Principal’s Address 16th March 201816th Mar 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
Thai student welcome
On the weekend a group of 31 Thai students arrived in Queenstown on Sunday morning after numerous delays. I was able to meet them off their flight and although very tired, they were pleased to be in New Zealand. For the three staff it is their third visit to South Otago High School. They were very proud to tell me that all students who participated in the 2017 trip had been awarded scholarships to attend overseas institutes in the future.
The success of these short stay programs is as a result of the work and commitment of staff, students and our wonderful homestay families who welcome these young people into their homes. These programs provide unique opportunities to share both language and culture.
Year 10 Camp
This week Year 10 students have been out at Tautuku Camp in the Catlins. I visited on Tuesday evening and all were in high spirits. The staff and Year 13 link students talked about the development of younger students. It was interesting to hear some of the seniors describing the actions of the younger students in such a mature manner when just a few years ago they were the younger students themselves!
All the Year 10’s that I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed their experience and I know will have learnt a lot about themselves, the staff that accompanied them and other students. This is a genuine learning experience and it is disappointing that some students/families do not take full advantage of this opportunity by attending.
Celebration of success
This week in the Tuesday assembly we completed the presentation of Merit and Excellence badges for students who had gained an endorsement in NCEA in 2017. A full list of recipients is included in this newsletter. It is great to celebrate the success of our hard working students in this way. Their success is also a reflection upon the hard work of the teachers who have supported the students. The students themselves have also demonstrated two of the school values of perseverance in striving for excellence.
Three girls picking up stones
In the Clutha Leader last week there was published an appreciative note for three girls who spent part of their Saturday morning picking up stones, glass and bits of wood after a car had crashed into a ladies property. It is great to share these positive stories about our young people both with our community and also their peers.
Be motivated Be you
Plans for this presentation are well under way. I encourage all Year 10 – 13 students to complete the application to join one day of these presentations. The speakers are of very high quality and usually command significant fees to present. Our students have this opportunity for free. Please encourage your child to attend one of the two days.
By next week I hope to confirm that there will be an opportunity to hear one and possibly two of the presenters from the Be Motivated, Be you days. Please do support these events as they are wonderful opportunities for our community.
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