Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vancouver to host SJSS and Marist High School Reunion - Aug 31 to Sep 5, 2014


It has been a while since the last post and a lot has been happening since then.  Back in late 2012 conversations and discussions were being had among ex-SJSS and ex-Marist Vancouverites about the possiblity of having a reunion in Vancouver.  In early 2013 an organizing committee comprised of Ruth (Chung) Yee, Lydia Ng, Patrick Low, Ngaire Fong, Ramesh Narayan, Fay Maharaj, and Caroline Harker was formed and led the charge to get the ball rolling. This turned into plans for organizing one for September, 2014 and because of the early announcement of dates and event schedules many alumni were able to make plans and register for this special reunion.  In addition to the reunion week of activities many have registered for the Alaska Cruise and some have added Las Vegas and Banff trips to their itinerary to make for a very interesting vacation. We have had an excellent response and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone at the end of August!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (For the sightseeing tours please wear white and blue, white tops, blue skirts/shorts/pants, BLUE & WHITE THEME!!)Aug 31 :- MEET AND GREET – Rozzini's Restaurant, 1pm to 4pm, $10 per person; 211 Ewen Ave, New Westminster, BC Ph: 604-544-3200
Appetizers and soft drinks/coffee/tea. Alcohol available for purchase.
              6083 McKay Ave, Metrotown,
604-438-1200 Tour - 7:45AM to 5:00PM

              Departs: HILTON VANCOUVER METROTOWN @ 7:15AM
              6083 McKay Ave, Metrotown, Burnaby
              Return: HILTON METROTOWN @ AFTER 8:00PM

             DEPARTS - 7:45AM @ HILTON METROTOWN
             RETURN - 5:00PM - HILTON METROTOWN


             SOUTH HALL - 6pm
             8273 Ross St, Vancouver, BC V5X 4W1
604) 323-8273
             Entertainment by:

             MAYFAIR LAKES - 5460 No 7 Rd, Richmond, 604-276-0585
             Registration - 10:30AM, Start time - 11:06AM

Sep 5:- YUM CHA
                                                        2199A - 4700 KINGSWAY, BURNABY

                               Holland America Zuiderdam
                               Dock:- CANADA PLACE PIER
                               DEPARTS - 5PM

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Blessed Anne Marie's Feast Day - July 14, 2012

Greetings to all alumnae and hope that this email finds you all in the best of health. Please kindly note details below of an invitation from the alumnae executive.
To celebrate Blessed Anne Marie's Feast Day, the alumnae executive is organising a social, dinner dance evening in the school hall on Saturday 14th July 2012 from 6.00 pm to 12 midnight. Part of the celebration is also to honour the Sister of St. Joseph on their feast day as well as ours. Here are the details:

Theme: "Esprit Libre" (Free Spirit) reflecting Anne Marie's charism.
Dress: Free Expression
When: Saturday 14th July
Time: 6pm to mid nite
Venue: SJSS Hall (Corner of Waimanu & Toganivalu Rd)
Tickets: $30
Contact: Pule - 9912941/Lizzie - 9518798/Maria - 3540339/9304718 or from the School on Thursdays from 3pm-5.15pm. Email contact for Sister Genevieve is sjssfiji@connect.com.fj

Tables are available in groups of 8 so feel free to purchase a whole table for your year or you may also purchase your tickets individually.

Looking forward to meeting you all at the celebrations on July 14.

Vinaka Vakalevu, Take Care and God bless.

Maria Wara
SJSS Alumnae Executive Secretary, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A gathering of memories!......First email.#1

Here's to the memories! Guess what? Another trip, another visit! Guess Where?

To: YATULE RESORT, Natadola, and to SUVA, FIJI!!

WHEN: September 17th - 24th, 2012

Just wanted to let you know, that a small group of us will be traveling back…. to Fiji, and getting together for the week of 17th September – 24th September, 2012.
This visit is early in the planning stages, but we are a group of 10 thus far!! We will be staying for three/four days at Yatule Resort (spitting distance from the Four Seasons!) and then traveling to Suva for the rest of the days, where the Tanoa Plaza has offered us a good local rate. Definitely on the cards is a visit to our Alma Mater at Waimanu and dear Sister Genevieve!

