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10 November 2023 Newsletter

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10 November 2023 Newsletter

Kia Ora Tatou

This week the senior students have started their NCEA external assessments. Speaking to students as they left a number are feeling positive about their performance and I look forward to reviewing student results in January 2024.

Congratulations to our new fire fighter!
After the senior students left I received a letter of acknowledgement for allowing one of our 2024 Head Students, Oliver Shore, to attend a training camp. Ollie has successfully completed his training program and is trained to use breathing apparatus and enter burning structures. Congratulations to Ollie who has now achieved the rank of Fire Fighter.

Teacher only day, Monday 13 November
Earlier this week a letter was sent home to all students and whanau advising of the teacher only day on Monday. Teachers will not be available and no classes will be running for the day. Senior students who are scheduled to sit external NCEA assessments on Monday are required to still attend. These assessments are supervised by an externally appointed exam centre manager. 

Covid-19 cases
This week we have seen a number of confirmed Covid cases amongst both staff and students. This is following trends elsewhere in the country. Please help reduce the spread of the virus by:

  • Keeping your child at home if hey are feeling unwell, has a cough or cold
  • Test your child for Covid. The school still has some test kits which parents can collect by contacting the school office.
  • If your child tests positive, please follow the health guidelines with regards to isolation etc:
  • If there is a confirmed case in your household, please test regularly other household members and consider where a mask when around others.

We know that Covid effects people differently. Even if you feel fit and well despite testing positive please consider others who may have underlying health issues.

For senior students, who may be scheduled to sit NCEA external exams, if they test positive please contact school as soon as a positive test result occurs. South Otago High School will then advise the procedure for management of NCEA assessments.

Year 10 Student leaders
With the departure of the senior students we offer a leadership opportunity for year 10 students to self nominate for a junior student council for the final weeks of the year. This year I am happy to announce the junior student leaders for 2024 are:

  • Bella Paterson
  • Charlotte Wakeham
  • Jorja Andrews
  • Noah Saro
  • Teawa Ketike
  • Rashaun Melvin

These students will be assisting in running school assemblies and lunchtime activities until the end of the year. 

Senior prize giving results
In the past the Otago Daily Times have printed  a full list of award recipients. We have been advised that they have changed their process for 2023 and will be posting a full list of award recipients online on their web page.

In the last couple of weeks I have spoken to all Year 9 and 10 students about the importance of ensuring that they have achieved all the requirements to be awarded a Graduation Certificate at the end of the year. Students need to be working at or above expected level in at least three of their subjects, have worked towards a PB4L badge and participated school sporting or cultural activities. It is not too late for students to achieve these goals and they have been encouraged to talk to their mentor about their progress to ensure that they finish the year on a successful note. Help, support and encouragement by whanau is appreciated as we hope all students will receive this acknowledgement by the end of the school year.

Ka kite ano

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