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 - 26 May 2017
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The past fortnight has seen our senior students involved in a variety of vocationally- related activities. Ben Knoef linked up with NMIT to provide a two- day Building and Construction course for our senior Building and Construction students, producing a nail house for the local kindergarten at the end of the course. This highly successful course may well open doors to further joint projects with NMIT, with either day trips to Nelson or courses run on site. Community opportunities involving local apprentices and tradespeople using school facilities during the evenings are also a possibility.
Mark Mackenzie, on the other hand, had his Level 3 Biology students exploring the laboratories of the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, seeing science applied to real life problems. Judi File and Gareth Batten looked at the big picture, taking a group of students from Year 12 and 13 to the Careers Expo at Motueka High School. The students were introduced to a range of career opportunities from university courses to Talley’s. This was generally hailed as one of the best Career Expos to be held in recent years. Closer to home, Judi File’s Gateway students had an opportunity to undertake a chainsaw safety course: thanks to Phil Rawiri for providing the venue for the practical aspects of the course.
Meanwhile, at school we have started our second rotation subjects for Years 7 to 10 students, bringing a new dimension to their learning for the winter term. The Year 7 students have also concluded their Social Studies unit on Economics with a highly successful Twilight Fair which raised around $2500 towards their camp later in the year. A big thanks to all the staff and parents who supported Sue Mitchison and Jeanine Taylor in the coordination of the event; the addition of the Haunted House being a major attraction in addition to the usual fair events.
The Mohua/Golden Bay Community of Learning continues to develop, with students from GBHS being involved in the drawing of Learning Maps in order to identify the influences on their learning and how they can become active instead of passive learners in the future. This was also part of an opportunity for the COL to explore further options of areas to focus on collectively in the future to improve learning across the educational community.
Reports will be coming out later this term. These will be available on the KAMAR parent portal (http://kamar.gbh.school.nz/student/index.php) so if you do not have access to this please contact the office for your login and password.
Uniform is always a touchy issue at school, but please make it simple by sending your children in the correct uniform; if not, with a note of explanation stating when the uniform item will be replaced. This saves what can be awkward questioning of students when matters are beyond their control.
Staffing: We welcome Dan Padial on a permanent basis to our staff as Teacher in Charge of Health in the Health & PE department. Dan has already demonstrated his commitment to GBHS by taking on the role of Bus Controller and House Coordinator. Also joining us is Michelle Domett in the role of Teacher Aide, assisting in particular with our International Language Correspondence students. Gaylene Wilkinson has also re-joined the staff on a short -term basis while we seek another Health/ PE teacher.
Property: The projected date for the Staffroom and Laboratory rebuild is now set for August, so Richard Barham and Phil are going to be busy rearranging the gardens around the school where the new constructions will take place. The gardens and grounds of the school are always commented on by visitors as being incredibly well presented, so let us all help Richard by keeping the grounds rubbish free and staying off the grassed areas when the lines are up.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Richard Baker Acting Principal
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 2 2017 will be 30 May, 13 June, 27 June. The Uniform Shop 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
TERM TWO STAFFING
While the Principal, Mrs Katrina Hutton, is on Maternity 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
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.