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Passionate teacher relishes new role

Tuesday August 16, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Apii Rutaki principal June Hosea takes a look at Tehana Maruhi and Michael Bond’s artwork at the school. 16081119 Apii Rutaki principal June Hosea takes a look at Tehana Maruhi and Michael Bond’s artwork at the school. 16081119

June Hosea has been appointed to head Apii Rutaki as its new school principal after working for the Ministry of Education in various capacities over the last five years.


However, she has been a teacher for much longer than that, starting her career in 1984 when she first began teaching as a teacher aide at Tereora College.

“Teaching is my great passion, I love it because it allows me to interact well with my students and helps them build their career path at education level,” said Hosea.

“I have taught in so many schools in the Cook Islands and I am so privileged to have been assigned to Apii Rutaki last month.”

In 1986, Hosea moved to Papua New Guinea with her husband for two years, graduating with a Diploma in Education from Pacific Adventist Education.

From PNG, the couple moved to Australia and stayed there for a short time before returning to the Cook Islands in 1988 to resume teaching.

She taught at Atiu College and then later at Papaaroa Adventist School before going to Fiji’s Fulton College where she stayed with her family for five years. Hosea taught for a year at Fulton College before deciding to stay at home to look after her children. Her husband was a Seventh Day Adventist Church pastor so she had to move with her husband wherever he was posted.

In 1996, the family moved back to Rarotonga. Hosea taught at Atiu College again, then moved to Enua Manu. She spent two years teaching at Uturei Adventist School in Atiu from 1999 to 2000.

From Atiu, she was transferred to Aitutaki and taught at Araura College from 2002 to 2003. She then moved to Tekaa’aroa Adventist School, teaching students of grades five and six in 2004 and 2005.

The Cook Islands Seventh Day Adventist Church called for her husband to return back to Rarotonga so off they went again. Hosea worked at Papaaroa Adventist School from 2006- 2007 and in 2008 joined Tereora College teaching in its science department till May 2011. That’s when she joined the Ministry of Education as an itinerant career counsellor, holding that post till last month.

She said she felt good about moving back to life as a teacher.

“I’m really enjoying it. It’s good to be back in the school environment with the children and the staff are just so welcoming and very supportive.

“Everything is just wonderful here. We all look forward to a spiritual, holistic, and social and academic approach within the school to be able to establish a strong community network.”

The school also had a strong Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) headed by Glassie Matata that was doing a great job, she said.

“We also have a strong tribal support from our seven different traditional leaders, the mataiapo of Rutaki.”

Rutaki School offered unique and quality Cook Islands Maori immersion from early childhood education right up to year four and the school looked forward to eventually covering classes right up to year six, Hosea said.

“It’s a challenge and I look forward in embracing all these new tasks.

“I have blood ties in Arorangi which means I’m no stranger to this village. My great-grandfather is Cecil Roi, son of Tarita and James Cecil, who were all originally from here, so for me to be given the chance to work at this school is also another way for me to give back to this community.”

Hosea said she wished to thank the Lord Almighty for the opportunity to teach at the school. Former principal Nooroa Ingaua, was thanked  for her endless support to the community-based school.

“Any parents who want their children to learn Te reo Maori Kuki Airani language are welcomed to enrol their children with us.

“We are strong in language instructions, development and enrichment along with the appreciation for our custom and our Cook Islands culture.”

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