Principal’s Address 21st February 202021st Feb 2020
Kia Ora Tatou
Finally the weather played fair and yesterday we hosted our athletics sports and it was a great success. The morning started with the House Chant competition. For some houses there had been a lot of thought put into costumes and presentation. Similarly the enthusiasm for the chants was great.
For many students it was a great opportunity to participate, try an event or support competitors. For others it was an opportunity to beat their personal bests or to challenge themselves against other competitors.
Sadly, some students and families took the view that participation in the athletics day was not important and so stayed at home. Whilst I accept that some students may have been genuinely unwell, the day is a valuable rich learning experience. For non competitive students there are many ways that they can help and support others. They can encourage those that are struggling, they can assist with results collation, entry and timings etc. They can assist with the canteen and barbecue or just being a positive role model in the school and enjoying the social aspect of what is a great day.
So, it is very disappointing to hear that students stayed away and parents recorded them as having a ‘study day’ or ‘working’. It is also disrespectful to the staff who put in a great deal of time and effort for all students to provide these opportunities. These students are missing out on opportunities to be well rounded citizens and a valuable part of the curriculum for South Otago High School
On Wednesday evening a group of 19 students travelled to Dunedin to compete in the school section of the Corporate Triathlon series. A number of students came away with great results. Interesting to note that South Otago High School had the greatest number of participants in the secondary school section.
Worthy of special mention is Blake Macdonald who stopped on his run to assist an injured cyclist and sacrificed his time on the course to help a fellow competitor. Also, well done to the young female athlete who showed great determination and perseverance to complete the course. She will know who she is and I know that she received great support from other participants and spectators as she crossed the finish line. Well done to you, you are a star!
This week and next Mentor teachers have been working with individual students to prepare for the up coming conference day and evening on 3, 4 March. This is an opportunity for students to set goals for the year. Feedback from students last year identified that this was a great help to support their achievement. For senior students they identified this as a contributing factor to their success in NCEA in 2019. As principal one of the most visible indicators at the end of the year was the very small numbers of students needing to be called back to gain NCEA qualifications and then the rise in student achievement.
Parents, please do make the time to meet with your son/ daughter’s mentor. The meeting is important and the discussion is invaluable to setting students on the path to success in 2020
The school year has started very well with students looking smart in their uniform. Sadly in the last couple of weeks we have seen non uniform shoes and jerseys starting to appear. Teachers, Deans and senior leaders will be speaking to students about their uniform as we aim to maintain the high standard expected for all students.
Have a great weekend.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright