Principal's Message...

By Rebecca Meek | Posted: Thursday March 31, 2022

Our Purpose: To prepare students to be active participants who will contribute to their community.

Tēnā koutou katoa, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Bula vinaka

As I reflect on the week I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support with encouraging your child to participate in all the different activities at school. I would also like to sincerely thank you all for your ongoing support, your understanding and communication with us.

Over the last two weeks we children have had the opportunity to participate in

  • Cricket skills - run by North Otago Cricket

  • Hockey skills - run by North Otago Hockey

  • Rippa rugby - run by North Otago Rugby

  • We have had Isabella Martin from North Otago Cricket running YEAH Girls Cricket sessions at lunchtimes.

It is important to stop and reflect on the very busy week. I am so grateful for the supportive staff and willing students that we have in our school. A special shout out to staff who have supported these opportunities to happen and the students who have engaged with such a positive ‘have a go’ attitude.

We are looking forward to next term when we are able to get our cultural groups and other opportunities up and running. A number of these are new experiences for your children and often the not knowing can be worrying. It is always important for us to teach our students to take on new experiences as a chance to learn something new and experience something different in a safe and supportive environment. Encouraging your child to get involved in a cultural activity or winter sport this year is important particularly for their social development.

Next Friday the students will be participating in our school Duathlon, not only can the students get involved but you can as well! Check out your child's class newsletter for more information. This is a wonderful opportunity for those students who have never done a duathlon to have a go. There are options for students to enter as the most important aspect of this event is PARTICIPATION.

With the changes to the traffic light system we are now able to hold outdoor assemblies and integrate our Year 7/8 timetable. This will be a gradual process starting with integrating one break for both year groups over the next two weeks.

As part of our health and safety plan each term, we run a fire drill and a lockdown drill. We obviously hope that we never have to use them, however, it is extremely important to be prepared. Before the end of term we will be holding a lockdown practice, rest assured that I will be talking to students at assembly and teachers will be following this up in class.

We are well aware that this term has been challenging for many students, staff and our whanau's. We are all getting tired and looking forward to a well deserved break. The students have really stepped up and embraced change, which makes me extremely proud of our OIS students. Please continue to support your child to have a successful end of the term ensuring that students are well prepared for learning. 

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Contribution for Technology

By now you should have received your technology fees contribution invoice on 23 February, this email came through the email address, [email protected]. If you don’t think you have received it please go back and check your emails on this day.

Thank you to those families who have already paid. Contributions are due by 30 April and all families who have paid their contributions by this date, will go in the draw to win one of two $100 New World Vouchers.