ⓘ Tereora College
Tereora College is a secondary school in Nikao, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. It is the oldest secondary school in the Cook Islands and the national college of the Cook Islands for Year 9-13 students.
The school was first established in 1895 by the London Missionary Society. It closed in 1911 by the New Zealand colonial administration. It was re-opened in 1954 as a public school. The junior school offers the Cook Islands National Curriculum, while the senior school offers levels 1 - 3 of the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement.
The school buildings were built in the 1950s, but by 2015 were old and damp. In 2015 during the celebrations of the Cook Islands 50th anniversary of self-government, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced an $11.7 million gift to redevelop the college. The redevelopment was to be designed by two former students who had studied architecture in New Zealand, and run in partnership with the Cook Islands investment Corporation. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened stage one of the redevelopment in March 2018.
1. School Anau
The school groups students into four anau each named for a mountain on Rarotonga:
Students stay in the same anau class for their whole time at school.
2. Notable alumni
- Teariki Heather born 1959, politician and Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands
- William Smiley Heather born 1958, former Democratic Party leader
- Terepai Maoate Jnr born 1961, MP
- Tina Browne, lawyer and Democratic party leader
- Mark Brown, Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands
- Ngamau Munokoa born 1944, Cabinet Minister and the first woman Deputy Prime Minister
- Jim Marurai born 1947, 8th Prime Minister of the Cook Islands
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