Our School

 Kia Ora and Greetings - A bit about our school....

Opaki School was established in 1878 as a one classroom rural school. In 2003 we celebrated 125 years and now have seven classrooms with approximately 160 students from years one to eight. Opaki School currently draws students from surrounding rural areas and from Masterton which is approximately 5kms away. The school has positive partnerships with these communities.

Opaki School provides a safe, caring and supportive environment where the students are encouraged to strive for excellence in academic, sporting and cultural areas. We take pride in the wide range of quality learning activities and resources we have to offer. We encourage students to base their actions and behaviour around a set of values that are modelled by staff and children alike.

We are privileged to have a very fine staff and an active, supportive Board of Trustees.  The teachers undertake many extra activities for the benefit of the students that attend Opaki School.

We welcome all new and existing families to the School Community and look forward to seeing you soon.


Dave Finalyson


Why Choose Opaki School?

Community Support
At Opaki School, we operate a completely open door policy so that our parents feel welcome to come in at any time for whatever reason. Parents are also encouraged to participate in classroom programmes at all levels.

We enjoy excellent support from parents at whole school events such as annual musical productions, science fairs, senior camps, swimming sports etc.

Thanks to this strong parental response, Opaki School is well resourced and enjoys excellent facilities which include a swimming pool, tennis courts and hockey turf, netball courts, soccer and rugby fields, adventure playground, large hall, computer suite and IT resources and a well - stocked library.


Unique Opportunities
Opaki students have an interesting and varied programme. We are able to offer them an individual programme in a secure and non-threatening environment. All children are involved in programmes to develop thinking and learning skills and are using the latest technology.

All year 7 and 8 students are given individual responsibilities in a way not possible in a larger school. They all have the opportunity to lead and are valued as role models for the rest of the school.

Each year the senior students, year 5 to 8, participate in camp or outdoor education. The seniors travel annually to either Forest Lakes on the Kapiti Coast or to Abel Tasman National Park. The year 5 and 6 children enjoy using the local beaches and environments for their camp and outdoor education activities.


Enviable Position
Opaki students are in the enviable position of being able to enjoy the best of two worlds.

The school is small enough to offer a family atmosphere, yet large enough to be able to form its own sports teams and foster in children a sense of identity and belonging.

We have seen a substantial rise in the school roll, with a peak of 170 children this year. We have seven permanent teachers and five teacher aides.

The school has the distinct advantage of being set apart in a pleasant rural situation which helps create a favourable learning environment, yet is close enough to Masterton to take full advantage of all the extra facilities and resources the town has to offer.


Extra Programmes  
In addition to the standard curriculum, we offer extension programmes in most curriculum areas where required including ICT and the arts. These programmes are run either by teachers or other specialists brought into the school.

Each year we have a visiting artist work with all children to develop their art skills and many children enjoy participating in extension programmes outside of the school.

We are able to offer a variety of programmes for children with specific learning difficulties including a phonics programme and individual maths programmes with the assistance of the Correspondence School. We encourage the senior students to provide their own form of support to the younger children through an ongoing peer tutoring programme with junior children matched up to a senior buddy.



We pride ourselves on the values and honesty of our children and their positive attitude to learning and to school. Due to the family atmosphere and the total involvement of every child in school activities, children readily take responsibility for their actions, creating a harmonious environment.