Year 5 to 8 students began school on Monday, but Early Childhood Education (ECE) students and Year 3 and 4 pupils started on Tuesday this week as their classrooms were being used by Chinese construction workers during the holidays.
Teachers were getting these classrooms prepared on Monday for the students coming back to school the following day.
Deputy principal Piri Puna said this year the school has taken on board three new teachers and the staff are pleased to have more learning support for the school students.
Puna said the school’s mission was to increase the student’s literacy and numeracy.
“Every year, the students seem to be improving in these areas and this year we are aiming to successfully increase these results again,” she said.
The next few weeks will be the last at the old Apii Nikao site and the school is excited to be moving into their brand new school building in week one of term two.
The building has been under construction since May last year.
Puna says the new school will be fully furnished, and only a few selected objects will be transferred from the old building.
“We are excited to be moving into our new school. A new environment and a fresh start will be great for the students and teachers,” she said.
Apii Nikao teachers will be having an orientation through the new building today.
The new building has much more space and better facilities and Puna says culture and performing arts will benefit this year as the premises can cater better for this part of the school curriculum.