Principal’s Address 29th June 201829th Jun 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
As Term 2 heads towards its conclusion it seems a good time for senior students to take stock of their academic progress. Students in Years 11-13 are currently being asked to select their options for Fridays in Term 3. This is an opportunity for families to follow up from conference days and review how many credits senior students currently have. I would encourage you all to sit with your son or daughter and log onto the school portal together. Look at how many credits they have passed and how many they have not achieved. Sit this alongside the remaining credits on offer and have an honest discussion around how many credits they are likely to get from those entries.
If you or your student feels they are at risk of not getting NCEA or not getting it at the level they are capable of, there are a number of steps we can take. Firstly, please make contact with your student’s mentor and discuss what the problems are. The mentor is in the best position to offer advice and guidance in terms of strategies for ensuring academic success. Secondly, use the Friday options, as applicable, to select catch up or extension classes to ensure the credits on offer in classes can be obtained. Thirdly, if you still have concerns please make an appointment with a Year Level Dean or a member of the Senior Leadership team so we can discuss the way forward.
I want to congratulate our Kapa Haka group for the fine performance at the local Hui Ako gathering at the Memorial Hall yesterday. The 19 students in the group performed with pride and passion. It is a new group this year and they have given themselves the name of Ko Timitanga hou O Iwi Katea – New Beginnings at South Otago High School. I would like to acknowledge the work of our tutor Matua Timikuka Walker who is working with our young people and making great progress with them.
The very fine performance yesterday was seen by the group as a step in their journey. They did a bracket that both acknowledged and paid tribute to Matua Piripi Gage our long standing tutor as well as including a new flavour and vibe that Matua Timikuka brings to the group. Well done team you did yourselves and the school proud.
It is often this time of term that students become restless and need reminders around some key behaviour’s. There have been a number of incidents where students have been play fighting with their peers and these have escalated into more serious incidents. It is important we reinforce to all students that they need to treat their peers with respect. Many of these incidents have arisen when one student views the contact as light hearted and just having a bit of fun and the other student has viewed it more seriously. We are working on getting students to understand other people’s point of view and that interactions both physical and verbal need to be respectful.
Thank you very much to the staff and students who have participated in gifted awareness week. There have been a number of activities happening around the school. With one week of the term remaining my wish is for students to maintain focus in class and make the most of the last week of term. Have a great weekend.
Ka kite ano
Mr Paul McDowall