Principal’s Address 7th March 201913th Mar 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
Today is the conference day and it has been great to see that during last night and today we expect to have nearly 80% attendance of students supported by family and whanau in school discussing how to support students on their educational journey. A child’s education is a partnership between the school, the parents and the wider community with the student at the centre. Without the involvement of home educational success becomes far more challenging for young people. Parental involvement is essential and we appreciate the effort and time parents put into these conference meetings. We hope and expect that you value this time as much as we do.
If you have not managed to meet with your child’s mentor I hope that you will take the time to arrange a separate meeting in the next week or so.
A question has been raised with me recently regarding the requirements of homework. As a school we expect that students will have some homework which will be relevant, meaningful and support the work which they do in class. As an educator I see senior students who are successful in their NCEA studies are the same students who have developed the habit of independent study. Often they have routines and expect to spend some time at home studying independently. Parental support in the form of a quiet space, good lighting and encouragement assists students to develop this positive habit. I would hope that all families and whanau will support this work to provide the best opportunity for students.
This week we had the annual Taieri Interchange hosted at Taieri College. There were a large number of students who travelled to the event and the reports back have beenpositive and encouraging. As a school we appreciate the opportunity for so many students to be able to engage in these competitions. A full report appears elsewhere in this newsletter.
Year 10 Camp to Tautuku
Next week our Y10 students depart for Tautuku as part of the annual camp programme that is offered to students. We want to ensure that this opportunity is available to all students. If you have difficulty in managing this commitment please contact either the Dean, Jason Palmer or myself to discuss how we can support.
Southern Institute of Technology visit
Last week I mentioned the Year 11 visit to SIT in Invercargill as part of the careers programme that we provide to students at South Otago High School. This week I received an e-mail commending our students for their positive attitude and respectful conduct.
Balclutha Primary School Beach Day
A few weeks ago a group of our lifeguard students supported the Kaka Point Surf Lifesaving Club as it facilitated the Balclutha Primary School Beach Day. This week I received a letter commending our students for their work and commitment during the day. One student was singled out for special praise for their perseverance after having spent the day in the surf then went to their after school job.
It is always great to receive positive feedback on student performance and participation. As a school we believe it is important that this recognition is passed on to students. We enjoy celebrating student success. This is far more powerful than focussing on the negative behaviour. We do see students grow in confidence and pride when they are acknowledged for their good work. As staff we are fortunate to work in such a positive environment where our students provide so much energy!
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright