Back to Alert Level 2 – AGAIN!

Kia ora koutou

Well, here we are again! As you are likely to have heard this Saturday evening, 27th February, our P.M. has announced that we are returning to Alert Level 2 again possibly for the whole of this coming school week [but hopefully not beyond that!]. We will return to our advice and protocols developed last year and when we were last at Alert Level 2.  As a reminder for everyone, our protocols are as follows:

At Alert Level 2, the most important points to make are:

A. All children are expected to attend school. We will, under MoE and MoH guidelines, manage a safe teaching and learning environment;
B. Any child exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms should stay home until they are well. If children present with even mild cold or flu-like symptoms, we will isolate them in the First Aid room and ring home for them to be collected;
C. All parents can still come onto the school site for purposes of dropping off and picking children up but everyone must sign in using either the posted Covid-19 government Tracer App. with their smartphones or by going via the Main Office and filling in the log sheets provided if they don’t have a Smartphone or the government App. on their phones;

Other points to note:
1. Whilst we have said ‘C’ above, it is wise if all parents and caregivers could limit their time on site and not spend too much time on site while the children simply play or they “catch up” with teachers and other parents.
2. There will be no assemblies or Friday Sharing Assemblies while we are at Alert Level 2 – this, specifically, means that we won’t have the Principal’s Monday morning assembly and we won’t have Friday’s Sharing Assembly. We are reviewing whether we can continue with kapa haka on Tuesday or not;
3. Children are expected to hand sanitise on entry to and exit from classrooms;
4. Our Caretaker will return to the sanitising of high impact areas [such as door handles] after each break;
5. We have very challenging decisions to make about 3 events this week: Tuesday’s Yr 7 / 8 League Tag tournament off-site. We are waiting to hear from the tournament organisers about whether they are postponing this or not. We will let everyone know as soon as we have been told. Wednesday’s Rm 5 Sailing Experience. Again, we will wait to hear from the organisers of this before we make a decision and let whanau know if it is going ahead or not. Finally, our own Opua School Swimming Sports event on Thursday. We will discuss this as a team and inform everyone by Monday afternoon at the very latest.

Please also feel free to read our updated Covid-19 Safety Plan which you will find under our BoT tab at the top of our website. You will need to click on ‘Important Documents’ and scroll down.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to telephone me at school. Stay safe.

Nga mihi

Simon McGowan

Back to Alert Level 1

Kia ora koutou

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.

Find Out More about various Covid-19 Alert Announcements…

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.

Latest Newsletters


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.



Opua School News

Covering the school’s latest news, up-coming events, field trips and sports events.

Go to Top