No sharing of pens and books, no assemblies and rugby on the field, no hugging your mates. That is what the new “normal” looks like for school students in the Cook Islands.
Prime Minister tells officials to do a better job of informing the public about weather emergencies like the one that closed schools yesterday. Katrina Tanirau and Jonathan Milne report.
Some will to go Tereora and Titikaveka colleges. Some will go further afield – one to Atiu. Monica Tafale among the Cook Islanders returning home to address the teacher shortage.
The agriculture ministry has created a pilot school garden programme in partnership with the Korero O te Orau, to teach about agriculture and its importance for livelihoods.
Australian children are some of the hardest-hit by the Australian bushfires. And so it was Cook Islands children who were at the forefront of this community’s drive to raise money to support those left homeless by the fires.
Airport Authority fire officer Christiano George is thrilled the boat masters certificate course is now conducted by a tutor fluent in Maori and English.