Small school with a big reputation

Monday October 02, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Taeanga, Atama, Patikura, Noerangi and Katrina were the proud students who received the Most Behaved School award. 17092864 Taeanga, Atama, Patikura, Noerangi and Katrina were the proud students who received the Most Behaved School award. 17092864

Apii Rutaki may be the smallest school on the island, but they certainly displayed a positive performance at the Prince of Wales athletics day.

 

The event, held on Wednesday this week, saw crowds of families supporting their children and local school.

Apii Rutaki Principal Nooroa Ingaua said she was proud of the school students who took part in the athletics day and of the school, which received the Most Behaved School award.

“I was so proud of our school, their performance and their behaviour,” she said.

Ingaua also congratulated Takitumu Primary school for hosting a wonderful event.

“It was truly amazing to see all the schools come together and give it their best.”

Ingaua said the athletics day consisted of the top students who were selected from the school’s individual athletics competition.

“We could only take first, second and third placings, as well as reserves to compete in the athletics day.”

The students trained daily on the school grounds and Ingaua said some of the competitors were hesitant to run, but once the competition came around, they put in all their effort.

“All the year levels that competed did extremely well.”

Ingaua said not all the school students were able to go to the stadium, as only one bus was available.

“We could only take the competitors on the bus, so we asked some of the parents to bring some of the students to the stadium for support.”

Meanwhile Apii Rutaki is looking forward to next week’s ride or walk to school to wrap up their theme of health and safety management.

“The ride or walk to school week is for the students to put into practice what they have learned in regards to road safety.”

Emergency services including the Cook Islands Police Service and the local fire brigade and others have visited Rutaki to discuss with the children the importance of keeping safe and healthy and how they can live that way.

Ingaua said pupils had carried out practice fire drills and learned about road safety this term. 

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