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Extra School Information

Library

Children are encouraged to take library books home on a regular basis. Students are permitted to have 2 books issued at any one time. Each class has a weekly library slot where students can issue and return books.  The library is also open at morning tea and lunch times for issuing, returns and enjoyment.   

Wheels Day

Each Friday we invite students to bring ‘wheels’ to school.  At present ‘wheels’ include scooters, inline skates, roller skates and skateboards - please no bikes.   Students are permitted to ride/use these pieces of equipment on the netball court only - not on the ramps or deck areas.

Lost Property

Please name all pieces of clothing to avoid loss of clothing items.  Lost property is displayed at the front of the school by the main gate.  Lost property items are gathered up and removed from the school grounds on a Monday morning - this allows time for parents to collect items of clothing over the weekend.

Jump Jam

On Tuesday mornings all students meet outside the hall for whole school Jump Jam.  Jump Jam is an aerobics type exercise routine performed to music.  The school has a group of Year 8 students who are the Jump Jam leaders. These students select music, choreograph dance moves and lead the Jump Jam sessions.  It is expected that everyone participates.

Assembly

Whole school assemblies take place on a Friday between 10:00 and 10:30.  The assemblies are student lead with each class taking turns to run the weekly assembly.  At assembly we celebrate student achievement, present certificates, talk about any notices & upcoming events, share art and other class projects, announce house points totals, celebrate the week's birthdays and draw the wheel winners. The wheel is a series of prizes that can be spun for. Students earn ‘AROHA’ for displaying the AROHA values. Parents and other family members are warmly invited to attend our school assemblies.

Swimming & Swimming Pool Keys

Swimming
During the swimming programme at the beginning of each year students are expected to bring their togs each day.  All children need a separate swimming bag to avoid loss of clothing, togs and towels. Swimming is part of our PE programme and children must have a note and suitable explanation if they are not swimming. 

Swimming Pool Keys
All members of our community are able to purchase a pool key.  Keys cost $40 and are returned at the end of the season.  Keys are available from the school office.

School Sun Hats

Opaki School currently has a system where each child is issued with a school hat at the beginning of the year. At the beginning of 2019 all students will be required to purchase their own school hats.  In 2018 new 5 year old students will purchase their own hat and this becomes part of the students ‘uniform’ - please label this hat securely. This hat then belongs to the child and will be theirs to keep and use in following years. This is the child’s hat for the whole year and it is for use at school only. Hats will need to be replaced by parents if lost.    Hats are worn in Terms 1 & 4 only. Students must wear their hats out in the playground - no hat, no play.

Pet Day

Pet Day
Pet Day is held in Term 4 - usually in the week following Labour Weekend. Pet Day is an integral part of our school culture.   The ‘day’ is split into three sections.  The first section is an old fashioned stall event run by the Year 7&8 students.  This takes place on the Friday of Pet Day between morning tea and lunch.  This is followed by an afternoon where students make items listed by their classroom teacher ie. fruit and vegetable novelty. The items are on display in classrooms for families to look at and enjoy from 3:30 until 6:00pm.  Students take their items home at the end of the evening.  

The third part of Pet Day is held on the Monday following the making events.  Families and their pets arrive at school at 5:00pm for a school picnic outside the hall (quite often the senior school runs a fundraising initiative and food is able to be purchased from school, alternatively families bring their own picnic tea).    At 6:00pm pet judging begins.  Indoor pets are displayed in the hall.  Lambs, dogs, calves, horses etc are judged in the ring which is set up on the school playing field.  Recycled pets and scarecrows are judged over by the vegetable gardens.  Decorated bikes are displayed over behind Room 6.   It is expected that all students participate in the Pet Day evening in some way.
Specific details around Pet Day, the choice of items to make and selection of pets are sent home in the weeks leading up.

Principal's Morning Tea

Every term 4 students from each syndicate are selected to attend a special morning tea put on by the Principal.  Students are selected for the way they demonstrate effective skills within our AROHA concept or key competency.  

Parent Morning Tea's

Parent Helpers’ Morning Tea
At the end of the year we host a morning tea as a way of thanking parents and grandparents who have helped out on a regular basis during the school year.  Invitations are sent out towards the end of Term 4 advising those parents of times and dates. 

New Parents Morning Tea
Each term we invite new parents of the school to join us for morning tea.  This is so that we can welcome you officially to the school.  It is also a good time for both staff and new parents to meet each other.

Friday Lunch Orders

School lunches are able to be purchased on a Friday using the lunch order form on signmee before 9am on Friday mornings.

School lunches are able to be purchased on a Friday using the lunch order form on signmee before 9am on Friday mornings.

School Photo Books

School Photo Books
At the end of each year a photo book is compiled using a selection of photos from throughout the year.  The book includes class and sports photos as well as photos from events such as athletics, cross country, assembly etc.  These can be purchased from and are on display in the school office.

