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 - 18 August 2017
Tena Koutou Katoa
There is never a dull moment at GBHS. Last week the Year 11 students were busy around the community as part of their work experience programme, organised by Gareth Batten and Clare Harvey-Smith. Some of them were exploring new community connections for our students working with the Medical Centre and Fonterra. This opens up new opportunities for our students to experience employment in areas which have been difficult to access in the past.
Our Year 7 and 8 students have been involved in a wonderful Winter Tournament in Nelson, and a big thanks to Sue Mitchison and her team of teachers, coaches and parents who have assisted in making this annual event possible for our students.
We have a busy schedule over the next week. The Year 9 Camp at Rotoiti is a significant event in the life of GBHS students. A big thanks to Mr Chris Stephenson and his band of parent and teacher helpers who have made this wonderful outdoor experience possible. We look forward to their safe return with lots of good stories of challenges met and overcome.
While the Year 9s are away, the Practice NCEA Exams for Year 11 – 13 are on at school in the hall. Students should be well into their revision and practising on passed papers to hone their skills. All students have been emailed the exam timetable.
We know that there have been a large number of staffing changes this year, for one reason or another, so we are inviting parents and caregivers to meet our new teachers at a wine and cheese evening on Wednesday the 30th of August at 7.00pm.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Richard Baker Acting Principal
Calendar of Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the New GBHS Staff, Senior Leadership Team
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.