Principal’s Address 8th November 20198th Nov 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
This week has been a very rewarding time. We started off with the departure of the senior students for study leave. On Monday as expected the departing Year 13 students set about the expected pranks. By the time I arrived at 7:30 there was a new beach in the Year 9 area, complete with sand and beach volleyball! The tide was out so there was no chance of going for a swim!
The following day I was in a shop in Balclutha and the assistant tentatively asked if the school was still for sale! I laughed and explained that it had been listed on Trade me and I had heard the intention was to convert it to a casino! I admire the year group for their creativity and for following the advice of causing no harm and no offence. They also managed to clear the beach by 9am so we had business as usual.
To be clear, the school has not been sold and there will not be a casino opening on site!
Class of ’69 reunion
Over Labour Weekend the Class of 1969 held a reunion on site which was well attended by past students. During the events there was a raffle which raised $500 which they have donated towards the cost of a shade sail which has been requested by students as part of our PB4L initiative. Thank you to the former students for their generosity towards this project.
Senior Prize Giving
On Monday evening we hosted the Senior Prize Giving at the Balclutha Memorial Hall. The event was well attended and it was great to see so many students go across the stage. I was particularly pleased to see senior students who in the past may have not achieved, now not only graduating but also receiving certificates of achievement.
Feedback has been received from our community that has acknowledged the growth in Kapa Haka, whole school performance in Haka. Also, the significant increase in the numbers of students performing in the musical items. It is always so good to see students perform in these activities and to see students taking up these opportunities.
Head students 2020
As part of the senior prize giving we announced the head students and their deputies for 2020. This year the field of applicants was of an exceptionally high calibre and deciding upon the final four from the 13 applicants has been very challenging at every step of the process. I was excited to announce that the head students will be; Faith Batt and James Briones and their deputies are Kaya Laban and Kobe Thomson.
The school is quieter without the senior students but work is business as usual for our Year 9 and 10 students who still have much to do between now and the end of the year. For senior students sitting external NCEA assessments I expect that you will be preparing thoroughly. Despite the results having little to do with luck, I do wish you all the best with your asessments.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright