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.

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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Graduation Ball 2016 photos

These are now posted on our website! Go to the tab ‘Student Work and Activities’, rest your cursor on ‘Special Events’ and click on ‘Graduation Ball 2016’. Enjoy!

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Lonsdale Park photos

These are now posted on our website! Go to the tab ‘Student Work and Activities’, rest your cursor on ‘Special Events’ and click on ‘Lonsdale Park Room 5 Camp’. Enjoy!

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Thank you Muritere and Keenan!

We have begun a revamping of our school’s kapahaka routine. We are very lucky to have the expertise of Muritere [Kotahi’s mummy] and Keenan [who also works with the kapahaka group from Russell School] helping us on Fridays from 12 to … Continue reading

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