Sharing books and values with Rarotonga

PACIFIC EXCHANGE: Gisborne’s Holly and Bobby Hansen meet with students from Rutaki School and give them books and art resources on behalf of The Farmyard for Early Learners. Picture from Cook Island News

THE FARMYARD for Early Learners in Gisborne has given a donation of books and art resources to Apii Rutaki School in Rarotonga.

The Steiner-inspired early learning centre had been wanting to build international relationships with other schools, and it was timely that newly married teacher Holly Hansen was heading to Rarotonga with her husband Bobby on their honeymoon.

“It was mainly the pre-school students’ idea to get the donations together for another school as our learning focus was on children’s cultures and how we can respect and support each other.”

Mrs Hansen said a few families from The Farmyard were going to Rarotonga for holidays and they started to talk about what the schools were like there and what resources they might need.

They gave the school art supplies and paper the children had made, and a variety of pencils and books from the Steiner shop at The Farmyard.

“The Rutaki school kids were very excited by one of the books I chose that was about Gisborne and showed our beaches and other local highlights.”

She wants to get together sports equipment to send next time, particularly rugby, netball and soccer balls.

“We watched their athletics day while we were on holiday. They love playing sport and could do with more sports equipment. It’s so easy to send resources over to the Islands and they are really grateful.

“We want to eventually send over materials that our children have made in Gisborne and work to share cultures and build relationships.

“It’s great for our younger students in Gisborne to see how other people live, to be respectful of their cultures, and for all of us as teachers and students to learn to do things to help where we can. This promotes strong giving values throughout our lifelong learning.”

Rutaki principal Nooroa Ingaua said the school was grateful to receive donations that would benefit the children’s learning.

“I think it’s very honouring for a school in Gisborne to want to donate to a school in Rarotonga and maintain the relationship so they can eventually donate more in the future,” Mrs Ingaua said.

— Additional reporting Cook Island News

THE FARMYARD for Early Learners in Gisborne has given a donation of books and art resources to Apii Rutaki School in Rarotonga.

The Steiner-inspired early learning centre had been wanting to build international relationships with other schools, and it was timely that newly married teacher Holly Hansen was heading to Rarotonga with her husband Bobby on their honeymoon.

“It was mainly the pre-school students’ idea to get the donations together for another school as our learning focus was on children’s cultures and how we can respect and support each other.”

Mrs Hansen said a few families from The Farmyard were going to Rarotonga for holidays and they started to talk about what the schools were like there and what resources they might need.

They gave the school art supplies and paper the children had made, and a variety of pencils and books from the Steiner shop at The Farmyard.

“The Rutaki school kids were very excited by one of the books I chose that was about Gisborne and showed our beaches and other local highlights.”

She wants to get together sports equipment to send next time, particularly rugby, netball and soccer balls.

“We watched their athletics day while we were on holiday. They love playing sport and could do with more sports equipment. It’s so easy to send resources over to the Islands and they are really grateful.

“We want to eventually send over materials that our children have made in Gisborne and work to share cultures and build relationships.

“It’s great for our younger students in Gisborne to see how other people live, to be respectful of their cultures, and for all of us as teachers and students to learn to do things to help where we can. This promotes strong giving values throughout our lifelong learning.”

Rutaki principal Nooroa Ingaua said the school was grateful to receive donations that would benefit the children’s learning.

“I think it’s very honouring for a school in Gisborne to want to donate to a school in Rarotonga and maintain the relationship so they can eventually donate more in the future,” Mrs Ingaua said.

— Additional reporting Cook Island News

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