Principal’s Address 8th June 20188th Jun 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
Winter has really hit this week with some areas receiving snow overnight. It is timely to remind parents that if the school is going to be closed or have a delayed start we will text and email this information out to families as soon as a decision is made. We will also work to make sure that any announcements are also played on Big River and Hokonui radio stations.
With the colder weather we are also seeing an increase in the number of uniform issues. In particular we have a number of students who are wearing hoodies which are not currently part of the school uniform. For students who are feeling cold there is a school jersey and plain black jackets for warmth are able to be worn as well as a plain beanie.
At the Board meeting this week a request was made by students to have a hoody included as part of the uniform. The Board have asked that members of our school community are surveyed to have their views for consideration. It is expected that this survey will be out before the end of this term.
With the cold and wet weather we are also seeing students wearing inappropriate canvas type shoes which become very wet and cold. The school expects that students will have shoes that are black and polishable.
Whilst the last few weeks have been very busy I have had the opportunity recently to reflect on what happens as part of our everyday life here at school. Students at South Otago High School are extremely fortunate to have so many opportunities. With Gypsy Day we have had a number of new enrolments at school and we have been talking about some of the course options for seniors. We also encourage our new students to become involved in the life of the school and participate in sport. Our teachers are also going out of their way to provide an enhancement to the curriculum through the provision of trips both within the region as well as internationally.
Students are also well supported to achieve well regardless of their year level and ability. This is evidenced by the numbers of students who are achieving either at or above their SOAP targets. Through the mentoring and conferencing programme students are able to understand how their learning is progressing and also the next steps for them to take to achieve.
The school is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed team of teachers who are put in a lot of work which largely goes un-noticed. All of this to the benefit of the students.
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