Principal’s Address 6th April 20186th Apr 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
Although we have had two very short weeks of just three days each there has been the same amount of work to complete in just the six days available! I do hope that you all had a great long weekend and made the most of the time away from work.
Last weekend was a good opportunity to reflect upon the term. During the last 10 weeks I have received a lot of positive feedback from our community about the calm start to the year. I have reviewed our data which certainly shows a significant shift in student performance and attitude. I believe that part of this is the school’s significant work on emphasising our Respect, Excellence and Perseverance (REP) values. I would like to acknowledge the support from our community as we have developed these and are teaching these values.
Similarly, with our NCEA results being finalised for 2017 there has been an opportunity to review our student achievement. Once again at NCEA L1, 2 and 3 our students have performed at comparable or better rates than are being achieved nationally. We do still have a challenge of working with students to gain the endorsement for their NCEA awards. I believe that the changes we have implemented and future developments will support us in our goals for the future.
There is much to celebrate as South Otago High School continues it’s growth and development.
This week our senior building programme started with a formal powhiri to welcome our partners into this venture. We appreciate the support of Otago Polytechnic and Big River Homes as we start this new and exciting project. For the rest of the year a group of senior students will be working under the direction of Otago Polytechnic staff to build and construct a home at the Big River Homes site. This will be an opportunity for students to gain Level 3 and Level 4 credits. Work on a building site and gain real life experience. We anticipate that these young people will be sought after by local employers as they complete their course with valuable qualifications.
This time next week a group of students will be boarding their flight for the long trip to Vietnam. Students who will be travelling have worked hard to participate and we have every confidence that they will represent the school well during the time away. Thank you to the staff who will be travelling and giving up their holidays to work and support our students on this venture. In particular, thank you to Mr Palmer for his work to provide this opportunity to our students.
We will be holding our annual ANZAC assembly on Thursday 12 April. I would like to extend an invitation to parents and members of our wider community to join us as we mark this significant occasion in New Zealand’s history.
We have our swimming sports on Monday. I hope to get to the pool to see our students competing. This is a great opportunity to have fun at the pool and participate in an important part of the wider school life. Parents, please encourage your children to get involved and have fun.
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