Principal’s Address 6th July 20186th Jul 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
As many of you may have seen in the news recently there is a significant NCEA review currently happening. The Ministry are looking for schools, students and whanau to give feedback on this. This process takes place from May through to September. Early next term I will provide some further information on this and the ability for parents to feed back to the school so we can make a submission to the Ministry. A link with further information for those who are especially interested is conversation.education.govt.nz
If you have any comments or concerns regarding this please do not hesitate to email in regards to it.
Recent ERO visit
Earlier this term ERO were at school conducting their cyclical review process. At the most recent BOT meeting we returned the draft findings without challenge. Such is the positivity of the report we look forward to sharing it with you all as soon as possible next term. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff for all of their on-going efforts to make this school the special place it is to be a part of. I would also thank the students for their part in this as it is they make our school a great to work at.
Farewell and welcome
The school wishes a fond farewell to our HOD Technology Mrs Kathleen Hepburn. Mrs Hepburn has taught at South Otago High School for seven years. As a mark of the esteem with which she is held in by the students a lunch and farewell ceremony took place yesterday. She was gifted a pounamu and sent off with a rousing haka. Mrs Hepburn will be missed by the students and staff of the school and we wish her all the best for next term and beyond.
I also want to extend a warm welcome to Mr Owen Doherty and his family. Owen is travelling to us from Ireland and will be taking the Woodwork and Graphics classes for the remainder of the year. His passion and expertise will be a real asset to the school.
The term has wound down and the students are making their way into your care. We want to wish them a happy holiday. Rest up, relax and find some time for yourselves over the next two weeks. The staff look forward to seeing the students after the break ready for a big term of learning and success.
Ka kite ano
Mr Paul McDowall