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 - 9 June 2017
Tena Koutou katoa It is hard to believe, but for the senior students it is now half way through the year. Mid-year reports have been written and stock taken of progress made, or not. It is now that the resilience of our students needs to come to the fore. Those who remain focused and stay the course as the pressure builds will be successful, as Zig Ziglar said - It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude. As parents we can make a difference by not condoning our children taking the easy way out by lowering their expectations; they will thank you later for exemplifying the resilience they need to find in themselves.
Senior subject interviews will be held on Wednesday 28th June with booking on line as usual. Regrettably some teachers will not be available. Both Richard Todd and Jim Barnes are unfortunately on leave until the end of the term when they finish teaching at GBHS. Greg Allum will be overseas from the 28th June and absent for Term 3. Parents wishing to discuss progress of their children prior to his leaving should contact him via email.
Sadly Rob Anderson will also be leaving us at the end of Term 2 as he moves on to a new adventure at Nelson College. Finding replacements for the positions are well underway and we will ensure that appropriate staff are there for our students.
You may have noticed we have a new look to our boiler chimney. As part of a sponsorship deal with Azwood, suppliers of our wood chip boiler fuel – marketed as ‘success fuel’ - the school has lent its support to Azwood’s sustainable fuel supplier image. As an Enviro-school promoting the use of clean burning chip rather than fossil fuels, it is a good fit; hopefully the sponsored sports gear is too! See the clip below..
On a wider scale the Mohua Community of Learning has been busy gathering data and student voice to establish a basis for a collective Achievement Objective for our learning community. Some of your children will have been coming home talking about learning maps and working with children from Takaka Primary. This is all part of the COL initiative which is being spearheaded at GBHS by
Other COL events coming up soon are a Year 7/8 drama workshop – write and perform a play in day – and an amazing race across Golden Bay, including filming and editing the event. Hopefully we will get to see some of this wonderful student talent at an Assembly in the future. Speaking of which, this coming week we have an Assembly at 12.10 on Wednesday with some musical talent set to feature. Parents are most welcome to join us.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Richard Baker Acting Principal
Calendar of Events
27 June..............Teen Health Festival
28 June..............Yr 11-13 Parent/ Student Interviews
1 July ................School Ball
5 July ................What If?
7July .................Goldie, End of Term 2
24 July ..............Start of Term 3
2 Aug..................What If?
2 Aug……….......Yr 7-10 Parent/ Student Interviews
9 Aug..................TSS Ski/ Snowboard
9–11 Aug…….....Yr 11 Work Experience
12-13 Aug...........TSS Basketball
14-18 Aug….......Yr 7&8 Winter Tournament
15–16 Aug..........TSS Hockey
16 Aug................What If?
19-20 Aug...........Snr Supernet
20–25 Aug...........Yr 9 Rotoiti Camp
21–25 Aug...........Practice Exams Yr 11-13
28 Aug.................BOT meet 7pm
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 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 email@example.com
Important Notice to Parents of Year 11-13 students sitting NCEA qualifications this year…
Information and application forms for financial assistance for NZQA/ NCEA exam fees have been emailed or posted out this week. Many Golden Bay families qualify for this assistance. If this applies to you please return the form to us ASAP (preferably by the end of June) so we can reduce the fee to $20.
Call the office on 525 9914 if you have any queries. Spare forms are available from the office. All Exam/ NZQA Fees must be paid by Friday 25th August.
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
Alison McAlpine - LSM
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.