Principal’s Address 28th June 201928th Jun 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
We have had another very busy week and it is clear that the end of term is nearly upon us. In the last few weeks I have received a number of requests from parents to take their child out of school for a holiday, typically overseas. Whilst I realise that travel in the school holidays is particularly expensive I would ask that parents of senior students do consider the interruptions to learning and the added pressure for students to complete assessments prior to departure.
Unfortunately, we do have some parents who do not advise the school until the day of departure or in some cases when they are actually on holiday. This is too late for teachers to talk to students about work and assessments. Please, if you are taking students out during term time give the school at least one weeks notice prior to departure.
With the end of term we also notice students are tired and a number are falling ill. We appreciate the support of parents who ensure that students are getting adequate sleep and rest. Following my comments last week about social media I do advocate taking cell phones off students at night. Please be assured it will help students rest and sleep and despite what your child may say they will not miss anything important!
For parents of students who are nearing the end of their high school education some may be looking at entry into university. This week we had a visit from Otago University to discuss applications and scholarships. In recent weeks we have had students visiting Otago University to review what is on offer and the support available to new students. As parents, please discuss the options with your son/ daughter and make sure that they are keeping on top of the application process. Mrs Bloxham has provided details of scholarships and support that students are able to apply for to support their tertiary study in 2020.
Next Thursday, 4 July we will be hosting our annual Cultural Competition in the New Gym. Parents and whanau are welcome to attend this event which is always a great occasion. The event starts at 2pm and I recommend visitors arriving 10 minutes prior to the start.
This week we heard of the passing of a teacher at Saint Hilda’s in Dunedin who was also a coach for their girls rugby team. On Wednesday evening our own girls team travelled to play against St Hilda’s. The following morning I received two e-mails which I would like to share with our community.
I’d like to mention some lovely sportsmanship shown by your girls 1st XV rugby team today.
With the passing away of St Hildas rugby manager this week our girls were very upset.
SOHS joined them for a moment’s silence pre game, swapped jerseys and mixed up the teams at half time, then finished with a big group circle and team photo.
It was really appreciated and the girls had plenty of smiles which would not have happened had it not been for these wee gestures.
I just wanted to again acknowledge your team and schools amazing sportsmanship today. We appreciate you all being so accommodating in our circumstances, and your girls also going the extra mile to pass on their best wishes to our players. You have amazing ambassadors for your school in that team.
What awesome students we have at South Otago High School.
Have a good weekend.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright