Loved principal retires... again

Friday December 15, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Principal and teacher Nooroa Ingaua is supported by her teaching staff in an emotional farewell to her school family. 17121312 Principal and teacher Nooroa Ingaua is supported by her teaching staff in an emotional farewell to her school family. 17121312

Much loved Apii Rutaki principal retires

It was a very sad farewell to a teaching principal that has steadfastly put her students first throughout her career on Tuesday at Apii Rutaki’s prize-giving awards ceremony.

Teaching staff paid tribute to Nooroa Ingaua and her amazing leadership of the school showering her with ei and loving words of appreciation for all the she has done for the children and staff.

With tears of appreciation in her eyes, Ingaua said she didn’t expect anything from her team, and had told them not to. The humble principal said she was just thinking of her students, and that today was about them.

A special award was presented to Ingaua, and engraved on the plaque reads from her staff: “A woman full of courage, integrity, respect, professionalism, commitment to her school and students of Apii Rutaki”.

Ingaua retired from Rutaki at the end of 2016, but was asked back by the Ministry of Education to be acting principal this year until they found a suitable replacement.

She agreed to stay on for the first term, but then continued in the role as a new principal had not been appointed.

She says she really felt for the kids, and that’s what kept her in the role for another 12 months.

Ingaua first came to Apii Rutaki in 2008 following a two-year teaching stint in Penrhyn. 

Two years later when the former principal Enoa Raea transferred to Araura college in Aitutaki, Ingaua and other teaching staff of Rutaki were encouraged to apply.

Ingaua was successful in her application.

She says when she started in the role she noticed a distance from the parents and the community, because she was new and not from Rarotonga.

Her efforts to build bonds with families since have made the school into the close-knit community it is today.

“Rutaki is a community school, you get to know everyone, the students, the parents and the community. It’s like a family to me.”

Ingaua is known for her passion for Te Reo and passing it onto the next generation.

She will now continue that talent with adults, putting her knowledge into writing to teach Maori.

Ingaua says she has already been asked by a few returning Cook Islands parents at school, but didn’t previously have the time to help them.

“It’s a pride when you share, our identity, through our language. I’m proud of that.”

And I’m now finally looking to retire, she added with a smile.

Apii Rutaki’s new principal starting in January is Poti Maeva. As with Ingaua, prior to her starting with the school he has been teaching in Penrhyn.

Maeva has some big shoes to fill with the departure of Ingaua whose last day is on Friday. -Chris Taylor

It was a very sad farewell to a teaching principal that has steadfastly put her students first throughout her career on Tuesday at Apii Rutaki’s prize-giving awards ceremony.

Teaching staff paid tribute to Nooroa Ingaua and her amazing leadership of the school showering her with ei and loving words of appreciation for all the she has done for the children and staff.

With tears of appreciation in her eyes, Ingaua said she didn’t expect anything from her team, and had told them not to. The humble principal said she was just thinking of her students, and that today was about them.

A special award was presented to Ingaua, and engraved on the plaque reads from her staff: “A woman full of courage, integrity, respect, professionalism, commitment to her school and students of Apii Rutaki”.

Ingaua retired from Rutaki at the end of 2016, but was asked back by the Ministry of Education to be acting principal this year until they found a suitable replacement.

She agreed to stay on for the first term, but then continued in the role as a new principal had not been appointed.

She says she really felt for the kids, and that’s what kept her in the role for another 12 months.

Ingaua first came to Apii Rutaki in 2008 following a two-year teaching stint in Penrhyn. 

Two years later when the former principal Enoa Raea transferred to Araura college in Aitutaki, Ingaua and other teaching staff of Rutaki were encouraged to apply.

Ingaua was successful in her application.

She says when she started in the role she noticed a distance from the parents and the community, because she was new and not from Rarotonga.

Her efforts to build bonds with families since have made the school into the close-knit community it is today.

“Rutaki is a community school, you get to know everyone, the students, the parents and the community. It’s like a family to me.”

Ingaua is known for her passion for Te Reo and passing it onto the next generation.

She will now continue that talent with adults, putting her knowledge into writing to teach Maori.

Ingaua says she has already been asked by a few returning Cook Islands parents at school, but didn’t previously have the time to help them.

“It’s a pride when you share, our identity, through our language. I’m proud of that.”

And I’m now finally looking to retire, she added with a smile.

Apii Rutaki’s new principal starting in January is Poti Maeva. As with Ingaua, prior to her starting with the school he has been teaching in Penrhyn.

Maeva has some big shoes to fill with the departure of Ingaua whose last day is on Friday.

-Chris Taylor

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