Apii Arorangi’s prizegiving on Wednesday last week saw Teraipoia Rose Heather presented with the Dux of the Year award. Lana Aperau-Toa won the First Runner-up Dux award and Ariki Tekorona took out Second Runner-up Dux.
Heather is the daughter of school principal Mairi
Mokoroa-Heather. She will attend Tereora College next year and was pleased to
know her cousin Niva Malcolm had received the Senior Dux award at Apii Nikao.
The prizegiving ceremony was also a farewell to Mokoroa-Heather
who has been the school’s principal for the past eight years. Annie Kauvarevai
will be taking the reins next year.
“It has been a learning journey,” said Mokoroa-Heather,
who is looking forward to the challenge of taking up a position at the Ministry
of Education in the Human Resources department.
Mokoroa-Heather said there are many “highlights” of
her career at Apii Arorangi which included the glow on the faces on the children
when they were recognised for their achievements, connecting with the children
and seeing their progress, and the support from the staff and parents.
She received a gift from the Ministry of Education and
the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) in acknowledgement of her service to
“I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a
joyous Happy New Year,” said Mokoroa-Heather.
Apii Arorangi Year 8 Top Senior special prizegiving
awards: Teraipoia Rose Heather - Overall Year 8 Academic and Dux of the Year,
Equal Runner up Senior Sports Girl, Equal Top student in IT & Health, Top
Student in Science, Social Science, Enterprise, Mathematics, English &
Maori; Lana Aperau-Toa - First Runner-up Dux, Senior Sports Girl, Equal Top
student in Arts, IT & Health; Ariki Tekorona - Second Runner-up Dux, Best
Teiho - Senior Sports Boy; Derick Aerepo -
Runner up Senior Sports Boy, Equal Top Student in Arts; Hanalear Soatini -
Equal Top student in IT; Feliza Nicholas - Equal Top student in IT; Rotana
Tangi Tangapiri - Runner-up Senior Sports Girl & Top Student in Culture; Maiva
Glassie - Most Improved & Top Student in Home Science.