There was joy and pride on the faces of the award recipients and their families as the students were acknowledged for their efforts this year.
Principal Michelle Irving said it was an opportunity to watch every class perform, followed by a celebration of the pupils’ hard work over the past year.
“Children won prizes in their class or year groups for culture and language, sports, citizenship, excellence in learning, and most improved.”.
The school said goodbye to Year 8 students who have finished their time at Apii Te Uki Ou, and will move to other schools on Rarotonga and overseas.
“We presented them with woven baskets filled with cards and small gifts,” said Irving.
“In return, each Year 8 had painted a wooden stool for the library using traditional Cook Islands designs, as a farewell gift to their school.”
Despite the last-minute change of venue caused by the wet weather, the school still put on a great event for parents and students.
“We relocated our prizegiving from the school grounds to the CICC Sunday School hall in Matavera.
“We are very grateful to the church community for allowing us to use their facilities with only one days’ notice,” she said.
While school children presented their performances, a collection was taken up to raise money for their school’s deputy principal who has been away in New Zealand with ill health since August.
“I am pleased to report that we raised $1000 and the board have agreed to match this sum, and send $2,000 to our deputy principal to support her at this difficult time,” Irving said.
The school is also farewelling the Fiebig family who are returning to New Zealand.
“We wish them well in their next adventure,” Irving said.
Brendon Fiebig is the former school principal and his wife Janine is the outgoing Junior Syndicate leader.
“Their children, George and Emily also attended the school, and will be missed by their classmates and teachers.
We will farewell them at our final assembly together at the end of the term,” Irving said.
Overall dux went to Asia Areora, Daniel Tolosa won top athlete, Estelle Short won the school’s top Culture and Te Reo prize.
Mana Jennings-Turia won the school’s overall Citizenship Award, While Robbie Anderson was the top pre-school prizewinner.
A large number of other students received prizes and awards.
More school prizegiving coverage in Saturday’s CINews