen College.
As parents, our goal is to give you a life where you are able to attain the very best life has to offer. And we are not alone in trying to achieve this goal.
The Government of the day has been relentless in its campaign to ensure every child has access to education.
This shows the love and care we have for you as the future generation of our beloved Fiji. We want you to have every possible opportunity available to get educated, get a good job so that you can live a happy life.
We are doing our part, now the question I ask of you is, are you doing yours?
All we expect of you, is to come to school every day, learn and succeed. As a child you are living in an exciting time because you have the best of everything available at your disposal.
The most important tool for you now is time! As the proverbial saying goes, “time and tide waits for no man”, and this is how we want you to be utilizing your time in school.
How you choose to utilize a single minute of your day can make a major difference.
I’m sure you are now all aware of some of the things that have been reported in the news about the involvement of students in illegal activities such as assault and the recent case that went viral on social media.
It takes just a matter of seconds to make a decision that could ruin all the hard work you’ve put into your education.
The time when temptations will be great is upon you with the start of your school holidays. This is where it will be vital for you to choose your company well and ensure your time is spent on constructive things that add meaning to your life.
Your teachers and parents won’t be with you throughout the day and you may be tempted to do things because your friends are doing it.
This is where you are to show self-control and self-restraint and choose to say no, even if it means being unpopular.
We understand peer pressure is immense in today’s fast paced world, but you need to apply the discipline learned during the cadet training in your everyday life, and accept that saying NO, is an OK option!
Before I conclude my address this morning I want to leave you with this piece of fatherly advice.
Enjoy your childhood! The problem is that some of you are wanting to jump into becoming an adult. Wait for your time!
You will get tired of all the responsibilities that come with being an adult. Especially if you haven’t utilized this time you have in school to get a good education and secure yourself a good job.
Don’t make your future be one of regrets. The key is in your hands right now and it goes back to the way you use your time and the company you choose to have.
Surround yourself with positive people, and you will be able to achieve positive results.
To the teachers, parents and guardians, continue with the great work in molding our children and I have no doubt that 2017 will be another great year of academic achievements for Nielsen College.
Our children rely so much on us to guide and nurture them and it ultimately starts from the teachings they get from us.
Once again thank you so much for the invitation to review today’s Cadet Pass out parade and hearty congratulations to the Parade commander and the cadets for a truly wonderful display.
On behalf of all your officers around Fiji, I wish you all the very best for the remainder of the academic year and please stay safe and enjoy your school break.