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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.
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Ake Ake Kia Kaha.
From the Principal - 15 August
The school was saddened to learn this week of the death on Mount Aspiring of former student Ari Kingan. Ari completed Year 13 in 2010 and was widely regarded as one of our most effective student leaders and a fantastic role model for his peers. Highly respected by staff and students alike, Ari was one of those all-rounders who achieved well in most aspects of his school life and it was in Outdoor Education that his incredible skill level, including his leadership skills, really stood out. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ari tragically died doing something he loved. He truly lived up to our motto, Ake,Ake, Kia Kaha. Our thoughts and our hearts go out to Ari’s family and his many friends.
Science Awards: It is good to see students willing to try something different or accept a challenge as a number did in recent science competitions. The University of Otago organised a national crystal growing competition to recognise the International Year of Crystallography. Some of our Year 8 students won recognition for their efforts: Claire Lovatt-Reid and friend were 4th and Ethan Harwood, Liam Solly and Tomasi Northover were 5th.
Students also entered the Australasian Science competition, which has entries from around the world. Receiving participation certificates: Stella Bacci-Rowe, Areta Milne and Taine Reynish (all Year 7), Steve Thomason (Year 8), Killian Baker, K-Dee Bourke and Denise Porter (all Year 9) and Venus Cahusac (Year 10). Our top two students received credit certificates: Joseph Ogle who was in the top 25% of Year 9 students and Rosie Brazendale who was in the top 20% of Year 7 students.
40-hour Famine: A great effort by our students who raised an impressive $2,560 this year. The World Vision people behind the campaign told us that his will purchase goats for 64 families in Malawi. Well done also to Year 13 student Casey Gardiner who led this year’s appeal.
Student Trustee Election: The most important leadership role undertaken by students is that of the student trustee. It is a tremendous responsibility to have a part to play in the governance of the school, and one that I fully endorse. The board is appreciative of the student input and present trustee Alex Fersterer-Gawith has done a good job over the past year. Nominations are now being called for and close on Friday 5 September. Voting papers will be issued shortly after that and the closing date for the election is Friday 19 September. Nomination forms are available from the office. Students in Year 9 and above are eligible both for nomination and to vote. If any student is interested, they should talk to Alex to find out his perspective on the role. It is a challenging but very rewarding position and a fantastic learning opportunity. Working with the student trustee is always a very enjoyable and rewarding aspect of my job.
Students on a Restricted Driver’s Licence: A number of concerns have been expressed both to me and to the Police about drivers on restricted licences who carry passengers in their vehicles. The statistics around road accidents provide good reason for the rules around this and inexperienced drivers do not need other distractions in the vehicle when they drive. A restricted driver’s licence means that there are restrictions and drivers need to abide by them.
School Uniform: Our expectation is that all students in Years 7 – 11 wear the uniform to school every day (unless it is a mufti day). If there is a genuine reason for not having a particular item, the student must bring a note which is handed to the form teacher; the student will be given a uniform pass for that item only for that day. If there is any suspicion about the note we will contact home. If students are out of uniform and don’t have a note then they will be sent to the school office where they may be sent home to change, or may be provided with the uniform item for the day, or spend the day working in isolation.
Mid Term Break: Please remember that Monday 8 September is a mid-term break for Golden Bay High School and the school will not be open on that day.
Calendar of Events
NZQA Fee Y11– 13
NZQA fees of $76.70 are due for payment by the end of August. Many of our families are eligible for financial assistance. If you qualify, please return the form to the school office ASAP and the fee will be reduced to $20.00 Thank you to those who have paid for fees/ camps/ sport trips lately.
Curriculum Review: A reminder that the Board is reviewing the Social Sciences, Languages and Technologies areas of the curriculum this year. Feedback on these learning areas is sought from parents, students and staff via the questionnaire which can be accessed here.
Ministry of Education Website: The Ministry is redeveloping its website and has set up a new site aimed at parents. The goal is to provide a central place to give parents information and answers to commonly asked questions in plain language so that parents feel well equipped to engage in their children’s education. It can be accessed at www.parents.education.govt.nz.
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:
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