School News

Opunake High School | Strategic Plan

The Opunake High School Strategic Plan needs updating and it is timely that we consult with you, our community.
We have a changing student population and with the changing education landscape in Aotearoa, we need to gather information to enable us to identify major themes that we all think are important.

The image to the right is a link to a Google Form. This survey form has been sent out to our students, our staff and our community. It is not a marketing exercise, and we are not collecting any data apart from your answers. The answers you give us will enable Opunake High School to strategically plan for the next five years to continue to “Grow good people for a rapidly changing world” through educational leadership with a strong sense of community.

Following on from this survey – we are also holding a community hui in the OHS Library on August 15th from 6.30pm that you are welcome to attend, to voice your thoughts, opinions and feelings in that forum as well.

We are looking forward to hearing from you, and excited about what our future holds for us and our rangatahi.

Nga mihi

Hellen Burley – Our Belle of the Ball

On Tuesday 2nd July, Hellen Burley pulled up in our carpark and proceeded to walk into Whaea Kerry Walsh’ Alternative Education room carrying several bags.
In those bags were over 100 ball gowns, and not just gowns from the 80’s. Brand. New. Ball. Gowns! And most with the price tag still attached.
Hellen – whose her son, Daniel is in Year 13 – has donated these to our kura, so that no young lady wishing to attend this years ball (or next year, or the one after that etc) has to go without!
But that wasn’t the end of her generosity, she then took half-a-dozen girls of the ball committee down to the salon, and booked not one, not two, not three, but 21!!! appointments for our girls to get their glam on for the ball, she has also sorted make-up as well!

This amazingly generous act of kindness has been picked up by media across the country, going to print in the Coastal News, the Taranaki Daily News and online at the Taranaki Community News and on Stuff.

Words can’t express how grateful the school and our senior girls are towards Hellen’s generosity, the 2019 Ball might just be the best ever!

Nga Manu Korero & Pae Rangatahi

Opunake High School, together with Sandfords Event Centre was privileged to host the 2019 Nga Manu Korero and Pae Rangatahi speech and kapahaka regional competitions at the end of June.

For our rangatahi this was a fantastic opportunity to stand in front of their peers and represent their culture. For Thomas Tito, his opportunity to speak in the junior section was the culmination of several months preparation (check out Tom’s account under student achievement). In the Pae Rangatahi section, the members of our own Te Roopu Kapahaka o Te Haumoana joined with students from Stratford High as one group, unfortunately, illness in the week leading up to the competition left us light on numbers, however those who were able to perform delivered a mighty account of themselves, and should feel full of pride in their achievement.

For more images, check out the albums on our Facebook page.

2019 Open Days

For all prospective students for 2020, we’d like extend an invite to one of our Open Days to really come and see what Opunake High School has on offer. All our Faculties will have something on display to highlight as many of the opportunities we offer future students. Our mantra is to grow young people for a rapidly changing world, if your young person wants to be a part of that then Opunake High is definitely the place to be!
Open Days are on:
Thursday 20th for students from Auroa, Manaia, Kaponga & Matapu
Tuesday 25th for students from Rahotu, Opunake Primary & St. Josephs

2019 MADD Showcase | 27th June

Its back ya’ll – the 2019 MADD Showcase.
Our last showcase was a sell-out smash hit, and this one promises to be bigger and better!
Come along and check out the best of Opunake High Schools creative talent – live musical performance, drama, dance and an art exhibition all in one location, on one night.
Tickets range from $3 for students and $5 for adults for GA, or purchase a VIP Ticket from $10 for students, $20 for adults to get the best seats, and nibbles delivered straight to your seat.
VIP Tickets are pre-purchase only, contact the school office and GA is first in, first served as space is limited.