Happy to be at Blackrock preschool for the start of 2023: Anaira Williamson (left), Ravenga Teau, Aviarna Williams and Arapati Williamson. 23012406
Blackrock, the country’s first and oldest early childhood education centre was the first to kick off the 2023 academic calendar for schools in the Cook Islands opening on Monday.
The Blackrock Api'i Potiki ECE (Early Childhood
Learning) preschool opened a week earlier than most for their students to help
cater for the working families.
“Most of our
parents are working and we are very conscious of the fact that they need
somewhere for their kids to go,” said the principal Stephanie Forbes, who has
been teaching at the school for 18 years.
As of yesterday afternoon 41 kids had registered with
Blackrock, there is room for only four more vacancies.
The preschool hours are Monday to Friday, 8am - 2pm, for
children aged 3 - 4 years, kids can start at a younger age if they have been
potty trained, said Forbes.
Forbes is looking forward to spending more time the
kids, “watching them grow and develop while they are here with us,” she said.
If anyone is curious about what Blackrock is like,
they are welcome to visit the centre anytime, said Forbes.
From today more schools will open to students with others
to make a start next Monday.
St Joseph’s Primary School students will head back to school today, and tomorrow
Thursday 26 January, Apii Nikao, Apii Te Uki Ou as well as Apii Takitumu
students will start.
Apii Avarua is still open for new enrolments, parents
can visit the office with the required documentation to register your child.
The school will re-open on Monday 30 January with a
full assembly at 8am, everyone is to attend in full uniform which are available
to buy at Tuki’s.
Apii Avarua’s school fees are set at $20 for one child
from a family and $30 for two or more children from a family.
Next Monday 30 January, the Imanuela Akatemia
students at Ngatangiia will officially start their school term.
For Tereora College, all students who will be in Year
12 (Level 2) this year are asked to attend the course confirmations with the
Managers of Curriculums today Wednesday at the Princess Anne Hall from 1pm - 3pm,
it is important that all Year 12s (Level 2) are present.
New students who would like to enrol at Tereora are
required to bring with them their latest NCEA results. Next Monday, all Year
Levels at Tereora will be at school in full uniform from 8.20am -3pm.
On the island of Aitutaki, Araura Primary School will open
tomorrow to the students on Thursday 26 January for Year 11, 12 ,13 students
only, and on Friday for Year 7, 8, 9, 10 students only. School will start at
8am and students are asked to wear mufti on these two days.
Full school uniform will be required to be worn
starting next Monday, boys school shorts will be available for purchase next
week for $20.