With the success of our Emerald Jubilee, and all of the stories that were bandied about with: ‘remember when??? Remember how so and so…., Do you remember this one and that one? With all of this chatting going on, Dr. Helen Smith Kearsley Black !! thought that it would be a great idea to put all the ‘I remember whens,’ and personal stories, in to a story book for the generations….(We have another alumnae member who has just published: ‘Remembering Fiji, a Keepsake Collection of Timeless Recipes from home and abroad.’! By Betty-Ann Black Samuels (vitilady@yahoo.com ) Absolutely Fabulous recipe book, with everything in it we can all remember!. So like Betty-Ann, who is keeping the recipes alive, we would like to keep the incredible stories we remember in tact too.

Parts of this visit and trip, will be for the Crabbe sisters, Roneane and Pamela, to celebrate a family reunion they are attending at the Sheraton in Nadi, and for all of us to get together and figure out ways and systems to put this book together, in between visits to Sister G and our school at Waimanu!!
IF….you are interested and would like to join us, let us know!!
We know it is going to be fun! – in particular as we are starting out with the visit to Yatule, where we can get reacquainted with the sand and the waves, and take those sweet moments to feel the lovely soft breezes, as we gaze at the azure coloured ocean, and listen to the familiar melody of laughter – always spontaneous, with smiles to match.

Stay in touch, so we can Be in touch!

Big Loloma yani,
Friends of SJ Alumnae

P.S. below is Kay Thomas’s email and address. If you would like to make any enquiries about Yatule or have travel wishes, do contact her, as she is helping us with coordinating bookings/tours/hotels in Fiji.

Kay Thomas [fijisurftravel@yahoo.com]
c/o Crown Investment Building
Hospital Road
Nadi Town, Nadi
P.O.Box 9792
Nadi Airport, Fiji.
C: (679) 6230335
M: (679) 9929644

(Information received from Valerie Thomas Warren - May 31, 2012)

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Afternoon Tea in Melbourne

Hello to all SJSS Alumni:

There is an Afternoon Tea gathering planned for SJSS past pupils in Melbourne.  Please RSVP by April 20/12 to Sr Josephine O'Kelly.
Date: Sunday, April 29, 20122:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6/1 Carlson Ave, Clayton

Please R.S.V.P. by April 20 to Sr Josephine O’Kelly at

Thank you Valerie Thomas Warren for passing on this information.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Family Fun Day - March 17th, 2012

A Family Fun Day is being organized for Saturday, March 17th from 9am to 3pm at the School. Come on down for a day of fun, food and sport. It's an opportunity for year or decade groups to book a table to raise funds for their respective  classes or year groups. The alumanae will have a table as well and also welcomes any donations that classes/years may wish to donate towards the Alumnae executive.  For  table bookings, kindly contact Lissy at 9518798 or  Vitilina Chung at  9053806.

A Mass to celebrate Ann Marie Javouhey's Feast Day will be held on Monday, the 19th March at 6pm, School Hall. Light refreshments will be served following the Mass, so all are welcome to bring a plate and join in.  Families and friends of the SJSS Family are welcome to attend both events.  ( Contact person for queries: Maria Wara 9304718 mobile or 3540339 tfl easytel).

Again welcome on board the reps for the 2000 decade :  Maria Tawake and Vitilina Chung and Beverly Thaggard Kaisuva and Aloesi for the 1980's decade.

Look forward to seeing you there,
Blessed week.

R. Tuivaga
President- SJSS Executive Committee ( 2011-2012)

Vinaka Vakalevu

Kind Regards
Maria Wara (nee Maladroka)
SJSS Alumnae Executive Secretary 2011 -2012

Monday, October 03, 2011

2011 Alumnae Executive Contact Info

Grad Year Phone Email Address
Raijeli  Tuivaga 1989 9128823 vraijelit@gmail.com
Pule  Sukanaivalu 1900-1993 9912941 pule.s@naim.com.my
Anna Fong 1972 9243662 afong@kpmg.com.fj
Maria  Wara 1999 3540339 marja.bluez@gmail.com
Theresa Koroivulaono 1977 9303646 koroivulaono@usp.ac.fj
Marina  Konrote 1969-1972 9249525 marina.konrote@eeas.europa.eu
Veitinia Chung 1969-1972 9053806 taveuni.green@gmail.com
Elizabeth Edwards 1995 9518798 ekaivitiedwards@yahoo.com
Bertha  Lord 1993-1997 9226013 mbav_lord@yahoo.com
Petrina Zinck 2000 trinzinck@gmail.com
Tamarisi Digitaki 1992 9990266 tdigitaki@fijitv.com.fj

