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.

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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Thank You, TJ!

Room 4 would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to TJ Diepeveen. He has been assisting them in bringing together their entry for the Fair Go ad awards. We are so very lucky to have had someone of TJ’s expertise … Continue reading

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Welcome back to new playground facilities!

I hope everyone had a very pleasant holiday. We are straight back into it and this is already panning out to be a very busy term with lots of varied learning experiences and activities planned for. Enjoy! Of particular interest … Continue reading

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Sharing Assembly Change

A reminder that, following feedback in our recent parent survey, we have shifted our Sharing Assemblies to 2pm on Fridays. Hopefully, this later time will allow for more parents to be able to pop in and see their children share … Continue reading

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Room 4’s Fair Go! Advertisement

Room 4 have been working very intensively and creatively on their environmental advertisement for the Fair Go! Programme. The children have loved this activity and have learned an incredible amount, especially about the creative art of producing a short piece … Continue reading

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