Aussie trainees head home

Saturday September 19, 2015 Written by Published in Education

Twenty-four Australian teaching students are taking a slice of Cook Islands’ education home with them today after three weeks teaching on Rarotonga.

The students, including six secondary school teaching trainees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia have been on placements at schools across Rarotonga. 

Apii Te Uki Ou was sad to be saying farewell to Alexandra Baxter and Alysse Pirovano who are their final year of study and have been teaching in Room 2 (Grade 5) and Room 6 (New Entrant).

Baxter told CI News she had loved her time in the Cook Islands and counts it as one of the most valuable learning experiences during her four years of teacher training. 

“I finally know what kind of teacher I am going to be,” she said.

“This experience has been life changing and a piece of my heart will definitely be left with Apii Te Uki Ou.”

Nanett Weiss from Germany had also spent a month at the school as part of an overseas teaching experience. 

She has spent time in different classes around Apii Te Uki Ou and has thoroughly enjoyed her unique Cook Islands’ experience.

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