Principal’s Address 11th March11th Mar 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
This week the Year 10 students have been away from school at their annual camp at Tautuku. Some of the Year 13 students have accompanied the groups as ‘link students’ and have been working with the younger students and assisting staff with the running of activities. I have had the opportunity to visit on two occasions during the week. The atmosphere at the camp has been excellent and the report back from staff has commended the students for their attitude and engagement in the various activities.
Learning experiences outside the classroom are invaluable for young people. It helps them learn to work collaboratively and also to take on responsibilities in sometimes challenging environments. These are skills that prepare our young people for the time when they transition to life outside of school.
Last weekend a number of students travelled to Oamaru to compete in the South Island Triathlon Championships. The teams and individuals performed well with some of the students competing in the senior grade and being placed at the event. Full results and a report will appear elsewhere in this newsletter.
Whilst the triathletes were in Oamaru, a group of tennis players were competing in the South Island Tennis Championships in Timaru. The competition was very strong and the South Otago High School students performed well. For some students they felt that their performance was the best that they had ever had.
This week in assembly, I spoke to the students and congratulated them on their achievements as well as the way in which they supported one another during the athletics and took advantage of all the opportunities that were available to them. The opportunities for students and the level of care and support point to a strong sense of community that the students have within the school.
None of the opportunities that are made available to students would exist with out the good will of staff and volunteers from our community who give up their free time to encourage, train and provide these experiences. This is a real strength of the school and it is important that this contribution is acknowledged by way of thank you to everyone who puts in this extra time.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright—Principal