It is a beautiful morning at Apii Rutaki as the Early Childhood Education and Year 1-6 students gather to sing praises to God.
Since the Covid-19 restrictions, churches had not allowed congregational singing, so school principal Poti Maeva says it is beautiful to hear the children in full voice again.
Maui Denny, 9, says previously, all the students would get together and hear from the preacher, but singing had not been allowed.
“I am happy we get to sing and learn about God, it’s good to sing with the class.”
Katrina Brider agrees: “During the school break there was no singing allowed.”
Maeva says they practised classes without singing when term 2 began, and the school was quiet. “Now that the singing is back again, it’s beautiful and children love singing.”
Their Bible teacher, Cook Islands Christian Church assistant minister John Andrew, has been with them since the beginning of the year.
“Bible class is a culture, and everybody here goes to church, so the curriculum has continued for a long time now.”
The whole school joins the Bible class and no one is left out.
Maeva says the students also have a gopod basic knowledge of social distancing, washing their hands and other important hygienic requirements and what is quarantine.
“Our kids came back from the break, sharing what they learnt from this Covid, like the different flag colours and their meaning, what businesses are closed and they also know that they got funding from the government as well,” he says.
Maeva acknowledged the school staff and the community for their work, support and keeping everyone safe.