End of Term 2; Start of Term 3

Kia ora koutou

Our incredibly busy and productive Term 2 ends Thursday, 8th July at 3pm as Friday , 9th July is a Teacher Only day. On behalf of all the staff at Opua School, thank you to all the wonderful parents and caregivers who have helped us out through this term to put on many, very varied activities off-site and at school. The children are the happy beneficiaries of all this goodwill and we are very grateful.

Remember: Year 7 and Year 8 children are straight onto the bus on the first Monday back to enjoy every Monday for 2 terms doing specialist technology classes at Moerewa School. Don’t forget your covered shoes and don’t be late – the bus can’t wait for you. It leaves at 9am on the dot!

We wish everyone in the Opua School whanau a very safe and enjoyable holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, 26th July. School starts at 9am.

Nga mihi nui,

Simon McGowan

A busy start to Term 2

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It has been a very busy and positive start to Term 2 at Opua School.

We have had excellent sessions in every classroom delivered by our professional learning facilitator from Using Technology Better [UTB], our formal Ministry of Education PLD provider who is helping us use an amazing array of online tools to help children access engaging writing activities. We have also enjoyed a wonderful Dance presentation from the DDF group [including one of our past pupils, Savannah Norman], expert rugby and netball coaching sessions for our teams attending the annual Maromaku tournament later this term, our expanded curriculum and well-being sessions on Thursday afternoons, a successful trip to the Northland Rugby Tag tournament for our Year 7 and 8 team, the beginning of Room 2 and 3s’ environmental  learning programme ‘Drains to Harbour’ and two excellent Sharing Assemblies, one run by Kowhai House and one by Room 3. What a lot to pack into 2 weeks!

On the near horizon, we are looking forward to more Fun Focus Thursday sessions, more Maromaku Rugby and Netball training sessions, a Pink Shirt and Crazy Hair day on Friday, 21 March to raise money for the national Anti-Bullying campaign, a P.T.A. run Movie Night from 6pm on that same day and  having a powhiri on the morning of Monday, 24th May to welcome our new Room 4 teacher, David Acton, to our school.

You are all most welcome to attend as many of these events at school as you are able to.

Nga mihi

Simon McGowan

Back to Alert Level 1

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It is with relief that we received the P.M.’s announcement today. Please be assured, though, that, as we return to the relative normality of Alert Level 1, we will not be dropping our guard on safety. We will continue to advise all children on effective hygiene protocols and make sanitiser available in all rooms. We also ask all visitors to the site to use the government’s Covid-19 Tracer App as a very wise precaution.

All normal school events are back on. So, our Room 3 Assembly on Friday, 19 February and our Hauora Day’s outing to Long Beach on Monday, 22 February are  green for go!

Nga mihi

Simon McGowan


Opua School had another excellent year in 2020 despite all the challenges and interruptions it brought. We are now very much looking forward to a new, more settled school year and building on our many achievements and our core beliefs of ‘Caring and Sharing’ and providing a very safe, challenging and happy learning environment for all our pupils.

The first day of school this year is Wednesday, 3rd February. School starts at 9am and we look forward to welcoming everyone back. If you would like to pop in early, talk to the Principal and collect our enrolment pack, you would be most welcome. Our school’s Main Office will be open from 10am on Friday, 29th January.

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Opua Primary is a small school, around of 100 children, aged from 5 to 11 years which is dedicated to student learning through creating innovative and creative classroom programmes. We offer a wide range of high quality of teaching and extra-curricular activities and promote an ‘extended family’ attitude to our students.

We place a strong emphasis on caring and sharing as students, families and members of the wider community. We pride ourselves on providing a rich supportive structure for all students to flourish academically and emotionally as they develop their strengths and unique talents.

Opua School is very lucky to have a dedicated Board of Trustees in addition to a well-supported Parent Teacher Association which works with the staff and parent community to fundraise and organise a wide range of events and activities. We are very proud of our school and we invite you to come and see for yourself why Opua School would be an excellent choice for your child.

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Our school will provide a caring and sharing environment that will educate and equip the child for life.

We value:

Aroha:                                  By being respectful, honest and empathetic.

Whanau:                             By being inclusive, responsible and active participants in our community.

Hauora:                               By having a strong sense of self-identity and caring for our physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.

Inquiry:                               By being passionate, curious and creative about learning.

Never giving up:              By being resilient, persevering and having a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

Always being our best:  By striving for personal excellence.

OUR CHILDREN will receive an education that is challenging, engaging, inclusive and co-operative.

OUR SCHOOL will be safe, well-resourced and stimulating.

OUR BOARD and STAFF will communicate with honesty, integrity, trust and respect.

Developing Literacy and Numeracy ability so students can access all aspects of the curriculum.

Developing regular physical activity and promote healthy eating.                   

Identifying individual needs and providing appropriate programmes and support.

Recognising and catering for diversity.

Providing opportunities to develop skills for future learning and being responsive to the concept of holistic learning.

Fostering social and communication skills.

Developing attitudes of caring and sharing.

Continuing the development of curriculum areas, specifying achievement expectations and monitoring Maori students’  progress.


E hoa ma, whakakotahi ai tatou, ki te manaaki i o matou whakaaro, me nga whakaanga katoa, kia noho ponotia ai i runga i te rangimarie, hei akoranga atawhaingia ai tatou katoa.

Na, ka whakarongo ki te kawenga, kia whai ake matou i to tatou pepeha – manaakitanga me te awhina.

My friends, together we will respect each other’s feelings, creativity and thinking by being honest, reliable and kind learners. We will listen and take responsibility by always following our motto – Caring and Sharing.

Our Karakia background

We are very proud about how we came to the wording for our kura’s karakia. We wanted it to be student driven. Together, as a whole school, we brainstormed thoughts about our school and what we most valued. With all these ideas on the whiteboard in the hall, we then worked collaboratively to synthesise the ideas into connected sentences. We edited and re-edited the sentences. Finally, at the end, we all discussed and agreed that it was exactly what we saw at and felt about learning at our kura.

We then asked our wonderful kaumatua and ex-principal, Mr Joe Tipene, to reflect on it and to translate it into reo for us. He was very impressed with it and also felt it was an excellent representation of this school and the children’s attitudes to learning.

We have, since its construction, saying it and learning it together, once each day. Some children already know it ‘off by heart’ and are so proud of presenting it to the rest of the school in assemblies.



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