Raising five children single-handedly is never easy for a solo mum.
When one of them becomes the headboy of one of the country’s leading boarding school it brings an indescribable joy to her.
That’s how Ruci Rakoto felt when his son, Aisake Matarerega, 19, was badged Queen Victoria School’s headboy and head of the Student Council body yesterday.
From left: Ruci Rakoto with her three daughters (from left) Carmella, Lola, Leonisa and son, Aisake Matarerega, in Tailevu on February 4, 2018. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu
Ms Rakoto said she was travelling to QVS in Tailevu yesterday morning knowing that Aisake was to be badged as the Tovata House captain.
“I was so surprised about him being a head boy, we had no idea because he told me he would be the house captain for Bure Tovata,” she said.
“This is a wonderful surprise and I an extremely proud of him and I just want to thank God for being with us all through these years.
“I am a proud Victorian mum. I am so happy and had no idea until I got here this morning.”
The proud mum said she has been a mother and father figure to her four daughters and Aisake, who is the second eldest child in the family.
“Aisake must have communicated with his dad, I am not sure, but all I know is I have been a mother and father to my children,” she said.
“He always wanted to come to this school because my two brothers were former QVS students. I told him he would only attend QVS if he achieves the marks needed and he did that.”
Ms Rakoto said her only advice to the lad through his years of school was to always listen because this would get him ahead in life.
She said like every QVS parent their fervent hope was for the success of the 2018 QVS Student Council and that the council would work together as a team.
Headboy Aisake, who hails from Nadroga, said he would work with the council and senior boys to lift the school’s expectations to another level.
QVS deputy headboys Alipate Vananalagi (left), and Rupeni Caucau (right), with 2018 headboy Aisake Matarerega after the induction ceremony at Queen Victoria School, Tailevu, on February 4, 2018. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu