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Kia Orana Tatou Katoatoa,

Welcome to Apii Te Uki Ou! We are located on the seaside in Ngatangiia, on Rarotonga’s East coast.

We are an independent school that was formed over thirty years ago as an ECE in a garage based on the Montessori model of education. After several moves due to rapid expansion, we are now an ECE (3 years old) – Year 8 full primary school, recently expanding to Year 9. We have 280 students with 30 full-time staff members. 

We pride ourselves on our ‘Inclusive Education’ philosophy and have several students with additional needs who are well supported by our team of teachers and teacher’s aides within the school. We have improved upon this support by employing the expertise of a Learning Support Coordinator full time to improve our ability to meet the needs of those who need a little extra to learn.

As a school, we value Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC), and this features heavily across our programmes, helping learners make sense of their learning by connecting them to real-life experiences. 

Like all schools in the Cook Islands, Apii Te Uki Ou enjoys unlimited internet capability, and the Board of Governors and school leaders are focussed on consolidating and enhancing our innovative learning environments through generously funding our hardware, software and infrastructure to enable IT-integrated teaching and learning programmes.

Currently, all of our classroom teachers are Cook Island, New Zealand or Australian-trained teachers and our teaching and learning programmes are always of the highest standard.

Our Te Reo and Cultural programmes are a big part of who we are and we continually feature strongly in all interschool or community-initiated cultural events. We are actively involved in a wide range of sporting activities, and the interschool competitions are always something we look forward to competing in across all codes!

We offer a values-centred education aiming to prepare our children with strong academic and social foundations to be competent leaders of the future. 

Do drop by and visit if you’re ever in the neighbourhood, you’re always welcome!


Meitaki Ma’ata e Kia Manuia!

Kim Noovao, Principal

Meet Our Teachers

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Sophia Panzarella
Declan Sheridan
Saireni Pekepo - Poila

Senior Leadership Team

Yr 7/8 Teacher Kaiaia

Manon Fleming

Junior School Team Leader

Yr 2 Teacher Kakerori

Deborah Lyttle

Junior College 

Yr 9 Teacher Tavake

Shana Kamana

Teacher Kura

Karen Parker

Culture Leader

Culture and Te Reo Teacher

Natasha Tafa Maoate

Teacher Kura


Kia Orana, My name Aunty Tash and I am a part of the Preschool squad. I am Samoan | Cook Island and have been in ECE for 8+ years.

Lydia Hammersley

Yr 1 Teacher Kuriri

Tracy Katene

Yr 5/6 Teacher Ka'oko

Kim Aylward

Learning Support

Yr 3/4 Teacher Kotuku

Katesha Allis

Yr 7/8 Teacher - Kota'a

Mary Bagnell

Support Teacher

Yr 3/4 Teacher - Kukupa

Lynda Declan

Yr 7/8 Teacher Kopeka

Teariki Ra

Performance Tutor 

Meet Our Support Staff 

Tina Mitchell

Office Administrator

Mere Ravonu Tearaitoa
Tangata Noovao


Samantha Knowles
Chris Bishop

Learning Support Assistant 

Marlina Nicholas

Learning Support Assistant 

Learning Support Assistant 

Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistant 

Office Assistant

Learning Support Assistant 

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