Principal’s Address 15th June 201815th Jun 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
In a little over a weeks time I will departing from South Otago High School to travel with Mr Douglas to Asia as we work to recruit new international students, meet parents of some of our existing students and also to visit some of our sister schools. Following this I will be starting my sabbatical study award.
As noted previously, Mr McDowall will be acting principal in my absence. There will be other changes in responsibilities which are outlined below.
Senior leaders roles and responsibilities for term 3
With my absence in Term 3 there will be some changes in the leadership and management of the school. For the term, the changes will be:
- Mr McDowall will be stepping up to be Acting Principal
- Mr Scarth will remain as Deputy Principal although there will be some changes to his responsibilities
- Mrs Jory will be stepping up to acting Deputy Principal
- Ms Smith will take on the role of senior leadership support with responsibility for Administration
- Mr Deverson will take on the role of senior leadership support with responsibility for Student Achievement
- Mr Beeby will take on the role of senior leadership support with responsibility for Pastoral Support
- Mrs Bloxham retains her responsibilities for Senior Leadership Support
Each year the school is asked to nominate two students who have demonstrated leadership, community involvement and academic success during their time at school. This year I am pleased to announce that the two recipients of the Class Act Awards for South Otago High School are; Briar Mills and Alice Murray. They will be formally presented with their awards next term by the Prime Minister at an event in Dunedin.
Outward Bound Scholarship
This week I received a letter from the Community Trust of Otago offering a scholarship for a student at South Otago High School. Students should ideally be in Year 12. This year the Trust has also made available additional scholarships which the school can apply for although there is no guarantee that we will receive these. Mr Munro will be managing the application process and interested students should speak to him about the criteria for selection.
Our annual winter sports interchange with Gore is scheduled for next week. Mrs Hannah has done a lot of work to prepare for this event. Whilst the school offers these opportunities for students it is important to note that these events are optional for students to participate in and do cost the school financially. It is expected that students will pay their contribution to participate in this interchange. I look forward to seeing the results of this event next week.
This week has been Arts Week at school. During lunchtime there have been some wonderful performances by students and a fantastic display of student art work in the foyer of the school. There are some very talented students at school and it has been great to acknowledge their work during this week. Special thanks to all the staff who have worked to make the Arts Week so successful.
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