Thank you Maria Wara for providing this info.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prayers and Novenas for Johan Wahl

Dear Alumnae, Family and Friends,                              From: Valerie Warren

Below is an email from Sylvia Seeto Wahl regarding her dearest husband Johan.
We all know that when we receive these kinds of messages, our hearts pause as we try to reach within to offer sweet words and good wishes to bring comfort and assurance; that tomorrow is another day, solutions are the promise of tomorrow, and courage the available virtue..
We also know that collectively WE can make a difference, and with everyone’s prayers and Novenas, blessings and rosaries, meditations and powerful words of faith, love will prevail, and dear Johan and Sylvie will deal with this great new challenge as they will find best.
Sylvia’s email is: Sylvia Seeto Wahl- sylvia@wahlfashions.co.uk
With love and Blessings,
St. Joseph Family

Dearest Val,
Hope you are all well.
Very briefly, have some bad news with Johan’s health, he was diagnosed with Barrett’s oesophagus about a year ago and has been monitored as it can lead to cancer and in May/June tumours were found and removed. Since then he has first Halo (US pioneered) treatment to remove Barretts last Friday 9th Sept when a more aggressive type of cancer was found. So he is now being referred to surgeon and chemo/radio therapy Dr to discuss the two options – surgery major, which will remove part of the oesophagus; chemo not recommended by Dr Lovat who performs Halo.

Please pray for Johan.
Much love

LATEST UPDATE September 22nd:
atest is that Johan has had his PET/CT scans and will be seeing Specialists on Friday to determine what stage the cancer is and what options he has.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Update re: Ratu Rabici Ganilau R.I.P

The SJSS Alumnae Executive wish to inform all alumnae  of the passing away of  (Rt Rabici Ganilau , spouse  of Bernadette Rounds Ganilau and father to Jordania Kainona (student, St Joseph's secondary School).   Bernadette (Lovey) - as most of us would know - has been an active parent of the school as well as always been readily available assisting with alumnae activities.  Most recently, we remember Bernadette's sterling efforts,  as mistress of Ceremony at  the recent  Emerald Launch (in March) and the celebrations last July.
Alumnae are invited to join others and visit the family at 19 Holmes St, Flagstaff today, Thursday, 22  Sep 2011

Details are as follows:
Meet at MH Carpak, (Flagstaff), Thursday 22nd September
  (from 5.15pm to 5.45pm) to be at  the house at 6pm.  Church service takes place on Saturday, the 24th September, 9.30am  at the Sacred Heart Cathedral before her family continue on to Taveuni.

For  further information, re the above kindly  contact: the 70's decade rep:  Ms Marina Rounds Konrote 9249525,  or Committee members  Pule - VP ( 9912941) or secretary Maria Wara  at 3540339 .

In the spirit of Anne Marie Javouhey

Thank you.

Raijeli Vasakula Tuivaga (912 8823)
St Joseph's  Executive Alumane

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ratu Rabici Ganilau R.I.P.

From Valerie Warren -  Sep.19/2011
Dear All,

Below is a message received from Emelita Wendt Wilson regarding the passing of Ratu Rabici Ganilau, the beloved husband of Bernadette Rounds Ganilau.
Please send your prayers, beautiful thoughts, and good wishes to Bernadette and her dear daughter, as they walk through this time of deep and profound sadness.
Bernadette's email is:bganilau@gmail.com

Dear all,

If you haven't already heard, this is a short note to let you know that Lovey's husband, Ratu Rabici Ganilau, died at the weekend after falling into a coma last Friday. He was 52 and had been ill for some time. Sharon went to see Lovey earlier this morning. She was her usual calm and serene self, very accepting, and quietly happy that Rabici had been prepared and ready for his transition. There is to be a service in Suva at the Cathedral this Friday (not sure of the time yet), then Rabici will be taken to the family/ancestral home at Somosomo.

Loloma to you all and I trust you are keeping well?

