Making the most of the spacious new school

Tuesday June 05, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Year 4 and 5 Apii Nikao students enjoy the extra space the new school buildings have given them. 18052918 Year 4 and 5 Apii Nikao students enjoy the extra space the new school buildings have given them. 18052918

Three weeks after the school officially opened, Apii Nikao students and teachers have moved into their new buildings.

More than 350 students are enjoying their new learning spaces after being housed in the school hall since 2015.

Principal Elizabeth Kapi said she has already noticed a change in her students since they moved.

“Since we moved, both staff and students are so positive about our new learning spaces. You can see and feel it when you walk around the school.

“You can see everyone is just ready to learn and embrace the new facilities that we have. As soon as everything was ready to go, everyone wanted to move in.”

Elizabeth said she and the rest of the administration staff are still being housed in the school hall as they wait for some work to be finished.

“We are waiting on things like internet and wi-fi, which we will hopefully get installed in the next two weeks.

“There will still be a few things to work out while we go, but we made the call to move staff and students so that we could enjoy our lovely school straight away.”

Elizabeth also said it was nice to enjoy “the small things” that the staff had missed while in the school hall especially a spacious staffroom.

With three new classroom blocks covering around 5200 square metres, the newly-built facilities at Apii Nikao feature flexible learning spaces made up of large areas for each grade and break-out spaces for individual or small-group learning exercises.

The project was completed thanks to a $14-million-dollar gift from the Chinese government and construction began in May 2017.

It was officially opened by prime minister Henry Puna and the Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China to the Cook Islands, Wu Xi last month.

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