Principal’s Address 25th October 201925th Oct 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
We have now wrapped up the senior practice exams and initial report backs suggest that students have been successful. Some students were unable to attend the exams and where possible an alternative time has been set. The results from these assessments may be called upon if a student has an impaired performance next month or is unable to attend the exam. Further information has been provided by NZQA regarding the possible infection from measles and this is being shared with senior students.
Junior student leaders
With the senior students preparing to depart for the end of the year and study leave we offer an opportunity for Year 10 students to step up and take on leadership roles for the final weeks of the year. This was a new initiative started in 2018 and was very successful. We encourage any interested Year 10 students to apply with a short letter to the principal by Friday 1 November. This is a great opportunity for young people to try a genuine leadership role.
Mana Pounamou Awards
Next Friday the Manu Pounamou Awards for Maori student achievers will be held in Dunedin. South Otago High School will be represented and I know that there will be great support from family/ whanau. The recipients from South Otago High School will be:
- Junior student; Keely Hill
- Senior student; William Stewart
Call backs and mentoring
As senior students start to prepare to depart for the year we have been reviewing the results for students. It is most pleasing to report that we have less than half the number of students needing to attend school to finish assessments this year compared with last year.
A possible explanation for this significant change may be from the use of mentoring. Students were surveyed recently and the results suggest that:
- 70% report that they agree or strongly agree that they set goals
- 81% report that they agree or strongly agree that they have a plan in place to attain their goals
- 67% report that they agree or strongly agree that conferences are useful
- 70% report that they agree or strongly agree that their mentor updates them on SOAP or NCEA scores/credits
- 82% report that they agree or strongly agree that they have a sense of belonging with their mentor group
These positive results reflect the time and commitment by mentors and also the positive partnership and participation by parents/whanau
Next week starts with Labour Day. Typically this reminds me that it is spring, I hope that the weather starts to feel more spring like! Whilst it is only a few weeks since the holiday I realise an extra day for a lie in by young people is appreciated. It is also a valuable opportunity for some independent study by both senior and junior students as they prepare for end of year assessments.
Have a good long weekend.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright