Thursday, July 16, 2020


Position Title:                  Principal, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Status:                             Full-time position
Reports to:                      Bishop Paul Donoghue SM, Chairperson of Catholic Education Trust
Application Deadline:     Friday 24
th July 2020 midday at 12:00pm.
Start Time:                     2020 School Year, Term 3

Position Overview
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School seeks a dynamic, visionary and mission-aligned leader who will serve as Principal for the school. Applicant should be able to value and deliver academic outcomes, sustain and contribute to a positive school culture and its community. Applicant is also expected to appreciate the Special Character of the school which is centred in Jesus Christ, and to promote this Special Character among students, staff and parents.

Qualification, Knowledge and Experience

  • Diploma in Teaching, and Bachelor’s degree in Education or an equivalent discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience
  • At least 2 years in middle or senior management experience

The applicant must have superior communication and interpersonal skills, and be knowledgeable in current areas of learning, teaching and professional development

Interested individuals need to submit a Cover Letter, Resume that contain a minimum 3 referees by email to

A copy of the Position Description can be picked up at the Bishops Office in the Administration Centre at St Joseph’s Cathedral



Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the following positions:

IT Systems Manager

The Ministry is looking for a highly experienced IT systems engineer to lead the Systems team within the ITC division. This position will include specific roles for audit, development and management of Education IT systems. Experience in windows server, Linux server, security and networking is essential. Minimum qualification is a degree in Computer Science with 7 years or more experience in a senior system administrator position.

IT Support Technician

To provide end user technical support across all of Education’s IT systems including

  • Have sound knowledge of IT technologies and experience in a support role
  • Communicate effectively to understand the problem and offer solutions
  • Demonstrate outstanding customer service
  • Love working with technology and people.

Applications close 17 July 2020.  An application form and JD is available from the Ministry or below for download for the Manager Position.   Send completed application form for the Manager position, a cover letter, updated CV with references (TSO position) to: Director HRM, PO Box 97, Rarotonga, CK or


Download Files Below:

Application Form ITC Systems Manager,2017

JD ITC Systems Manager 2017

JD Technical SupportOfficer17



(Student Loan Repayment)

The Tertiary Education Committee, through the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, is now accepting applications under the Returning Student Grant.

This is a reimbursement opportunity of the tuition component of eligible candidate’s New Zealand student loan on a per annum basis.  The Returning Student Grant is open to Cook Islanders or Permanent Residents who successfully completed a tertiary qualification in 2017 and 2018, privately, in New Zealand and has returned to the Cook Islands and engaged in fulltime employment.

 To be eligible for the Returning Student Grant, applicants;

  • Must be a Cook Islander or hold Permanent Residency
  • Have recently completed a qualification in New Zealand and have been resident and employed in the Cook Islands for at least one year prior to applying.

Students who successfully completed their studies in 2019 will not be eligible to apply this year.

Application forms and further information are available from the Ministry of Education headquarters in Nikao, Rarotonga, or online at For further details please contact Scholarships Advisor, Anna Roi, on Ph: 29357 or email

Applications must be received no later than, 3pm, Thursday 7th May 2020.


The Cook Islands have run a pilot programme across four schools on Global Citizenship Education.  The programme introduced our Year 7 – 10 students to the global Sustainable Development Goals and to Te Kaveinga Nui, the National Sustainable Development Plan (2016 – 2020) for the Cook Islands.  Next is to evaluate the programme by looking at where the outcomes are reflected in our own curriculum so the concepts of Global Citizenship Education can be integrated and sustained.

We hope you enjoy our short video, filmed on location at Araura College, Aitutaki.



moe-logoThe logo takes the educational symbol of a book to another level by using simple shapes to form the pages of a book, with the effect of pages turning. The pages are smaller at the bottom and grow larger in the foreground to represent the growth that occurs throughout the lifelong educational journey. Traditional Cook Island patterns have been incorporated into the symbol. ‘Ngaru’ has been used on the outer edge to represent strength and peace. ‘Manu Tai’ has been used to represent the islands coming together as one and a safe journey. ‘Ni’o Mango’ has been used to represent fearlessness and endurance. These three patterns combined help to show that The Ministry of Education arm their people with the tools and knowledge to navigate through life.
The triangular shapes around the edges complement the triangular shapes used in traditional Cook Island patterns.


After fire destroyed classrooms at Tereora College early in the morning of Monday 8th August, the support of the wider community is allowing school to get back underway with only two days of closure to allow for logistics.

