South Otago High School News

2023 Newsletter

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28 July, 2023 Newsletter

Kia Ora Tatou,
As I came into school today I was thinking about the Womens Football World Cup and how great it is to have events fully back up and running after so many years of disruption in this country and across the globe. We have a group of 30 students attending today and I am sure they will have a fabulous time at the fan zone, enjoying the atmosphere of the stadium and the game itself. Students also enjoyed the Physical Education ski trip this week and the reports back from teachers were very positive about the way students supported each other and the work they completed. Another event we have coming up is the Cultural Competition and students are learning or practising the school waiata and Haka. It has been lovely to hear the improvements from each house sounding out across the school at mentoring times.
Parent teacher interviews
I look forward to welcoming parents, caregivers, students and whanau into school on Thursday 3rd August. This will be an opportunity to talk to each of your childs teachers and review so far and set goals for the remainder of the year.
To book times with teachers please goto: and use the code tpetb
As teachers are available for appointments all day and in the evening we will not be running classes and so we ask that you find alternative arrangements for your child that day. Teachers will be available in the Hall and the library to meet with you for those appointments.
Achievement in school
In recent assemblies I have spoken about the need to manage their time to be productive, meet deadlines and reduce stress. In particular I have stressed to senior students that opportunities out of class are wonderful, and we should take the time to enjoy and appreciate them, but that we also need to make sure we are completing our academic work. If you are out of class, away on a trip or have another event this means that you need to consider how you are still going to meet assessment deadlines by prioritising your time rather than expecting an extension to be automatically granted by your teacher. I have suggested that students look at how they use their time, what is most important to them and if how they use their time is productively leading to being able to complete assessments on time. In particular I suggested that students should look at how time has been spent on phones or devices before asking for a deadline extension.
As we are approaching the end of the sporting season for many of the winter codes I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to South Otago High Schools success this year. Whether you have given up your time as a teacher, coach, manager, driver, referee or in another way the students have really appreciated your efforts and I hope that you have enjoyed the season.
Nigel Scarth - Acting Principal.

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