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  • Principal’s Address 22nd June 2018

    22nd Jun 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    This will be my last newsletter that I write before the start of Term 4. On Monday I depart from New Zealand to accompany Mr Douglas as we go to meet prospective new international students, their families as well as the parents of some of our current international students. At the end of this trip Mr Douglas will return whilst I travel to the UK to visit schools to look at practice to engage students in training and education. My travels will keep me away from school for all of Term 3.

    Senior leaders roles and responsibilities for Term 3

    With my absence in Term 3 there will be some changes in the leadership and management of the school. For the term, the changes will be:

    • Mr McDowall will be stepping up to be Acting Principal
    • Mr Scarth will remain as Deputy Principal although there will be some changes to his responsibilities
    • Mrs Jory will be stepping up to acting Deputy Principal
    • Ms Smith will take on role of senior leadership support with responsibility for Administration
    • Mr Deverson will take on role of senior leadership support with responsibility for Student Achievement
    • Mr Beeby will take on role of senior leadership support with responsibility for Pastoral Support
    • Mrs Bloxham retains her responsibilities for Senior Leadership Support

    Outward Bound Scholarship

    This week I received a letter from the Community Trust of Otago offering a scholarship for a student at South Otago High School. Students should ideally be in Year 12. This year the Trust has also made available additional scholarships which the school can apply for although there is no guarantee that we will receive these. Mr Munro will be managing the application process.

    Gore Interchange

    On Tuesday we hosted a number of teams for Netball and Basketball whilst a significant number of students travelled to Gore as part of our winter Interchange. The level of competition across all codes was very strong and we were beaten in the final results. I believe that all students who participated had a great time and enjoyed the experience.

    Thank you to all the volunteers and teachers who supported this exchange and to Pam Hannah for all of her hard work to coordinate the day.

    Finally

    Whilst I realise that it is not the end of the term yet, it is my last opportunity to say thank you to all of the staff and students who have worked so hard during this term and have made working here a pleasure. I do hope that the last few weeks of term go well. When the holidays do arrive please encourage your son or daughter to pick up a book and read. Whilst the holiday is a time for rest and relaxation it is a valuable time to get caught up on missed work and also to be thoroughly prepared for the third term.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal