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.
9 November 2018
Kia ora koutou
Ministry of Education has lifted the statutory intervention
Alison McAlpine’s work at GBHS has finished. The Ministry of Education has found the BoT to be very capable of governing the school without support, and has completely lifted the Statutory Intervention. Well done to Andy Williams and the rest of the Board: Cynthia Sampson, Susi Struck, Cherie Chubb, Gareth Batten, Jack Balck/Xanthe Rose, Bev Purdie and Vanessa Harwood.
Thank you Alison
We extend a huge thank you to Alison McAlpine for supporting the Board and staff through challenging times. Andy Williams has written a separate piece acknowledging her fantastic work.
Annual Community Hui
This will be held in the library at 7pm on November 14th. All are very welcome. We’ll be seeking your opinions about what is going well, what you would like to see change, and any ideas you have. We’ll also be sharing our work on school values and getting your feedback.
Final day with Year 13
We had a positive, fun day with year 13 last Friday. ‘Science Rockz’ was the outstanding piece of fun from my perspective. Prizegiving was such a celebration of talent – wow we have fantastic students, don’t we!
Year 7 & 8 BYOD in 2019
We had over 120 responses to the parent survey – thank you! Two thirds were in favour so we have decided to go ahead. We have information for the current Year 7 students to take home (after camp), and I will be holding drop in sessions for parents on Thursday 29th November at 8.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30 pm.
Ake ake kia kaha
Thank you to all who attended the Senior Prizegiving on Tuesday Night.
Here is our list of Prize Winners - Congratulations to ALL Students:
GOLDEN BAY HIGH SCHOOL
SENIOR CLOSING CEREMONY, 2018 – AWARDS LIST
Dux, Kathy Shaw; Proxime Accessit, Lauren Berkett; M G S Charlton Plate and Prize for Citizenship, Jack Balck; The Colin McDonald Award for Endeavour, K-Dee Bourke; Kia Kaha Award, Erin Bickley.
Reilly Trust Leadership Challenge, Chenille Simpson; Returned Services Association Scholarship, Erin Bickley; Altrusa Community Scholarship, Kathy Shaw; University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow, Kathy Shaw; University of Otago Dux Scholarship, Kathy Shaw; McKee Charitable Trust Scholarship, Kathy Shaw; Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, K-Dee Bourke; Soroptimist Prize, Kathy Shaw.
Senior Boys’ Swimming Champion, Finbar Lewis; Senior Girls’ Swimming; Maya Lewis, Senior Boys’ Athletic Champion and Sprint Champion, Tyler Palmer; Senior Girls’ Athletic Champion and Sprint Champion, Kayla Harvey; Senior Boys’ Cross Country Champion, Zante Stone; Senior Girls’ Cross Country Champion, Shaye Oates; Chamberlain Trophy for Commitment to Netball, Courtney Sturgeon; 2018 Tasman Secondary Schools Sportsperson Award; Tyler Palmer & Tom Bassett-Eason, Tasman Secondary Schools Sportsman of the Year, Tom Bassett-Eason; Sportswoman of the Year, Kayla Harvey; The Golden Bay High School Sportsperson of the Year, Tyler Palmer;
NETWORK TASMAN AWARDS
Y13: Kathy Shaw & Lauren Berkett
Y12: Xanthe Rose & Rata Lee
Y11: Sequoia Osborne & Rory Patching
Palmer Cup for Improvement and Endeavour in English, Ludo Palffy; Whaowhia te Kete Mātauranga Trophy for Excellence in Social Sciences, Kathy Shaw; Manawhenua ki Mohua Trust Trophy for Contribution to Māori within School, Mihi Rangihika; David Tunley Memorial Cup for Chemistry, Kathy Shaw; Winner of the Outdoor Pursuits Trophy for the top Outdoor Education Student, Tom Bassett-Eason; TAG Trophy for Visual Arts, Catrina Sadowski; Alex Renton Memorial Trophy, Mathew Hopkins. Arts Award, Erin Bickley;
LEVEL 3 HONOURS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Jack Balck, Technology; Daniel Barham, Outdoor Education; Tom Bassett-Eason, Outdoor Education; Xanthe Rose, English; Kathy Shaw, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Biology.
LEVEL 3 HONOURS AWARDS FOR DILIGENCE AND ENDEAVOUR
Lauren Berkett, Trades; Erin Bickley, Arts; K-Dee Bourke, Tourism, Geography, Gateway; Oscar Chubb, Physical Education; Tyrone Gower, Technology; Hannah Holmwood, Mathematics with Statistics; Joe Ogle, English; Tyler Palmer, Physics; Rhiannon Ward, Biology; Rowan Williams, Outdoor Education.
LEVEL 2 HONOURS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Finn Bamford, Physics, Geography; Ethan Harwood, Building, Construction, & Allied Trade Skills; Rata Lee, English; Shaye Oates, Outdoor Education; Brylee Pauling, Hospitality; Xanthe Rose, Mathematics, History, Physics, Biology, Chemistry; Joshua Scotland, Mechanical Engineering; Star Young, Hospitality, Classical Studies.
LEVEL 2 HONOURS AWARDS FOR DILIGENCE AND ENDEAVOUR
Sophie Foulsham, Tourism Studies; Mea Gray, Biology, Gateway; English; Rata Lee, Geography; Finbar Lewis, Photography; Dylan Palmer, Outdoor Education, Building, Construction, & Allied Trade Skills; Brylee Pauling, Trades; Josh Scotland, English, Physics; Jack Sheridan, Mechanical Engineering; Ashley Thomas, Mathematics, English, Chemistry; Holly Thomas, Outdoor Education; Star Young, History: Fergus Zrinyi Morgan, Mathematics, Classical Studies.
