Principal’s Address 29th March 201929th Mar 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
With just two weeks to go there seems to be no let up in how busy the term has been! I am sure that the long weekend that has just been has been greatly appreciated. It is timely to remind parents and whanau that whilst the end of term is very close we still maintain the high standards that we expect for all students. We have noticed recently that some students are allowing their uniform standards to slip. The help from home to maintain the expected standards is greatly appreciated.
South Island Touch Tournament
Last weekend the South Otago High School Touch Team travelled to Christchurch to participate in the South Island Touch Tournament. During the two days of games the team performed extremely well to reach the final. Sadly they were beaten in the final by a strong Lincoln High School team. Our students have qualified for the New Zealand Secondary School tournament in December being held in Rotorua. Congratulations to our students as they prepare for this event.
Attendance and achievement
Each year the school prepares review and planning documents for the school year which are submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval. In the acknowledgment letter that the school received the Ministry have noted ‘It is pleasing to note the significant shift in achievement for junior students and the improvement in attendance and engagement’
This is due to the commitment of teachers and also the support from home. Looking forward to 2019 we are looking to build upon this success.
Early next term we will be hosting the annual Senior Night Of the Ball for our Year 12+13 students. This is the highlight of the school social calendar for students and is always a great success. Early in the school year I signalled to students and parents/ whanau that the school requires that debts for non curriculum expenses are cleared and that students have positive attendance rates. Early next week I will be sending letters to students who may be at risk of not meeting these conditions. I encourage students to take note of this warning so that they have time to make changes so that they are able to attend this event.
This week I have been able to get out to see the Y13 PE students during their mountain biking trip to Wanaka. It is great to see students participating in these activities and working together with the dedicated staff to make the trip a success.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright