Running along the lines of the learning Charter for Tereora College, the idea that the Ama of the Vaka represents the wider community, and the school the body of the Vaka; committing to work in the community was very much a part of what Tereora College stands for. Principal Tania Morgan said, our student Leaders learn what it is to not only serve their school and the student body, but also to serve their community and to link with those organisations so we can support them in this way.
Anau leader Ora Paio, was there at 8am with the students, ensuring that they not only did what was required but also could see what it took, as he manned the ladder and the paint brush working alongside the group.
“We must show them and not only tell them,” he said. “Our students learn from us parents and teachers modelling to them good behaviour.
“They have great initiative this lot, he continued, as the students got into groups and slowly made their way around the hut.
Anau leader Joel Pokura was there too, giving careful direction to the students, guiding them on the finer points of using a paint brush and the application of paint to a porous wooden surface.
Initiating the community venture was the Rotary Club of Rarotonga who through members Thomas and Juanita Wynne, coordinated the task with Tereora College.
“Rotary is all about linking in with our community,” said Juanita. “What better way then, than to work with the National College and an organisation like the Creative Centre.
“Nothing is impossible. When we use the strength that is community anything is achievable. These students have been fantastic and they are a testament to not only their school, but also the families who raised them.
The job was done in three hours, and the hungry painters were then treated to a lunch made by Alex and Engara from Subs and Treats.
Social media photographer and Rotary Club of Cook Islands member Ronnie Si’ulepa was on hand to capture photos of a very happy Creative Centre principal Roger Harkness and students outside the hut. “It capped off a great day of giving and serving our community,” said Juanita