Six teachers are based at the school, including principal/teacher Teata Purea-Ateriano.
Last year from October 1 to 5, Apii Mauke celebrated its 100-year anniversary, during this time, past teachers and students of the school returned to the island to take part in its festivities.
Principal Purea-Ateriano says observing and honouring such a significant occasion for the school’s 100th birthday was important.
Former teachers and students from Rarotonga and overseas along with parents and the islands community, joined in the festivities that included cultural and traditional sports activities
Ngavaevae (Vae) Papatua, a former teacher of the school who attended the commemoration, was stationed at Apii Mauke from 1995 to 2000, after completing teachers training college in Rarotonga.
“It was enjoyable but an emotional occasion, especially remembering those who have passed on,” he said, also reminiscing about former mentor the late MP Mapu Taia who was principal of the school at the time.
Papatua and Purea-Ateriano were given the honours of unveiling the new school sign that reads “Apii Mauke, Kimi Ite Kite Ete Pakari.”