I have been to several of their open days and always leave in awe of the work done by the students and their teachers. The open days cover three days and two evenings and are the time for students to share their work with their families. I observed students informing their families and the visitors were as awestruck as I was.
The school bases its work around the ideas of James Beane and Inquiry learning integrating all aspects of the curriculum.
Link to great information about the James Beane approach
For more information about learning at Opunake School
STEM Teaching at Opunake School
Newsletter to parents about current STEM study
I have written a number of blogs based on my visits to this school which cover the approach the school uses. The below links will give you information on the process Opunake Primary use:
Alice in Numberland
Egypt Are You My Mummy?
Shackleton's exploring of Antarctica
One end of term display was web based. CSI
One class web based open day
Watch the science experiment
Solar power challenge
Static electricity experiments
Maths Science and Harry Potter
I am still coming to terms with my last visit which was based around STEM ( science technology engineering and maths ) or really STEAM ( as it also involves the arts). The principal and a staff member have recently returned from an inspiring STEM/ ISTE Conference held in Denver - information on the school site.
Opunake is part of a group of schools involved in using technology : The Moa Kluster. Check them out.
The photos below will give you some ideas of the experience of taking part in a visit.
|The principal Lorraine talking to a visitor in the corridor|
|Mecanno robots programmed to move|
|Every wall covered with students work based on STEAM|
|Working with electrical switches.|
|Battery powered machines|
|Programming the robot|
|The Three D printer at work|
|Student informing parent|
|PowerPoint about da Vinci|