Parents and supporters gathered at the National Auditorium to witness the new school leaders receive their prefect badges and, of course, plenty of flower ei.
Principal Engia Baxter congratulated the 12 boys and 12 girls who were elected into leadership roles.
“I am proud of each and every one of you,” she said.
“From this day on, you will have the responsibility to carry out your journey as leaders and help lead this school forward.
Baxter said the chance to help lead a school of 530 pupils was significant.
“This opportunity is one that will help mould each one of you to one day become great leaders and positive ambassadors for our country.
“I look forward to seeing you grow into your role as prefects and use this opportunity to serve and help give back to the school and the community.”
Newly-appointed prefect Teoumate Jacob spoke on behalf of the prefects and thanked parents and family for their support and encouragement.
“We would not be standing here today as prefects without you.
“Mrs Baxter and teachers of Apii Avarua, thank you for trusting us and giving us this opportunity.”
Jacob said that as prefects, the students would work towards ensuring they supported each of the school students and teachers in everything they did.
“The honour of becoming a prefect of Apii Avarua comes with responsibility and challenges.
“We are chosen to become not only leaders but role models for all our young brothers and sisters of the school who one day will be given this opportunity,” she added.
Despite the tough times ahead and the challenge of being under scrutiny, she and her prefects would encourage one another to take their leadership role seriously, Jacob said.
“We are a team. It isn’t about the strength of an individual person, but the strength of a team.
“Here we will make memories and changes and with God on our side, together we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us,” Jacob said.