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  • Principal’s Address 23rd March 2018

    23rd Mar 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Earlier this week I attended the annual conference for secondary school principals. The theme of the conference was on well being. I have reflected upon what we offer in the way of well being for students and staff and I do believe that we are on the right track. As many parents, staff and students have commented to me, this year has started in a very calm manner. I have been looking at the data we have which suggests that students are working with staff to create a really positive working and learning environment.

    We have worked hard to provide opportunities for students to gain leadership skills, to express their views on what the school offers. We also ensure that we communicate with students and our wider community when there are concerns.

    We have also encouraged creativity and to try to meet the needs of students. Our Friday school is a great example of this. We have provided students the opportunity to channel their learning to meet their passions. We have also provided additional support, new subjects and extension activities to engage and motivate our students. These are some of the positive ways in which we care for the well being of our young people.

    PB4L

    This week the first of our students were presented with  their REP badges in assembly. This is another example of our students engaging with our positive values for them as they work their way through school. The Bronze badges issued this week recognise student achievement in each of the three values of:

    • Respect
    • Excellence
    • Perseverance

    I expect that there will be many more presented during the year and some students may even start to be awarded their silver badges.

    Gore Interchange

    This week the annual summer interchange was held. This event is strongly contested. On Tuesday evening I was with the principal of Gore High School and neither of us could find the overall result! I tried to hide my pride as I told him that we won on Wednesday morning after I had received a text message with the final results! Well done to all students who participated. I understand there were some great performances by students and all games were played in great spirit.

    Be motivated be you

    Registrations are now in for this two day workshop and I am looking forward to seeing some of the speakers. I can now confirm that Nathan Wallis will be holding a public event on Friday 6 April at the high school starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are being sold through the ‘eventfinda’ website at:

    https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/nathan-wallis-the-developing-brain/balclutha

    The school is hosting this event for free and I would hope that as many parents as possible will attend.

    Finally

    This weekend is our anniversary weekend and the school will be closed on Monday 26 March. We do have students travelling to Timaru to compete in the South Island Secondary School Athletics Chams. I wish you well and I hope to catch some of the performances over the weekend.

     

    The following weekend will be Easter and the school will be closed for:
    Good Friday 30 March

    Easter Monday 2 April

    Easter Tuesday 3 April

    This does mean that we have two very short weeks.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal