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  • Principal’s Address 11th April 2019

    11th Apr 2019

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    With the end of the first term it is timely to remind parents and caregivers of the need to ensure that students have their winter uniform ready for the new term starting on Monday 29 April. In the last couple of weeks we have had cooler weather and with it a number of students who have incorrect clothing items. There should be no excuse for students being in the incorrect uniform ready for the start of next term.

    With the end  of term I recommend students do take a break but part of their down time from studies should be some time spent picking up a book or magazine to read. Time taken reading for pleasure is invaluable. Despite the cooler and  often changeable weather I also encourage students to get out and participate in some physical exercise even if it is just to go for a walk.

    On Saturday mornings there is the Park Run which departs from Naish Park at 9am which is well worth getting involved in and is a great way to meet others.

    ANZAC assembly

    This week we held our ANZAC assembly and hosted a number of guests. It is important that students are familiar with the ANZAC story and also the sacrifices of both armed service personnel as well as civilians who paid the ultimate price, not just in WWI but also in other conflicts. It is through this type of education and acknowledgment of the past that we may be able to prevent future wars and conflicts. We appreciate the involvement of the RSA in our assembly and the representation of the Clutha District Council.

    SNOB

    This week I have met with the Y12+13 students to advise that some of them will be receiving a letter advising that their attendance is below expectation or that they have outstanding bills or both. The letters advise that students need to work to manage these matters so that they are able to attend SNOB. At this stage no student has been declined entry to SNOB and the letter serves as a warning.

    Continued improvements

    At a recent Board of Trustee meeting I remarked that I found that the school was very calm and settled. Both the student and staff representatives agreed and make favourable comments about the atmosphere about the school.

    Generally the impression is that students are well behaved, happy and participate in the wider life of the school and are engaged in their studies. To confirm this I have been looking at data for attendance and pastoral entries. When compared with the equivalent time for last year there continues to be a positive change within our school community. I attribute this to the work done with PB4L and the consistent work of teachers and the willingness of students to engage with our processes. It does make South Otago High School a great place to work and study.

    Finally

    To all parents, caregivers, whanau and students I wish you a safe and happy holiday. For students make the most of the break. I look forward to seeing you next term.

    Ka kite ano

    Mr Mike Wright

    Principal