Apii Avarua students Thea Makimare (left), Rita Adamu, Hina Purua, Carlie Mailau and Leila Tamangaro, back at school for Term 2. Photo: Melina Etches/22050301
With the largest primary school roll in the Cook Islands of just under 400 students, Apii Avarua had “welcoming and wonderful” one hundred per cent attendance on the first day back at school for Term 2 on Monday.
During Term 1 many of the students were affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, and some children actually missed eight straight weeks of school.
After the two week
school holiday break the students were “so happy” to be back at school.
students Thea Makimare, Rita Adamu, Hina Purua, Carlie Mailau and Leila
Tamangaro were delighted and cheerful at the school break yesterday afternoon.
“I missed school
so much and I didn’t like being away, because I missed my friends and my
school,” said Mailau.
Baxter says: “it was good to see full attendances and to see how happy the kids
are to get back in the classroom.
“On Monday, we had
a great assembly and all the children were so happy, singing and coming
together and it was great for us teachers as well, finally coming together as a
With the lifting
of Te Marae Ora restrictions, Baxter said having sports activities on the go
again has been great. He says it’s also been good to have the noise back, as the
school was been pretty quiet last term.
continue to encourages the students to sanitise their hands and to wear their
masks if their parents wish them to.