Opihi College Canterbury


Secondary (Years 7–15) / wharekura, Principal

English, Health and physical education, Learning languages, Mathematics and statistics, Science, Social sciences, Technology, Te reo Māori, The arts

Listed 10:12 AM 02 August 2021
Closes 5pm 03 September 2021
Vacancy reference #: 1HANpu

Having just opened a new teaching block with further development underway, our college is looking for a positive and enthusiastic leader to build on the mahi started in recent years.

The school name Opihi, when translated from Māori, means to ‘spring forth’ which seems apt for us as we prepare our rangatahi for whatever lies ahead for them.

South Canterbury is a safe and fantastic place in which to live, work and play. There are rivers, beaches, lakes and mountains all within easy reach for fishing, swimming, climbing, tramping, skiing, boating and more.

Our Y9–10 curriculum has been reviewed in the last year and we are now reviewing how we deliver an exciting and engaging Y7–8 programme along with the changes coming in NCEA.

Our students, staff and parents have told us they have confidence and pride in the school. They want a leader who will be active in promoting this both internally and externally.

Other common qualities they wish to see in our tumuaki are:

  • Is people focused, friendly and approachable
  • Will grow each and every individual who is a part of the college team
  • Will be visible in the school and community
  • Is culturally responsive and committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We have a roll of 280 and are predicting to reach 300 plus in the immediate future thanks to large intakes coming from contributing schools. We are staffed at 26.62 and have a total teaching and support staff of 53.

So there’s a lot to be positive about. This truly is an opportunity for a leader looking to combine a lifestyle with a desire to grow us into the school of choice for the Temuka township and surrounding areas. Don’t wait – send for an information pack now!

How to apply

For an information package and application form contact:

Neil Wilkinson
(027) 232 4924

Vacancy reference #:1HANpu

Listed 10:12 AM 02 August 2021
Closes 5pm 03 September 2021

School details

Opihi College

Type: Secondary (Year 7-15)
Authority: State
Gender: Co-Ed
Decile: 5
Roll: 280

School number: 354
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Physical address:
Richard Pearse Drive, Temuka

Postal Address:
Richard Pearse Drive, Temuka, 7920