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 - 12 September
Student Trustee Election: It is great to see such interest in the student trustee role. We have seven candidates putting themselves forward for election and they were given the opportunity to speak at assembly this week. Voting papers have been issued to all students in Years 9 through to 13 and I strongly urge all of those students to exercise their democratic right and vote. Voting closes at mid-day on Friday 19 September.
NCEA: NZQA has launched a new App called the NCEA Guide. The App provides quick and easy access to key information about NCEA and makes practical information about NCEA more easily accessible. Parents and whanau are able to access simple content about how NCEA works and how they can support family members studying in NCEA (no individual student result or progress information is available). The App also supports employers seeking to understand and evaluate NCEA graduates and their qualification. Content can be viewed in English and Te Reo Maori. The NCEA Guide App is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Old Cell Phones: If you have any unwanted cell phones please send them into school and we will send them off to the Starship Children’s Hospital; this is a nationwide fundraiser for the hospital.
Education Review Office: The Education Review Office (ERO) publishes a series of five booklets for parents and caregivers. ERO want to find out how useful the information is to parents, how the booklets can be improved, and if parents would prefer to receive the information in a different way.
ERO is starting with a survey of How is my child doing? To take part in the survey go to www.ero.govt.nz. The survey runs until the end of September and only takes a few minutes to complete. You can also download the booklets.
Course Selection: A reminder that Course Selection Evening is Tuesday 16th September at 7pm. This is an important evening for all students in Years 10-12 and their parents. Making informed choices for 2015 involves students talking with parents, with subject teachers, with deans, with the Careers Advisor Mr Batten, or with the Gateway Coordinator Mrs File. Decisions need to be made on the basis of pathways that are needed to pursue tertiary education programmes or career choices. The information evening is a critical part of the process.
Prior to this a short session on how NCEA works will be held in the Library for parents at 6.45pm which may be of particular interest to Year 10 parents.
Course Information Booklets have been given to students in Years 10-12.
Principal Leave: The Board of Trustees has granted me some leave and tomorrow Judi and I will fly out to the United States for the next four weeks. During my absence, Deb Marsden will be Acting Principal.
Calendar of Events
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.
We are very excited to share with you the new 2014 Young@Art exhibition logo design by a regular Y@A exhibitor, GBHS student Gabrielle Wee. Thank you very much Gabrielle for this awesome design. It will look beautiful on the posters and entry forms of Y@A.
The Young@Art exhibition will be this year in a new location, in the Art Bank in Takaka. The exhibition will be on from Saturday 25th October till 30th October for youth 7 till 17 years young, Artwork intake in the week before the exhibition.
So get painting, drawing, sculpting, sewing, gluing, editing.......and exhibit your artwork.
Elvira van der Waay, GBHS Arts coordinator
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:
Home and School
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If you would like to purchase these tea towels or the notecards and cannot make it to the school please pay $12.00 plus $4.00 shipping = $16.00 into the following account and then email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send them out to you.
GBHS Account No:
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