2 December 2022 Newsletter

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2 December 2022 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Kia Ora Tatou
This will be the final newsletter for 2022 and as I have reflected previously it has been quite a year as we have continued to navigate the challenges of Covid-19 and the pandemic. With the long summer break ahead I do hope it is an opportunity for students to get outside and enjoy all that this wonderful part of New Zealand has to offer. I am certainly looking forward to getting out for a few bike rides and a walk in the hills!
With the end of the year comes our final celebrations for student success.
Year 9 and 10 Merit and Excellence and Graduation certificates.
In Tuesday’s assembly prior to the junior prize giving we will be handing out the final recipients of Year 9 and 10 Merit and excellence badges to students. This is a reflection of individual performance in academic performance throughout the year. 
Similarly, most Year 9 and 10 students will receive their Graduation Certificate which is awarded to students for combination of criteria such as their academic performance, working with the school values of respect, excellence and perseverance as well as participation is sport and cultural activities.
A full list of graduating students and those receiving their Merit or Excellence badge is published elsewhere in this newsletter. With so many students receiving these awards this will be a lengthy assembly!
Junior prize giving
As stated in a letter sent o whanau earlier this week, we will be holding our junior prize giving in person. A list of prize winners is published in this newsletter. If your child is due to receive an award I do hope that you are able to join us for this event.
Seating will be limited and there is no reserved seating. Doors will open at 11:30 for our guests. I would ask that that both students and whanau who are unwell do not attend. Whilst this week we have seen a reduction in cases of Covid, we do not want anyone to start their summer holiday by needing to self isolate.
Activities Days
As I write this in my office I am quite envious of students who are out and about enjoying exciting activities and craft opportunities. Students have had the opportunity to travel throughout our region. For those that want to stay closer to home students have been participating in arts and culinary activities. None of these opportunities would exist unless there was the good will of staff and for that I am very grateful.
Preparation for 2023
Whilst students start their summer holiday next week a number of staff will continue to work to prepare for the new school year. As January rolls round I encourage families to talk to students to prepare for the new school year. I expect students to arrive prepared and organised for their studies and most importantly with a positive attitude that they will be successful in what they choose to do.
All that remains for this newsletter is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope that you all are able to enjoy some time with family and friends during the holiday season. I look forward to seeing students returning to South Otago High School and welcoming our new Year 9 students in January 2023.
Ka kite ano

SOREC Academy - Student of The Year

The Inaugural SOREC Academy Student of the Year Award has been announced.


School Office Closing Time

The School office will be closed from Thursday 8th December and will reopen on Monday 23rd January 2023.


Merit and Excellence Badges

Graduate certificates and Merit and Excellence badges.


Big River Homes

The Big River homes course, where students build a house, has wrapped up for 2022.


Y9 and Y10 Graduate Profile Certificates

Y9 and Y10 Graduate profile certificates


Winner of Chromebook

Congratulations to Savanah Walsh, who won our Chromebook draw for visiting all the curriculum areas and completing the passport activities on our open night this year.


2022 Prizewinners

2022 Prizewinners for Y9 and Y10.