Principal’s Address 30th November 201830th Nov 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
The junior exams are finished and there are just a few students who will be catching up on missed exam times. This year with the school using Live Reports through the Kamar portal, teachers will be providing results of any assessments completed and a summative comment. These will all be finished by Tuesday 11 December, the end of the school year for junior students.
Year 9+10 Activities
Starting on Thursday next week students will be enjoying the end of year activities. There are many options for students to participate in a variety of activities to suit all tastes and budgets. As I have stated in previous newsletters, if families are struggling financially then please do contact me at school to discuss options to support student involvement. Similarly, please ensure that students do attend school during the activities days. It IS NOT an extra two day holiday. Absences that are not suitably explained will be treated as truancy.
The teachers who have organised the activities have put in a great deal of time and effort and want students to make the most of the opportunities.
Senior exams have all but finished. In the staffroom there has been a great deal of discussion regarding students attempting the external assessments. Looking to next year, teachers will be looking to provide guidance and advice around the benefit of attempting the external assessments and preparing students fully to be able to be successful.
On Wednesday evening I attended the graduation dinner for the Y13 class of 2018. This is the final school event for the current Y13 as they prepare to move into the world beyond school. It is a great event and an opportunity to say good-bye and good luck to our departing Y13 students. Thank you to Mrs Bloxham for organising such a great event.
This last week myself and the senior leadership team have been working on the planning and preparation for 2019. This has involved a review of the progress this year and the setting of new challenges for the coming year. There is good evidence to support the fact that South Otago High School has changed in the last three years. We continue to have students succeeding at a high level and at rates that are comparable to the rest of New Zealand. We are more successful at retaining students in school and providing learning opportunities that suit career and employment goals of individuals. We also have a school where students are more engaged and in control of their learning and we are seeing a lift in achievement at all levels of the school.
It is a great and satisfying way to finish the school year.
Ka kite ano