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 - 28 August 2015
Course Planning for 2016: We are setting up a day of student/parent/teacher conferencing for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12 as part of the goal setting/course planning process for next year.
Our regular course information evening will be held on Monday 14 September at 7pm. The following day (Tuesday 15th) there will not be any timetabled classes for Years 10, 11 and 12. Instead each student will be required to come in with a parent for a 20 minute conference with either the form teacher, year level dean, senior manager or careers adviser.
Booking for this can be made online, from this Monday. To access this go to the parent portal and enter the event code G57Y4 into the school interviews page. You then simply follow the prompt to enter your details, choose the teacher you wish to see and choose the time. If you don’t have internet access, please complete the form in this Goldie and return it to the office as soon as possible.
Year 11 Course Structure: For some time the school has looked at the idea of providing more time for cross-curricular activities and for more opportunities for students to participate in The Arts or cultural or sporting activities, or community service projects. Creating time is always one of the barriers to this and one solution is to reduce the number of subjects that Year 11 students are required to study to six. Currently, over our ten-day timetable, Year 11 students study seven subjects each of seven periods. The proposal is that this should change to six subjects each of eight periods.
The increase in time for each subject supports the ‘do less better’ philosophy of most secondary schools. Students would still have access to around 120 credits across the six subjects (they need 80 credits for NCEA Level 1.) A possible downside would be the reduction of the breadth of curriculum at this level but six subjects still gives the potential for plenty of choice.
We would like to hear what you think about this. A parent questionnaire is included in this Goldie and a student survey will be conducted in school.
Sports Team Funding: fundraising by our teams going to various winter tournaments continues. Our thanks for two more recent generous donors to the teams from:
· Tumeke Logging
· Waspol NZ
Calendar of Events
Important Notice to Parents of Year 11-13 students sitting NCEA qualifications this year.
It will be a year of tributes and goodbyes for Roger, who is retiring after 16 years as Principal at Golden Bay High School. While we may be the last of a long line of trustees that he has worked with patiently and always respectfully, we would like to be the first to thank him for his outstanding service and contribution to the school.
In the last few years Roger has had to deal with a series of major, and tragic, unthinkable events. Always he has been calm in the storm, a steady ship towards which we have all looked to for leadership. Always he keeps his focus on the most important issue, on the human and humane response. He has had to prioritise amidst a seemingly endless list of emergencies and it is testament to his ability to do this and to keep his eye on the welfare and achievement of students that the school has continued to do so well and punch above its weight in markers such as its ERO report and NCEA results. If anyone wants to do a study on multi-tasking, I suggest a few hours in Roger’s office.
Principals come in so many forms, and we have been lucky enough to have a principal with an innate integrity, which is possibly the most important thing a school and its trustees, parents and students could wish for. He sees issues from all sides, particularly from those of the student where he stands firm in their defence and interests, and he is a staunch champion of our school in all arenas.
There is much more to say and to thank Roger for, but for now we wish him a very happy and fulfilling final year as our principal, and we express our gratitude for all his service and leadership.
GBHS Board trustees Margie, Allen, Greg, Nikki, Darren, Sue, Kirsten, Bronwynn, Axel.
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:
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