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.
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Ake Ake Kia Kaha.
From the Principal - 14 April 2016
Kia ora tatou katoa.
What a fantastic term we have had! Over recent weeks I have shared many of our student achievements. This week I would like to focus on the work that has been going on behind the scenes. Developing leadership opportunities has been one of my goals for staff, students and community members. Our newly named Senior Leadership Team (Richard Baker, Deb Marsden and I) have been working with the newly formed extended Leadership Team (Rob Anderson, Pete Mitchison, Taz Palmer, Ben Knoef and Chris Stephenson) on our Strategic Plan. This has included professional learning with staff, developing our Teacher Appraisal System and amending the EOTC procedures so they comply with the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This new legislation has caused concern in many schools as to what students will be permitted to engage in, with the hope of preventing accidents. Here at Golden Bay High school I am very proud to say our students are given amazing opportunities to develop skills in outdoor education and I am reluctant to stop them having these opportunities. However, these activities bring risks and so it is important we have a collective responsibility to keep our students safe. That means minimising the risks as best as we can. Currently the BOT and staff are developing new procedures and policies to endeavour to keep our students safe. We are also having a Health and Safety audit in June. However, It is important that parents and students take responsibility by reading relevant information and follow the safety guidelines. Also as part of developing leadership, our staff and students are now actively encouraged to share some of their ideas and work in assembly. The students have really enjoyed seeing what their peers do.
A further area of focus has been to improve bi-cultural awareness in the school. From the School Evaluation Indicators: a document released to schools by ERO in November 2015 there is an emphasis on Excellence and Equity.
“Ko te tamaiti te putake o te kaupapa’ (The child – the heart of the matter)
To enable Excellence and equity it is important to develop the following four key concepts. ‘These concepts provide a lens through which cultural responsiveness of school activities and practices in supporting and promoting equitable outcomes for all learners can be evaluated. School and classroom practices that improve outcomes for Maori are likelty to improve outcomes for all learners’ ( ERO 2015). The concepts are:
During assembly we now regularly include a karakia (led by Dallas Bradley and Noah Haerewa) and a waiata (often led by students). Phil Rawiri and Margie Little have been driving staff and students to learn new Maori words and participate in cultural experiences.
I was extremely saddened that due to the recent flooding the Athletics Sports had to be cancelled which meant I was unable to attend the backup day due to it coinciding with the national principal’s conference. I was very disappointed that I did not get the opportunity to meet some of you. I am attending some weekend sports and hope to see you there, and at our hui but more about that later. The conference was extremely beneficial for me. We had very important information shared with us from the Education Review Office, Education Council, NZQA’s progress with online assessment and advice around the new Health and Safety Legislation. One of our key note speakers Alan November (www.novemberlearning.com) challenged over one hundred principals in terms of their thinking about education and “who owns the learning”. I shared these ideas through staff professional learning this week. His ideas included: engaging students in their own learning by building communities of learning with their peers, making global connections and enabling the learner to be able to ask questions at any time and get instant feedback.
Our staff have engaged in a lot of professional learning this term based around our strategic goals which include:
· ICT- how to increase learning opportunities in school
· Student Achievement- how to raise for all students
· Key Competences: how to integrate into teaching and learning
· Engaging Years 9 and 10- by looking at new innovative ideas
· Investigate new pathways/opportunities to keep our students at school
Our staff will choose one of the above to do a Professional Learning Inquiry as part of their own development next term. Also the staff are making connections with our BOT by one department each meeting sharing their results, evaluation and vision. So far it has been very beneficial for relationship building, transparency and understanding for both stakeholders.
In terms of my own development as a new Principal I have a mentor (a very well respected, recently retired Nelson principal) as part of my first time principals programme which has also enabled me to be a part of a community of learning with other principals. It is most important to make connections with other Principals to share ideas and discuss future thinking around the education sector. I am thoroughly enjoying being a part of this program.
Now I have my feet under the table, we would like to hear from the community about ideas/feedback they have for the school. We have decided to hold a Community Hui on 6th July (date and time will be confirmed next term). This will be an opportunity to showcase what we are currently doing whilst giving the opportunity to hear the voice of our community.
I look forward to meeting you all. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays with your children.
‘Ake Ake Kia Kaha’ -. Forever and ever be strong.
Calendar of Events
Lockers: all credit to our student representative Jack Balck who has been investigating the issue of whether students would like access to lockers. Jack has drawn up a survey which at last count about one third of students had responded to, asking them whether they would use a locker and be prepared to pay a small fee for doing so. Jack’s hoping to get 200 responses within the next couple of weeks, and meanwhile is investigating types and costs of lockers. It’s been a great student-led effort, with the surveys being distributed via the student council.
Health and Safety: The new Health and Safety Act and its impact on schools has been a hot topic in the news and no doubt around every board table in the country, and ours is no exception. The board, along with other schools in Golden Bay, is employing a consultant to conduct a health and safety audit in June. Meanwhile we are using the Ministry of Education’s recently released guide and toolkits to work through important policy and procedure requirements.
On that note, have a safe and happy holiday,
Margie, Kirsten, Allan Nikki, Bronwynn, Sue, Jack, Darren and Katrina
Board of Trustees Election:
The triennial election is rapidly approaching (see dates published in this Goldie.) Trustees are active leaders in our schools and we need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students. Trustees have an important role supporting strong professional leadership and effective teaching for all students through informed governance. Both parents and people from throughout the wider community can be school trustees. It is important that boards represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for our children. The elections also give parents of children at state and state integrated schools the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a difference for their schools. It is an important responsibility and all eligible parents should use their vote in an informed way. The minutes of Board meetings are available here and you can contact any member of the current Board to discuss the role with them.
Margie Clark (current Board chairperson), Kirsten Nalder, Darren Clarke and Allan Reid (all parent-elected trustees), Nikki Winter (Home and School), Bronwyn Billens (Manawhenua Ki Mohua), Sue Mitchison(staff-elected trustee) and Jack Balck (student-elected trustee.)
Change of Bank Account
Golden Bay High School has changed its main operating Bank Account to the NBS (Nelson Building Society). The bank account number to make payments for Subject fees, Donations, Trips etc is: Golden Bay High School 03-1354-0370134-000
Please note that payments for Uniforms and Stationery are to continue to be paid into the Home and School Accounts.
The bank account number to make payments for Stationery only is:
The bank account number to make payments for Uniforms only is:
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.
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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