Principal’s Address 18th March 201618th Mar 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
Last weekend was another busy one for students who were competing in the Otago Secondary School athletics. On Monday I received a very positive report back that saw a number of our students being placed in the top three of some of the events at this competition. This demonstrates students enthusiasm, perseverance and striving for excellence.
This weekend some of those students will be back in Dunedin with the opportunity to represent the South Island in the New Zealand finals at stake. However, whilst some of these students are competing in this event, others will be travelling to the South Island Secondary Schools final for the Touch Rugby competition. The South Otago High School Team is in a strong position to be heading to the finals to be held in the North Island in the next few weeks.
With all of our sports teams I wish them well and look forward to seeing their results next week.
In addition to these sporting activities we have a group of senior students travelling to Queenstown to complete some of their studies for Geography. This week we have also had two groups travel to Dunedin, one for a driving course and the other as part of their Business Studies programme seeing how McDonalds restaurants operate.
Duke of Edinburgh Tramps
Also, this weekend there will be two groups out on expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
All of these activities are organised through the good will of the staff who plan and organise these trips. The school is very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of staff and it is expected that students will show their appreciation to the staff for giving up their time to provide these opportunities.
In the last few weeks a survey was sent out to all Year 9 students and their families. This information assists the school in learning what we are doing well and areas that we need to develop. If you have not returned this survey please do so as soon as possible so that we can include your feedback.
Next term I am anticipating holding a series of meetings within the community to gather information and views about the work the school does. These meetings will be published in the newsletter and we will endeavour to send out invitations to families to attend.
Finally, this week we have welcomed a group of Thai students to South Otago High School. They will be with us for just three weeks. I would like to thank the homestay families for hosting our guests and I hope that you find the experience as rewarding as your guests. If you are interested in being a host family in the future please contact our international student coordinator, Mr Douglas for more information.
I hope that you all have a great and safe long weekend.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright