Included in the donation were glue sticks, exercise books, colouring pens and pencils and resources for the teachers to use for their planning and organisation.
First secretary for the Australian High Commission Kirsty Michel said she was “blown away” by the reception she and her group received at the ceremony yesterday morning.
“From little things, big things grow and despite Rutaki being a small school we are very proud to be able to donate these resources.”
Kirsty spoke about buying the same school supplies for her own two children.
“When I went out and did a stationery run for my two kids, it really was the majority of the things we have handed over today.
“We have a special relationship with the Cook Islands and have other projects where we give donations, but this is probably one of the most special because we get to see just where they will be used by the students and how much of an impact it will have on their learning.”
Apii Rutaki principal Te Arapoti Maeva said the school was blessed to receive the resources. He said they would be spread across the different year groups so all the students would benefit from the donation.