Twelve senior students were appointed the leadership role and were awarded their prefect badges.
Proud parents and family members showed plenty of support as they showered the prefects with ei.
The college principal Gaylyn Lockington said the new school prefects were specially selected by the school students and teachers.
“The prefects that stand before you were chosen because of their qualities and leadership abilities that will be utilised throughout the year.
“They will guide the school students in doing the right thing, help teachers to ensure that classroom duties are done efficiently and be the voice of the students,” she said.
The prefects were privileged to hear from Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC ) vice president Apii Tumutoa, who was invited to speak at the ceremony.
Tumutoa said being a prefect is not only a title, but it is a responsibility.
“As prefects, you are expected to establish and maintain the highest standard of behaviour and attitude at all times, providing a positive role model for your fellow students,” he said.
Tumutoa encouraged the newly appointed prefects to take the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the college.
“Demonstrate good leadership to serve and make a difference in your community.
“As a former student of Titikaveka College, I remember significant aspects that I learnt during my time at this school which helped mould and shape me into the person I am today,” he said.
Tumutoa quoted Harriett Jackson Brown Jr saying ‘the best preparation for tomorrow, is doing your best today’.
“Take responsibility with every task given to you. In order to succeed in becoming a great leader, you must believe in yourself and always put God first,” he said.
Mary Ngamata who was selected as the chairwoman of the prefect committee spoke on behalf of the other prefects.
“We as student leaders agree to stand together to uphold our values and virtues here at Titikaveka College,” she said.
Ngamata said her desire as a prefect is to create a culture within the school where everyone is well-respected and treated equally.
“Our role is to be reliable and responsible to our teachers and attend to our duties with enthusiasm, and determination.
“We aim to preserve an environment where students feel welcomed, loved, accepted and appreciated,” she said.
Ngamata said as prefects, they will strive for the highest and greatest honour together and carry the school name with pride.
“We will lead by example and ensure that our qualities will be passed down from generation to generation,” she said.
The 2018 prefects are: Mary Ngamata, Tereapii Matamaki, Maea Parker, Sireli Ratu, Grace Matenga, Taylor Herman, Tuio Tekeu, Daniel Foster, Tetiarahi Uka, Davida Brothers, Mii Ngaata and William Pokino.