The deputy principal of Apii Te Uki Ou, Teia Potoru, said most of the students are in Rarotonga for the first time and these groups of Year 3 to Year 9 students are being hosted by Apii Te Uki Ou until December 3.
Potoru said the biggest push in education is literacy and numeracy, especially for students on the outer islands where they are not as exposed to various teaching and educational environments as on the main island.
Team leader Janet Paretoa said they will also visit Arorangi School and Nikao School during the week.
“Here the students will be able to see how other students learn in different classroom environments and they will be able to gain more knowledge and understanding,” Paretoa said.
She said back in the outer islands, their first language is Cook Islands Maori. They only speak English in the classroom.
“Unlike in Rarotonga, where English is the students’ first language in and out of school.”
Meanwhile, Maine Potoru said they have been hosts to the school in 2003, 2005 and 2015. She said Apii Te Uki Ou has also been visiting Enuamanu in Atiu to understand more about culture and tradition.
She said apart from the educational visit the students will visit Highland Paradise. School spokesman and chairman Api Porio acknowledged Air Rarotonga and its staff, Cook Bus Services and three schools for supporting them during their stay.