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.
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Ake Ake Kia Kaha.
13 April 2018
Kia ora koutou
What a term this has been! Weather has certainly been a dominant feature, with the massive disruption of post ex-cyclone Gita, and rain impacting our planned whole school sports events. My first term at Golden Bay High School has whizzed by extremely quickly. I especially want to thank students, parents, staff and the community who have all been so welcoming.
One of the many aspects of Golden Bay High School which has impressed me has been the wonderful opportunities our students are able to take up. Year 7 Sailing, the Caving Trip to Waitomo Caves over Easter, a senior Writers’ workshop with professional writers on Sunday, blowing up hydrogen balloons in Year 9 Science, to name just a few.
The school had a trial evacuation recently. I was very impressed with students’ co-operation; we evacuated and checked off names in just over ten minutes.
As we watch the Autumnal colours emerging, it is great to see so many students training in anticipation of their winter sport. As examples, netball and football have both got off to great starts. A huge thank you to all involved in coaching these students.
Thank you also to Home and School for their tireless fundraising for our school, and particularly for the bake stall on Easter Saturday. We have also had two generous donations from parents recently which are much appreciated. Whilst we have a lot opportunities, a lot of learning and a lot of fun at GBHS, one thing we don’t have a lot of is money!
We were very proud at our assembly last Wednesday to wish Ms Emma Rouse all the best for representing New Zealand at the Oceania Judo Championships over the weekend. We were all amazed at her ability to throw the ‘other’ Ms Rouse! Of course, none of this has happened without an enormous commitment to training. Ms Rouse has returned from the Championships with a silver medal. Congratulations!
I have talked at several assemblies about my wero (challenge) to students and staff – it being to each day try to be a little better than the day before – to strive for personal best and nothing less. I have set a personal challenge to learn all of the students’ names by the end of the year. Frankly, I am not doing as well as I would have hoped, though I am learning more each day. I want to model to students that we need to be learners all through our lives. My current strategy isn’t working as well as it could; I’m not going to give up but I am going to try a different strategy and see if that is more effective. As the old adage goes, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!’.
Whānau and parents can support students by asking them about what they are trying to achieve, and how they are doing a little better every day. Talking about learning with students at all levels of school is one of the most practical and effective strategies for parents. With teenagers it is often about the timing of these discussions which is tricky. My experience is that they may not be in the right state of mind when it suits a parent – so being flexible about when to talk makes a huge difference!
Ake ake kia kaha
Calendar of Events
13 Apr End of Term One
13-15 Apr Secondary School Adventure Racing Champs
30 Apr Start of Term Two
3 May Home & School AGM 7pm GBHS Staffroom
8 May Yr 7-8 Immunisation
9 May Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
10-11 May Queen Charlotte Exchange
11 May Yr 7 & 8 Kids Lit Quiz
11 May Goldie
14-18 May Bullyfree Week
14 May Vic Uni visit Yr 13
16-18 May Yr 11 Work Experience
18 May Yr 7 Twilight Fair 3.30-6.30pm TBC
21 May Pink Shirt Day TBC
23 May TSS Cross Country
2018 Term and Public Holiday Dates:
Term 1 - Tuesday 30th January - Friday 13th April
ANZAC day is in the April holidays - 25 April
Term 2 - Monday 30th April - Friday 6th July
Teacher Only Day Friday 1st June (TBC)
Queen’s Birthday Monday 4th June
Term 3 - Monday 23rd July - Friday 28th September
Term 4 - Monday 15th October – Wednesday 12th December
Labour Day – Monday 22nd October
Teacher Only Day Monday 5th Nov (TBC)
Please note that Teacher Only Days are to-be-confirmed (TBC) and an extra Community of Learning Day will be added.
"What a start to the year. Expected drought conditions followed by record temperatures and almost record rainfall, king tides and blood blue moons. For those who believe in omens, please don't tell me what it means.
I do know what augurs well and that is our school year ahead. A new Principal, Linda, who has hit the ground running, new staff both permanent and fixed term and hopefully a refreshed and re-energised staff as well.
The board are rearing to go and get our teeth into the nuts and bolts of the governance side of the school operation....continued.
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