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  • Principal’s Address 3rd May 2019

    8th May 2019

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

     Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    It was good to be back into work this week and I hope that you have all had a break and that families made the most of the long Easter weekend. Since returning to school it has been a pleasure to hear how our students performed at the Dawn ANZAC service here in Balclutha. I have received positive comments about both Amy Selwood and Steven Te Moana Currie who spoke at the dawn service and then at Holmdene later in the morning. I also received really good feedback on the performance of the Kapa Haka group. During the last year this group has grown and developed under the guidance of Timi Kuka and the support of Mr McDowall.

    During the holiday a group of students travelled to Australia to play in a netball tournament on the Gold Coast. I was fortunate to get to see them play on the second day of their competition and all the students were in good spirits. At the end of the competition the second team received the award for Fair Play. I see that these students have lived up to the school values of Respect, Excellence and Perseverance with this award.

    Teacher only day

    On Monday 13 May, South Otago High School will be closed for instruction whilst the teachers participate in a professional development day alongside many of our primary colleagues. There will be no teachers on site and there will be no supervision available for students. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause.

    Teachers industrial action

    As you may be aware the teachers union (PPTA) has been engaged in pay negotiations over the teachers collective agreement. As there has been no settlement so far the PPTA members are looking to engage in industrial strike action. There is a potential strike and this is set for Wednesday May 29. In the coming weeks we will be reviewing the implications for students and families and will be communicating this as soon as possible once the strike action is confirmed

     

    Board of Trustees Elections

    Later this year there will be the opportunity for parents to stand as Board of Trustee representatives. Nominations for Board elections close on 24 May.

    The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is helping to promote this role and is offering a workshop at Balclutha Primary School on Monday 13 May at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend please register your interest with Lucienne Shelley  lshelley@nzsta.org.nz. Other links that might be useful can be found on the NZSTA website:

    Information for parents  https://www.nzsta.org.nz/advice-and-support/information-for-parents/

    The NZSTA board election website – https://www.trustee-election.co.nz/becoming-a-trustee/

    SNOB

    There is now just three weeks until the school social event of the year. In the coming week we will be reviewing the eligibility of those students who have poor attendance records or outstanding bills. Thank you to those parents who have contacted the school to support the school by clearing bills and actively monitoring attendance of students. Once again, at this stage no student has been declined entry to SNOB and the letter serves as a warning.

    Finally

    We are now heading into the winter and the weather is certainly cooler. At the end of last term I did ask for families to prepare for the season and ensure that students had the appropriate winter uniform. It is frustrating that in the first week we have had a number of students who have incorrect jackets and jerseys. The help and support of family/ whanau to ensure that students have appropriate clothing for school is greatly appreciated.

      

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright—Principal