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 - 2 September 2016
Gosh the year is going fast! We have been reviewing our current timetable, using student, teacher and parent feedback with the hope of meeting as many needs as possible. For next year we are introducing the ideas below:
We currently do not meet the needs of the Arts Curriculum and are also aware that there is a desire in the community for more music and drama. We will be advertising for a Performing Arts teacher for next year. Our initial aim is to have Music in Years 7-9 and Drama in Years 8-10, with the hope of extending them further within the school.
We are going to 6 lines from 7 in Year 11. A survey of current Year 11 students in 2015 and this year makes it quite clear that they are overwhelmed with the number of subjects they are taking. Our aim is quality not quantity. A target area is to improve our number of Merits and Excellences. In order for our students to be able to achieve this they need time to focus on key areas. This will not limit their options at Year 12. This has been thoroughly thought through over the last two years, always with the best outcomes for our students in mind.
We are also conscious that our Year 7 and 8 students and teachers would like more Sport/PE and so this is increasing also. At present there is a slightly uneven spread of time over the different curriculum areas. We have looked at how to rectify this without altering our current staff drastically.
Although there will be slight differences between subjects in the different year levels on average ALL curriculum areas between Years 7-13 will have between 110-120 periods per cycle.
Our What If? programme has been popular this year and after surveying staff and students we have decided to continue it once per fortnight. This programme will constantly be reviewed in terms of giving students different opportunities in areas that interest them.
Staff will be undertaking Professional Learning for one hour per fortnight during the school day and we would like feedback, in terms of the best time possible time for this to occur. We would like you to consider first thing on Wednesday with a later start for students or an afternoon slot on Wednesday (once per fortnight) which would mean finishing earlier. We are aware that bus students who cannot get home will still need to be supervised. We appreciate your support with this as Professional Learning is extremely important for keeping up to date with key pedagogical change.
Winter Tournament: I am extremely proud of all our teams and have received some write ups from those lucky to be there in person.
Boys Rugby: After an initial two hour wait to board their plane to Dunedin they were off! They were not so impressed with the ‘rent a dent’ vans which greeted them at the airport, but soon got into the spirit by having their tummies filled with yummy roast and apple crumble. They enjoyed bowling. The next day they played two games and had a win and a loss. The Day 2 games were very close, but also unfortunately losses. However the boys cheered up with a movie. The next day they found was really fun, with heaps of short 10- minute games. During their trip the boys went to Dunedin University, the Mall, and the Museum. They bought fluoro hats to watch the game between Otago and Northland and I believe they were seen on telly! Just before they went home they went to the chocolate factory. They would love to thank Buddha and G-Bats for taking them.
Ki O Rahi :Congratulations to our Years 7 and 8 teams. Our A team won three out of their five games. The team included:
Amelia Scotland, Emma Harwood, Bridie Lund, Aria Tomlinson,
George Davies, Ben Hutton, Krugar Griffith, Alex Oakden, Oscar Fitzgerald, Chris Oakden, Jamie Mountfort.
Our B team won against a development team, and it was great to see how well they did. The team included:
Renae Godsiff, Ellie Hopkins, Ava Johnson, Rhianne Solly, Caleb Dodson-Herron, Beau Aram-Hunt, James Hartshorne, Kegan Weir, Jake Hambrook, Ben Bickley, Todd Ward.
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.
Calendar of Events
Cont....Professional Learning: This term our staff are doing Formative Assessment Strategies which involve deliberate acts of teaching such as writing Learning Intentions on the whiteboard (‘What We Are Learning Today’). These are accompanied by Success Criteria which help students understand how they can be successful with the Learning Intention. The last couple of weeks we have been focused on effective questioning techniques which involve giving the students adequate wait time to answer and also time to answer as pairs, which helps students who are shy to answer as well. We have also learnt about Snowballing and Travelling, which aids group discussion and movement between groups to get an overall understanding.
This activity promotes students to teach each other. (In terms of successful learning 90% of students learn from this style). Staff also engaged in the use of six thinking hats to give students the opportunity to gather data, identify problems/avoid mistakes, use their gut instinct (emotions), look at the positives, devise creative solutions and then reflect on the process. Next we will be looking at framing different types of questions to better engage our learners.
Our Staff: I am really happy to announce that one of our teachers, Hess Williams, has qualified as a Top Education Perfect user. This places Hess in the top 10% of over 35,000 teachers from around the world. With a growing emphasis on online learning and data analysis of student progress, this is an extremely valuable skillset.
Consultation Hui: Our students are currently underway with an exciting competition to find an acronym to spell out the key values/ skills/ attributes that we as a staff, parent and student body all agree are key here at Golden Bay High School. Watch this space.
Project Janszoon: This week in Assembly we had Wendy and Brooke speak to the students about Project Janszoon. This was led by our student leaders in this area.
Student Rep Nominations: At this week’s Assembly two students made presentations for the Student Representative place on the BOT. They were Jack Balck and Jett Bennett.
NZQA Evening: It was great to see such a huge turn-out especially from parents of Year 10 wanting to know more about NCEA. The hall was also full of inquisitive students trying to determine what steps to take next on their journeys. Speaking as a parent it was great to see such positive students with a thirst for information. A huge thank-you to all our teachers who made this possible and to Richard Baker for his presentation.
Community of Learning: Having met with the MOE a few times this year about how we can progress as a community for the benefit of our students, I wanted GBHS Staff to be given the opportunity to have as much information as I had been given. As a result we hosted a ‘Teacher-only’ day for our whole school community. After the day we asked our combined staff a set of questions to discover how successful the day was in terms of informing our staff and in what direction they would like to go next. Our next steps in the process involve having collective achievement targets for all in the local schools that we can collectively work together on. We also need to appoint a Lead Principal for a term anywhere between 12-24 months. I have chosen not to put my name in the hat at present as I do not want to be released from my own school two days a week because I really want to channel my energies as a new principal at GBHS full time. I am happy to support any of the local principals who are eligible - Jenny Bennett, Mark Cullen or Steve McLean - if they want to apply (Caroline Gray is currently part of an Area School COL). Obviously this is a choice only they can make with their Boards. After that a collective board holds interviews and appoints. I am looking forward to working collaboratively for our combined students in our community.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Kat Hutton
Board of Trustees News
Hi from the new GBHS Board of Trustees.
We have a great group of parents on board again this year, and great boots to fill. The experience that each of us brings may be very different to that of the previous board but we are eager to do our best to support Kat and the staff as they support our kids.
We have a busy time ahead. Last week we had the consultation hui where parents came out to discuss with staff and the board the highs and lows, the good and the bad, and the goals and aspirations we all have for our school and students. We now have to take that information away and interpret what it all means for GBHS and look at the direction that you as parents wish our school to go in.
We also have the 10 year plan to start implementing. All schools have a 10 year and five year plan we formulate for the funding of repairs, maintenance and capital works in the school. We are in the process of changing project managers and starting to fulfil the visioning that staff and parents dreamed a couple of years ago. There will be some exciting news to bring throughout the year as this vision takes shape into real buildings and changes within the school. As this plan takes shape you will all be shown these exciting prospects and we are sure you will be as enthusiastic as we are for the future of our childrens school environment.
We will continue to bring to you what is happening from "the boardroom" after each main meeting. We will also advise you on the ever changing rules and regulations that we as a school have to follow and the effects they will have on us all.
Thankyou for your support.
The Board: Andy, Kirsten, Cherie, Cynthia, Suzanne, Kylie, Nikki, Jack, Gareth.
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SURVEY
If you missed our community hui, you still have a chance to let us know what you think. Please go onto survey monkey and fill in our GBHS community consultation document.