Signing off with gratitude - Term 4 2018

Just over sixteen years ago I had the privilege of being appointed as Principal of our school. As this term closes out, and my teaching career comes to an end, I still regard it a privilege to have worked within, and for, our Otumoetai community.
The children of our community have always been our focus; they represent our community's future and the future of our country. With that in mind we must always do our best, in partnership, for our children.

2019 ushers in new leadership for our school and under this new leadership the school will flourish. Our community CARE values will always be to the fore and, as Actively Involved Learners, our children and teachers will prosper.

My sincere thanks to our families and whanau for the support our school consistently receives. To our PTA and Board, thank you for your passion to serve our community.

So to each of you, thank you. May the Christmas season and vacation time provide you with quality time to spend with your families; time is a very special gift, or taonga, to be treasured.

Accept each new day as a gift, an opportunity to do something better than the day before, to celebrate life and all that it provides. Celebrate and cherish family.

Our school whakatauki states, "He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata - Goodwill to others is a precious gift or treasure." I have personally been the recipient of much goodwill in my time here and again, thank you for the privilege of being a part of your school's community.

Ka manaakitia te Atua
God bless
Geoff Opie

Term Dates

Year Term Start Finish
2019 Term 1 Monday 04 February Friday 12 April
Term 2 Monday 29 April Friday 05 July
Term 3 Monday 22 July Friday 27 September
Term 4 Monday 14 October To Be Confirmed




TECT Grant 2018

The children and staff of OPS wish to thank the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust for their assistance in purchasing 145 new HP chromebooks, which allows us to have a 1-to-1 ratio of devices to students in Weka Team, and frees up more chromebooks for use in the middle school. TECT footed half of the bill, which made this purchase possible.


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