Principal’s Address 1st December 20171st Dec 2017
Kia Ora Tatou
During the last week we have completed the junior exams and teachers have finished the marking and finalising the end of year reports. The seniors have also completed their exams and we will be starting to clear the hall for the end of year junior prize giving on Thursday 7 December. I do hope that parents and whanau will be able to join us for this event where we celebrate the success of our junior students.
Graduation Dinner for Year 13
This week we held our final farewell event for the Year 13 students with a dinner hosted at the Balclutha Town and Country Club. It was wonderful to see so many of our departing Year 13 students and their families. It was an opportunity to wish our students all the best with their next steps into the world beyond school and also to thank the parents for their contribution and support during the last few years. We wish all of our Y13 students well for the future.
Farewell to Alma
At the end of this year we will say farewell to Alma who has worked as the canteen manager for 10 years. Alma has been a great support to the school and has done fantastic work in the canteen. We will be very sad to say goodbye to Alma but wish her all the best for the future as she moves on.
Last week a number of students assisted as ‘explainers’ during the visit from the Science Roadshow. I received a letter from the Director commending our students: ‘The students who assisted our staff as helpers and “explainers” showed leadership and responsibility and they are a credit to your school”. Also deserving a special mention in the letter was our science teacher, Mr Chris Sly, who ensured the visit was successful.
Safe Travels to Briar Mills
Briar departs on Sunday to Switzerland as part of her exchange visit to stay with Sophie who was with us for part of this year. Briar is participating in the New Zealand French Teacher Association exchange programme and will be representing not just South Otago High School but also New Zealand when she is away. I am sure that Christmas will be a bit cooler than normal for Briar and I look forward to hearing about her experiences when she returns.
NZ PE Teacher exchange to Japan
Leesa Bathgate has been selected to participate in a PE exchange to Japan in May 2018. Whilst there she will be learning about Japanese sport and opportunities. When she returns she will be preparing units of work for our students to participate in. Congratulations to Leesa on being awarded this significant opportunity.
Sixth Thai – New Zealand Cultural and Language Students exchange Programme
Each year the Thai Embassy in Wellington offer the opportunity for students to travel to Thailand, stay with a host family and attend school. Kayleigh Wright in Year 11 applied for a place and is one of 14 students from around New Zealand to be selected. In January 2018 she will departing for a 4 week stay in Thailand where she will represent New Zealand. I look forward to hearing of Kayleigh’s experiences when she returns.
Attendance in the last week
Next week will be the final week of the school year. The school does not officially close for the year until Friday 8 December. On Monday and Tuesday many students will be participating in extra curricular activities. On Wednesday and Thursday students are expected in school. Please do not believe students if they tell you they are doing nothing. There are a range of activities and administration duties which need to be completed before they leave for their holiday. Last year we did call back students who had been truant. We would prefer not to do this so please do send your children to school.
For students moving into the senior school there will be course confirmation at the end of January. As this is the last newsletter of the year I will take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. I hope that you all get the opportunity for a break and to spend time with family and whanau.
Ka kite ano