Nine-year-old Teau Goldsworthy feels great and happy to be back in the classroom, she says, “we have our own classes back, our desks and it’s not that noisy anymore.”
Also excited and pleased to be back at her desk is Ruta Nio, “it’s much better now, a lot more fun now and easier to hear the teacher.”
Walking into Apii Takitumu in the morning, Principal Carly Ave felt relieved, that the students and teachers are back in their classrooms, after 14 weeks.
Although the students, teachers and parents have been through difficult times, it has been an eye opener, says Ave.
Looking at the strengths of each team (at the separate locations), the challenges, and the opportunities for senior management to have the opportunity to be acting principal, as Ave was moving around to the venues.
The teachers also had to think outside the box and put teaching the kids at the forefront in a wide open space.
Being away from the school, Ave and the teachers have come to realize and appreciate the beauty of Apii Takitumu, nestled with the hills and the flora in the background.
“It is beautiful,” said Ave.
For safety reasons, in June the children were relocated to 3 different locations – Matavera Revival church, Matavera CICC Sunday school hall and Titikaveka preschool, due to the unstable rusty state of the radio mast situated at the school.
Ave would like thank the: Holy Spirit Revival church, Matavera Cook Islands Christian Church Sunday school, Matavera District committee, parents, teachers, Cook Islands Investment Corporation, Rarotonga Welding and the Ministry of Education.