Principal’s Address 9th December 20169th Dec 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
The end of term is finally here and it is time for students and staff to take a well earned rest. The year has been very busy and there has been lots of new opportunities for staff and students. As we reflect upon the year we are looking forward to seeing the success of our senior students in the recent NCEA assessments and to acknowledge the future success and potential of our junior students.
The holidays are a time to reflect, relax and enjoy spending time with friends and family. Prior to my finish for the year I will do some more work for my planning for 2017. During the holidays I will, like many of you be escaping from work. However, I will during that time be spending time reading and completing some work to be prepared for 2017. For all students looking to 2017, I do strongly encourage you to pick up a book and spend some time reading.
In 2017 I am looking to make reading a focus for our students and school community. It is a vital skill that assists with all aspects of learning right across the whole curriculum. Parents, please support this work by encouraging your child to read.
Thanks for your help
As the year draws to a close it has also been a time to reflect upon the significant support that the staff have been to driving the developments for 2016. There have been significant changes and some roles and responsibilities throughout the school have changed. This extends from caretaking, office, property and support staff across teachers and the senior leadership team. All the staff at South Otago High School work with the focus of providing the best for all of the students at the school.
Kaikoura Mufti Day
On Wednesday we held our mufti day and raised in excess of $270 for the students of Kaikoura High School. For several form classes there was 100% payment by students to pay for wearing mufti. This shows the value of care that our students have for their fellow students who have been impacted by this significant event. The money has been sent with a message to the principal, John Tait. In response John has written:
Kia ora Mike – that is awesome and thank you very much. Please let your staff and kids know how much we appreciate their generosity.
I understand that the funds raised will be used to fund a special event for students at the end of the year.
For students this is also a time to reflect upon their work. To prompt this reflection all Year 9 and 10 students will have a report issued on Monday. Please take the time to read through this document when it arrives at home and also remind yourselves of the guidance in January as you start the new school year.
Alongside the reports is a short, A5, colour document with pictures showing the school uniform expectations for 2017. This has been reproduced in this newsletter. At the start of the new school year the expectation will be that all students start the year in the correct uniform as detailed in the document. This means:
Þ No canvas shoes
Þ No boots
Þ No facial piercings
Þ A single, plain gold or silver stud to wear in each ear only.
I remind parents of this now so that there is plenty of time to work with your child to ensure that they adhere to these standards right from the start of the year and these expectations will remain for the whole school year.
Help with teacher accommodation in 2017
Thank you to those who responded to our request for help with accommodation for new teacher in 2017. Once again, if you are aware of any properties which are going to be available for rent please do contact the school if you would think that this may be suitable for a teacher. We will then put you in contact with the new staff member to negotiate terms.
As this the end of the school year I will finish by wishing all students, families/ whanau and staff a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy the time celebrating at this special time of year. Keep safe and I look forward to welcoming you back to South Otago High School in 2017. For those of you moving on or leaving us we wish you all well and hope that you will let us hear of your future success. You will always be welcome to return to us in the future.
Happy New Year
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright