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  • Principal’s Address 13th April 2018

    13th Apr 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    The end of term has arrived and what a great term it has been. On Wednesday I met with fellow principal’s and reflected that, although a very busy term, it has for me been the most enjoyable. I have been so proud to have received so many positive feedback e-mails during the term reflecting the positive contribution our students have made both in school and in the wider community.

    When meeting with the senior leadership team we have examined our own evidence which supports the significant positive progress that students have made in the first term. It is a pleasure to walk through the school and have students greeting me and to hear how their time at school is going.

    Similarly, on Saturday I watched part of the two rugby games being played by our boys on the school field against Otago Boys High School. Both teams played with good heart and I did appreciate the positive cheeky banter from one of our senior players as he took to the field. These are really positive signs that the school community is in good heart.

    Swim Sports

    On Monday we held our annual swim sports. Thanks to Ms Bathgate for organising the entries and for all the staff who were able to support our swimmers. In particular, thank you to the swim club for officiating in the competitive events during the morning. Without this commitment the school would struggle to provide this opportunity. This year, the afternoon was taken up with fun events aimed at boosting participation. I heard nothing but positive reports from both staff and students following the day in the pool. Special thank you to Mrs Hannah for her work with this and the exchanges during the last few weeks. She has had a very busy time recently.

    ANZAC Assembly

    On Thursday we held our annual ANZAC Assembly. This year we were fortunate both Mayor Bryan Cadogan (Clutha District) and Mayor Tim Cadogan (Central Otago District) joined us for the event. In addition Ms Pauline Soper from the RSA shared a moving story of the Maze brothers who left the Clutha region to fight in WWII. Thank you also to Warwick Thompson who came and played the Last Post for the assembly. The students showed a great deal of respect for the way in which they conducted themselves for this event. Again, as a principal, a very proud moment.

    Farewell

    At the end of this term we say good bye to David Lewis as his fixed term contract comes to a close. On behalf of the school we wish him well in his move in the near future.

    Finally

    With the end of term comes an opportunity to refresh ready for the next term. It is also a time to catch up on missed work and make sure that students are up to date with all of their courses. At the end of every term I do recommend that students pick up a book and read for pleasure. This term I would like to draw your attention to The Warehouse Stationary ‘Get Writing’ initiative. They are offering to allow people to send postcards free of charge to anywhere in the world. More details of this are available at:

    https://www.warehousestationery.co.nz/get-nz-writing

    Do have a great break and I look forward to seeing you all next term.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal