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 - 7 April 2017
As the term draws to an end we can look back on some wonderful days of fun and excitement in our extra-curricular programmes. We were favoured with excellent weather for both our swimming sports and athletics which were well attended and gave plenty of opportunity for students to show their prowess in these areas. A week has barely gone by without some group of students being involved in off-site activities, whether through the ever-popular ‘What If?’ programme on Wednesdays or science fieldtrips to the Fire station, visits to Onetahua Marae, kayaking at Murchison, or sailing at Tarakohe. The staff and students, with the assistance of many parents have made these opportunities possible. They are very much an aspect of the school which gives GBHS its character.
Most of you would be aware that we have a Limited Statutory Manager, Alison McAlpine, working with our Board. This is not a poor reflection on our staff and students or Board but is a helping hand in the wake of considerable change. In a small school and community such as ours there are not always enough shoulders to carry the load, so some help is appreciated.
We are a good school with great students and staff who achieve well above expectations in many different ways. We do however want to be a better school and achieve the best possible outcomes for our students both academically and as young members of society. Part of this comes from taking time to learn to be better teachers and I thank you for your support for our Professional Learning time on Wednesdays, when we finish early, and for the Teacher Only Day (TOD) next Thursday (no we are not going on holidays early!).
Thursday’s TOD will be spent, with the staff of the other schools in the Bay, learning to use restorative practices with students and people in general. This is very much about learning how to put situations ‘right’. We all make mistakes, but we don’t always know how to put them right, or even understand what the mistake was, and sometimes we need help to work through these situations. This workshop will assist people involved in our schools in the Bay to develop these skills, and when our staff and students practise it effectively it will make our communities safer and happier places. This practice will also reinforce the GBHS belief that recognising the Rights of others and taking Responsibility for oneself results in Respect for ourselves, others and the environment.
Next term we will be focusing on Key Competencies. These are attributes or abilities that have been globally identified, and included in the New Zealand Curriculum, which assist with learning and being a productive member of society. There are five Key Competencies; Thinking, Using language symbols and texts; Relating to others; Contributing and Participating, and Managing self.
Meanwhile, once the holidays begin, make sure that the homework gets done early and all those jobs around the house, that the children have been too ‘busy’ doing homework to get done, get allocated to idle hands!
Ka kite anō au i a Koutou
Richard Baker Acting Principal
Athletics Day Photos - Taken by April Hay
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: 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.
Dear Parents, Whanau and Friends
Many of you have been notified last Thursday 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
Teacher Only Day
Golden Bay Schools are holding a Teacher Only Day on Thursday 13 April, so Wednesday 12 April will be the last day of Term 1 before Easter holidays.
The staff from the various schools are receiving training in Restorative Practice which focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community and offers school staff best-practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, issues are more easily managed.
Restorative Practice is a process that provides schools with ways to repair harm and restore relationships. It uses the stories of those involved in an incident and the people close to it (e.g. students, staff and whanau) to:
All teaching staff will be attending this professional development, and all support staff are very welcome.
Richard Baker, Acting Principal
Swimming Sports Photos
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.