Apii Avarua students Andrew Ponini, Treyvon Kae and King Kae yesterday dressed up for character day at school as Mufasa the lion king, Iron Man and Maui the demigod.
Mum Sunielia Tom said their father Lee Ponini put all his effort to dress the boys for the school’s literacy character day.
Earlier in the week, Tom spent half an hour at the Bounty Store looking for costumes and to her frustration her children could not decide. She marched them out of the store and home they went.
Dad Lee Ponini felt sorry for them and quickly got together some ideas and created a little minion, venom and a scarecrow for their first day of costume wear on Wednesday.
Lee followed it up with another superb effort, stitching costumes of his boys’ favourite heroes for the final dress up day.
This week, Cook Islands schools celebrated Literacy Week, which saw students dressing up as their favourite book and movie characters. The schools also held Maori language day, hat day, house colours, emergency drill exercises and crazy hair day.
Earlier this week, Education secretary Danielle Cochrane said the focus for this year is on literacy teaching and learning in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies.
Learning and teaching director Jane Taurarii said a child can be involved in all aspects of literacy – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Far away in the island of Manihiki, students embraced Literacy Week as they learnt about how to make eis and shared stories of their ancestors.
Apii Tukao principal Apii Napa said this week they marked Literacy week with the theme "Saying it with colours".
“We've chosen to go with colours this year as there are a lot of interesting things to learn about colours, like how many colours does the rainbow have and what are the colours and what do the colours like 'indigo' look like? Or what colour mix gives you another particular colour? or we ask the question what does each colour represent for them.”
She said they encouraged everyone; teachers and students to create and come in their coloured theme costumes.
They showcased their coloured costumes yesterday.
Apii Rutaki held emergency drill classes, house colour day, crazy hair day, hat day and a character parade.
Saint Joseph’s School marked literacy week with the theme: “The Care of our Common Home”.
Acting principal Savenaca Tukitoba says the theme is based on the document written by Pope Francis called Laudato Si.
“We came in different colours of our common home with the idea of Mother Earth this week. Monday was green, Tuesday yellow, Wednesday red, Thursday blue and Character parade day on Friday.”
Tukitoba, who came to school dressed as Big Momma from the movie Big Momma’s House, said they had two days for English and two days for Maori language literacy activities and invited Ministry of Education advisors and Ministry of Culture staff to help deliver some activities.