The new administration and technology buildings are now ready and the school will be holding their blessing ceremony today before the buildings are fully utilised from Thursday onwards.
Approximately 450 students from Year 10 to 12 assembled at the school on Monday this week. The remaining 260 students from Year 9 and 13 started their academic year yesterday.
Tereora College principal Tania Morgan says 716 students are currently enrolled at Tereora College, adding that enrolments are still expected to fluctuate. “We are currently seeing an increase in numbers,” she said.
Morgan says there were mixed reactions from the new Year 9 students on their first day at school.
However, she says that with the support of the senior Year 13 students, the first-timers were made to feel at home.
“There’s a little anxiety and excitement in the Year 9 students,” she said. “It gets the Year 13 students taking care of the new school students and they are able to help settle them in a lot better.”
Tereora College has eight new teachers this year, two of whom have returned to Rarotonga to teach again at the school.