Principals Address – 7 February 20147th Feb 2014
Tena Koutou Katoa
We have had a great start to the year with most senior students on full timetables and already settled to work. There are still a few seniors needing to be placed in courses, which will happen by the end of today. Thank you to those students and parents for their patience over this. It is very important to have students in courses they want to participate in and which are appropriate, rather than just any class open in that option line.
Wednesday Timetable Changes
There has been some concern expressed by one or two parents about the later start to lessons on Wednesdays. Please read my detailed response attached to this newsletter, which has also been printed and sent home with every student.
It is very important to me that this community understand and support the changes that I continue to make here at South Otago High School. The bottom line is that if I don’t make changes then we will get no change. That is not acceptable.
My whole focus in this school is to raise academic achievement and student engagement, so that all our young people leave this school having done as well as they possibly can. I appreciate change is challenging and some parents are concerned.
I would have liked to have signaled this later start at the end of last year, but to do that I would have to have had all the answers to your questions and concerns then. I simply didn’t have the finer details worked out. I do now. Please read my explanation and if you have any further questions or concerns, email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
The school roll is well up from last year’s starting number of 484. Currently we have 507 students:
Year 9 117
Year 10 112
Year 11 114
Year 12 80
Year 13 83
We have a very busy 12 week term ahead of us and look forward to our first whole school House event; the annual athletics meeting. Please pencil in Tuesday, 18th February. Bring a folding chair and a picnic and come and support your young person on this highly entertaining day.
I would like to recommend the Cyber Safety evening at Rosebank Primary School on Monday 17th February 7.30pm – 9.00pm (see newsletter item). It is very important to be fully aware of the potential dangers of the internet.
Ka Kite Ano
Mrs Joanne Hutt