Omoka School students Sangaia Andrew (middle) with twins Easter Marsters on the left and Rose Marsters on the right. Picture: APII NAPA/22121506
Schools on the largest and northernmost atoll of Penrhyn, also known as Tongareva, had their prizegiving day ceremonies delayed due to the principal of both schools Apii Napa having to cross the immense ‘Lagoon Highway’.
The two villages of Omoka and Tetautua lie on opposite
ends of the atoll and each of these has a school.
Napa travelled to Tetautua village to organise the
awards presentation, then crossed back again for Omoka school, this week.
At both school events, Napa stressed the need for
parents to help the school with its programmes, noting the mission statement: “Teachers,
parents and students working together”.
People took heed of the principal’s request and both Omoka
and Tetautua took time out from home and work to attend, observe, support and
contribute to the successful prizegiving days.
Napa would like to acknowledge both the Omoka and
Tetautua School PTA (Parents Teachers Association) committees for supporting
the event by purchasing new academic trophies and cash prizes for the students.
The children enjoyed delicious food and dessert treats
after the awards ceremony, leaving school smiling and happy.
“I’d like to acknowledge my staff for being patient
with me and my expectations, because I want what’s best for our children,” said
“And to the parents, families and villages of Omoka
and Tetautua, meitaki poria for your support of this year’s Penrhyn Schools
All the overall academic recipients were awarded a
trophy, a cash prize sponsored by the school’s committee, a gift pack by Bank
of the Cook Islands and CITC, and a top-up voucher by Vodafone Cook Islands.
Napa would like to acknowledge and is grateful for the
support of their sponsors: Bank of the Cook Islands – Vaine Arioka, Mii Joseph
and their team and local agents on Tongareva, Cathy Teamoke and Nancy Andrew
and Vodafone boss Philip Henderson and staff, and local agent Manongi Latham.
She would also like to acknowledge Gaye Whitta and
Jane Wichman of CITC. “Our prizegiving was a success for our children with your
“I pray as we await to invite Jesus into our homes
this festive season, that he will bring good tidings of hope, faith and love.
Most importantly, love,” said Napa.
School Overall Academics 2022: Year 1: Tepuakura Faira,
Year 2: Nohorangi Faira, Year 3: Parehenua Mamia, Year 4: Matareka Teaurere, Year
6: Ruaiti Solo, Year 8: Tihana Teika, Year 9: Retire Gifford; Special Award: The
recipient of the school committee award is nominated by teachers for a student
who is an all-rounder and hard-working at school, home and the community. This
was awarded to student leader and Year 9 student Patrick Mamia.
School Overall Academics 2022: ECE: Natoeokura Taime, Year 2: Penikira Viniki, Year 3: Petero Marsters, Year 5: Thomas Taime, Year 6: Ngametua Viniki, Year 7: Tuane Ivirangi, Year 8: Alan Joseph, Year 9: Abba
Taime, Year 10: Hauroaarii Tonitara. The Special Award for a Year 10 pupil went
to student leader Veronica William.