Monday, August 22, 2011


All too soon,  the Emerald Jubilee celebrations have come and gone. ‘Tempus fugit,’ (time flies) we all know this one, and it waits for no one! So many tributes have been sent lauding praise for all who offered time and energy to make this event a resounding success! May I add a few more lines…
Sister Genevieve without you we would not have made it; with you, we blossomed in to a celebration above all of our expectations. There were so many wonderful moments, so many very special instances that brought joy to our hearts,
and showed love in our eyes…sometimes with tears too…

Looking back at my old emails today was very beneficial, as I saw just how the enthusiasm and excitement was at first a thought, which became a good idea, and then ‘action! It was a blessing that Sister Genevieve and her ‘magical committee elves’ flew with the suggestion that we invite ‘everyone’ to celebrate our class birthday – and like the Golden Jubilee, to include once again all alumnae who had commenced at Waimanu in 1956 and beyond, including an invitation to all who had attended St. Joseph’s in whichever year…!

What started out as a 1956 Form III class birthday party wound up becoming the Emerald Jubilee! I remember when I first suggested to Sister that maybe we could do another ‘Golden Jubilee’ style celebration. I thought I would hear ‘something’ back….in due course ….but she replied immediately!! And whilst I was still trying to forge my thoughts and entertaining ideas, Sister sent me a second email, asking if I had in fact received the first one, as her ‘girls’ were ready to go and had lots of ideas…and voila, the Emerald Jubilee was born, and as they say the rest is now history, with wonderful new memories to cherish and hold dear.

Eventually, with a great deal of hard work, everything worked in the theme of celebration. The brilliant titles: ‘Emerald Jubilee,’(Emerald being the gem colour for 55 years – 1956-2011) and also for the spectacular Ball finale, ‘Le Printemps De La Vie’ (The Springtime Of Life,) came from Sister Genevieve and her group. Their second great idea was to organize all of us in to ‘decades,’ which helped distinguish each era, and allowed each decade to recreate their own magical perception of themselves. This too was fortuitous, as one could clearly see that the ‘winds of change’ were blowing, and it was good to see this from very positive perspectives.

Sister Genevieve, You have also helped to generate a deeper sense of gratitude for our Alma Mater, and as mentioned at the opening Mass during your warm and welcoming Principal’s address: ‘We are one big global Cluny Family, reflecting Blessed Anne Marie’s dream of multi-cultural universality in action! Her charisma and spirit is very much alive among us.’ We say thank you.

To the very capable chairperson of the SJSS Emerald Organising Committee, Raijeli Vasakula Tuivaga, and your exceptional team of volunteers, we offer our sincere congratulations for a magnificent effort, achieved in just six months! Vinaka vaka levu sara from the heart, for a job so well done!

To the many wonderful ‘girls’ out there who did exceptional things to make every ‘other’ ordinary thing become exceptional…. we thank you with loloma.
To our dear and generous, ever lovely, and now world famous alumnae member, Gaetane Helsen Austin of ‘Pure Fiji’ avec amitie. (we know that you were with us in thought, and our very special blessings to you for a speedy recovery from your recent surgery. We missed you..)
To the one and only, exceptional and beautiful, emcee/Mistress of all ceremonies, Bernadette Rounds Ganilau, who under sometimes trying conditions…won our hearts with her command of language which included a lovely subtle sense of humour – for the ‘best of times!
And to our ‘bestest’ classmate from fifty five years ago, Dorothy Chang Sachs; our very special thank-yous for all that you shared in kindness and love for your now ‘old’ friends. The luncheon table at your beautiful Suva Point home was one of a kind and definitely in a category all its own!
To the younger generations, and Tricia Sahai Muller, Thank you for accurately identifying the times, and ‘Le Printemps de la Vie” for all ages, with a reflection by Esther Heller, Director of Writing at the Jewish Institute in Tsfat, Israel: “This is the Torah view of the winter of life: In the Winter the trees look almost dead, like sticks in the ground. However beneath the ground the tree is putting down roots that will nourish it, and in the spring it bursts into flower. Old age is the springtime of life, all that you've learned bursts into blossom. It is the time that you, as well as others, can benefit from your years of knowledge and experience."

Some highlights for the week beginning July 24th:

SUNDAY 4 pm School Hall: Who could forget the opening Mass, with so much excitement and with approximately 400 in attendance. The reception ‘Fijian Style’ was hosted by Pule S/Aloesi M – lots and lots of outstanding cakes, puddings, purini and custard, upside down cakes, inside out cakes et al!!

MONDAY 5.30 pm School Hall: The AGM meeting was brilliantly conducted by our alumnae member and now past President emerita, Elizabeth Reade Fong, who generously praised those who had served with her, and welcomed and touted the qualities and experience of the popular incoming President, Rajeli Vasalula Tuivaga and her able committee members. This was followed by a BYOB Welcome cocktail party, hosted by Elizabeth and her outgoing committee.

