Start dates 2018

Opua School 2018 dates

Opua School had a fabulous 2017 and we are now very much looking forward to our new 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 term is Thursday, 1st 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/or collect our enrolment pack, you would be most welcome. Our school’s Main Office will be open from 10am on Friday, 26th January.

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Kaumatua Joe Tipene’s 80th Birthday Celebrations

We were so humbled to be able to celebrate our wonderful kaumatua and ex-principal, Mr Joe Tipene’s, 80th birthday at Opua School on Friday, 10th November.

Joe was welcomed to school with a karanga and, during our powhiri, we shared our kapahaka with Joe and there were speeches that reminded us all of what Joe has done for us over the years and the wonderful legacy that he has left us with. We were blessed to be able to give Joe gifts from the school and the children that brought back great memories for him and us. The wonderful event was concluded with a beautiful shared kai for Morning Tea.

Here is Joe with Paytyn just prior to the cutting of Joe’s birthday cake and the sharing of our kai.

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Daffodil Day at Opua School, 2017

Our school supported Daffodil Day today with the children bringing in a gold coin for being allowed to wear mufti and bringing in lots of other small coins and arranging them all on our large daffodil that has had pride of place in our staffroom window this week. Thank you children, parents and staff members for helping us show our support for this most worthy of causes.

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Room 1’s Kite flying at Waitangi

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Room 2 Experiments’ Day

Room 2 children donned their lab coats today and became mad, young scientists. What fun! If you would like to see more images, check out our Special Events tab…

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Storytelling fun with Zebong

For more images, see under the ‘Special Events’ tab…

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Advertising Space Rentals – an opportunity and thanks!

The two year agreements for the advertising panel spaces on our fence are coming up for renewal soon.

Thank you to those businesses that have already renewed for another 2 years. We are grateful to:

The Total Marine Group;

Opua Canvas Auto and Marine Trimmers;

Bay of Islands ITM;

Cater Marine;

NZ Yacht Services;

Opua Auto.

These advertising spaces are a vital way of trying to raise some extra money to support projects at school for the direct benefit of the children. We see these as community-orientated and mutually beneficial to the school and to local businesses. We will have a minimum of two panel spaces coming available. If you are interested in acquiring one, we are keen first to offer this opportunity to Opua businesses that have a direct relationship with the school [via, for example, owners having children at school]. If you are interested, please pop in to see me at school or send me an email [] and I will send you all the details.

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Thank you BlueFix and Gary Hack

We would like to thank BlueFix in Opua and Gary Hack for their kindness and expertise in repairing and returning our dolphin water fountain. It is great to have it back looking as good as new. We really appreciate all your efforts.


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As many of you no doubt will have been aware of, the 2017 World Masters Games occurred in Auckland during these last school holidays. It was a huge and incredibly successful event with over 27,000 competitors from over 100 countries and, furthermore, we are able to congratulate two of our own for their great success in these games.

Paytyn’s mum and one of our Board trustees, Jasmine Beasley, won…GOLD in the female Masters tournament in Touch Rugby whilst Katya Caulton came in second in her category for the 1.5km Open Water swim. What stunning performances and results that are an inspiration to us all.


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Welcome back!

Welcome back to term 2 everyone! We have had a lovely start and everyone is positive and straight into their learning and enjoying each other’s company following our ‘Caring and Sharing’ motto.

I wish everyone a happy and productive term. Don’t hesitate to pop in to see me if you would like to discuss any school matter that is on your mind.

Simon McGowan



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