School a priority for Pukapuka pupils

Thursday August 16, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Akatu Tengere, Poi Aruia, Akamoe Dariu, Ria Valia and Kikau Punga enjoying their last school day in Rarotonga before returning to Pukapuka. Akatu Tengere, Poi Aruia, Akamoe Dariu, Ria Valia and Kikau Punga enjoying their last school day in Rarotonga before returning to Pukapuka.

It was back to school for Rarotonga school students this week – and young visitors from Pukapuka joined them in an effort keep up with their studies before they head home this weekend.

 

Sixty-five students were among the contingent from Pukapuka who visited Rarotonga for this year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations and they were still required keep up with their school work.

Nuia school deputy principal Linda Mataora said that before and after the holidays, the students worked normal school days as well has meeting their Te Maeva Nui commitments.

“It is to make sure the students are still having some school work, so that they don’t fall behind when we return to Pukapuka,” she said.

“We have been focusing on literacy and numeracy mainly, but also making sure we have time outside to enjoy the sunshine.”

The students age from early childhood through till Year 13, and Mataora said that unfortunately this week, many had been off sick.

Both students and teachers have been based at the Aotearoa Centre in Tupapa, adjacent to the Pukapuka hostel and have also enjoyed some badminton sessions at the St. Joseph’s Hall during their stay.

Mataora, who is in her 41st year of teaching said the students have generally been well behaved during their time in Rarotonga.

“They are kids, so you of course have bad and good moments. I am in my last year of teaching before retirement so I am certainly enjoying things before I finish.”

The school, alongside rest of the Pukapuka team, are scheduled to depart Rarotonga at the end of the week.

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