Week 1 Term 2
Term 2 is now well under way and there are many activities already happening or being planned for. There are a few specific focus areas and activities that I would like to draw to everyone’s attention.
1. Our P.T.A. is doing a fantastic job and we are all grateful to the members for their incredible efforts. However, many hands make light work and the more people we have on board the faster we will reach our goals. PLEASE consider becoming a member of our P.T.A. and helping out in any way you can. It would be most appreciated. At the moment, our P.T.A.’s focus is raising enough money to improve our Adventure Playground and fitness facilities significantly. We are looking at all possibilities but, to achieve what we want for our extra-special Opua pupils we are, realistically, looking at having to raise approximately $30,000. We have, though, made a start. The P.T.A. raised $3,000 at this year’s Regatta and have added $2,000 more from their own funds. So, we are already one-sixth of the way there! I will be sharing further ideas for fund-raising with our community soon. Again, please assist our P.T.A. reach our target in any way you can.
2. We have the Puff ‘n’ Pull Carnival on the way very soon. This is designated as a school day [thanks to our Board] as we all know how wonderful it would be to conclude this incredible project. The carnival is on Sunday, May 17th. Please, please try and support this event. Further information will be provided as we get closer to the event but go to our Newsletters page and look at ‘2015, Term 2 Week 2’ for much more detail.
3. Our teachers are beginning to plan for involvement in the Matariki Festival. Some children will be heading over to Waitangi for specific events but we also want to engage in our own cultural activities. The students benefitted incredibly from learning Flax Weaving last year and this year we would like to repeat that activity but also add in more learning experiences. If you have a similar skill or know anyone who is skilled in a Maori art-form, please contact us so we can, hopefully, put together an amazing programme on Tuesday, June 16th.
4. Maromaku Rugby Netball Tournament is also fast approaching. It is scheduled for Friday, June 19th.We are desperate for coaches, especially in rugby, to train up our school teams for that date. If you can help, please contact us at school.
5. Cycle and scooter helmets are desperately needed at school. If you have old, unused ones at home, please donate them to the school. Our children love their unicycles, scooters, boards etc. but we want them to be safe whilst enjoying these activities.
Our 2015 term dates are:
|Term||Start date||End date|
|1||Thursday 5 Feb||Thursday 2 April (80 half-days)|
|2||Monday 20 Apr||Friday 3 July (108 half-days)|
|3||Monday 20 July||Friday 25 September (100 half-days)|
|4||Monday 12 Oct||Wednesday 16 December ( 96 half-days)|
Check this out!
Room 4 have their thank you letters for the Floating Classroom on display at Explore NZ in Paihia. Take a look when you are in Paihia…
Take a look at this powerpoint presentation outlining the philosophy and ethos of Opua School:
OPUA SCHOOL IN THE NEWS
http://baychronicle.realviewdigital.com/?iid=97072#folio=1 You will then have to: ‘Browse Issues’ at the bottom of that page and click on the July 10th issue.
Four ex Opua School pupils who went on to Bay College and are now at Auckland University.
Check out the opua School Kapa haka Group. (The whole school)
We are looking at the feasibility of establishing a fund to support students into high school. There have been students in the past who have had family situations which have made transition to high school difficult. This has often lead to failure. Sometimes these families need support to get into boarding schools or hostels to provide some stability for high schooling. After one year they are often supported by regular scholarships organised with the support of the high school.
To establish this fund we would have to seek donations until the fund was large enough to earn interest to pay for some students boarding fees or at least contribute towards these costs.
If you have ideas for the establishment of this fund or know of people who would like to donate please contact the school. This could be by phone, email or through this website. Perhaps someone would like to donate a starting amount to claim naming rights of the scholarship.
Donations can be made using the ‘Contact us’ page…
Fountain opening in Paihia
What this demonstrates, apart from the fact that children can be involved and help make a real difference, is the principle that educating children is all about family support. In families where the children are supported by their parents, they can achieve almost anything.
The development of the park on the waterfront at Paihia was the result of efforts by Focus Paihia. When Focus Paihia asked for community input the children at Opua presented a case for a water fountain to refill water bottles and limit the sale of plastic water bottles. They reasoned that plastic was polluting the Bay and harming the animal and plant life. (and spoiling the huge tourist potential of the Bay of Islands). Focus Paihia agreed and now the water fountain is an important part of the new park.
LOOK AT THIS!
Click on this photo to visit a gardening show.
Three charming Daffodils
Purchase an aluminium OPUA SCHOOL Reusable drink bottle.
Fill up at the kitchen tap or at the school dolphin OR at the new Paihia water bottle filling station.
I just wanted to let you know that Opua School has won 3rd place in the video competition. This means you will receive $500 of gardening products from Palmers Gardenworld. We loved the rap and excellent bee facts!
Welcome to Opua School on line
LATEST NEWS. OPUA SCHOOL WINS TUI GARDEN COMPETITION AGAIN
Check out this from the Tui Garden Site below:
- Winners 5+ a Day Win an iPad competition
- Winners Meadowfresh Sports equipment Competition
The idea of this website is to provide information about Opua School and to provide a channel for feedback so that we can always be looking at improvements.
Education is not something that can happen only at school. It is very important that there is a close liaison between the home and school before any real achievement can be made. Schools don’t take over the job of educating children, they exist to help parents with this important responsibility.
Opua School has developed a caring and sharing environment where the students can feel safe to learn. There is a strong emphasis on learning and working with others.
Our school motto is ‘manaakitanga me te awhina‘ which means ‘caring and sharing’.
Parents are always welcome at school and are asked to contact the teachers whenever there is a concern or a question. It is important that any issues are not left for some future date.
I hope that you enjoy your experiences at Opua School as much as I enjoy being the principal of such a great little school.
“Opua School will provide a caring and sharing environment that will educate and equip the child for life.”
Welcome to Opua School.
When children are enrolled we like to enrol the whole family.
We believe that education is something shared by the family and school.
Working together to be lifelong learners with strength in
- Thinking & Learning
This is how the mission can be achieved.
We feel that Parents, Students and Teachers working together is a big key to success. The school focus is on the academic areas of learning: Numeracy & Literacy are priorities in Thinking and Learning.
We also focus on core Values like respect and courtesy, and on positive Attitudes such as perseverance. Communication encompasses the ability to present capably in written, oral and visual forms. We explore the array of qualities and actions that lead to excellent Leadership throughout the year.
Motto: ‘Manaakitanga me te Awhina’
(Caring and Sharing)
Opua School is a wonderful learning community with supportive parents, hard working teachers, and great children.
CHECK IT OUT!
Sophia has made great little movie about the enviro camp out. Check it out on the PROJECTS page.
The previous principal, Roger Young, had a Principal’s Page on this site. It has been moved to: http://boardchair.wix.com/schoolnz
While you are there check out how you can make your own website!
________________________________________________________________Welcome Pack and Parent Handbook Click on the link below to see the handbook
125 OPUA SCHOOL REUNION BOOK
Get a copy of the 125 Reunion Book to read a short history of Opua , the town, the port and the school. The Book was prepared by Myra Larcombe and includes a wealth of previouosly unpublished history. This is a limited edition print for the reunion and only a few copies remain. Get yours by contacting Opua School at firstname.lastname@example.org and order now. Only $20 plus p&p.
Kevin Smith has released his new CD in support of Gabriel, the Kawakawa Steam Train/ Vintage Railway project. These are all original songs and include the Opua School pupils singing ‘Gabriel’.
This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to purchase the original CD.
Listen to a sample on You Tube: http://youtu.be/N1ePNe00nlU