From the Deputy Principal's Desk - 10 May 2019

Published on Friday, 10 May 2019, 2:26 p.m. Print Article

Kia ora e ti whanau Our Year 13 students have had a busy week.  On Monday they had the opportunity to visit the Otago University and Polytechnic Open Day along with our careers’ teacher and Year 13 dean.  It gave them all a great chance to explore the excellent options for tertiary study in Dunedin after secondary school.  One student said to me that he was excited by the option day and it confirmed to him the courses that he wanted to take next year.  I trust that all our Year 13 students found it a useful experience.  It is worth mentioning to our Year 12 cohort how important it is for them to achieve good Level 2 NCEA grades as the university and polytechnic often use these grade entrance prerequisites for specific courses. My congratulations to Laura Bungard and Gabby Kakahi on their outstanding results in the first event on the Cross Country Series calendar on Tuesday.  Laura blitzed the field in the senior girls Logan Park Road race to win the title while Gabby finished on the podium in third place.  Taieri College also had a number of other top 10 placings in this event.  Well done to all our runners. Next week will be the build up to Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17 May 2019.  This day is recognised each year in schools globally.  Pink shirt day was an initiative introduced by a group of students to show support for another student who was bullied by others for wearing a pink shirt.  Pink Shirt Day has been celebrated in New Zealand since 2009 and is led by the Mental Health Foundation. Along with Pink Shirt Day, a number of our senior health students are promoting the importance of wellbeing.  Schools and workplaces across New Zealand are recognising the importance of wellbeing to our mental health. Having a positive wellbeing is essential for both students and teachers as we attempt to navigate the increasingly complex aspects of schooling in New Zealand.  On Friday next week, students are being encouraged to wear either a pink accessory to acknowledge and support Pink Shirt Day and/or a yellow accessory recognising the significance of a positive wellbeing. Several activities are being organised by our senior health students to promote wellbeing amongst our staff and students while our peer mediators and Year 13 leaders are looking to promote social inclusion and spread the anti-bullying message.  We encourage everyone to take part in these activities and also reflect on the valuable messages behind the fun. Nga mihi Brenton Hackfath DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

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