Student Learning through Leading

Giving our rangatahi a chance to lead, and learn through leading could be considered as important as anything they learn in the classroom. Like most schools, Opunake High has a range of opportunities available to our students – from the prestigious Head Boy & Girl and Prefect team and our Student BOT Representative to captaining sports teams or being part of our student DREAM Committee, Peer Support and Hapu Kairahi (House leaders), leadership opportunities are available for our most senior students to our newest.
For some of us leading doesn’t come naturally, so we ensure our students are given assistance and training in this area, each year the outgoing prefects “hand-over” to the incoming ones, and students are taken on leadership camps locally and nationwide such as the Blue Light Leadership camps, Spirit of Adventure and Blake Inspire.

Madaline Symes – Head Girl

Pero Brophy – Head Boy

Kia ora, I’m Madaline and I’m Opunake High Schools’ Head Girl for 2021.
Welcome to the new students joining our school this year, Opunake High is truly a great place. I know you will love it here as much as I do. I’m looking forward to a year of growth for me personally, and hopefully growth for the school as well.
I am very eager and willing to tackle the challenges ahead for me this year. I’m deeply honoured to have this opportunity to represent our beautiful school as a head student and eager to see where this role will take me towards my future pathways.
I cannot wait for another fantastic year at Opunake High School filled with academic and sporting successes, which I’m sure there will be many. I am so proud to be able to be a part of it. I, along side with Pero, and the great prefect team hope to be great role models for the students at Opunake High School and lead others to live their dreams in 2021.
Madaline Symes

Tēnā koutou katoa, My name is Pero Brophy and I am your Head Boy for 2021.
Nau mai, haere mai to all our new students, our returnees and our community. 2021 is shaping to be a year of success and opportunity at our kura, and working alongside Madaline as our Head Girl and our stunning prefect team, we are in very capable hands over this next year.
The privilege of occupying this role gives me great pride. This year I hope to encourage you all to achieve your goals and aspirations in all your endeavours whether that be academically, sporting wise, or in the arts.
Opunake High School is a school that thrives of our community, and a passion for our own interests and culture. We here at Te Kura Tuarua ō Opunake aim to be one roopu, without division, and that is why you will always feel welcome inside our gates.
Personally, I want to eliminate the stigma surrounding success this year, especially around our Māori Tāne and help to build a love for our own culture and our brothers and sisters succeeding beside us.
I look forward to seeing you all once school starts again.
Noho ora mai
Pero Brophy

Perfect Team 2021

Selected through a vigorous student and staff voting and interview process, every year our prefect team play a significant role in contributing to the life and running of Opunake High School. From organising our school Iwi once a fortnight, to aiding with inter-hapu events, or organising fundraisers, representing the school at ANZAC Day and much more – these student leaders are often called on to lend a hand.
Being a prefect is a privilege and is often a reflection of previous years service to the school and DREAM attributes. Well done all the following students selected to represent the student body in 2019:

The Prefect team in 2021 is: Elizabeth Andersen-Gardiner, Dinah Symons, Elise Dixon, Christelle Centeno, Travis Klaasen, Madaline Symes, Pero Brophy, Joe Gibson, Tyran Jones, Jaden Siciliano & Roimata Hape

Student BOT Representative

To ensure student voice is heard, every year a student representative is voted onto the Board of Trustees. The role as Student Representative is important so that the views of the entire student body can be articulated to the Board. Elections for the Board Of Trustees student role usually open in September each year, this role requires a lot of effort in service of the school. If students are interested you are encouraged to put your name forward.
Students elected onto the BOT will learn to appreciate the effort that goes into the inner workings of the school and the level of commitment members of our community have invested. The role of the BOT is quite simple, it is to be responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction, along with ensuring that the Boards school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students.
The student representative for 2020 is Pero Brophy.