The abundance of sweet fresh flower eis, expectant proud parents and families, filled the National Auditorium for the Tereora College prize-giving event; the time of the year when parents, family and friends gather together to support and acknowledge the awards of their kids.
Newly minted Tereora Dux, 17-year-old Ziannah Drollet, was very happy to receive the ultimate award.
“I worked hard, and I’m happy I have made my family proud.”
She advises students who are struggling, “to try really hard, you can do it.”
If something is too difficult to grasp, don’t expect yourself to just finish it and hope for the best; ask your teachers, and your parents, she says.
Drollet’s super-pleased grandfather Eddie said, Ziannah has studied hard for her achievements. She is the second child of Andrew Drollet and Chantelle Nicholls, has an older sister Tatiana, and three younger brothers who are triplets.
With a student roll of 750, the national college has started the annual event for schools on Rarotonga.
Principal Tania Morgan, in her opening speech, paid tribute to the hard-working efforts from the teachers.
“I’m proud, honoured and fortunate to have been working with the most dedicated people.
“The drive and determination to and profession of the has seen teaching and learning to raise progress and achievement, despite the ever changing social, learning, and emotional needs that you are confronted with on a daily basis.”
The role of a teacher has changed, she said, indeed, you are tasked with wearing a number of different hats.
“You are teachers, mentors, first aiders, coaches, information technology whizzes, counsellors, peace-makers, negotiators, advocates, mums, dads, uncles, aunts, your job is huge it is ever changing, it is dynamic… you are constantly having to change, you are amazing.”
The audience applauded the special mention of retired teacher Thomas Savage for his 37 years of excellent service to Tereora, “to remain in the profession for as long as he has is testament to his passion for ensuring that he is making a difference the students,” said Morgan.
Taiti Hosking was also acknowledged for her 23 years of service, she will be moving on next year to Penrhyn, as principal of Omaka school.
The Year 13 students, celebrated their last year at college, with modern dance performances and screened humorous short videos on advice for pupils at the school.
Deputy principal Teremoana Ngaau, clearly and dutifully read out the entire list of all the recipients.
Tereora College 2019 Senior Prize-giving Awards
The Toki Award Toki Creative- trophy & gift vouchers - Pauline Kaimarama, Best Pa Enua Student Office of the Prime Minister - trophy - Akarere Taka, Excellence in Science & TechnologyBluesky Limited $500 credit voucher - Terall Timoti, Excellence in the Languages trophy & $100 cash from Avarua Bakery - Mark Sherwin, Excellence in Mathematics trophy $500 cash from Cook Islands Motor Centre - Ziannah Drollett, Claire Tippet Rose Bowl - trophy from Ken Tippet & family - Manamea Koteka.
Most Pre-eminent Student Leader trophy & a miniature to keep from 2018 Student Leaders - Manamea Koteka, Most Outstanding student in Mathematics & Science in Level 1 Te Aponga Uira - Cherie Timoti, Most Outstanding student in Mathematics & Science in Level 2 Te Aponga Uira - Meilani Karika, Most Outstanding student in Mathematics & Science in Level 3 Te Aponga Uira - Zsaley Sword-Tua.
Tangata Tiratira Tu Award in Year 11 Tereora College - Teagan Taripo. 6th overall in Level 1 - Maevarua Trego, 5th overall in Level 1 - Aaron Simpson, 4th overalll in Level 1 - Luke Areai, 3rd overall in Level 1 Mackenzie-Hoff family - Teagan Taripo, 2nd overall in Level 1 Mackenzie-Hoff family - Hereiti File, 1st overall in Level 1 Tereora College - Cherie Timoti.
Tangata Tiratira Tu Award in Year 12 Tereora College - Ngatokotoru Mateariki. 6th overall in Level 2 - Mahealani Samuel, 5th overall in Level 2 - April Sendito, 4th overall in Level 2 - Tapita Thomson, 3rd overall in Level 2 Mackenzie-Hoff family - Melani Karika, 2nd overall in Level 2 Mackenzie-Hoff family - Abigail Barret, 1st overall in Level 2 Tereora College - Dennise Nanai.
Tangata Tiratira Tu Award in Year 13 Tereora College - Raitiavatea Herman. 6th overall in Level 3 - Isabel Drollet, 5th overall in Level 3 - Zsaley Sword-Tua, 4th overall in Level 3 - Terall Timoti, 3rd overall in Level 3 Tereora College - Manamea Koteka.
Proxime Accessit Te Vara Nui - Andrea George. Dux CITC - trophy, laptop, cash prize, Tereora College miniature trophy to keep - Ziannah Drollett.
Tereora College 2019 Junior Prize-giving Awards.
Tangata Tiratira Tu in Year 9 Tereora College miniature trophy to keep - Melani Thomson. 6th overall in Year 9 miniature trophy - Grace Milanovic, 5th overall in Year 9 miniature trophy - Moana Une, 4th overall in Year 9 miniature trophy - Ngatupuna Kae, 3rd overall in Year 9 Isaia Willie family trophy, cash prize, Tereora College miniature trophy - Melani Thomson, 2nd overall in Year 9Isaia Willie family trophy, cash prize, Tereora College miniature trophy - Seth Raela, 1st overall in Year 9 Dr Wynn family trophy, cash prize, Tereora College miniature trophy - Joelle Watson.
Top Vocational Award Harry Ivaiti and class of 1967 trophy - Abel Matoka. Aspiring Commerce Student Award trophy, miniature, $50 cash prize and payment of Commerce fees for 2020 - Kattrina Meremere. Future Leader Award Head Girl Manamea Koteka trophy, miniature - Heath Heather.
Tangata Tiratira Tu in Year 10 Toru Unuia family trophy, Tereora College miniature trophy - Estelle Short. 6th overall in Year 10 miniature trophy - Skyla Kaiaruna. 5th overall in Year 10 miniature trophy Heinarii Law, 4th overall in Year 10 miniature trophy - Luca Dearlove, 3rd overall in Year 10 Matman trophy, Tereora College miniature trophy to keep - Tamyra Bullen, 2nd overall in Year 10 BCI trophy, gift pack, Tereora College miniature trophy - Daniel Tolosa, 1st overall in Year 10 Little & Matysik trophy, cash prize, Tereora College miniature trophy - Vannes Sendito.