Principal’s Address 8th April 20168th Apr 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
Senior student study
With the end of term rapidly approaching I have been encouraging senior students to review their progress towards their NCEA target for this year. During the two week break I would expect very student to set aside some time to catch up on missed work, review work already completed during the term, finish an assessment task or prepare for the next term by completing some independent study. For our senior students, the end of term marks the passing of the first third of their course.
Junior student study
For junior students, I have encouraged them to pick up a book and read. The ability to read for understanding and comprehension is best achieved by regular practice. This is a skill which will be important for every student not just in school but also when they move into tertiary study or employment in the future.
With the conclusion of the term a week away I would like to remind parents and students to start to prepare for the cooler months of terms two and three. Earlier this term we have all worked hard to ensure that all students are in the correct uniform. Some students are still in canvas shoes and there is an amnesty for these students until Queens Birthday weekend when all students are expected to be in black ‘polishable’ school shoes as set out in the uniform requirements which were agreed to at the time of enrolment. The canvas shoes will be cold and wet during the winter months and the leather type shoes will be far more comfortable.
At South Otago High School we have high expectations for students to attend school. Research shows that a student who is in class for 90% of the time is far more likely to be successful. We realise that sometimes students do pressure parents to allow them to stay at home. It is the parents responsibility to ensure that students are attending school. We are able to support parents who experience some difficulty in getting their children to school and do encourage them to be firm with their own expectations of attendance. Please read the section in this newsletter about truancy.
On the last Friday of term we will be holding our own school ANZAC assembly. This is a formal occasion and we welcome parents and caregivers to this event. We anticipate that this will start at 8:45am in the main hall.
Out of school activities
During the last two weeks we have had many groups out of school and visitors into school. It is always great to have positive feedback from the teachers, parents and volunteers who work with our students. This help and support is invaluable.
It is also wonderful for me to talk to the students about their experiences and the wealth of learning that each student undertakes. It is also very rewarding for students to ‘shine’ and demonstrate skills and talents that may not be captured in a more conventional curriculum.
Finally this week we have said farewell to our guest students from Thailand. During the brief time they were with us they made a great contribution to the school and many of them have spoken to me about enjoying their time here in New Zealand. Part of their positive experience has been the great welcome from the home stay families and the student buddies who have helped them in school. Thank you to all the families and students who have helped make their experience so positive and memorable
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright