Best memory: I don't know where to start. Even when I was in a non-Catholic elementary school I often walked past the Marist Brothers High Schoo (MBHS) and admired the building and knew that was the high school I wanted to attend. Once I was in I cherished the educational quality I got from the Brother's and staff. Sports in the field, Chess in the library and table tennis in the basement rounded out the education. The pride we took in the maintenance of our playing field and the gardens, thanks to brother Anthony (RIP) was stellar not to mention our academic achievements which were second to none. The Fiji Times would published the academic results from major exams and MBHS would always top all the schools. The teachers were exceptional, and brother Peter will always remain infamous for various reasons; Only those taught by him will understand. The first dance held at MBHS will always be memorable to me. Just asking the brothers to host it involved going through etiquette lessons as if the brothers had all the experience. Oh what a night, fantastic decorations, I believe Esala Telleni made the shark, there were buoys, coconut fronds, good music, flowers and nuns and brothers guarding all the exists....teenage bliss. "excuse me" seemed to be the favorite phrase during a dance as we bee-lined towards the "the attractives". I'll never forget my life at MBHS. There are many individual friendship memories that would be too much to mention here.
What MBHS taught me, that stays with me to this day is never stop trying to achieve. Be the best you can be, be competitive but with respect to others.
The US is truly the land of opportunity. I came here with an Architectural degree from the University of Auckland New Zealand in 1977. Interest rates were in double digits and no one was building, besides a foreign degree was not recognized. My architectural dreams and background went down the tubes. However, computing was the new buzz word and I wasted no time in investing all I had in a computer school and found employment right after graduation and bought my house within my first 2.5 years of employment. I am retired now with fond memories of my life from a child to who I am today, thanks for the foundations of my past which includes MBHS.