Message From the Principal

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The bird that partakes of the miro berry owns the forest; the bird that partakes of education owns the world.

We are looking forward to another great year at Ōpunake Primary. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students and whanau at the beginning of this academic year. Teachers have worked very hard prior to school starting to put exciting plans in place as we embark on this year's journey with you and your family. Many events have already been planned to welcome students back into school. Our goal for the year is to continue to provide a positive and safe learning environment for our students.

Communication is the key to a successful partnership between parents, principal and teachers, so do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns during the year. We are here to support your child in any way that we can.

We have some key goals and targets that we have set ourselves for the year. A copy of our 2023 Charter and Annual Plan will be uploaded after the 1st March. One of our key goals this year is to acknowledge our responsibilities in relation to The Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi). With the introduction of the new Aotearoa Histories Curriculum, we are keen to explore our local history and local stories. I would be interested in talking to anyone with knowledge of early Maori settlement in Opunake. European settlement is well documented and we will be sharing that with our students during the year, but we have huge gaps in our knowledge of local Maori settlement other than what we can glean from books or articles. This does not always tell those stories that particularly relate to Ōpunake. My email is if you would like to meet or share some information.

Our Annual Goals for this year will also focus on developing our Local Curriculum. Local Curriculum is a way for the school to….

Our School Learning Targets for 2023

To focus on students who made lease that expected progress in reading, writing and maths. (Full targets can be found within the Annual Plan)

We are also focussing on improving our delivery of Te Reo and Tikanga in the school. We are using an online resource called Te Reo Tutahi to support students and teachers.

Noho Ora Mai



Stationery Lists

School Calendar

Whole School Stationery List 2023

Weekly Certificate Recipients

To view our previous Certificate Recipients please view our Video Archive.

Home and School

During 2023, we would like to look at the building a new playground for the senior area of the school. We would be very keen to get a group of parents, who would enjoy taking on this massive project. We would need to apply for funding, as well as doing fundraising to get this project under way. Playgrounds cannot be funded from MOE funds, so we would have a massive undertaking. A meeting will be called early in Term 1 2023 to get this under way. Please have a think about joining the home and school to help bring this project to life. We would need a diverse group of parents and whanau with skills in organisation, finance and hands on skills.. We would need  someone with drive to move this project along. It would be great if we could include this with a bike track. Our students would love to be able to ride their bikes in school.

Term Dates 2023

Term 1 - Tuesday 31st January - Thursday 6th April

Term 2 - 24th April - 30th June

Term 3 - 17th July - 22nd Sept

Term 4 - 9th Oct - 15th Dec (last day of school TBC)

Important Links

Sports Links/Tournaments

See our Sports Page for photos/videos of past events from the year.

Upcoming Competitions

Cultural Events

Puanga Festival 2023

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