Principal’s Address 24th March 201724th Mar 2017
Kia Ora Tatou
I would like to start by acknowledging the sad news that was received by the school late last Friday evening of the passing of Matua Piripi Gage.
This week we have acknowledged the significant contribution that Piripi has made to the school community. His greatest legacy has been his work alongside the tamariki and whanau of this community. During his time at South Otago High School he has gifted to the school our haka and our Waiata. Students perform these with pride and part of his on-going legacy will be the way in which our students embrace these.
He has guided staff, students and the school community through the correct process of tikanga Maori. He continued as a mentor and guide this year we started with our powhiri with the whole school present. This legacy we will preserve, and I hope, grow in the future.
Piripi has laid a solid foundation for the future growth and development of our school as a place that Maori students feel comfortable and able to succeed. As a school we will make sure that we acknowledge this contribution. We are looking at creating a new award to recognise his contribution which I am looking forward to presenting before the end of the year. His influence will also be recognised during our inter house cultural competitions.
On Saturday there will be a public memorial service. We understand that students may choose to attend and we would ask that they be accompanied by family/ whanau to provide support should this be required. We understand that the organisers are hoping to have a haka performed by the young people who worked with Piripi.
Details of the memorial service are below.
Ka kite ano