Looking good on Pukapuka

Thursday February 08, 2018 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Happy school pupils pictured on Pukapuka. PHOTO: Pua Tua. 18020708 Happy school pupils pictured on Pukapuka. PHOTO: Pua Tua. 18020708

Expat teacher Robert Collie left for Pukapuka yesterday for another exciting academic year at Apii Niua.

 

The New Zealander, who has already spent three years at the school, has witnessed some significant improvements in the past years.

He is looking forward to another busy and successful academic year.

“It’s been really good so far and we have witnessed significant progress in the students’ particularly in English which is my focus area,” Collie said.

“We have seen a significant improvement in the standard of the students, both in terms of reading and writing.”

Collie said Apii Niua was in great hands under the leadership of principal Anna Katoa.

“We have got a superb principal and the staff who are really working hard to make sure that the isolation of Pukapuka doesn’t affect the learning outcomes of the student.

“I think there are great things happening at the school in Pukapuka and I think they will continue to do so this year.”

Collie was previously based in the Cook Islands from 2002 to 2005 and worked as the education facilitator, liaising with principals from the northern group schools. He was then based in Manihiki.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education acting secretary Danielle Cochrane has hailed Cook Islands principals and the teachers for a perfect start to the new academic year last week.

“I guess in terms of education, its full steam ahead, with all of our schools up and running,” Cochrane said.

“The first week was last week and there was no major hiccup, which is really good. Our principals and teachers were really well prepared for the first week.

“I guess the focus is now on settling into the programmes, teachers getting new students and the new students moving to different schools, getting to know their schools.”

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