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Message from the Principal

Kia Ora Koutou

We have had a great start to the school year this year. It was our intention to pack in as many of the events as we could at the beginning of the year, in case there was a rise in Covid Levels. Last year we were hit very hard at the beginning of the year, and it really caused us to lose some of our momentum (in talking with my colleagues this seems to have been how most schools were affected)

This year the school feels very vibrant (even if we got a bit of a wake call with Level 2) Students are happy , and keen to be here. Teachers have planned an awesome term for their classes.

We have employed Ms Hale to work in the Year 1-6 classes. Kylie will be teaching Te Reo and Tikanga. It is lovely to have Kylie back in the school.

One of the things that we struggled with last year , was attendance. Due to the need for children to stay home with colds or flu, many students had significant drops in attendance. An analysis of our data shows that those students obviously did not make as much progress as they had done in previous years or as much progress as we would have expected. Whilst it will remain important to keep children at home if they are sick, I need all students at school every day if they are well. The Ministry of Education sets appropriate levels of attendance at 95 to 97%. We have a number of students who regularly fall below this figure.

Basically we need students at school to learn.

A great couple of weeks of co-operative learning

Home and School

We had our first meeting for 2021 on Wednesday. We would love to have more parents come along and be involved. We will be alternating our meeting times so one will be during the day and the next one will be in the evening.

We will be having a sausage sizzle on Wednesday 3rd March for junior swimming sports for parents and children, $2 a sausage.

Helpers for the BBQ would be greatly appreciated.

Easter raffle: We will be needing donations of easter eggs, these can be brought into the office. Tickets will be sent home with children to be sold.

We are still needing to appoint a secretary, if you are interested let the school know and come along to our next meeting.

Our next meeting is set for Thursday 18th March at 6.30pm.


Rebecca Neil - Chairperson

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Important Dates for 2021

Term Dates 2021

Term 1 - 1 Feb - 16 April

Term 2 - 3 May - 9 July

Term 3 - 26 July - 1 Oct

Term 4 - 18 Oct - 11 Dec (last day of school TBC)

18th March: Home and School Meeting - Staffroom from 6:30pm-7:30pm

19th March: MT SPA Interschool swimming sports. These will probably commence at about 11am and are for competent swimmers.

1st April: MOA Kluster Teacher Only Day: Please note Opunake Primary is closed on this day.

Easter: Good Friday 2nd April. Remember that schools also have the Tuesday. So the first day back at school after Easter is the 7th April.

School Holidays: These commence on the 17th April and students return to school on 3rd May.

8th July: Night at the OPScars. The MOA Kluster are not holding any MOA Awards this year, so we will have our own evening using a similar format.

22nd October: MOA Kluster Teacher Only Day (which includes our school) This is part of our Apple Distinguished School Programme.

November: MOA Kluster will hold a huge STEAM Expo of students' work at the Event Centre. This will be held straight after the Arts Festival.