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2023 Newsletter

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2 June, 2023 Newsletter

Tālofa lava

This week has been Samoan Language week and in the lead up to the week I did manage to learn some phrases. It is important to acknowledge that here in Balclutha we have a growing Samoan community who bring new experiences and knowledge to our district and to recognise this contribution to our community. Furthermore, the learning of different languages is of benefit for both the learner and also those who first language we endeavour to learn.
Last weekend and the first part of this week I have been attending the Secondary Principal Association of New Zealand annual conference. This conference is a great opportunity to hear from other principals and educational thinkers about new trends and innovations.
During the journey home on Wednesday evening I reflected how much work our teachers, at South Otago High School, do to support students with their studies and provide varied opportunities for learners. Furthermore, that the school is so well supported by both the parent community and also local business. This enables the school to continue to be successful and for our tamariki to thrive and grow to reach their potential.
Industrial action
On Wednesday morning it was disappointing to hear that there was to be a resumption of industrial action. This mean that we had very little time to inform our community that the Year 12 students were to be rostered home on Thursday. I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Next week the following year groups will be rostered home:

  • Year 10 for Tuesday 6 June
  • Year 9 for Thursday 8 June

As yet we have not been informed of any other year groups being rostered home or strike action. As soon as we have confirmation of this, we will communicate the information with our community.
Parent teacher interviews
With the resumption of industrial action we are not able to hold our parent teacher interviews which were scheduled for Thursday 15 June. As a compromise, teachers are going to prepare reports to inform whanau of progress for akonga for the first part of the year. These will be completed by Friday 16 June. Whanau will have the opportunity to raise questions and potentially meet with teachers at a mutually agreeable time. Under the industrial action any meetings must be concluded by 4:30pm
Covid cases
This week we have seen a sudden re-appearance of covid cases in the school community. This has meant that a number of students have been self isolating at home. Whilst sudden spikes such as this are to be expected we would like to remind whanau of the importance of students staying at home if they feel unwell. The school does have a supply of RAT’s which we can offer to whanau to enable testing to be done at home.
I imagine that no one needs to be reminded that this Monday is Kings Birthday Weekend! This means that school will be closed on Monday. It does look like it may be a wet long weekend but I do hope that everyone does have the opportunity to take a break.
Manuia le aso

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