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 - 10 February 2017
Due to our increased roll in 2017 we were lucky enough to be able to employ some additional staff. We also have a couple of new faces due to the retirement of Paul Nield and Hess Williams.
Coralie Stopford - New DP, in charge of: Year 7, 9 and 11 pastoral, attendance, reporting and achievement.; ICT; Alternative Education and liaison with the Community Workers. She will also oversee our international students with the support of Katrina Robbie, and teaches senior Digital Tech and Yr7 Maths.
Bridget Dick- New PE and TIC Health.
Dan Padial - New PE and Junior Maths teacher.
Andy Dolling -New Performing Arts and International Languages teacher
Bridget Wren - HOD Digital Technologies, covering for Michelle Dallison who is on maternity leave.
Richard Todd - Chemistry specialist and Science teacher.
Jan Stark - Welcome back as HOD English, standing in for Taz Palmer who is on refreshment leave.
Sarah Sherrit - Standing in as Canteen Manager for Tash Batten who is on maternity leave.
We have also been lucky enough to entice Hess Williams back from the shortest retirement ever to relieve Jeanine Taylor who is recovering after surgery. We wish Jeanine a speedy recovery.
New this Year - Pastoral, Attendance and Academic Tracking:
It is so important that all of our students have the chance to achieve excellence. To enable this we need to show equity.
We need to support students who are disadvantaged in any way to have as much opportunity to learn as anyone else. We can identify these students by tracking progress and putting in interventions to help. This year we have introduced the concept of traffic light tracking. We will monitor student achievement, attendance and pastoral needs weekly. Students needing support will be highlighted red, students needing to be monitored will be shown as orange and students on track will be green. I expect this will change weekly. You can get this information from your child’s dean at anytime by ringing or emailing them.
However, if the student is at red level I am sure the deans will have already been in contact to see what collectively can be done to enable the learning.
Further to achieving Excellence we need to display the following:
Manaakitanga (caring), Whanaungatanga (being part of an extended family), Mahi Tahi (working towards a common goal) and
Ako (learning) .
We will continue to recognise the students displaying the above fortnightly through our assemblies.
Thank you for all the parents who are supporting our staff PL once a fortnight this term. Professional Learning is so important for improving the quality of our students learning. This is highlighted in our charter and strategic plan. Our aim is to improve student outcomes. However, although we consulted with parents last year about the times they would prefer, we appreciate that after a term your needs may have changed. Therefore we will review the Staff PL timing at the end of term The alternative is a later start. We will always provide supervision if you are struggling to collect them due to work commitments. Remember our legal requirements are to provide four hours of instruction time a day.
A handful of parents have asked what we are going to do during the 55 minute slot. We have identified that some of our students are below national average in Numeracy and often Literacy when they come to us. We are going to target our learning around a whole school literacy focus this term. We will also further develop our skills in formative assessment strategies which are proven to actively improve learning. Another aspect of learning is when staff do a research project on an area they have identified they need to improve in their own classrooms. All staff work on a professional learning Inquiry to further enhance the learning of their students. Each week, staff will be sharing the findings with each other. This is compulsory for all our teaching staff.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Kat Hutton
Calendar of Events
24 Feb Swim Sports
24 Feb Goldie
27 Feb Vic Uni visit
27 Feb BOT Meet 7pm
6-9 Mar ERO visit
9 Mar Otago Uni visit
10 Mar Goldie
23 Mar Athletic Sports
24 Mar Goldie
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: 28 February; 14 March; 28 March; 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.
Introducing our new DP Coralie Stopford
Kia ora Golden Bay Community. My name is Coralie Stopford and I am your new Deputy Principal. I have 16 years experience in Secondary education, with more than 12 years in Tertiary Education and business. I am Canterbury born and bred although I spent 9 of my early years in Canada. Much of my time has been living and working in small communities. After the Christchurch earthquakes I accepted a Educational Leadership position in Epsom, Auckland. For the last 4 years I have lived in Pukekohe (land of the potato, onion and V8 racing) and would spent up to 4 hours a day commuting to Epsom. I am please to now move back to the Mainland and very excited about enabling learning for all students at Golden Bay High School. I feel privileged to work within the Senior Leadership Team under the esteemed direction of our Principal Kat Hutton. The beginning of the school year is the start of a new cycle for everyone. A time to reflect and remember that our words followed by our actions define who we are. So be impeccable with your words. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using words to speak against yourself or gossip about others. Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and kindness. Mistakes are inevitable. What we choose to learn and how we grow from our mistakes builds the character of who we want to be.
BOARD Report - 18 November 2016
Each year, in April/May, the Board including the Principal, release an Annual Report on Student Achievement. In this report, the results of each year group who are assessed against either National Standards or NCEA are compared with the targets set in the School Charter. Following discussions and analysis by the Principal, Staff and Board, the differences and possible reasons and remedies are outlined and compiled into a document called the Analysis of Variance. This document highlights to you, our school community, the progress we have made in achieving the aims and targets set out in our Charter.
Looking back over the past couple of years, there has been good progress in some critical areas of student achievement and there is every indication that these gains and others are continuing.
Kat and the staff will be compiling data collected throughout the year and, along with the results of the current NCEA exams, will feed this into the 2016 report.
Achievement gains for 2014/15 were right across the board, from Year 7 to Level 3. In National Standards, gains were a reduction of students below target, and an increase in students at target. This good news was countered with a slight reduction of students above target. With NCEA, there were gains across all three levels, with great gains in Level 3. We are looking forward to analysing this year’s data to determine our continued progress.
We are very proud of our staff here at GBHS, and in the desire they have to see the students achieve all they can, to push and stretch them towards goals they may not have thought possible. We only have to reflect on the recent senior prizegiving ceremony, both for those who received awards and those whose accolades were less obvious, to see our student’s success. We have a school full of talented, gifted and multi-faceted children who can do anything they set their minds to.
We, as a Board, are equally committed to their success; after all they are yours and our children. We meet later this month for a review of our Strategic Goals and have a review of our Charter coming up as well. Data will be analysed and the Analysis of Variance drafted, charter, budget, targets and resourcing drafted and ratified, then shared with you all. In March the Analysis of Variance will be submitted to the Ministry and we start the process all over again.
One thing you can always count on is that Kat, the staff and the Board are deeply committed to your childrens’ education and wellbeing, and will always look to improve the outcomes for them during their time here at GBHS.
Kirsten Nalder, Andy Williams, Cherrie Chubb, Cynthia Sampson, Suzi Struck, Nikki Winter, Gareth Batten, Jett Bennett, and Kat Hutton
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.
Notes and reminders from the office team:
Welcome back to another year:
A big thank you to Rosie, Year 13’s, and the team of parent helpers from the Home and School Association who ran another very successful Stationery day.
A few reminders :
¨ You will be able to get stationery throughout the year from the main office.
¨ Please ensure you have named everything clearly – stationery, equipment and all clothing, including PE gear and swimwear.
¨ Lost property is kept in the sickbay located in the main office. If you have lost some clothing come and check it over.
¨ Please let the office know if you change any contact details like address, phone numbers and email contact. Also any changes in caregivers or emergency contact person.
¨ If you would like to receive the Goldie by email please send your email address to: email@example.com
Linda, Rosie, Stephanie and Raewyn
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.