LEVEL 1 HONOURS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Kye Childs, Hospitality; Tomo Clere, English; Digital Technologies; Kayla Harvey, Literacy, Mechanical Engineering; Alex Heraud-Jones Social Science, Visual Art; Niwa Jongkind, Visual Art; ; Ella Mitchison, Classical Studies, English; Sequoia Osborne, Mathematics, Science, Classical Studies; Rory Patching, Social Science, Physical Education; Lucas Rothwell, Mechanical Engineering; Jen Sampson, Visual Art
LEVEL 1 HONOURS AWARDS FOR DILIGENCE AND ENDEAVOUR
Stella Bacci-Rowe, Digital Technologies; Korban Borlase, Mechanical Engineering; Tomo Clere, Mathematics; Poppy Ellis, English, Visual Art; Storm Foxwell, Social Science; Mackenzie Harwood, Mechanical Engineering; Elyse Hopkins, Social Science; Coco Lolani, English; Shaye Oates, Science, English, Physical Education; Sequoia Osborne, Visual Art; Taine Reynish, Hospitality; Solomon Sommerfeld, English; Jennifer Spooner, Digital Technologies; Oria Waters, Visual Art; Hayden Winter, Literacy.
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Calendar of Events
13-16 Nov Teapot Valley Year 7 Camp
14 Nov Community Hui - 7pm GBHS Library
15 Nov Paid Union Meeting. Classes finish end of P4
19-22 Nov Abel Tasman Year 8 Camp
20 Nov TSS Ki o Rahi Champs
20 Nov End of Year Music Students Concert
21 Nov Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
23 Nov Goldie
26 Nov BOT meeting
30 Nov NCEA exams finish
5 Dec Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
5 –7 Dec Year 10 Odysseys
12 Dec 10 am Junior Prizegiving; End of Term
28 January 2019 Term 1 2019 begins
2018 Term and Public Holiday Dates:
Term 4 - Monday 15th October – Wednesday 12th December
2019 Term and Public Holiday Dates:
Term 1 - Monday 28th January - Friday 12th April (104 half-days)
Term 2 - Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July (98 half-days)
Term 3 - Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September(100 half-days)
Term 4 - Monday 14th October - Wednesday 11th December (84 half days)
Please see the Year Dates page for further information
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.
See you there.
GBHS Board of Trustees Report - September 2018
"Only three months till Christmas, two months till senior exams and two weeks till school holidays. It seems like life is marking time between events and passing by at an ever increasing pace at the same time.
Amongst all of this, our students have been engaged in all manner of activities. Ones that stretch the brain like MATHIX; ones that stretch their fears and phobias like caving and ones that stretch muscles like netball comps and Rotoiti camp. Out of these types of activities resilience is forged.
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty, to spring back into shape, to adjust easily to misfortune or change. This is hugely important in the formation of our students and equally important in the growth of a school. How well we as a school react or adapt to change and how well we recover from difficulty. We have shown a degree of resilience over the past wee while and some of the basis of the resilience shown is our own staff, students and board. We have all built up tools that enable us to cope with events as they unfold, more often than not without our knowing. But building resilience can be intentional too.
As a board, we can build a toolbox of policy, effective communication, relational trust and good judgement, all of which will help us get through difficult times and make us stronger. Throughout this year we have been working to address areas which required change following on from our ERO review process and these things make us more robust and more effective as a school. We have spent time on refining policies, bringing them into a form where they are more clear, more precise and more easily followed. We have worked on relationships, with staff surveys and student surveys. We are planning our community consultation hui where we will be presenting to our wider community and listening to them and their dreams and concerns.
Staff have been involved in Professional Learning and Development or PLD throughout the year and student programs like the William Pike Challenge and Hillary Challenge are developing skills in our young people.
To be an effective and empowering school, we all need to be working together developing our toolbox of skillsets. Resilience is one of these skills and one we know we are gong to need when the only constant around us is continual change."
Regards from Andy Williams (Chairperson), Linda Tame (Principal), Jack Balck (Student Trustee), Gareth Batten (Staff Trustee), Cherrie Chubb, Cynthia Sampson, Susie Struck (Parent Trustees), Vanessa Harwood (GBHS Home and School Committee Rep), Beverley Purdie (Manawhenua Ki Mohua Rep), and Alison McAlpine (Limited Statutory Manager)
Attendance at School
It has come to our attention that many students are regularly arriving at school late. Our attendance policy states that if a student arrives more than 10 minutes late for school without an explanation from the parents or caregivers they are marked as truant up to that point. (The exception is Year 13 students who have a study period).
If your child is away from school for any reason please contact the school either by phone (525 9914), text (027 923 5931), email (email@example.com), online absence note, or a written note to the class teacher.
The Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop tries to be open fortnightly on Tuesday from 1-2pm (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
Latest Notes and reminders from the office team:
Many thanks to all those who have made payments to the school throughout the year.
Please pay outstanding work books, school trips and camp fees etc promptly. Activities and Curriculum donations are voluntary payments but we encourage payment of these to help the school to operate effectively.
Payment of your Activities Donation will ensure your family receives a School Magazine.
Please retrieve all lost property. There are so many pairs of shoes, school polarfleece tops, and good quality raincoats. Mostly unnamed of course. Anything left behind at the end of the year will go to Trash Palace or will be sold as second-hand uniform.
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