Principal's Message...

By Debbie Halkett | Posted: Thursday March 14, 2024

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 another week draws to a close I wish to thank everyone who has supported our students in their many activities throughout this week. We value our whānau support and couldn’t give our students all the opportunities we do without your assistance. Thank you to all our Year 7 parents who supported our EOTC day on Tuesday.  

This week we have had Constable Jay Morris talking with all our Year 7 classrooms discussing cyber safety and safety tips for our students. If you want to know more about keeping safe online, Jay is running a parent workshop this Monday 18 March at 6 pm at OIS. Every family who comes along to our cyber safety discussion will go in the draw for two $50 New World Vouchers that will be drawn on the night.

At OIS we talk about being IDEAL students, no matter where we are; at home, at school or in our community. As you will know, some of our best lessons can come from our mistakes. One of the greatest things we can do when we make a mistake is to own it and put it right because we can’t take it back. A huge part of growing and learning is taking responsibility for our behaviour, and understanding that we all need to be aware of our 'circle of control'. This means that we can only control our behaviour and our responses. As parents and caregivers, we need to let our children take responsibility for their behaviour. This could mean supporting them to do the right thing and making them aware of the things that they can control and the things they can't. If you do have anything you want to discuss regarding your child we encourage you to be in touch with your child’s teacher, so we are all on the same page.

Late students

This week we had 32 students late to school over 4 days. I know there are times when this can’t be avoided but, I do think it is important that as parents you are aware that getting your child to school on time does set them up for a positive day. Ensuring that your child is on time for school means that they get all the information that they need for the day and don’t miss out on any opportunities that are happening within the school. 

Rebecca Meek