Principal’s Address 4th March 20164th Mar 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
This week has been very hectic. On Tuesday we had a successful Lockdown Practice which was supported by the local Police. The feedback was largely very positive and we have some good recommendations which will be incorporated in our future planning.
Following the practice the Police spoke to the students and emphasised the importance of staying off cell phones and allowing the staff to be the sole communication with those outside of the situation. They also made it clear that a lockdown may be initiated if there is an event outside of the school where there may be a slight risk to students and staff.
Our thanks to the police for their assistance in the organisation of this event and the feedback to our staff and students.
House Group Leaders
On Wednesday we announced the next group of student leaders, those who will be leading the house groups. Their first task was to support and encourage students to participate in the athletics sports which were held on Thursday. A list of leaders is included in the newsletter.
This was my first South Otago High School athletics day. I spent much of my day supervising the javelin competition. I was impressed with the comradery of students who supported one another and congratulated other participants not just for winning but also for ‘having a go’. Even better was the care shown by more able students for those who were struggling. To see students coaching and giving advice was wonderful to see and demonstrates what a supportive environment South Otago High School is for all students.
The level of participation in events was extremely high and there were some great performances by some students. Well done to all who competed and as I said in assembly on Wednesday, I hope that even if you did not win you did at least perform a new personal best for yourself.
The culmination of the day was the staff against students relay race. The students started strongly and developed a good lead during the first lap of the 12 by 100m relay. The staff fought back and by the second lap had caught the students. Some strong running produced a commanding win for the staff despite the wheezing old man that finished for the staff!! Thank you to the students for making the event so much fun and supporting all the participants. The responsibility rests with next years students to beat the staff now!
Spirit of Adventure
Finally, this week I also received notification that Tori Brown has gained a full scholarship to join the Spirit of New Zealand voyage in the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity for Tori and we wish her well on her voyage.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright—Principal