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 - 4 August 2017
It has been a wet start to the term but with so much happening this term it is hard to dampen the spirits of students and staff.
We have started off with a good turnout to the parent-teacher-student interviews on Wednesday between 2 and 8 pm with 103 parents coming in to discuss their children’s progress with teachers. This is a significant effort on behalf of our staff to make themselves available for what is often a very intensive afternoon/evening following on from teaching in the morning. There are few other professions where a person is expected to maintain, on a daily basis, as many relationships with people.
With regard to staffing this term, the English Department have welcomed Mr Andrew Goldsworthy until the end of the year, and Mrs Fleur Murray has taken up a short-term relieving position until the new Health and PE teacher is able to start.
It is with mixed emotions that we have received Mr Jonny Anderson’s resignation in order that he can take up the role of Deputy Principal at Takaka Primary School. Jonny is an ideal choice for this role but we will miss him greatly at GBHS. Always highly professional and with great integrity, Jonny has been one of the mainstays of our Year 8 programmes and has shown great flexibility and commitment to the school by becoming a skilled hard materials technology teacher as well as the GBHS’s Specialist Teacher, providing advice and guidance to new and old teachers alike. We will have Jonny’s skills until the end of Term 3, when he takes up his promotion at TPS.
The new term also saw the start of student-led assemblies with Red House leading off in Week 1, employing the singing talent of Mihi Te Rangihika and the piano skills of Mukunda Knowles to engage the audience. Next week Blue House will be hosting our School Assembly and we look forward to their presentation. Parents are, of course, welcome.
Talking of talent: congratulations to the team from GBHS, Chrystal Boomert, Ludo Palffy, Lucas Jones, Siddhartha Ishwara and Solomon Sommerfeld who came second in the Tasman Regional Theatre Sports Championships on Tuesday. Coached by Ronnie Short, the team made a great success of the evening. We look forward to seeing this talented group on stage here at school in the future.
School Uniform – There is something impressive about a properly worn uniform or style of dress; why else would societies all over the world use them to show that people are part of something bigger than the individual? In Years 7 -11 we want students to understand that they are part of a larger whole – GBHS. When students are not dressed in the correct uniform it says that being part of the school is not a priority; it also says ‘I don’t want to cooperate with the rules which everyone else is expected to abide by, I want attention and it’s ok if it’s negative attention.’ None of which is a good message to emanate. GBHS does not repress the ability of students to express their individuality; hair colour and length, jewelry, piercings, moko, hats, all these personal adornments are within the scope of personal expression. If you as a parent are having trouble providing a uniform for your child, come in and see us. We have second-hand uniforms available for a small koha. Parents, please be positive and support the staff here at school in focussing on the great learning our students can achieve by being part of GBHS and not spending their time chasing uniform infringements.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha,
Richard Baker - Acting Principal
Calendar of Events
14-18 Aug…......Yr 7&8 Winter Tournament
18 Aug ..............Goldie
19-20 Aug..........Snr Supernet
20–25 Aug.........Yr 9 Rotoiti Camp
21–25 Aug.........Practice Exams Yr 11-13
28 Aug...............BOT meet 7pm
30 Aug ..............What If?
30 Aug ..............NMIT visit
30 Aug ..............Meet the New Staff, Senior Leadership Team and BOT 7pm
1 Sept ...............Goldie
4 –8 Sept ......... Yr 12 Work Exploration
11 Sept ............ Get2Go Challenge
11 Sept ............ NCEA Info Evening Yr10
13 Sept………...Course Interviews Yr 10 –12
13 Sept ............ What If?
15 Sept ............ Goldie
25 Sept ............ Vic Uni Course Plan Yr13
25 Sept ............ BOT Meet 7pm
27 Sept ............ What If?
29 Sept ............ Goldie, End of Term3
16 Oct .............. Start of Term 4
2017 Term Dates:
Term 3 Monday 24th July to Friday 29th September
Term 4 Monday 16th October to Friday 8th December
The Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop tries to be open fortnightly on Tuesdays from 1-2 pm (lunchbreak). Term 3 dates are 22 August, 5th September, 19th September. 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 email@example.com
Meet the New GBHS Staff, Senior Leadership Team and BOT
Wine and Cheese Hui / Evening
Wednesday 30 August - 7pm - Library
All parents and caregivers are invited to the GBHS Library for an opportunity to meet with the new staff who have begun in 2017. The Senior Leadership Team and Board Members will also be in attendance.
These new staff include: Coralie Stopford (Deputy Principal, Teacher of Maths and Digital Technologies); Jan Stark (Head of English) Dan Padial (Head of Health and PE); Anna Cederman (Health and PE), Kieran Chandler (Outdoor Education and PE); Terry Baker (Science); Fleur Murray (Health and PE); Bridget Wren (Acting Head of Digital Technologies); Andrew Dolling (TIC Languages and Performing Arts); Ute Schroder (Junior Classes) and Andrew Goldsworthy (English and Drama).
We look forward to seeing you there. Nibbles and refreshments provided.
There will be a full Community Consultation Hui in Term 4 which all parents/caregivers and community members will be invited to attend.
TERM 3 STAFFING
While the Principal, Mrs Katrina Hutton, is on Parental Leave the Staff leadership responsibilities are…
Acting Principal..Richard Baker
Deputy Principal..Coralie Stopford
Acting Deputy Principal..Peter Mitchison
At the Boards request, Alison McAlpine has been appointed as a Limited Statutory Manager. Any parent wanting to speak with her should contact the GBHS office for an appointment.
GBHS is in good heart. The recent ERO visit confirmed sound student progress
Alison McAlpine - LSM
Dear Parents, Whanau and Friends
Many of you have been notified that Golden Bay High School now has a Limited Statutory Manager – Alison McAlpine - sitting on the Board of Trustees.
This letter explains more about what Alison will do and the reasons why Alison has joined our Team.
Please remember, the Board have the best interests of all staff and students at the front of our minds, and this interest drives our actions. We have an awesome school, with wonderfully dedicated and skilled staff and our children, who are growing in skills, determination and enjoyment of life in this great place deserve the very best we can provide them.
Andy Williams, Chair, Board of Trustees
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.
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.
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.