Principal’s Address 23rd February 201823rd Feb 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
This week started with our Athletics Sports Day event and with Cycone Gita due later in the week it was a difficult decision as to whether to go ahead. Despite a damp start the day was brilliant. Despite the weather a new record was set and there was some great performances by the students across a number of events.
The spirit and attitude out on the field was wonderful and a number of staff and parents have commented about what a settled start to the year. For me I have also had the opportunity to acknowledge the positive attitude that so many of our students have demonstrated.
This week saw the return of the Mike Pero Careers bus. This provided an opportunity for our senior students to visit and look at some of the senior careers options in an interactive environment. South Otago High School also hosted students from our neighbouring high schools. As a school we are very fortunate to have this opportunity here on site.
This week a lot of our senior students have started their tertiary courses. These can be long days for some students when there can be an hours travel each way for some students. In the last week we have also requested information from parents which students require supervision on Friday morning before school starts at 9:35. We do require a response from all parents so please do return the reply slip.
In school, the senior Friday options have been running for a couple of weeks. Talking to some staff there is a great deal of enthusiasm for some of the options with students wanting to put in extra time to their Friday courses. For parents, please talk to your son/daughter about their options. They are an invaluable time for catch up on subjects they may be struggling in, extension time for areas of high interest or where a students has a particular aptitude for a curriculum area. It is not an opportunity for students to cruise or take time off.
We have also included a compulsory course which aims to educate students in financial literacy, careers planning, introduction to automotive care (and the real costs), personal well being and life skills. These programs are important to provide the necessary skills to enable students to be independent once they leave school. The development of these courses has been in response to the community consultation that was completed at the end of 2017.
In my comments above I have talked about the positive start to the year and opportunities available to students to engage fully with their education. However, it is disappointing to note that some students are opting out of events such as the athletics sports and think that Friday, because it is different is not worthwhile. Parents, we rely upon your support and consistency to keep our young people in school so that they have the best opportunities for success in the future.
Last week we welcomed back two students to South Otago High School from their overseas exchange visits. They were Briar Mills who had been in Switzerland and practicing her French language skills and Kayleigh Wright who had been attending school in Thailand. In the coming weeks they will be sharing their experiences in assembly.
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