Principal’s Address 3rd May 20183rd May 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
Welcome back to the start of a new term. I hope that during the two week break that you managed to make the most of the fickle autumn weather. On Tuesday it was a pleasure to welcome back those students who had travelled to Vietnam. Since their return I have received several pieces of positive feedback on the experience. Talking to students they have had a fantastic time away too.
The Vietnam trip would not have happened without the time and dedication of Mr Palmer and the support from Mr Beeby, Mr Deverson. Ms Bathgate and Mrs Williams for which I am extremely grateful. Mr Palmer is already interested in running another trip in a few year time and there has been chatter about other potential overseas experiences too. I hope that these will become a new regular feature for our school.
During the holidays the country marked ANZAC Day with a series of services in our community. Once again I received positive feedback on the presentation of our students. Two of our senior students, Briar Mills (Head Student) and Mohammed Shaiyez (Deputy) received special mention after they spoke in Balclutha during one of the events.
Time and commitment to studies
This week with the start of the new term I spoke to students about the commitment that they need to their studies. For junior students they are over a quarter through their courses. Year 10 students will, before too long, be starting to consider their options for senior courses as they embark upon their journey towards NCEA.
For senior students they are a third of the way through their courses. The end of the year will come round very fast and we want our students to have confirmed their NCEA certificate before they depart for study leave.
With the start of the winter sports season and longer, cooler nights it is essential that students make sure that they plan to use their time wisely. Students are encouraged to plan out their priorities. When they set the time aside for study this needs to be without distractions such as the TV or social media.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about what they are looking to achieve when their child starts their work and check in to see how they have gone when they have finished.
The school social event of the year is now fast approaching. This week I have sent letters to students and families where there are concerns regarding attendance or outstanding bills for extra curricular charges. Please not that these need to be addressed before the purchase of tickets for the SNOB.
Teacher only day
Thank you to the community with regard to the support to allow our teachers to participate in a teacher only day on Monday. South Otago High School hosted a number of teachers from around the district as we undertook some initial training in Restorative Practice. The feedback from teachers from both the high school and other schools was very positive. I expect that in the coming months we will see the benefit of this training to support our students.
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