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11 November 2022

Mangaia School leaders take charge after weather delays

Monday 26 February 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Education, National, Outer Islands

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Mangaia School leaders take charge after weather delays
Parents proudly pinned badges on their children, marking a significant milestone. Picture: Anaseini Liku Pokino/24022516

Rain forced Mangaia School to huddle its students indoors for their leadership induction programme on Friday, but the ceremony went ahead after two weather-related postponements.

Despite an early downpour, the school adapted its plans and held the programme in its largest classroom, with senior students lining the corridor to celebrate their peers.

“The school is waiting to officiate our leaders and we had to have Plan B, considering how the weather hasn’t been that good,” says principal Michael Papatua.

All parents and students joined in celebrating and blessing the 11 new school leaders, with Reverend Pumati Pumati of Ivirua blessing them and offering words of encouragement.

“To be a good leader, it’s not the amount of things you can do for your class but how much you care for your class.”

In the leaders’ speech, Aaron Harry emphasised the importance of setting a good example.

“Being a good leader is about being a good role model to your class.”

Parents proudly pinned badges on their children, marking a significant milestone.

In his closing remarks, Principal Papatua reminded the leaders of their responsibility: “To be a good leader, you have to be able to make a positive change in the community.”

Prefects are: ECE – Earlyna Tangikara , Y1 & Y2 – Tungane Makitae, Y3 & Y4 – Cohen Leeder , Y5 & Y6 –  Tokorima Kareroa, Y7 & Y8 – Neveah Papatua & Iana Atariki, Y9 & Y10 – Atillar Julian & Jordan Pokino, Y11 & Y12 – Ioane Kareroa & Aaron Harry, and Y13 – Abraham Torotoro

  • Anaseini Liku Pokino