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 the Principal - 27 February 2014
Education Review Office Report: The final report from the recent ERO review of the school has now been received. The most important question in the report is: How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance? The section responding to this question follows:
The new board of trustees is strongly committed to effective governance and demonstrates a consultative approach. School leaders and trustees seek and value student opinions as part of their decision making. Board members have recently undertaken professional development to increase knowledge of their roles and responsibilities.
Strong pastoral care provision supports student wellbeing and engagement. Well-established systems and structures sustain highly collaborative approaches to well-coordinated pastoral strategies. Strategic and annual plans provide a strong base for monitoring progress against school goals. Consistent, regular, planned review and teacher inquiry have been strengthened since 2010. This process should be further refined and used more consistently. Trustees and the senior leadership team have identified that future reviews will take into account student achievement and information from consultation.
The new senior leadership team is focused on building middle management capability and widening leadership through a focus on strategic goals. A new appraisal system has been implemented in 2013. This follows the trial of teaching as inquiry in the English department, designed to bring a development focus to appraisal and build teaching practice.
A common understanding of teaching as inquiry should be established and used for all curriculum areas as soon as possible. The high levels of capability within the staff should allow for considerable school-based leadership of professional development and support its alignment with strategic goals. The full report can be viewed here.
Project Janszoon: Four schools across the Tasman region have been invited to participate in the Project Janszoon “adopt-a-section” programme. The vision of this programme is to inspire students and their community to become stewards of biodiversity and conservation in Abel Tasman National Park (the Park) and beyond, through meaningful engagement in conservation activities. This stewardship is facilitated by the development of a close, interactive relationship with a specific section of the Park where “Adopt A Section” schools will engage in active learning, alongside DOC and Project experts.
Our section is the former Hadfields Farm at Awaroa where we will be involved in the regeneration of forest and wetlands over the coming years. Last week, two of our student leaders- Yerren van sint Annaland (Year 11) and Jack Balck (Year 9) accompanied staff members Pete Mitchison, Ben Knoef and me to a powhiri at Te Awhina Marae to formally welcome the schools to the project. (The other schools involved are Motupipi Primary, Motueka High School and Nelson College for Girls Prep School.) We are excited at the possibilities of the project, which has the potential to link into curriculum areas right across the school.
Computer Donation: A big thank you to Livestock Improvement Corporation for the donation of 20 computers and accessories to the school. The equipment will certainly add to the effectiveness of our computer network..
Gastroenteritis Outbreak: The Public Health Service has advised us of an outbreak in the wider Nelson region probably caused by the highly infectious norovirus. While we have not yet experienced a large outbreak, it is timely to remind you that students who become ill with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not return to school until 48 hours after their last bout of either diarrhoea or vomiting.
Calendar of Events
Notes and reminders from the office team:
Welcome back to another year - A few reminders :
Golden Bay High School is holding a Grand Easter Fair on Saturday 19th April, 11 am–2 pm.
This fundraiser is an alcohol-free and family-friendly event with something for everyone: games, rides, bouncy castle, produce and plants, books, toys, clothes, bric-à-brac, food, live entertainment, a raffle, an art auction, and much, much more. Students, staff and parents will be working together to make it a day to remember!
We would like to ask you to support the event by coming along on the day with friends and family, and also ask if you can help us in any way. We are looking for donations of prizes, artwork for the auction, humanpower before, during and after the event, any great ideas you may have, and simply getting the word out to the Golden Bay community and beyond.
If you can help in any way, please get in touch with Caroline Jones on 525 7185 or via email at email@example.com - thank you for your support!
If you would like to purchase these tea towels or cards and cannot make it to the school please pay $12.00 plus $4.00 shipping = $16.00 into the following account and then email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send them out to you. GBHS Account No 02 0764 0090122 00 - Reference: cards or towels
News in brief
Internet safety is important and we do our best to make sure students are safe when they use the net. Parents need to be aware of the dangers at home too. You can find an Internet safety kit at www.netsafe.org.nz
Does your child use a smartphone?
Do you know what they are looking at? We encourage adults to have open conversations with young people about the responsibility that goes along with ownership of a connected device. For more information check out this site:
Home and School
Check out our Home and School page for the latest news!
The school has been subjected to increasing amounts of vandalism in recent times, including the pulling out of recently planted trees and shrubs. Any vandalism is costly and it all takes away time that our caretaking and ground staff should be putting in to other activities. As a consequence, we have installed a number of surveillance cameras at various locations around the school in an effort to stop the mindless and anti-social behaviour.