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  • Principal’s Address 19th February 2016

    19th Feb 2016

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Head Students and Council

    This week we have announced the Head and Deputy Head students. It was a great pleasure to meet the candidates during the interview process and note that the calibre of candidates was extremely high. As a result of the interviews the following have been announced:

    Head Boy:                          Ashton Tourell

    Deputy Head Boy:             Josh Hill

    Head Girl: Sophie Mills

    Deputy Head Girl: Olivia Finney

    The School Council has also been confirmed:

    • Atawhai Hotene
    • Brooke Barnett
    • Mitchell Hollows
    • Jackson Gardner
    • Simon Craig
    • Sophie Cook
    • Chase Owen
    • Bailey Reichel
    • Ginny Sanders
    • Sasha Scott
    • Tasmyn White

    Uniform

    This week staff have been monitoring student uniform and it is good to see the students starting to look smarter. I have explained to students that the rules will be applied consistently and it will be up to the Board of Trustees to agree to exemptions. Students who have an exemption should have a letter stating that this has been agreed to by the Board. Students who wish to have an exemption will need to have their parents write and make a request, with reasons why an exemption should be allowed.

    Thank you to all parents who have supported the school with raising the standards for our students. I expect that the uniform review will be undertaken later this year and that there will be an opportunity for student and parent consultation.

    Contacting parents

    This week we have started to use our new text system to contact parents. Currently we will be using this to check up on absences. Parents will be able to reply to the text message to provide an explanation. The school may follow this up with a phone call if required. In future we will also use this system to provide important notices and reminders for parents.

    NCEA Endorsement awards

    This week we have acknowledged those students who gained NCEA endorsements for specific subjects. There are a significant number of students who have gained a subject endorsement in the senior school. Every student is capable of gaining at least one subject endorsement. Every student has a talent in a particular subject. The challenge is for the student to realise this talent and then to listen to the advice and act upon it so that they are able to achieve their full potential.

     Sporting achievement

    This week we have had the girls and boys cricket teams out playing in competitions. Both teams played well and enjoyed varying success. The boys team will continue to the next stage of the competition in the coming weeks.

    Students also competed in the Otago Southland Secondary School Triathlon in Cromwell. The teams came away with placings in their categories and had a great time out competing.

    Our Tennis team also performed with distinction during the week to qualify for the South Island championships next month.

    Green Park days

    During the last two weeks all of Year 9 has been out at Green Park for one of two days. I visited for the first day and saw students having fun and participating in a range of team building activities. This year the Year 9’s were well supported by a number of senior students. Their help has been very much appreciated and the reports back from staff have been very positive.

    Class Visits

    During the last week I have visited a number of classes and it has been good to talk to students about what they are learning. It is reassuring to see so many classes using chrome books and other devices and using this new technology to support their learning.

    Ka kite ano

    Mr Mike Wright—Principal