Principal’s Address 1st May 20201st May 2020
Kia Ora Tatou
This week has seen the return of some students to working on site at South Otago High School. We currently have very limited numbers of students requiring supervision and I do appreciate the efforts that parents are taking to keep their children at home and engaged in their on line learning.
The move to the Covid-19 Alert Level 3 has created some changes to our work routines. There have been some staff on site, for teachers they have been in collecting and preparing resources for students and for support staff it has been to clean the school in preparation for opening, tidying up after a burst water pipe in the main admin area or collecting material to work from home again.
Collecting learning materials
Teachers have been preparing materials for students to pick up and some students have requested resources to continue with their studies. Thanks to Mrs Jory there was a schedule for the pick-up of materials on Friday and I appreciate the prompt way that this has been managed. As we continue at Alert Level 3 we will continue to have Friday as the day that requested materials and resources can be collected from school.
Coming into school
I realise that for some parents and students the thought of ‘popping up to school’ to see someone is a natural thought and action. However, we must insist that the school is closed to visitors unless you have an appointment. I would like to remind our community that most staff are working from home and so appointments are essential. Please use email@example.com to contact the school to request appointments or e-mail teachers directly.
Supervision of Year 9 and 10 students
We understand that for some parents their need for supervision can be challenging to manage as they may be called into essential work. To assist with planning it would be appreciated if parents could
e-mail to either cancel or book supervision so that we know who to expect each day. It also means that we know who to contact should a student be absent. Mr McDowall is coordinating the daily attendance of students and his e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week in the newsletter I shared concerns about students who were not engaging in online learning. Whilst I do not wish to repeat myself I do want parents and students to know that if students do not make an attempt at the work and continue to contact teachers then they will fall behind in their studies which could have serious consequences when students return to school. Teachers will not be able to catch up on months of missed work with students who have not made an effort to keep up with their studies.
Students who need support should be contacting their teachers. If parents need assistance please do
e-mail the class teacher, mentor or dean as appropriate.
Last week the nation marked ANZAC Day and I am aware that those commemorations were very different. I have heard that a large poppy was placed at the Balclutha Cenotaph on behalf of the South Otago High School which was very much appreciated.
I would also like to acknowledge the initiative of the Student Council who put together a video and posted it on the school Facebook page. It is well worth watching as very moving tribute organized by our awesome students: https://www.facebook.com/southotagohighschool/videos/vb.624470117623135/232898797951397/?type=2&theater
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