Author Archives: Simon McGowan

About Simon McGowan

Hello everyone. I am the new Principal at Opua School and am delighted to be so. I arrived in New Zealand in 1999, after teaching in the UK for 13 years, and very soon became the Deputy Principal at Bay of Islands College. I finished there at the end of 2012 after being appointed as the Principal of the best little school in the universe. I feel so privileged and very excited.

Weather Warning!

You are all probably aware [!] that another bout of serious weather is upon us and is supposed to worsen over night and into tomorrow, our last day of school. If you feel safety is in any way compromised, please … Continue reading

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Rocky Shore trip 2017

What a dramatic day it was! Great excitement was caused even before we had left Opua with our bus being unable to get onto the Okiato ferry! The children dealt with this unexpected event very well indeed, despite all having … Continue reading

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Opua School Regatta and Community Event, 2017

Wow, what a fantastic Sunday we have just had. Our annual Opua School Regatta was a joyful event that was very well attended and superbly organised. Central to the success of the day was our wonderful PTA parent helpers. A … Continue reading

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Our new trustee

Many congratulations to Michelle Wynyard, Mark and Benji’s mum, who has been selected by our Board of Trustees to fill the Casual Vacancy on our Board that arose following Mel Going’s departure at the end of last year. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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Family Fun Night and Informal Board Open Forum

Everyone is welcome to come along to the Family Fun Night/BBQ that we are having next Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. We will have the pool and sport shed open and we will be putting on a sausage sizzle (for … Continue reading

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Room 1 and 2 mural and other wonderful additions

Please everyone, pop around to Rooms 1 and 2 to have a look at the AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL mural  that the pupils made at the end of last year. Great job children as well as Mrs Halse and Ms Ridge … Continue reading

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2017 Enrolment

If you are considering enrolling your child / children at Opua School, our 2017 Welcome Pack and all the necessary enrolment forms are now on our website for your assistance. Simply, click on the ‘Enrolment’ tab, then the ‘Regular Student … Continue reading

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Dates for 2017

We are already very much looking forward to our new school year and we aim to build on our many accomplishments of 2016.  The first day of school in 2017 is Wednesday, 1st February. School starts at 9am and we look … Continue reading

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Prizegiving, 2016

These photos are now posted on our website! Many thanks to Gyanne’s dad, Denis – the images are fantastic. Go to the tab ‘Student Work and Activities’, rest your cursor on ‘Special Events’ and click on ‘Prizegiving Evening, 2016’. Enjoy!

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Christmas Parade, 2016.

Photos now published! Click on the Student Work and Activities tab; then Special Events; then Christmas Parade 2016; Under the Sea. Wow, what an amazing Friday – a wonderful, joyful parade ending with…first place and a trophy for the Community … Continue reading

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