School students and their parents are keeping the island’s stationery outlets busy as they go to the shops armed with lists of all the items they need for the start of school this year.
There are only nine days to go before children swap their freedom for the classroom, and rather than leave equipping them till the last moment, many parents are getting themselves organised now.
On Friday, CI News found Teani Tauu, Ngarangi George and Anita George at the Bounty bookstore stocking up on stationery for the year ahead.
This week CI News reported the high cost of going back to school and spoke to one parent who found that getting everything to send her 11-year-old daughter back to Avarua Primary School would make quite a dent on her budget.
The parent, who asked not to be named said she would be spending at least $300 on her daughter’s school uniforms and stationery and then there would be ongoing costs for things such as lunches and special school activities.
In the meantime most children are enjoying their last few days of freedom, while mum and dad count down the days till the kids are out of their hair. Not even the cyclone weather earlier in the week was enough to deter children from enjoying the great outdoors, with some even braving the big waves coming into Avarua and jumping off the wharf – until police gave them a stern warning about how dangerous it was.
February 1 is the big day for most schools on Rarotonga, including Tereora College, but year 10-12 students must attend school on February 1 and year 8,9 and 13 pupils on Tuesday February 2.
Parents with any questions about school dates or enrolments should contact the Ministry of Education on 29357.