School rolls rising on island

Saturday February 02, 2019 Written by Published in Education
School rolls rising on island

More than 2500 pupils are currently enrolled in schools on Rarotonga.


The total numbers will increase as it has been indicated there are families who have yet to return from holiday overseas; schools are presently accepting enrollments.

The following 2019 school enrolment numbers are taken from the first day of school (Monday) only, more accurate figures will be available later next month from the Ministry of Education.

The Tereora College total roll for the start of the academic year, stands at just over 750 students.

“Which is a reflection on the good work that our contributing schools are doing, in addition to the work we do at Tereora College,” says principal Tania Morgan.

“Tereora College has experienced a huge growth in numbers, particularly at our junior level which has been unexpected.

“As a public school we cannot close our intake, however the advice that we are giving, particularly to our late enrolments are that there are other options within the education system; and all schools are more than capable of providing an environment that has the best interests of our children at heart.”

The school is working closely in consultation with the Ministry of Education to ensure they have the staff to support all of the students, this has led to an increase to the colleges staffing numbers for this year. 

“It is our existing staff that are the foundation; and they provide the platform from which we are able to build upon each year, says Morgan, and we are very fortunate to have a number of returning Cook Islanders with us this coming year, in addition to our ex-patriate staff that have been recruited from overseas.”

Principal of Titikaveka College, Vae Unuka says, as of Monday, they had 80 registrations; the school continues to accept enrolments, and welcome students to come to the south side.

Nukutere College had 150 listed and the college is also looking forward to the construction of new classroom facilities.

Avarua Primary school has the largest primary school roll, sitting at 505.

Principal of Apii Avarua, Engia Baxter says, we welcome all the new families and children that have enrolled this year.

“This is going to be another busy year for everyone and the teachers, parental support is needed to ensure we achieve our children’s educational goals together,” she says.

Apii Nikao has a total of 424 pupils from the age groups of preschool to Year 8, Principal Elisabeth Kapi says the school is accepting enrolments; also parents have indicated their children are still overseas.

The Imanuela Akatemia school in Ngatangiia school has a total of 66 kids, principal Bobby Matapo says, they accept enrolments for pre-school kids up to Year 13.

Apii Arorangi presently has 70 kids ranging from preschool to Year 8, principal Mairi Mokoroa says this number also replaces students who left the school last year and have moved on to Tereora College.

Apii Te Uki Ou has 200 kids enrolled, it is best to contact the school first if you are interested in registering your child.

St Joseph’s Primary had a total of 210 students on the roll, ranging from the preschool age to Year 6.

Rutaki Primary school roll number presently stands at of 91: preschool – 17, Year 1 – 11, Year’s 2 and 3 – 23, Year’s 4 and 5 – 29 and Year 6 – 11; principal Poti Maeva says they are looking forward to another prosperous year and the pupils actually are happy to be back after the holidays.

Papaaroa College located in Titikaveka has 126 enrolments from pre-school ages up to Year 10.

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