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.
7 December 2018
Tēnā koutou katoa
I find it hard to believe that my first year as Principal of Golden Bay High School is drawing to an end! A huge thank you to everyone for your support as I have begun to settle into the school and the community. Golden Bay High School is a wonderful school, with fabulous students, dedicated staff, a supportive community and an unique environment.
Please see the notice in this Goldie (and an email home or scroll down). We strongly encourage you to purchase through Office Max, as Home and School will receive a 10% cash rebate. Students are expected to have their stationery on the first day of term in 2019 – ie 28th January. Learning does happen on the first day, with three lessons planned along with the powhiri and some administration.
The BoT has made some minor tweaks to the uniform with regards to shoes. Please be aware that we will be enforcing uniform from the beginning of next year. The BoT has planned a full uniform review for 2020. A full list of uniform requirements is part of this Goldie.
Celine McHugh has resigned to continue with her doctoral studies and will not be returning in 2019.
New appointments are:
· Kat Fort – Permanent Mathematics
· Bradley Edmondson – Permanent Mathematics
· Karen Hunt – replacing Glenda Allinson who is on leave in 2019
· Paul Skelten – replacing Greg Allum who is on leave in 2019
· Georgina West – who will replace Ben Knoef when on study leave for 32 weeks (starting late February).
My best wishes to all in our community for a relaxing and safe festive season. We look forward to 2019 being a wonderful year for our students and our school.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha
You will probably have read the information in Goldie about the Officemax scheme for Back to School stationery purchase.
Our GBHS Home and School Association will receive a 10% rebate on any online or instore sales. Here is the link: https://www.myschool.co.nz Simply search for our school, select your child's year level and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the website.
Here are the Stationery Lists (as PDF) for all student's year levels.
Students should have their stationery ready for learning on Day 1 2019 - 28 January. The school office will sell stationery during the rest of the year.
Any questions please contact Linda Tame (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rosie Astill (email@example.com).
supplied by the GBHS Home & School Association
Uniform shop will be open in the holidays on Tuesday the 22nd January 2019. This is for all new students to pick up their pre-ordered uniform before the start of the school year. It will also be a good opportunity for all other students to buy their school uniform too. The hours will be 11am- 2pm.
All uniform purchases must be paid in full on the day. This can be done by internet banking or pay cash or cheque on the day. Please be aware that for us to return any uniform, it must not have been worn and the tags still need to be on the clothing. Any enquires please contact Daphne on 021 130 6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calendar of Events
Term One 2019 Calendar
5 Jan Home & School Quiz Fundraiser
28 Jan School begins
4 Feb Nelson Anniversary Day
5 Feb GBHS Closed
6 Feb Waitangi Day
2019 Term and Public Holiday Dates:
Term 1 - Monday 28th January - Friday 12th April
Term 2 - Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July
Term 3 - Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September
Term 4 - Monday 14th October - Wednesday 11th December
2019 Public and Special Holidays
Nelson Anniversary Day: Monday 4th February
GBHS Closed for Instruction: Tuesday 5th February
Waitangi Day Public holiday: Wednesday 6th February
Good Friday: 19th April, Easter Monday & Tuesday: 22nd/23rd April (in term break)
Anzac Day: Friday 25th April (in term break)
Queen's Birthday: Monday 3rd June
Labour Day: Monday 28th October
Please see the Year Dates page for further information
Feedback from the Community Hui - Nov 2018
Sometimes quality surpasses quantity and our recent community hui was confirmation of this.
A much smaller group of whānau than last year meant that conversations could be in depth and specific.
There were five main points of discussion:
The openness of staff with parents and students was clear as was the variety of activities and curriculum. Areas we can do better are more emphasis on performing arts, technology and more creative assessments.
There is a real interest in formulating plans for more community involvement and the many ways that may happen. The shift from conventional teaching methods into a more student centred learning is something that both staff and parents felt worthy of pursuing further. (In fact this is an area of significant focus for the school in 2019)
These questions and points of discussion remain valid not just during the hui process but throughout the year. If parents, students, whānau or the wider community have questions or comments any time, we are wanting to hear them.
Andy Williams - BoT Chairperson
Ministry of Education lifts Statutory Intervention at Golden Bay High School
In March 2017, the Board of Trustees of Golden Bay High School realised that sometimes, we can’t do everything ourselves. Sometimes, we have to ask for help.
We believe wholeheartedly in our school. In the staff and students, and all those who support the students at home and in the wider community. As a board, we realised that we were not able to provide the environment for staff and students to flourish and strive for the best.
We agreed to ask the Ministry of Education for assistance and in late March 2017 Alison McAlpine arrived as our Limited Statutory Manager or LSM. She took over the responsibilities for all functions, powers and duties of the Board as an employer, for property and the management of financial operations.
Alison has been a real blessing to the board and the school as a whole. She has a long history of empathy with the Bay and has been a Nelson/Tasman local for a long time. Alison brought wisdom and empathy to her role and proved to be the mentor that we as a board needed. Under her coaching, the board were able to recreate the environment that we knew was possible at the school, where staff were valued and encouraged in their profession, where students were surrounded with support and encouragement and where we all felt proud to be a part of Golden Bay High School.
At the end of 2017, Linda Tame joined us as our new Principal and we have continued the growth within the board, staff and students.
Over the past few months, the board along with Alison have realized that the reasons we asked for help a year ago have all but disappeared. We feel confident in our ability to maintain and grow the environment that fosters professionalism and passion amongst staff and a desire to learn and have fun for the students.
This has been re-iterated by the Ministry of Education and after a time of visits and interviews, they believe that the board is ready to move back into a full governance role. On Thursday afternoon 1st November, the Ministry of Education handed full responsibility back to the board and it is now business as usual.
The board would like to thank all the staff, parents, caregivers and the wider community for the belief you have shown in the school, and for the assistance you have provided over the past couple of years. We would also like to publically thank Alison McAlpine for all her work. The way she has listened, hugged, spoken words of wisdom and pulled in favours for Golden Bay High will not be quickly forgotten.
As for asking for help, we realise that this can be a strength rather than a weakness.
Next week we have our annual community hui. This is where we gather with students, staff, parents/caregivers and community members to discuss our dreams and aspirations for the school, the visions, the things that we as Golden Bay want for our students. It is these discussions and the work that follows them that will make us stronger and provide a more relevant, more exciting and more promising future for all who pass through the school.