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**School will finish at 3:10pm on Tuesdays. This is to allow for staff professional development. School busses will run as usual.

Term 1

Week 3

11 February - Year 9 Meet the Teacher Evening, 6pm, school hall

13 February - Pasifika Fono

14 February - School ID photos being taken 

14 February - International BBQ

15 February - Sports Day at Caledonian ground, Logan Park 

Week 4

18 February - Enviroschools Workshop 3-4:30pm

20 February - Whanau BBQ, 5:00pm outside S55

20 February - PTSA AGM school library 7:30pm

Week 5

 21 Feb - 1 Mar - Year 9 overnight camps





Contents

First day for Yr 9

Welcome to Year 9

by Ms J. Nielson, Year 9 Orientation

Last Thursday, we were delighted to welcome our new Year 9 students with a mihi whakautau, marked by a stirring performance by Wairua Puhou.

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Linda Miller

Principal's Report

by Ms L. Miller, Principal

Welcome to our first newsletter for the 2019 school year.

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Year 9 Meet the Teacher Evening

by Mrs C. Henderson, Administration

Monday 11 February 2019, 6pm in school hall.

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Pasifika Fono

by Mr E. Shields, Dean of Pasifika Students

Talofa lava, Kia Orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Greetings.

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Year 9 Camp - 26 February to 1 March

by Ms J. Nielson, Year 9 Orientation

Our orientation programme for Year 9 will conclude with an overnight camp which will be held at Tirohanga Camp at Mosgiel.

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Sports Day 2017

Sports Day

by Ms L. Miller, Principal

On Friday February 15, OGHS will be holding its annual school sports day at the Caledonian ground (Logan Park).

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Music Lessons, Instrument Hire and Performance Groups

by Mr E. Shields, Pasifika Advisor, HOD Visual and Performing Arts, TIC Music.

Here is some important information if you are interested in lessons, instrument hire or joining a group.

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Calling all ex-girls to attend our Alumni function on 1 March

by Jane Smallfield

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Student mental health/wellbeing and where to get help when needed.

by Mrs A. Crowe, Guidance Counsellor

At Otago Girls’ we work hard to provide ongoing care and support for all our students.

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Whānau BBQ

by Whaea Joe Hunter, Dean of Māori Students

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Ms Alex Sims

Introducing Ms Alex Sims

by Ms A. Sims, Physics and Science teacher

I come from the UK, where I worked as a physics and science teacher.

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Miss Kathryn Davie 

Introducing Ms Kathryn Davie

by Ms K. Davie, Science teacher

I am excited to be returning to teaching this year after a break from secondary education, raising my two children.

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SPORT

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

Sport and General Nutrition

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Ms Shannon McNatty 

Introducing Ms Shannon McNatty

by Ms S. McNatty, HOD Physical Education

Ko Tararua te maunga, Ko Heretaunga te awa, No Upper Hutt ahau, No Otepoti te kāinga ināianei, Ko Shannon toku ingoa.

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Miss C. Hayward

Introducing Miss Charlotte Hayward

by Miss C. Hayward, English and Drama teacher

Dunedin born and bred, I am excited to be back in Dunedin after two years away teaching and living in London.

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Teaching New Zealand’s History at Otago Girls’

by Ms F. Speight, Social Sciences

This week, as we all took a break midweek to celebrate Waitangi day many parents and students may have had a chance to catch up with the news that a petition has been launched calling for parliament to pass a law requiring the teaching of our own past in our schools.

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Miss Yi Wang 

Introducing Miss Yi Wang

by Miss Y. Wang, Mandarin Language Assistant

Miss Yi Wang is our new Mandarin Language Assistant.

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Physical Education 

Physical Education Department

by Ms S. McNatty, HOD Physical Education

We have begun 2019 with a bounce in our stride and are looking forward to a busy but fun Term One. Our Physical Education teachers for the year are Ms McNatty, Miss Ward, Miss Young, Mrs Hickley, and Mrs Mackay. Ms Hokianga is again, our amazing Sports Co-ordinator.

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School Apps

Our School App

by Ms R. Taigel, Deputy Principal

We encourage all students and their parents/caregivers to download the app. Once it is downloaded just enter the school's name.

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Safer Internet Day

by Ms R. Taigel, Deputy Principal

OGHS is proud to announce that we have joined the Netsafe Schools Programme and are now officially a Netsafe School.

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Online Safety Basics

by Ms R. Taigel, Deputy Principal

For Safer Internet Day and week, we’ve put together a few online safety starter tips to help you stay safe online.

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International BBQ

by Mrs K. Boomer, Dean of International Students, Head of English Language

OGHS would like to invite international families who attend our school to a BBQ on Thursday 14 February.

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Sports

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

Fundraising and Grants:

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NZSTA Triennial BOT Elections

by NZSTA

NZSTA are preparing for the upcoming Triennial BoT elections. NZSTA is working very hard to encourage parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children.

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Oamaru Triathlon & Duathlon

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

Sunday 3rd March 2019 Oamaru Harbour

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U17 Quad of Catie Mason, Grace Roesler, Lucy Merriman and Claire Taylor working through their race start at the Canterbury Champs

Rowing

by Paul Merriman, Parent Co-ordinator

The rowing squad has had a busy holiday period. They managed to fit in three regattas (two in Twizel and one at Lake Dunstan) and two training camps (Waihola and Twizel).

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Netball

NETBALL TRIALS 2019

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

Here is all the information you need for the upcoming netball trials for each year level.

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Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance

by Mrs A. Crowe, School Guidance Counsellor

Sport Otago encourages and supports young people's participation in sport.

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Outward Bound  - Mika Cottle 

Outward Bound - Mika Cottle

by Mika Cottle Year 13

I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to go on an Outward Bound three week Mind, Body and Soul adventure in December 2018 with 13 other students from around the country.

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Basketball 

Basketball

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

2019 Basketball Otago Programmes and Representative Trials

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Challenge Wanaka - 14 February

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

Be a part of the world renowned Challenge Wanaka Festival of Triathlon and kick-start the events with our Secondary Schools' race.

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Queensland Multi-Sports Tour 2020

by Ms C. Hokianga, Sports Co-ordinator

Information Evening Wednesday 13 February, 5:00pm in the school hall.

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