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  • Principal’s Address 2nd June 2017

    2nd Jun 2017

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    SNOB

    The social event of the South Otago High School Year is nearly upon us again. The SNOB committee have been working very hard to ensure the night is a great success. The arrival of vehicles and students at the Balclutha Memorial Hall is not to be missed and is scheduled to start from   early evening.

    I would like to remind all parents/whanau that this is a school event and the usual school rules still apply. The school is responsible for students from the time they enter the SNOB, to the time they leave at midnight. Students who need to leave early may do so only if a letter requesting permission to leave early is presented to the school office, prior to Friday 9 June. Students will only be released into the care of their parent/whanau who will be required to come to the door to meet their child.

    I look forward to the night and am sure that it will be a great success.

    Conferencing

    On Wednesday we held the last of our conferencing meetings and have been reviewing the feedback  received following this new format of reporting and meeting with parents. The response has been overwhelmingly positive so far. We also acknowledge that there are a couple of things we could change to make the event more useful.

    Some of the comments received include:

    • This is great to be involved as a parent
    • It’s really good to have the conference feedback so that we help our kids where they are lacking.
    • Was great to have more privacy and only one appointment

    I would like to remind parents if they would like to meet a specific teacher to discuss a learning issue, then they are able to make contact through the school office for an appointment.

    The value of Respect

    This week I have been speaking to students about the way in which they use their words to communicate. It is simple to cause offence, when none is meant, by the way in which we speak. Linked to this is swearing. The use of language is one way in which we show respect for others around us. Our aim is to reinforce the use of inappropriate language and swearing does not show respect for others.

    We expect high standards from our students and we would appreciate your support in reinforcing this message at home.

    Sports teams, fund raising and uniforms

    With winter sports well underway, we are seeing more sports uniform items being worn around the school. The school uniform is very clear and students are expected to wear the correct uniform during the school day. This DOES NOT include the sports hoodie or caps recognising student involvement in the recent rugby tour.

    Students have been warned that if they wear non uniform items they can expect to be asked to remove or hand them to the office for safe keeping.

    With the prospect of tournaments and other trips, fundraising and sponsorship is starting to move into action. The school does have a process for approving fund raising and sponsorship activities. If a group or individual is preparing a fundraising activity, please make sure you consult with the teacher in charge so that we can ensure the event does not conflict with others  have been approved.

    Similarly, the Board is very keen to ensure any team sets of sports clothing is approved and consistent with the image the school is looking to portray in public. Once again, it would be appreciated if coaches, managers and parents could consult with the teacher-in-charge prior to making arrangements for purchase of team outfits.

    Have a wonderful long weekend and make the most of the time away from work.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal