Principal’s Address 17th March 201717th Mar 2017
Kia Ora Tatou
This week we welcomed a group of 17 students, 2 staff and an agent who are with us from Thailand for three weeks. Earlier in the week I spoke with the students and they each described their different high school which ranged in size from 2,000 to 6,000 students. Many of the students live either in Bangkok or the North and East of Thailand in large urban cities.
They described classes which typically had 50 students and just one teacher. The opportunity for individual help from the teacher must be severely diminished.
It did make me think how fortunate our students are to attend a school where they will know almost every teacher and they will know students. Our students have playing fields and two gyms to enjoy and some of the largest school grounds in the region. Classes are usually less than 30 students and they have the opportunity to easily seek assistance from their teacher.
The students at South Otago High School are very fortunate to have such a good school, caring staff and fantastic opportunities.
Year 11 Drive to Survive
Earlier this week most of our Year 11 students attended a workshop in Dunedin raising the issue of driver education and the consequences of decisions. Whilst the students who attended did enjoy the learning experience some also found it very challenging. The staff who attended have recommended this as an important learning opportunity and we will be continuing our participation in the future.
This weekend is a long weekend and I hope that you all enjoy what could be the last spell of summer. I look forward to students returning on Tuesday, refreshed ready for the final 4 weeks of the term.
Ka kite ano