Principal's Message

Opunake Primary School is a great place to work and learn. I have been at the school for 11 years and I am proud to be principal of a vibrant and caring learning community. The school values of PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Initiative, Diligence and Empathy) form the backbone of the school's philosophy of learning. Recent research indicates that students who learn to persevere even when tasks are difficult do well in their learning. These students develop a "can do" attitude.
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison
Our students are 21st century learners. At this school we believe it is important that we are preparing our students to cope in a rapidly evolving global society. Our students do need to be literate and numerate, but we also need to be developing a holistic approach to learning and teaching. Sir Ken Robinson, a leading authority on creativity and innovation, believes that finding one's passion changes everything. I think schools need to play an important role in helping students find their passion.
We need to ensure that we do not restrict our curriculum focus to Numeracy and Literacy, but rather provide rich opportunities for students to explore science, music, art, physical education, te reo, drama etc.; so that they can find their passion for learning http://youtube/zDZFcDGpL4U
Our school, through an integrated (inquiry approach) to learning, takes our students on a journey of exploration and discovery. We are proud of the fact that our students explore many curriculum themes and issues in an innovative "hands on" way. We hold many open days to share this learning with parents and whanau.

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