Principal’s Address 2nd March 20182nd Mar 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
This term continues to be busy and we have had a number of groups of students away making the most of opportunities. This week some senior students have been completing first aid certificates and health and safety papers. This is a great opportunity to have these young people ready to start work and be part of the local work force or to have some qualifications to support them with part time work whilst they complete further study.
Now that most of the new students have learnt their way around the school it is time to ensure that all students and their families are aware of the availability of lockers in the school. Last year the Board funded the purchase of nearly 100 lockers, many of which have a power outlet to enable the charging of devices. These are available for student use and are a great way for students to protect their valuables and have the opportunity to charge devices during the school day.
Year 9 survey, feedback
Thank you to all of the Year 9 students and their families who completed the start of year survey. One lucky individual will be coming home on Friday with a gift card as a thank you for their feedback. This draw will be made in the student lead assembly on Friday.
Be Motivated Be You
On the 5th and 6th April students from South Otago High School will have the opportunity to hear a variety of motivational speakers. Two of the speakers I have heard previously and highly recommend that students make the most of the opportunity to hear such high quality presenters in our community. The first is Marcus Akuhata Brown who comes from the East Cape of the North Island. He was, as a young man, at risk in terms of education success. Through his work and determination, as well as support from those around him, he has gone on to have an incredible career and amazing opportunities. The other speaker, familiar to me, is Nathan Makaere Wallace who grew up in our region and now presents internationally. His work has focussed on the teenage brain development. I am hoping that there will be an opportunity for parents to hear both Marcus and Nathan for an evening audience.
This week we have made being in the right place at the right time a priority for students. Linked with this is the need for students to be prepared for the activity. This means not just the right gear but also the right attitude. We encourage parents to talk to students about what classes they have coming up and to ensure that they leave the house in the morning prepared for the day ahead.
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