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Friday 8 December 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National


Proud parents  witness sons’ success at  Apii Nikao prize giving
Henry and Bianca Herman are proud parents of their children’s achievements at the Apii Nikao Prize giving event. Their eldest child Lennox was awarded the Junior Dux award. SUPPLIED/23120736

Apii Nikao held their junior prize-giving awards event yesterday morning, followed by the senior awards later in the evening.

Lennox Herman received the 2023 Junior Dux and Junior Sports Boy awards, while his younger brother, Bear Herman, scooped the Overall Academic Excellence Award in Year 1.

Elated father, Henry Herman, said that while he and his wife Bianca were surprised, they were both “massively proud” of Lennox’s achievements.

“We don’t really focus on the academic side for our kids (four children),” said Herman. “We focus more on the values of being good, kind, and considerate.”

“We also emphasise a good work ethic and encourage them to simply enjoy the learning process,” he added, hoping that this will empower them.

Herman and his family first settled in Rarotonga in 2021 for a trial period of three months. They returned last year to raise their children permanently here.


Overall Academic Excellence in Year 1: 1st Bear Herman, 2nd Tamatoa Sherwin, 3rd Biin Tom; Overall Academic Excellence in Year 2 – 1st Kaia Teau, 2nd Rotana Raumea, 3rd Elisha Pau’u.

Overall Academic Excellence in Year 3 – Major Awards for Juniors: 2023 Junior Sports Girl – Illenor Tuaputa, 2023 Junior Sports Boy – Lennox Herman, Most Improved Student – Ngatupuna Tangatataiaiti, Most Outstanding Student – Annie Allan; 1st and 2023 Junior Dux – Lennox Herman, 2nd Julia Chan, 3rd James Yarrall; Overall Academic Excellence in Year 4 – 1st  Petueli Raumea, 2nd Moeana Matheson, 3rd Grace Wichman; Overall Academic Excellence in Marae 3 Year 5: 1st – Tanoa Framhein, 2nd Yelayna Ponga, 3rd Elimoeana Napa.