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 - 20 May 2017
Welcome to Term 2.
Term 1 finished with some great activities. The 7 and 8s had opportunities to go sailing at Tarakohe in Optimist dinghies while other students of various ages headed underground, caving with our own troglodyte Chris Stephenson who was ably assisted by Mark MacKenzie. The staff had a less adventurous conclusion to the term with an excellent workshop, along with staff from all the other schools in the Bay, on ‘Restorative Practices’ as a means of conflict resolution from the renowned exponent Margaret Thorsborne. Not only was this an excellent example of our educational Community of Learning at work, it was also a great opportunity for us as educators to establish a common understanding about positive ways of managing student behaviour, irrespective of which Golden Bay school our children attend. This method of dealing with unacceptable behaviour focuses on learning from our mistakes, taking responsibility for ourselves and putting what is wrong right.
This was simplified to 4 basic steps:
The ‘Four F’ rule - ‘Fess up; Front up; Fix up; Finish'.
While some may ask where is the ‘punishment’, the answer lies in how hard it is for people not only to admit their faults openly and accept the loss of mana or ‘face’ that comes with that, but also to fix up the damage done by their actions, which can take a very long time. In the dim dark past the boys in particular would much rather have had a quick dose of the cane, which hurt at the time, rather than the drawn-out process of having to literally face up to and analyse the emotional consequences of their actions, which nags at the mind and changes behaviour. This is, of course, totally in line with what we know about how the teenage brain learns and the Key Competencies for success in society that are at the heart of the New Zealand Curriculum. It is about having our children become active lifelong learners with intrinsic motivating values rather than passive learners who require constant extrinsic direction and cannot think for themselves about the consequences of their behaviour.
So what have we done to kick off this term? Our first Assembly was dedicated to recognising ANZAC day, a tradition we have established over the last few years in conjunction with the Golden Bay RSA. Students from the school carried the flags at the official ANZAC day service and the same students (Evelyn Astbury, Joline Henssen, and Venus Cahusac de Caux) acted as flag bearers here while students from Year 10 and Year 8 provided the honour guard. Noel Baigent from the RSA delivered a pertinent address to the school while Jett Bennett (Student BOT rep) and Grace Gray (Chair of the Student Council) laid the wreath amidst the crosses representing Golden Bay’s fallen soldiers.
The next School Assembly is Wednesday 17th May at 12.10pm. Parents are always welcome to attend.
Thursday and Friday this week has seen Queen Charlotte College, Picton, brave the rain to come and compete in a variety of sports and we have been entertained by a Samoan Culture Group.
The HPV injections have been delivered to our Year 7 and 8s, who were very brave!
Ka kite anō au i a Koutou
Richard Baker Acting Principal
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
The Uniform Shop opening days for Term 2 2017 will be 16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 27 June. The Uniform Shop 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 email@example.com
TERM TWO STAFFING
While the Principal, Mrs Katrina Hutton, is on Maternity 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
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.