Principal’s Address 16th June 201716th Jun 2017
Kia Ora Tatou
The SOHS Ball, the ‘SNOB’, was held last Friday. It was well attended by our Year 12 and 13 students and a handful of outside guests from our local high schools. The weather was cool but dry as guests arrived. Such a contrast to last year with wind, rain and the threat of snow! The spectacle of the cars, bus and even fire truck arriving was great and there were a lot of spectators and supporters on hand at the entrance.
The event was a huge success and the atmosphere during the night was really positive. Typically the queues for photo’s were long throughout the night! Our students looked superb and the feedback has been that the ball was a great event. The behaviour of the students was excellent and the respect that students demonstrated during the evening demonstrated the maturity of our young men and women.
I would like to thank the SNOB Committee for their hard work in preparing the event and also the support of staff who helped with the preparation and the arrangements on the night. A special thank you to the PTA who provided a superb meal and to the parents and helpers who assisted outside with security on such a cold night.
Meet the employers evening
In the last week of term we are expecting to host a group of local employers who will be speaking to students and their parents about what skills and attributes employers are looking for when they are looking for new staff. This will be an opportunity to hear from local employers about what it takes to gain that first job, be it an after school part time work or full time employment. The evening is particularly important for students in Year 10 upwards and their parents but we do encourage all students and whanau to attend.
We expect that the event will be on 4 July starting at 6pm. More details will appear in forthcoming newsletters.
Teacher only day
Next term we will be having a teacher only day on Friday 28 July. The day is a valuable opportunity for staff to gain quality professional development hosted in school. The school will be closed for instruction for the day. Senior students who attend tertiary programmes or work experience on this day will still be expected to attend as usual their off-site programmes.
Providing a safe environment
South Otago High School is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone. With this in mind I have been speaking to the Board of Trustees about bringing in the drug detection dogs. I provide this information and warning to all parents and students so that there are no surprises. All members of our community can expect that the dogs will visit our school site and I will be extending an invitation for them to visit when ever they are in our area. I appreciate the support of parents as we work to keep our school safe.
With winter well and truly upon us, it is a good time to remind our community that students are able to wear plain black jackets for protection against the elements. Students should not have caps but plain navy or black beanies are acceptable. The help and support of parents with uniform is greatly appreciated.
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