TUESDAY: 2 pm 70s Website launch 2 pm School Hall. 8 p.m. – midnight, Fiji Club ‘Disco Ducks’ (200 attended!!)
 Hosted by Theresa Koroi.

WEDNESDAY: 80s Diva Night- ‘dress as your favourite 80s Diva.’ Mini fashion show. 7pm, Suva Bowling Club. Outstanding and VERY well attended, by over 200! Our group ‘peeped’ in and were in awe of the dressed up divas, and Laisa Vulakoro in the band!
6 pm:  The ‘emeralds and co’ attended an evening of live music and delicious foods at the beautiful home at Suva Point of Margot Bently and Gordon Jenkins. What a special and lovely evening. Thank you from all of us for this very special treat!! Margot is another famous alumnae member in the wonderful field of music and entertainment.

THURSDAY: WHAT A DAY!! 8.30 – 11 am Careers Expo – 90s Give Back Book drive donation, lunch for students and teachers, at the School Hall. Kone Beitaki and T Digitake hosted. 6pm ‘Night of Reflections at Shennenigans – 90s-2000 decade!
11 a.m. we ‘the emeralds’ and many friends and alumnae attended the now famous lunch hosted by Dorothy Chang Sachs! Fabulous!
7 pm: Supper/Dance, Vintage Years, 50s and 60s decade, at the Fiji Club with Joe Chang’s Band (they who play the best ‘oldies’ tunes.) This was hosted by the efficient, quiet but effective Emelita Wendt Wilson and her also very efficient committee, plus the ‘emerald’s’ representative, Valerie. There were over 160 in attendance!! Pretty good, as we had started out with a possibility of 85 and then to 100 and then?? At this event we were blessed and graced by the presence of His Excellency the President, and beautiful First Lady, Adi Koila Nailatikau.
Moments to remember: The melodious ‘singing’ and happy President, who had everyone up and vude-ing. Sir James Ah Koy crooning some wonderful ‘oldies but goodies’ fantastic! Sarah de Bruce Hilborne, doing her now famous act: ‘Manasa from Vatukarasa’ – ‘brought the house down!’ Ellen Whippy, representing the girls Grammar school! - sophisticated and elegant, graced us with beautiful ‘old’ numbers, plus her father Stan’s favourites as well.
A very special moment I will remember on this night, was to watch our dear, and gentle, humble and beautiful alumnae member, Adi Samanunu Talakuli, who not only blessed the supper dinner, but took charge on the dance floor, with moves too good to miss. Encouraged by dancing guru, Violet Saffings, (both former great basketballers!) they were a sight to behold and to remember. So special and precious indeed..
FRIDAY: 9 – 10am Thanksgiving Mass. Lunch/Entertainment 12-3p.m. Handover – IT equipment and Encyclopedia set to school library. This event was hosted by Sister Genevieve Loo. According to our ‘emeralder’ Patsy Higgins Gianotti, this was a memorable event, and very special indeed. Sister G had everyone up dancing to the beautiful music.

SATURDAY: 9 – 2 p.m. Sports, Mini Market, March Pass. Grotto assembly.  Hosted by Bertha Vatubua and K Beitaki.

6 pm – midnight the fabulous ball ‘Soiree Le Printemps.’ The Novotel was transformed in to a room of lights. Incredible!
The evening was hosted by Theresa Koroi and Raijeli Vasakula Tuivaga. This was an evening to remember, with everyone dancing to the music of Ken Jansen, great food, excited conversations, Divas in fashionable gowns, and men in tuxedos.. Oh my, what a night. 790 persons attended this event!!! The 60s group organized busses to transport everyone back to Hotel points,and the return journeys commenced at around 11.30 p.m. Helen Smith Black and myself were on the last bus which left the Novotel at 12.45, and what a ride!!! Lots of singing, clanking of the bell ringer, and excited directions to the somewhat overwhelmed and quite excited Bus driver!!
Hosted by Emerald Committee
Special potluck lunch – and lots of trifle!!
With the beauty of the Mass, the ‘Emerald Celebrations – Le Printemps de la vie’ brought an amazing week filled with so much of all that is good and worth remembering to a close. The spontaneous singing of ‘Isa Lei’ charged with happy thoughts on happy faces, finally wound down this week of special memories which will not be forgotten! 

