Principal’s Address 4th December 20154th Dec 2015
Tena Koutou Katoa
We have now completed our final full week of the school year. The time has passed so quickly. It only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming our new Year 9 students and busying ourselves for the year ahead.
Our ceremony on Monday night was an excellent celebration of student academic, sporting and cultural success. It was fantastic to see such a wide range of students recognised.
Congratulations to all prizewinners, in particular to our co-duxes, Caitlin Cook and Bailey Rutter. A check of our Dux Honours Board in the vestibule this morning revealed our last co-dux award was given in 1991 and seemed to be a reasonably regular occurrence up until that year.
Feedback from the community has been very positive. The large crowd in attendance were patient and supportive on what was a very hot night.
One of the features of the night was the recognition of the entire Year 13 cohort. Each member of the ‘Class of 2015’ were recognised in their last year of schooling. There was a diverse range of future plans and we wish these students all the very best with their future endeavours, confident in the knowledge that they will all make positive contributions in society.
On Wednesday we welcomed our new Principal, Mr Mike Wright. A contingent of 20 people made the trip south from Opihi College in Temuka.
With help from the junior school, senior Kapa Haka members, staff and community members, Mike was treated to a very warm welcome. Features included a Wero, a rousing school haka and the singing of the school waiata.
Mike was very impressed with the welcome and we very much look forward to working with him in 2016.
The cast and crew of our Junior Production have been working hard this week in readiness for a number of performances. “Where the Wild Things Are” is the theme of this year’s production.
The show was performed to the junior school yesterday. Today, there are over 500 students visiting from local primary schools, over three performances. The show culminates with a public performance tonight at 7pm in the SOHS Hall. We hope to see you there this evening.
I would like to thank all of those involved in helping to make our junior production a success.
Final week of School
As we move into the final week of school, there is no hint of slowing down! On Monday and Tuesday next week we are hosting a Ki O Rahi Tournament. To the uninitiated, Ki O Rahi is a Maori ball game based around a myth. All junior classes have been working hard in preparation for the Tournament, which is a collaborative approach across all learning areas within the school. A website has been created and can be accessed at https://sites.google.com/a/sohs.school.nz/kiorahi/home
Students will compete in their form classes, with each class having been allocated a colour, and as well as designing their own banner and group chant.
We warmly invite whanau to attend the Tournament, which starts from 1.00pm on Monday and 11.30am on Tuesday and will be played on the lower school grounds. A definite highlight is the Community Exhibition Match, being played at 12.30pm on Tuesday, to be followed by a BBQ lunch.
Thursday, December 10, is the last official school day for the year. Our Junior Prizegiving will be held at 12.00pm in the SOHS Hall on the day and the school will be released at the conclusion of this event.
Greg Heller Acting Principal
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