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  • Principal’s Address 7th April 2017

    7th Apr 2017

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    With our Principal Mike Wright away in China with the Confucius Institute, I have had the honor of being acting Principal this week. I have managed to spend some time in classrooms and I am amazed at the efforts of our young people. The work they produce and the ideas they have about our future are heartwarming to hear.

    One of the topics I have had the opportunity to talk about are our Friday options. Students seem excited by the possibilities being presented to them. We have 40 different options running every Friday. In addition to this there are 25 students attending Polytechnic courses in Gore and Dunedin, a growing number of students on work experience or Gateway placements and a small number of others who have sourced their own courses. This day is growing into something special. We are increasingly able to cater for the needs of a wide range of students providing them with the skills and understanding that will make the transition out of high school so much easier. We would warmly welcome any suggestions for possible courses in the future from members of the public.

    I have also raised with the students in assembly the importance of respect. Respect is one of our school values and we want every student to demonstrate this on a daily basis. At the simplest level, we expect students to have good manners. Little things like saying please, thank you, you’re welcome and so on. Holding the swinging doors for other people, picking up your litter and wearing the uniform correctly. One piece of feedback I have had from staff is that a number of students struggle to follow simple instructions. Please talk to your children about following simple instructions in a timely manner – simple requests like get your book out, take of your cap and please stop talking. All the little things that show respect and make a classroom and a school a much nicer place to be.

    With the end of the term rapidly approaching students are likely to be completing a number of assessments. Please help them by ensuring they have a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and come to school with a positive attitude.

    Have a great weekend and please don’t hesitate to make contact with the school if you or your child has any concerns.

    Ka kite ano

    Paul McDowall

    Acting Principal