Principal’s Address 2nd December 20162nd Dec 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
The end of term is fast approaching and whilst students prepare for the end of term activities many of the staff are finishing courses, marking exam scripts, writing reports and preparing for end of term activities. Once again it has been important that students are reminded that the expectations for student behaviour and conduct are the same as they were at the start of the year. For all students, it is business as usual right up until the very last day of the school year.
In the last two weeks our thoughts have been with the families and whanau of the Kaikoura district. Please see the item below as to how we intend to support this community.
Changing to vertical tutor classes
In 2017 we will finishing with form classes and moving to vertical form classes. This will be an opportunity for older students to take on leadership responsibilities and to role model positive behaviour. The vertical tutor classes will also be an added opportunity to engage in the mentoring programme which will also be starting in 2017.
An article of questions and answers for vertical tutor groups is produced elsewhere in this newsletter and I recommend reading this to learn more about this exciting development
Help with teacher accommodation in 2017
In 2017 we will be welcoming new teaching staff to South Otago High School. Many of these new staff will be moving into the region. Whilst the school does have some school houses these are all fully occupied. If you are aware of any properties which are going to be available for rent please do contact the school if you would think that this may be suitable for a teacher. We will then put you in contact with the new staff member to negotiate terms.
Next week we have a wide range of activities available for Year 10 students whilst the Year 9’s will be at Berwick camp. All of these opportunities are based upon the hard work and good will of the staff at school who give up their personal time to make these trips happen. As there is such a commitment from staff we expect the highest standard of behaviour from students. As such if an individual student’s behaviour is of concern they may be withdrawn from the activities or camp. This decision is not taken lightly.
Kaikoura Mufti Day
As you will be aware Kaikoura was rocked by a 7.8 earthquake on 14 November. The high school was forced to close and students prevented from sitting NCEA exams. Nearly three weeks on the school is partially re-opening but there is still significant turmoil for both staff and students. The principal, John Tait, is known to some of the staff here at South Otago High School and has, in the past assisted in developments with the school.
On Wednesday 7 December we will be holding a mufti day for students at Kaikoura High School. As this is a cause which is so close to home the expectation for all students is that if they attend in mufti they will make a gold coin donation otherwise they will be expected in school uniform.
End of term reports are being compiled and will be sent home with students at the end of term. Enclosed with the report will be information about the uniform expectations for 2017. I know that during the holidays families will be purchasing new uniform items and shoes. Please make sure that you read and look at the requirements in particular for school shoes and the girls skirts.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright