Are you now free from full-time employment and do you at last have time to follow your own interests? U3A Bay of Islands may be just what you need.
Our U3A branch is primarily a social organization for people who enjoy learning and sharing cultural experiences together. Most of our activity takes place in small interest groups, which meet each month in members’ homes. It’s a great way to meet and make friends with people who have similar interests.
Our interest groups thrive by tapping into the experience, expertise and knowledge acquired by our members over time. Members enjoy contributing to the group and learning from each other. There are no qualifications required or examinations to sit. Most groups have one volunteer facilitator whilst other groups share this duty. However we stress that this is never compulsory. Nor is there any obligation to offer your home as a venue.
A wide range of topics is covered and any member may suggest a topic for an interest group at any time. At present, our groups can be loosely categorised under the headings of Creative Arts, Performing Arts, History, Out and About, Science, Discussion and Practical so there is a wide variety from which to choose. Here is a selection from our current programme:
Natural History Computers and Camera
Art History Photography
Singing For Fun Shakespeare
Art House Films Creative Writing
Opera French Conversation
Current Affairs Exploration
History of Food Book Groups
Local History It’s Showtime
Music Appreciation Human Behaviour
Science Poetry for Pleasure
Political Ideologies Philosophy
Our annual subscription is $20 or just $10 if you join after Christmas. This entitles you to attend as many interest groups as you wish. New groups start throughout the year but you are welcome to join them at any time if there is space available.
We also hold five general meetings each year, giving us opportunities to hear stimulating speakers and to meet members from other groups. The general public are welcome to attend these meetings.
A little Background
The University of the Third Age, usually called U3A, is a world-wide organisation that started in France in the 1970s. “University” is used in the sense of people coming together to share knowledge. U3A is a non-political, non-sectarian volunteer organisation and there are no educational requirements for membership.
A parent-run playgroup for children aged 0-5. Currently runs Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Opua Community Playgroup has been running for many years and offers a fun and relaxed environment for pre-schoolers to play, learn and socialise in.
With an outdoor play area, lots of great indoor toys, (including a bouncy castle), and informal parent-led activities, children always enjoy themselves. For parents, it is a great way to meet other parents, have a cup of tea and contribute to your child’s learning and development through play.
You will find us at Opua Community Hall, Beechy Street, Opua.
Our postal address is Po Box 53, Opua
Paihia Kids Music Club
A music and motion session for 0 to 5 year olds and their parents or caregivers.
This fun session is followed by morning tea, and is a great opportunity for children and their parents to socialise with others and take part in active movement
We run every Friday (except school holidays) from 10 am to 11.30, bring a snack to share and a small koha of $2 per family would be appreciated but not compulsory. We are certified by the Ministry of Education. 35 Kings Road
Contact name Karin Carlyon
Address 35 Kings Road, Paihia
The current school roll of approximately 180 is comprised 56% Maori, 33% NZ European, 3% Pasifica, 2% Asian, and 6% other ethnicity. Paihia School is a Decile 4 school.
Children attending the school come from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, due to the unique nature of the population in the Paihia School area. This in turn provides for a wide range in pupil achievement and readiness for school entry. Our children come from the Paihia, Waitangi, Te Haumi, Opua and Haruru Falls areas. We are located on School Rd in Paihia,
There are 9 teaching positions to begin with in 2016. As a result of exploring research around quality teaching and visible learning in 2015 teachers at Paihia School are now most often referred to as Change Agents (CA’s). There are a large number of junior students currently enrolled. The school has a SENCO to plan, support and co-ordinate children with special education needs. Paihia School has several staff in teacher support roles with a range of responsibilities from managing the school office, leading kapa haka and running the library. The school has a Library, Wharenui, Wharekai, Solar heated swimming pool, a corner of dreams, adventure playgrounds, pump track and large playing field. Paihia School Mission statement is: To cater for the whole child by respecting cultural differences and providing the best learning environment in partnership with parents and whānau so every child achieves to their highest ability and is prepared for their future. Paihia School Vision statement is: Kia hui ako tahi tātou hei kawenga atu mo ngā ra e tu mai nei – Together we learn and prepare for the future.
Paihia School Values:
Manaakitanga – Respect
Kaha – Doing our best
Whanaungatanga – Helping others
Tu maia – Resilience
Nau mai haere mai ki te Kura Kohungahunga o Paihia Waitangi.
Paihia-Waitangi kindergarten can be found 100 metres from the beach, nestled against the hillside not far from Te Marae o Waitangi. Children attend from a wide geographical area – from Kawakawa to the central Bay of Islands including Opua, Russell, Haruru Falls, Karatu, Oromahoe and Pakaraka. The community is made up of families who come from a diverse range of cultures.
We are a staff of three full-time, fully qualified and registered early year’s educators with a part time support staff/administration person and consider ourselves privileged to be working with the young children attending the kindergarten. We have an adult to child ratio of 1:10.
The teaching team at Paihia Waitangi kindergarten are committed to an emergent, child focussed, child initiated, play and resource based curriculum embracing the principles of the national early childhood curriculum Te Whariki. We believe that it is our responsibility to notice what children are interested in, recognise the learning taking place and respond appropriately so that children can learn more about themselves and their world. We are passionate in our role to guide children to reach their full potential by providing and facilitating a safe yet challenging and stimulating environment that supports the acquisition of skills and knowledge; develops confidence to explore and experience new things; and fosters a love of life-long learning.
We have an enduring respect for the dual heritage of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the cultural heritage of all children, whanau and staff and this is reflected in our daily programme and interactions with the community.
Whakawhanaungatanga is an important part of the pumanawatanga (morale, tone, pulse) of our kindergarten and we pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming centre where whanau are invited to contribute and participate in the daily programme.
We welcome visitors to come and view the kindergarten at anytime!
Wil, Dilmari, Linda and Kim
Our session hours are: All Day Sessions: Monday – Friday 8.45am – 2.45p.m.
Our contact details are: Paihia Waitangi Kindergarten, 26 Te Kemara Avenue, P.O.Box 108, Paihia[gallery link="file" ids="153,152,151"]