Students started back at school on Tuesday.
For Apii Avarua the kids are not only excited to be back in the classrooms, they are in full swing with rehearsals for the opening of their dome on August 23.
Year 8 pupil Ephraim Simpson is happy to be back. “I’ve had enough of the holidays, I missed being at school with my friends.”
A keen dancer, he says, being in the team helps keep him fit.
Tione Nand couldn’t wait for school to start again and loves his culture. “It’s a lot of fun and when I’m dancing it puts a smile on my face; I miss learning and I’m so happy to be back.”
The deputy prime minister Mark Brown aptly said, “each year Te Maeva Nui is impressive,” at the closing ceremony of the nations most celebrated event.