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Principal's Report

Ms L. Miller, Principal —

The highlight of this week has been the staging of Hairspray.

This combined OGHS/OBHS musical production is the culmination of months of planning and weeks of rehearsals. Staff and students of both schools have put their blood, sweat and tears into making this happen and opening night on Wednesday was testament to all their hard work.

The show is a combination of outstanding singing performances, fabulous choreography and many pithy and witty one liners, with all elements delivered confidently and with style by the talented cast. The story revolves around one Baltimore based teen (played by Elizabeth Purvis) and her battle against racial segregation in 1960s USA. The show runs again tonight, Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t got your tickets yet you will need to get in quick as they are limited and this is a show not to be missed! Please contact either the OGs or OBs offices to purchase these. Door sales may be possible, subject to availability.

Next week is the final week of term. Mid year reports for Year 9 and 10 students will be available from Thursday through the Edge parent portal. Please contact the school office if you have any difficulty accessing your daughter’s report. Also on next week is our House Haka competition (Friday) and our Year 9 scholarship afternoon tea (Thursday). Students awarded these scholarships will be featured in next week’s newsletter.

We have many students and staff suffering from the usual winter colds and flu at present. Please keep your daughter home if she is unwell as we do not want to spread these any more than necessary. Also, a reminder that there is a process students who miss an NCEA assessment due to illness must follow in order to ensure they do not miss out completely on an assessment opportunity.  

Today we finish school at 12.30pm to enable teachers who are members of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association to take part in a Paid Union Meeting to vote on the pay and conditions offer made by the Ministry of Education. Once the outcome of the nationwide vote is known we will be in a position to advise you of what will happen next. Once again, thank you for your understanding in regard to the disruption that has occurred.