Ubiquitous master of ceremonies Danny Mataroa delivered some inspiring teaching as he showed the children around Highland Paradise, educating them about the island’s history.
“The students have learned a lot during this field trip and I have had the privilege to teach them about traditions, culture and history,” Mataroa said.
“I took the students to Highland Paradise and taught them the different aspects and features of our marae here.”
Mataroa says Highland Paradise is not only a tourist attraction but also provides an entertaining way of retaining Cook Islands history by passing it on to younger generations.
Year 7 and 8 teacher Maara Scheel said having the opportunity to take the children outside of school to learn more of their culture was “special”.
“The students are really enthusiastic about learning more about their own culture and seeing them participating and asking questions is very encouraging for me.
“Not only do the students learn, but we as teachers learn more about our history too.”
Scheel believes it is important that the younger generation are learning the Cook Islands language.
“The majority of the students speak English as their first language and most parents aren’t speaking Cook Islands Maori around the home. So having the children experience Highland Paradise it seems to have revived their passion to speak in Maori,” she said.
The year 7 and 8 students went back to school to write a report about their exciting field trip.