A cordon of the top block of the College will remain in place for health and safety reasons and to allow the Police and Fire Service to complete their work. Learning spaces have been made available in the CISNOC and Sports Arena buildings as well as the community clinic. “We will use marquees as temporary classrooms until some of the cordon comes down” said Principal Tania Morgan. “Our teachers and others from the community are all here today helping us to get organized and we look forward to welcoming our students back to Term 3 on Wednesday”.

Gail Townsend, Secretary of Education continued “the response from other government agencies and the wider community has been fantastic in ensuring students do not loose learning time. Yes, we have lost some buildings but schools are way more than the buildings and the way everyone has come together today demonstrates this”.  “I would particularly like to acknowledge the Police and Fire Service for their response last night and CIIC for their immediate support made available this morning”.

The Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for Education and currently in Manihiki, has been fully informed and is confident in the ability of the school to get underway again.



Tekaaroa Adventist School is a primary school (ECE-Y6) of over 70 students in a lovely setting on the island of Aitutaki. We seek an educational leader with vision who will lead and inspire our school in providing quality Adventist Christian education to learners within our school community. Applicants will have proven ability as well as further potential in the areas of curriculum delivery, management and administration and they will possess quality leadership and communication skills. The appointee will be required to accept and recognize the responsibility to maintain and preserve the special character of the school. A willingness and ability to take part in the religious instruction appropriate to the special character of the school is also a condition of appointment.

Applications close 4.00pm Wed 22 June 2016.

For inquiries and an application pack contact John Teao ph 22851 mb 71256




Nukutere College
Cook Islands

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the following position:
HOD Mathematics

Applicants will be required to teach Mathematics (Cook Islands and New Zealand Curriculum) up to Level 1 NCEA. The successful applicant will be managing the Maths programmes from Year 7 to Year 11. Must be familiar with the Numeracy Project up to Year 8. Applications close on the 11 March 2016.
Please submit applications of interest and CV to:


With the announcement of the new Secretary of Education, Gail Townsend, I want to take this opportunity to bid a sad but sincere farewell to everyone who has made my time as HoM for education (6 years and 2 months to be exact) such an enjoyable journey.
During my tenure we have restructured the Ministry twice – once to provide more emphasis on the goals of the Education Master Plan and the second time to accommodate the merger of the Department of National Human Resources Development into our Ministry. This has been challenging for staff but their passion and commitment allowed us to achieve this relatively successfully. NCEA results have grown to such an extent that we now have average pass rates for NCEA above those attained on average in New Zealand schools. Teachers’ salaries have been addressed, particularly the introduction of pay parity across the sector as well

The Challenges have been numerous but the rewards have certainly justified the hard work
The Challenges have been numerous but the rewards have certainly justified the hard work

as a 100% increase in management unit allowances. Professional development opportunities for teachers and principals have been strengthened with increased numbers of teachers now having completed Masters and Bachelors’ Degrees. Teacher training in-country was resurrected and incentives provided to entice more Cook Islanders to return from abroad to work for our Ministry. In the language area we have seen the production of more teaching resources in Cook Islands Maori as well the launch of the online Cook Islands Maori Dictionary. Primary school teachers have received considerable support with the teaching of literacy and numeracy and the success of these interventions is now becoming apparent in the national assessment results. Our principals and aspiring principals have been involved in training in New Zealand and we have developed as a centre of excellence, also providing a range of online learning opportunities for students, particularly those in Pa Enua. We also took over responsibility for the Cook Islands National Commission of UNESCO in 2011 and so the list goes on. We are certainly tracking very well against the targets of the Education
Master Plan and therefore I feel confident that I am leaving the Ministry not only in a strong position but also in very safe and capable hands. The challenges have been numerous but the rewards have certainly justified the hard work and I have been privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many professional, committed and dedicated people who so unselfishly give of their time to provide the very best opportunities possible for the students of the Cook Islands. For the past few years we have been acknowledged as the top Ministry and our unqualified audit reports are a testament to the high quality work that so many of you complete. I feel very strongly that I have just been the conductor of the orchestra – it is each and every one of you who have done the hard work and I am extremely grateful to you all for that.
We have achieved the vision set for education when I took on this role and I believe strongly that it is now time for this Ministry to have a fresh approach. I am therefore delighted that Gail Townsend has been appointed as my successor. She brings the energy, drive and passion that is essential to now move education forward to yet another level, although it is very sad for me to let the reins go. Sometimes though, we need to step aside and let others have an opportunity and the time is right for me to do this. Thank you all sincerely for your support, loyalty and friendship over the years. It has been an absolute privilege to work with you all and I wish each and every one of you the very best that life has to offer.
Kia manuia
Sharyn Paio