From: Valerie Thomas Warren (August 15/11)

Monday, June 27, 2011


Emerald Week Programme (Sunday July 23 to Sunday 31st 2011)

Sunday 24 July 2011

4pm Welcome Mass at the school. (Mass Programe finalised by responsible working group).

Fiji style afternoon tea: "Fijian refreshments" (Decade rep to confirm what resp. years are bringing).

Monday 25 July 2011 (Hosted by the Alumane Executive body)


7.30pm Cocktail/ entertainment.

Tuesday 26 July 2011(70s decade)

2pm: Handover/ Launch of School website (70's Give Back initiative)

6.30 pm Harbour side Cruise

8pm: " Disco Ducks" - 70's disco, Fiji Club. (Limited tickets)

Reps: Elisabeth Reade / Theresa Koroi.

Wednesday 27 July 2011 ( 80s decade)

7pm : 80's Evening ( Come as yr favourite 80's charater/ Mini Fashion Show), SJSS Hall- $10 per ticket

Decade rep: Fane N/ Sapeta R. (If there are amendments/additions to program, pl fwd).

Thursday 28 July 2011

(90s-2000 decade)

1pm -3.30pm -. Careers expo (former Alumane to speak to students). Lunch provided to students ( 90's/2000).

Give back to the School: Book Drive and Cash ( for the School Library).

6 pm – Dance @ Shennenigans - " Night of Reflections"

Decade reps: Heilala N , T Digitaki.

Friday 29 July 2011: (Organised by the School)

10am Mass

12 midday- 3pm Lunch followed by entertainment.

Evening: FREE

Saturday 30 July 2011

10am - 3pm Sports Day (Lower grounds- 12 games organised- come in yr house colours) (A seperate programme for Kids is also organised)

"Craft Market" (Verandahs - Upper Grounds) Jewellary, art, craft, screen printing, cooking demos, flower arrangements, beauty/masssage treatment, white elephant, karaoke, food.

Interested alumane wanting to set up a table or provide a service, contact Koni at Fiji Natinal Trust or at kbeitaki@nationaltrust.org or Bertha Lord mbav@yahoo.com; formal EOI to come out this week.

Entertainment: Legend DJ music ( CFL).

6.30pm to 12 midnight " Soiree Le Printemps" – Novotel, Lami

(Accomodation: For those interested to stay at Novotel, that evening contact: reservations@novotelsuva.com.fj for discounted rates ACCOR rates (http link: http: http://www.facebook.com/l/dbc6ceocNnC6kdEIFlFgbGCStMA/www.novotelsuva.com.fj)

Sunday 31 July 2011

11am – Thanksgiving Mass

Pot Luck Lunch. (Decade rep to confirm what year will bring)

** A recently purchased 2011 School Encycopedia set for the School Library ( funded by RMI Aluamne) will also be " handed over to the School during the week.

2. Extended time for ticket Sales: June 15 was original cut off date~ however, ticket monies are still being received from alumanae who have requested bookings to be held. Alumnae are priority with respect to tickets. Bookings can be held till July 1st ~ a deposit can hold yr tickets or table until the balance is paid. Thank you for those who have picked up tickets, for others, yr bookings have been noted down with yr names, years and amts. Other decades- especially the 90's /2000 have been streaming in to secure their tickets, as of last Thursday which had four remaining unbooked tables ( of the total 87 left). With the response forthcoming, the COMM is quite confident that all 700 will be sold. The ticket was originally to be forty but after further consultation, it was decided to have it at sixty dollars per head. ( In comparison, the MOB event was was fifty dollars and Grammer was 70.00). Any left over of these proceeds will revert back to the School.

The Soiree $60 ticket buys a buffet dinner of meat, veg dishes and dessert. Each table will have two complimentary bottles of wine ( one white/one red), a jug of beer, jug of juice, filtered water and promotional drinks will also be on offer. A cash bar is open with an ATM mobile facility close to hand for convenience that week.

The theme is: " Le Printemps de la vie"~ The Springtime of Life, (launched in March) , dress "evening elegance" and colours in tandem with the theme: emerald, hues of emerald, royal blue. MC Bernadtte Ganilau will control the night's programme with and after the short formalities ( message from the President of the Alumane, vote of thanks by EM COMM, dinner will be served promptly there will be three to four food stations to ease traffic) leaving room/ time for entertainment. It is the last formal event of the week; and the event that the COMMs will want to say thank you to all those who have committed or contributed to the Emerald week.

