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.

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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Opua School Art Show

The Opua School Art Show opened on Wednesday night, September 21st,  at The Opua Gallery on the wharf. It was a wonderful evening and our children’s art and talent was centre stage. The quality of art that has been produced by … Continue reading

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A special goodbye

On Thursday, September 22nd, we said the fondest of goodbyes to Brody and Harlem Going. Both boys have made a wonderful impression on everyone connected with Opua School. They are excellent students, superb athletes and two of the nicest souls. They leave … Continue reading

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Hockey

We had a celebration assembly on Wednesday noting the fantastic achievements of our school’s hockey team this year. They keep going from strength to strength and are excelling in as well as enjoying this sport. Thank you to Peter and … Continue reading

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Sharing Assemblies Term 4 2016

Coming out of teacher conversations and our parent feedback comments, we are, from week 1 of next term [Friday, October 14th], moving our weekly Sharing Assemblies from Friday mornings to Friday afternoons [2 – 3pm]. Hopefully this will help more … Continue reading

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