Monday, November 26, 2012

Welcoming the Minister of Education

Pasifika Education Plan Launch @ PES from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

On a very special day which was particularly on Thursday 22nd of November. The Minister of Education was going to visit our very own school, which was based in Glen Innes. A not very popular suburb. But with the Minister of Education visiting us, it was a huge privilege. And even much more for me, as I was the opening speaker, to welcome Hekia Parata, as well as her fellow people who came along with her.

As she entered the hall full of students, adults, and teachers, my heart started to race, just knowing that I would be speaking very very soon. And the next thing you know Mr Burt introduced my name, and I had to stand up, and deliver my opening part with Waata.

As I was standing there in awe from the sight of everyone just staring, the words just started flowing through my mouth, without me even thinking about it. But I muddled my words up one little time, but quickly reasserted them in my mind. Before I even knew it, I had finished my part, and Waata had already started. I was relieved I had finished it, and I was also pretty worried about the little muck up. But it was already over and done with, and there was nothing I could do about it.

That day, was definitely a huge day to remember for me, and it will definetly go down in my history book.  


  1. Well done Makerita. I am so proud of you. Even though I couldn't be there, I knew that you would do a great job. Thank you for sharing this post.

  2. Hi Rita,
    Well done, even though I couldn't understand what you were saying, it was a very good speech. You looked confident in how you were saying it and it was really cool.

  3. Congratulations Rita - I was really proud of you. Once an Ambassador for Pt England, always an Ambassador :) You will always know that you can stand up in public and speak confidently and with pride.
    Good on you

    Mrs Burt

  4. Hi Rita, i really enjoyed watching this, what a big job to give the opening address, you did great!

    Best, Catherine Duncan


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