WELCOME TO GOLDEN BAY HIGH SCHOOL
At Golden Bay High School students prepare for the future by learning skills and knowledge, and developing the personal resources that are needed to live satisfying, balanced and responsible lives.
We cater for all students, whatever their needs. Part of our philosophy is to take into account the interests and abilities of each student. We devise individual programmes to support maximum learning where necessary.
Please contact us if you need any further assistance - we would love to hear from you.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha.
From Richard Baker, the Acting Principal - 10 March 2017
Well it has been an exciting fortnight on the sports front with Teams from GBHS competing in Futsal and Ki o Rahi in the Tasman Secondary Schools competitions; and then of course there was the GBHS Swimming Sports last Friday.
The swimming sports day was described by some of our longer- standing teachers as one of the best ever. Not only was the organisation smooth but student participation and the atmosphere generated by the students made it a special day all round. Added to that, eight school records fell, four to Finbar Lewis, our students of the week – you can see the details in Mr Rob Anderson’s report. Congratulations also go to the team of students and staff who made the effort to come in early and set up for the swimming sports, providing much-needed shade on an incredibly hot day. Blue house took out the day on House points and the House Banner award with a solid team effort. With the House spirit building we eagerly await the Athletics in a fortnight’s time.
In the upcoming week we have a visit from the Education Review Office, who will be looking into the schools operations. We look forward to their report in the near future, not only to acknowledge the progress being made, but also to point the way to future improvements to enhance the learning of our students. We will start with a powhiri on Monday morning at 10.00am, which caregivers are welcome to attend. Students have been practising regularly under the direction of Margie Little to provide a rousing welcome to our guests.
Thank you to those parents who participated in our survey for a school acronym to highlight the values of the school. The successful suggestion was LIFE (Learning, Inclusiveness, Fairness, Excellence) selected by the respondents as the acronym which best represented what is valued at GBHS. Students will be encouraged to present these values in both video and static images in promoting the school.
The sudden upswing in the desire to skate and scoot at school has meant that the school has now set aside parts of the school for these activities; it has been great to see the students take advantage of the ramps Mr Jonny Anderson has brought in for them to test their skills on. It would be great to see a further development of these activities and if caregivers have any skills in helping develop these activities further it would be fantastic to hear from you. Visiting caregivers please take care in the grounds- some of these guys move at high speed!
We are continually seeking to improve the physical environment of our school, and Richard Barham and Phil Rawiri work hard keeping the grounds and buildings in good shape. Currently we are making the swimming pool area more secure and fixing the posts around the turf which have rusted through and become unsafe. We have also installed lockers in response to student and parent demand and it would be satisfying to see students take up the opportunity to rent a secure locker now that they are available. Over the next weeks, new water fountains will also be installed with specially-designed water bottle fillers to help students stay hydrated in this late summer we are experiencing.
Our Principal Kat Hutton has taken maternity leave for the present so Mr Paul Nield continues to act as one of our Deputy Principals. Our new staff have settled into school well and we can expect the return of Mrs Jeanine Taylor next week, allowing Mrs Hess Williams to retire, yet again; thanks Hess for stepping up for the first five weeks. Dan Padial, one of our new staff, has taken on the role of bus controller and any queries regarding buses should be directed to him.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Richard Baker
Introducing our new DP Coralie Stopford
Kia ora Golden Bay Community. My name is Coralie Stopford and I am your new Deputy Principal. I have 16 years experience in Secondary education, with more than 12 years in Tertiary Education and business. I am Canterbury born and bred although I spent 9 of my early years in Canada. Much of my time has been living and working in small communities. After the Christchurch earthquakes I accepted a Educational Leadership position in Epsom, Auckland. For the last 4 years I have lived in Pukekohe (land of the potato, onion and V8 racing) and would spent up to 4 hours a day commuting to Epsom. I am please to now move back to the Mainland and very excited about enabling learning for all students at Golden Bay High School. I feel privileged to work within the Senior Leadership Team under the esteemed direction of our Principal Kat Hutton. The beginning of the school year is the start of a new cycle for everyone. A time to reflect and remember that our words followed by our actions define who we are. So be impeccable with your words. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using words to speak against yourself or gossip about others. Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and kindness. Mistakes are inevitable. What we choose to learn and how we grow from our mistakes builds the character of who we want to be.
2017 Term Dates:
Term 1 Tuesday 31st January to Thursday 13th April
Term 2 Monday 1st May to Friday 7th July
Term 3 Monday 24th July to Friday 29th September
Term 4 Monday 16th October to Friday 8th December
Athletics Day - Friday 23 March 2017
The Uniform Shop opening days for Term 1 2017 will be: 14 March; 28 March; 11 April. It tries to be open fortnightly on Tuesdays from 1-2 pm (lunchbreak). All uniform purchases must be paid for in full before taking home.
Please be aware that for us to return any uniform, it must not have been worn and tags must still be on clothing. Any enquires please contact Daphne on 021 130 6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of the 23 February 2017, The Golden Bay High School Board of Trustees
Chairperson is Andy Williams and the Deputy Chairperson is Kirsten Nalder.
Richard Baker says…Getting Started on NCEA
Our Senior students received their NCEA assessment handbooks this week outlining the rules, responsibilities and obligations that govern how they can achieve NCEA. A really important part of the handbook is the last page which is a form that caregivers will need to sign, along with the student, saying that they under-take to follow the rules and that any work they hand in is solely and authentically theirs. Once they complete this and have it back to the office they can start accumulating credits towards their qualifications.
Being here makes a Difference
It is an aim of the school this year to raise attendance to a minimum of 90%. Research shows that regular attendance is one the key factors in maximising success. Deans and Form Teachers are being encouraged to follow up on truancy and unjustified absences and involve families in making the difference to their child’s success. We would ask all parents to get in behind this effort as it makes a collective difference to the quality of education the students receive if the teachers are not spending time playing catch-up with students who have not come to school.
Swimming Sports Photos
The Kamar Parent Portal
The Kamar Parent Portal can be used by students and caregivers to access information and notices. The site can be used to keep up to date with assessment information and the NCEA credit summary. The site also contains information on assessments that a student has been entered into and will detail the assessments that have been completed or are yet to be assessed. This will help students and caregivers to monitor NCEA progress, track assessments and credits as they are completed and entered into the Kamar system.
The link to the parent portal is below. Details of username and password can be obtained from Richard Baker at the school.
As a result of Student BOT representative Jack Balck's efforts, School Lockers will be available to Year 10 and 11 students this year.
Students to be charged an annual rental of $30 of which $10 is refundable at the end of the year if the locker is left in a satisfactory condition.
Currently the school only has 48 Lockers which will be rented out on a first come basis. Should they prove popular then the purchase of further lockers will be explored.
Stay Safe Online
We recommend all parents visit NETSAFE.ORG.NZ website. It is an excellent source of information for parents and students on how to keep safe when online.
Our advice to parents is to remove online devices from children at bedtime - the vast majority of incidents occur late at night when children have unsupervised access; talk with your child about all things internet, and get your kids outside and away from the screen, maintain a healthy environment and lead by example.
Check out the PDF guide for staying safe online.