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 - 24 February 2017
From the Principal
Welcome back Paul Nield! Thank you for agreeing to step in to support me in my absence this week. I am now officially on Maternity leave. I would like to thank you for your kind words upon the birth of our daughter Aurelia Jane Hutton, born weighing a healthy 8lbs 7oz. I am now looking forward to some quality time with her.
Back to business: I would firstly like to publicly thank our feeder schools for making the transition of our students easy. A big thank you to all of the teachers involved. The students come to us as happy and enriched individuals; thanks for all the work you do. As I highlighted in the Goldie last time, Numeracy and often Literacy are areas we are looking at this year as the data very much points us to a need. Data was used from previous years and from our pro-gress made during last year. This very much points to the national trend of Literacy and Numeracy being a nationally identified priority. This often means for us, our feeder primary schools and ECEs, that we get our students with some gaps in their learning before they get to us. We are all endeavoring to close the gaps for our students by showing value added data (how much progress they make when they are with us). It is a pleasure to be a part of such a student focused COL with great principals.
Here is a break-down of our NCEA results 2016
GBHS NCEA Levels 1-3 for whole school, girls and boys.
These results are extremely pleasing but do identify areas we need to focus on this year. Areas we need to track in particular are girls in Year 13 and our UE entry requirements. We will work on this with our new tracking system aided by Mr Batten (Dean of Year 13) and the Principal (Year Level SLT member tracking).
One of the reasons for changing our timetable this year was to address the area of under achievement in terms of Excellence Endorsements. By reducing 7 lines to 6 in Year 11, students can work on quality credits rather than quantity. We also found from our students that they just had too much going on! Too many subjects and too many extra curricular activities led students to request that they have an overview of the year coming up so they could manage themselves better. Hence we have introduced a student and parent calendar through google. Students can access this anytime and anywhere through the google platform.
GBHS Maori Achievement NCEA Levels 1-3
What we would like to encourage is that our students are proud of their culture. Whilst many students are, some do not disclose their ethnicity for whatever reason. There-fore our ethnicity statistics can often be skewed. Out of 15 students who identified as Maori last year, 13 of them managed to pass the NCEA level they were sitting.
However, we are conscious that small numbers of students also skew data as well. We had a very small cohort of students who identified as Maori and so this does give a skewed impression. We are currently focusing on being a more bi-cultural school and hope we can encourage our students to be proud of who they are so they can be proud of achieving as Maori.
Please be proud of who you are and your culture and if you have not already done so, identify your ethnicity next time you are passing. Some students are on our roll as ‘ethnicity not known’.
While we are extremely pleased with our results, there is always room for improvement. This year we would like to focus on improving student achievement across the whole school and so have introduced a whole-school approach of tracking all students across the school. I talked about this in the last edition of Goldie. However, to summarize: it enables a more collective approach for students, staff and parents to monitor attendance, behaviour and academic signposts with the aim of improving student achievement.
I have also attached our Annual Plan so you can see what we are focusing on this year. It helps you to see that we have a need to raise Literacy and Numeracy levels in the lower school hence our whole-school approach and the need for Professional Learning on Wednesday afternoon.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Kat Hutton
Calendar of Events
1 Mar What If?
1 Mar TSS Ki-o-Rahi
3 Mar TSS Futsal Yr 9 & 10
4 Mar Swimming Club event
6 Mar TSS Golf
9 Mar Otago Uni visit
9 Mar L2 Biology Field Trip, Awaroa
10 Mar TSS Athletics
10 Mar Goldie
13-17 Mar ERO visit
15 Mar What If?
21 Mar Yr 13 Outdoor Ed Field Trip
22 Mar Canterbury Uni visit
22 Mar TSS Mountainbiking
23 Mar Athletic Sports
24 Mar Goldie
27 Mar BOT Meet 7pm
29 Mar What If?
7 Apr Goldie
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 1 2017 will be: 28 February; 14 March; 28 March; 11 April. It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Introducing our new DP Coralie Stopford
Kia ora Golden Bay Community. My name is Coralie Stopford and I am your new Deputy Principal. I have 16 years experience in Secondary education, with more than 12 years in Tertiary Education and business. I am Canterbury born and bred although I spent 9 of my early years in Canada. Much of my time has been living and working in small communities. After the Christchurch earthquakes I accepted a Educational Leadership position in Epsom, Auckland. For the last 4 years I have lived in Pukekohe (land of the potato, onion and V8 racing) and would spent up to 4 hours a day commuting to Epsom. I am please to now move back to the Mainland and very excited about enabling learning for all students at Golden Bay High School. I feel privileged to work within the Senior Leadership Team under the esteemed direction of our Principal Kat Hutton. The beginning of the school year is the start of a new cycle for everyone. A time to reflect and remember that our words followed by our actions define who we are. So be impeccable with your words. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using words to speak against yourself or gossip about others. Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and kindness. Mistakes are inevitable. What we choose to learn and how we grow from our mistakes builds the character of who we want to be.
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.
Notes and reminders from the office team:
Welcome back to another year:
A big thank you to Rosie, Year 13’s, and the team of parent helpers from the Home and School Association who ran another very successful Stationery day.
A few reminders :
¨ You will be able to get stationery throughout the year from the main office.
¨ Please ensure you have named everything clearly – stationery, equipment and all clothing, including PE gear and swimwear.
¨ Lost property is kept in the sickbay located in the main office. If you have lost some clothing come and check it over.
¨ Please let the office know if you change any contact details like address, phone numbers and email contact. Also any changes in caregivers or emergency contact person.
¨ If you would like to receive the Goldie by email please send your email address to: email@example.com
Linda, Rosie, Stephanie and Raewyn
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.