Principal’s Address 8th July 20168th Jul 2016
Kia Ora Tatou
The end of term has arrived and this is now a time to reflect upon the great work which has been achieved during the term. I hope that all students have the time to relax during the break and that families have the opportunity to spend some time together.
During the break I do encourage all students to pick up a book to read and to catch up on any work which has been missed. For NCEA students this is a great time to spend sorting notes, finishing assignments and also preparing to revise. A wonderful resource for students to gain assistance is: http://www.studyit.org.nz/
Report and Parent interviews
I hope that parents have spent the time going through reports with their child and that they have taken advantage of the opportunity to meet teachers to discuss progress and the next steps for their child’s learning. Should any parent have missed out on either of these opportunities please do call the school office to have a duplicate report or make arrangements to meet teachers.
Surveys for Year 10 and Year 13
Thank you to all the students and parents who completed the surveys that had been issued. Your feedback is important and we appreciate the time you have taken to complete this information. If you still have the survey and would like your opinion to count please do complete and return this to school.
End of term
During our final assembly on Friday afternoon we will be recognising the achievements of many of our students. This is a regular event and we welcome parents to join us for this celebration.
Sadly we will be saying farewell to Markus Schmidt who will be returning home to Germany and Ashley Chen, one of our Mandarin assistants, who will be returning home to complete her studies. We will also be saying good bye to Mrs Amy-Lee Budd who is leaving South Otago High School to take up a position at Otago Girls High School. We wish each of you well and acknowledge the contribution that each of you have made during your time here at SOHS.
The Block NZ
It is not often I recommend people to watch TV but this is an exception! Our own Dayna Newbury (Y11) submitted a piece of art work into a competition for the Block NZ Art Competition. Dayna received 71% of the votes and has won $1000 for herself and $1000 worth of art supplies. Her work will be featuring on the programme. The episode was filmed on Friday 1 July and will be on air soon. In the meantime Dayna’s art work features on a brief video on the TV3 website:
On Thursday it was a pleasure to host the first Principals Lunch for two students from each year group. The students were selected by the Deans and recognise the positive contribution the students have made to school, excellent attendance and exemplifying the school values of Persistence, Excellence, Respect, Caring and Honesty.
The students who were invited:
Year 9 Kobe Thomson Hania Coll
Year 10 Bradley Jessop Emily Cook
Year 11 Bax Colley Chrystal Wrigley
Year 12 Jacob Hutton Paige Win
Year 13 Reid Johnston Sophie Morrison
I wish all students, families and whanau a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to seeing refreshed students returning on 25 July
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright