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 - 5 December 2013
Staff Farewells: This year has seen the biggest turn over in staff for many years and the end of year sees further farewells:
Jill Foxwell has been the manager of our canteen since its inception at the beginning of 2007. Under Jill’s management the canteen has kept to the original ideal of providing healthy and affordable food options for our students and we are one of the few schools that can boast a canteen where most of the items on sale are made on site. Jill has done a wonderful job and we wish her well in her new ventures.
Kevin Durkan also began his employment at GBHS at the start of 2007. Kevin has taught Physics and Science and under his watch a number of our students have gone on to pursue physical sciences, including engineering, with considerable success. We wish him well as he moves into a life beyond the classroom.
Gaylene Wilkinson has provided in total 20 years of service to Physical and Outdoor Education programmes and thanks to Gaylene, we have an Outdoor Education programme at Year 12 that is the envy of many schools. Gaylene’s knowledge and skills have benefited many activities over the years, including the Year 9 Rotoiti Camp. Our best wishes to her as she seeks more outdoor adventures.
Robin Slow has been HOD Art for 31 years and in that time has had a huge influence on the development and maintenance of the culture within our school, particularly around building positive relationships. Robin has long been a strong advocate for our guidance-centred philosophy and we have been truly privileged to have had such an artist to inspire and motivate our students. We will miss his leadership and wish him the very best in his life outside of the school.
Integrated Arts and Health Fair: This event, being run by the Golden Bay Community Arts and Health Educational and Charitable trust, is being held at the school on 11 and 12 January. There are opportunities for senior students to gain paid employment for this event and if any student is interested in this, please contact me at the school, before the end of term.
Start of Year 2014:
2013 has been a particularly difficult year, one in which we have lost two very precious people from within our school. It says much for the resilience of the school community as a whole that we have managed to maintain some semblance of normality and that our students have continued to progress and achieve at high levels. Thank you to everyone - staff, students, parents and whanau, Board of Trustees, Home and School, community organisations and businesses; your effort and your support make this possible. I wish all school leavers the very best as they move out onto a path of lifelong learning and hope everyone has a very safe and happy holiday.
Board News – Consultation feedback
A big thank you to everyone who filled in a survey or came along to a consultation meeting over the past few months. We’ve talked with parents, students, staff and Manawhenua Ki Mohua - we apologise for the short notice of this latter meeting and will have a chance for more discussion when we visit the marae early next year.
All the meetings and surveys covered a broad range of topics, with a lot of constructive ideas and issues raised. The information gathered helped inform our recent strategic planning meeting, and we are now in the process of preparing our goals for next year’s Charter – the board’s main document for setting out the vision for the school and how this is to be achieved.
The senior management team has already made headway with some of the data gathering, communication and reporting issues, by changing to the Kamar school management system, which should make these things much easier.
If you would like to purchase these tea towels or cards and cannot make it to the school please pay $12.00 plus $4.00 shipping = $16.00 into the following account and then email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send them out to you. GBHS Account No 02 0764 0090122 00 - Reference: cards or towels
A reminder that GBHS Home & School are holding stalls at the Saturday market on the 14th and 21st of December, and at Fresh Choice on the 20th of December. All donations of baking will be gratefully received! Please deliver your baking to Susi Bailey at 9 Waitapu Road (opposite the High School), or drop off at the stall.
We will also be selling our recipe books, notecards and new tea towels, along with the 'It's Just a Hill' T-shirts, so this is a great opportunity for some Christmas shopping! And, of course, all funds raised go to GBHS and our students.
From The Office:
The Office will close early at 12.30pm on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December.
Magazines have been distributed to those students at school whose families have paid the Family Activity Fee. Extra copies are available for $20. Thank-you to those families that have paid their accounts in full. Outstanding Accounts can be paid online to BNZ 02 0764 0086983 00 or can be posted to 12 Waitapu Road, Takaka.
Junior Closing Ceremony: This will be held on the last day of term, Thursday 12 December. We are planning a change in starting time and the ceremony will run from 11am until 12.00 mid-day. I will send a letter out about this at the end of next week, but it does mean that we will be encouraging students to leave school immediately after the ceremony where possible. The buses will still run on that day as normal and we will provide supervision for any student who is unable to get home by any other means.
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:
Home and School
We are holding cake stalls at Fresh Choice on Friday 20th December and at the Saturday Market on the 7th, 14th and 21st of December, where we will be selling baked goods, recipe books, notecards and tea towels to raise funds for the school. We would like donations of baking for each of these days – please drop off at the Home Economics room on the Friday morning or with us on the day, and if you can help on the stall, call Susi on 525 8846.
Check out our Home and School page for the latest news!
Next year all students will be required to wear the new uniform. If you don’t have one and require one please contact me ASAP. Nicky Ph 5258339 or txt 027 5258339 or email@example.com
Second Hand Uniforms
A reminder that second-hand uniform items are advertised for sale here
The school has been subjected to increasing amounts of vandalism in recent times, including the pulling out of recently planted trees and shrubs. Any vandalism is costly and it all takes away time that our caretaking and ground staff should be putting in to other activities. As a consequence, we have installed a number of surveillance cameras at various locations around the school in an effort to stop the mindless and anti-social behaviour.