Tēnā koutou katoa. I am proud to welcome you to South Otago High School. Thank you for considering our school as the school of choice for your child. I hope that this web site gives you a clear insight into the opportunities which are available to you and your child as a member of our school community.

posted April 21, 2020

South Otago High School was founded in 1926 and has a strong tradition of academic, sporting and cultural success. A walk through the school entrance hall provides an insight into the achievements our students have enjoyed at a regional, national and international level.  The school motto, ‘Faith and Fortitude’ encourages the spirit with which we expect students to achieve and work.

The school caters for all students from Year 9 to Year 13. Typically our classes are small with great student to teacher ratios and this allows teachers to get to know their students. Relationships between students and staff is a vital part of our school and helps promote student engagement.

Teachers provide a high quality education and set high standards for students. The achievement of our students at national qualifications is well above comparable schools throughout the country. Each student has a mentor who will guide and support individual students to achieve their personal goals as well as be involved in the life of the school.

Students starting at South Otago High School in Year 9 are introduced to a broad curriculum. As they progress through the school they have the opportunity to specialise their subject choices to meet their needs for their future. We also offer courses of study in partnership with tertiary institutes such as Otago Polytechnic and Hokonui Tertiary Partnership as well as links to local industry such as our partnership with Big River Homes.

At South Otago High School we expect our students to work to our key values:

  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Perseverance

We celebrate success for those students who demonstrate these values. At South Otago High School we encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities, both sporting and cultural. There are a wide variety of opportunities available to students and we are very proud of students who represent our school. This website provides you with a sample of some of the opportunities which are available to students who are enrolled at South Otago High School. We welcome personal contact and would enjoy showing you our excellent facilities.

Mr M Wright


Mr M Wright,
Principal South Otago High School

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