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In 2019 after an impromptu meeting with the Apple consultants company Mb3, Ōpunake Primary was identified as an exemplar of what good looks like when technology is used in the classroom to enhance learning.  We were then invited to apply to become an Apple Distinguished School.  Through the dedication of our teachers and years of hard work we are now globally recognised as a school that pushes the limits of what is possible when technology is used to expand the minds of our children.  

We did it!  

We are now recognised globally by one of the worlds most
valuable brands as a true innovator in education.

Inspire. Excel. Achieve.


Providing a Pathway to success for all students

Ōpunake Primary: Nurturing a lifelong love of learning.


Apple Distinguished School


Our Apple Journey

“Ko te manu e kaī ana ī to mīro nōnā te ngahere. Ko te manu e kaī ana”

“At Ōpunake Primary “Educate to innovate” is our school whakakitenga (vision). When we commenced our Apple Journey, this whakataukī immediately resonated with what we were challenging ourselves to achieve, for our teachers and students. Our students understand how to use various  technologies and it is life changing for our akōnga (learners) to be empowered and challenged to utilise these  technologies to positively impact  their future.  Learning digital fluency skills and dispositions, whether they aspire to be an artist, farmer, architect, designer, animator etc will be a prerequisite for  their future impact and success. We view,“digital fluency as the ability to leverage technology to create new knowledge, new products, as well as new challenges and problems.By complementing these with critical thinking, complex problem solving, and social  intelligence skills we arm ākonga to solve new and complex challenges.” Our Apple Journey supported our vision, and our teachers are  continually reflecting and honing their pedagogy. This continues to drive our vision, and creates a dynamic learning  environment in our school.


Educate to Innovate

"Transforming Education Through Technology: Our vision as an Apple Distinguished School is to create a dynamic learning environment where cutting-edge technology seamlessly integrates with pedagogy, enabling students to become empowered, creative thinkers, and confident problem solvers. We strive to cultivate a culture of curiosity, where students embrace lifelong learning, take ownership of their education, and make meaningful connections to the world around them. Through personalised and collaborative experiences, we aim to inspire the next generation of innovators, equipped with the skills and knowledge to shape a brighter future for themselves and the global community."

We are Creators

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