 
A copy of the school photo books are also put into the school library for students to enjoy.

House Groups

During most school terms we have a House Group Activity that involves collaborative house group involvement from all students and staff.  During a house group afternoon or day students are asked to come to school dressed in the colour of their house ie. Waipoua - wear a purple item or items (this can include face paint and hair chalk if students wish).

House Group NameTeacher in ChargeRoomHouse Colour
WaipouaMrs WilsonTipu EastPurple
WaingawaMrs Bramwell-CookeKahure EastOrange
WaiohineMiss FrancisMahuri SouthYellow
Miki MikiMrs RobertsMahuri NorthRed
KopuarangaWhaea LizzyKahure WestGreen
RuamahungaWhaea TirianaAronui WestBlue


EOTC, School Camps & Trips


EOTC experiences are a mixture of academic, sporting and recreational activities.

EOTC General Overview:

Year GroupEven YearOdd Year
Year 1&2
- Outdoor Ed Experiences that may include:  Pukaha - Mount Bruce, Mt Holdsworth Day Tramp/Walk, Campfire cooking, Glow worm caves 
- Tent City sleepover at School 
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
- Outdoor Ed Experiences that may include:Wee Red Barn - Food, Paper Road - Food, Wallowing Heights - Animal farm, Wellington trip - Trampoline World
- Riversdale / Castlepoint Beach Visit
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
Year 3&4- Overnight Camp
- Experience being in camp groups, doing camp chores, EOTC team building experiences, cooking food etc.
- Self catered camp
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
- 1 or 2 night  Camp  - e.g Waimanaaki Camp  at Riversdale
- Surf Life Saving Beach Education
- Experience being in camp groups, doing camp chores, EOTC team building experiences etc
- Catered camp
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
Year 5&6- Camp - Self catering  venue will vary - tenting option possible for depending on available venues).
- Beach Experiences
- End of Year bushwalk and bush skills challenge day - Mikimiki to Kiriwhakapapa track.
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
- Camp El Rancho (Catered - 2 nights / 3 days)
- Abseiling, horse riding, kayaking, raft building, Flying fox, mud & water slides, confidence course, team building activities.
- End of Year bushwalk - Atiwhakatu Hut track.
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
Year 7&8- Abel Tasman National Park(Self catering)
- Sunday - Friday (5 nights / 6 days)Tenting,  Food preparation,  Tramping,  Sea kayaking,  Self reliance
- Riversdale Mountain Bike Ride
- Powell Hut Tramp
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related
- Turangi Camp(Catered)
Monday - Friday - 4 nights / 5 daysNational Trout Hatchery, Rafting, Mountain Biking, Bush Walks, Water Skills ( Lake Taupo )
- Rimutaka Incline Mountain Bike Ride
- Totara Flats Tramp/EOTC extension
- Day trips: Curriculum/topic related


Parent Help on School Trips
We value and rely on parent help and participation when running school trips.  Parents assist with transport and supervision of small groups of students under the direction of the teacher/s in charge.  We try to keep costs to a minimum wherever possible.  On overnight camps parents pay for accommodation and any other related costs - we do try to make allowances to cover petrol if possible.
 
Those parents coming on school trips will need to complete the necessary signmee forms that are sent out by staff - information that is required on these forms includes: Driver’s licence details, car registration number, current WOF certificate, number of allocated seats with seatbelts in the vehicle.  Additional information will include adult medical information and emergency contact details etc…
 
For parents attending overnight stays or school camps a police vet check will need to be completed in line with expectations of good practice as outlined in the ‘Vulnerable Children Act’.  The school will seek your permission to carry out the check approximately 4-5 weeks prior to the overnight trip.  Details of the police vet checks are held in confidence by the Principal.
 
All parents who are coming on school trips will need to have created their own personal signmee account. The actual parent coming on camp and trips will need to sign their own forms (please don’t sign on behalf of).


Tuckabox Lunch Orders

Our team will create Tuckaboxes at the Masterton Aerodrome Commercial Kitchen, filled with REAL FOOD, delivered exclusively to Opaki School to start with. We will begin in Term 2, in the first week of May, delivering Tuckabox’s containing morning tea and lunch snacks, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in time for morning tea break at 10.30am. 

We are using this School term as market research so please give us your feedback using our Facebook page or CONTACT US using this website: tuckabox.co.nz

Our team will create Tuckaboxes at the Masterton Aerodrome Commercial Kitchen, filled with REAL FOOD, delivered exclusively to Opaki School to start with. We will begin in Term 2, in the first week of May, delivering Tuckabox’s containing morning tea and lunch snacks, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in time for morning tea break at 10.30am.
We are using this School term as market research so please give us your feedback using our Facebook page or CONTACT US using this website.

We plan to offer a larger Megga option at a later date. The current lunch system that Opaki has on Fridays will remain in place.

 

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