Entertainment: Live band ( Ken Jansen ~Dragon Music) and LEGEND DJ: Taitusi ( CFL)
Decade rep: If you have any decade specific hits, that you'd like played that evening, please forward list through). There are a planned few select items of entertainment as well~ current programme in progress.

Emerald Week programme: Has been on FB ( SJSS Alumane Page) for the last month but for those who missed it, (see SJSS Alumane Page, left hand corner - " Discussions".) The final one will come out via newspaper advertisement this Saturday ( now that all the decades have confirmed back what specifically their day and night programmes are out.

In terms of reaching out: decade reps have been effective in contacting class reps.These are the focal points:

50's /60's reps: Sr G / Emelita Wilson (SAMBA).

70's- Theresa Koroi/ Libby Fong

80's- Fane/S (open invite still if you want to attend the EM Cmm next mtg tomorrow Tuesday~ to update yrself as everyone is in one place at one time~ just saves duplication of briefings) and you get it first hand from the meeting~ collectively.

90's/2000: T Digitaki/Heilala Nata

- Information courtesy of Fane Niumataiwalu

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sister Irene visits Vancouver - June 5/11

Sister Irene made a repeat visit to Vancouver and on a beautiful Sunday many ex-St. Joseph's ladies as well as their spouses gathered for a delicious luncheon and afternoon of talanoa organized by Lydia Ng.

Email from Lydia:

Bula Bula everyone,

Thank you all for attending this fun eventful luncheon with Sister Irene.
Your presence made this afternoon a success and thank you for your generous contributions.  It’s amazing how Sister Irene could almost recognize and remember most of us from our childhood years.
We are pleased to announce that we have raised $700.00 Canadian which will be donated to St. Joseph de Cluny.

A special thank you to:
Anna & Louie for hosting and providing the 5 star accommodation for Sister Irene during her stay in Vancouver.
Teresa Rehman for the delicious lamb curry, vegetables curry, tomatoes chutney, and the lovely dhal soup.
Mary Chan for the chicken curry.
Angela Sun and Edward Ng donated prizes for the raffles.
Georgina Gock for attending to the guest book and collecting funds.
Also a big vinaka for the following helpers: Edwin Chan, Mary Chan, Patrick Low, Angela Sun, Andrew Gock, David Fong, Dora Fong, Marshall and many of others that helped.

Thank you for coming out and celebrating the afternoon with Sister Irene.
It was wonderful to see all of you made this special effort to be there.
Keep in touch Suva Gang!

Loloma levu

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Classes of the 70's

I note that there are two groups of 70s - the early 70s (1970-1974) and the latter part of the 70s (1975-1979).

Some of us of the early 70s met yesterday and have been meeting for the last 2 months ( I joined a month ago) and we have agreed to a number of activities.

In essence the group of yesterday (Vitinia Lesuma Chung, Marina Konrote, Claire Petersen, Angeline Petersen, Marselina, Louise Rodan to name a few of the 15) agreed to:

(i) Cruise at $20per person on 26 July [maximum 80] 6-9pm ; to then join the disco being organized by the latter 70s group

(ii) T shirt at $28.50

(iii) Kalavata – printed $12 per metre

(iv) Pot luck lunch contribution for Sunday at $10 pp (Josephine at castle to cater)

(v) $60 pp for the Soirée ticket

(vi) $50 soli towards the $500 – this has been paid

The Alumnae Executive agreed a year ago to `giving to the school’ a full multimedia system for the Hall but did not have the funds of $15,000 for a full system. It has been planned that money from the soirée ticket will see this through as the big gift in the `give back to the school’ theme. I suggest that we also consider keeping some money to complement this should it be needed.

I am informed that another part of the give back to the school is ` a website’ which is being designed to be managed by the School Computing Teacher and the early 70s has agreed to pay the $100 for the domain name.

As the President I ask that you bear in mind a contribution to the operations of the Alumnae. The load has always fallen on the few who willingly join the Executive. Some funds in the kitty to be able to respond to Coca Cola Games requests etc. would be nice! We have audited accounts at each AGM so you are kept informed of how money is spent.

Time is going on and we really need to consolidate what we are all doing. I’m sorry I missed the last meeting (5 attended) but in my load of work missed the email. I’ll come to the next one – promise!