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.
28 September 2018 - 28 Mahuru 2018
Tēnā koutou katoa
Whānau should have received emailed copies of their senior students’ reports last week. I do recommend parents sit down and discuss the reports carefully. With 14 school days in Term 4 prior to NCEA Exam leave, now is the time to plan study programmes and final internal assessments.
I am really looking forward to my first Golden Bay High School Senior Prizegiving which will be held on Tuesday November 6th at 7.30 pm in the Hall. Everyone is welcome!
Another important date for your diary is the Community Hui, which will be held on Wednesday November 14th at 7pm in the gym (time and venue TBC).
This week we are farewelling our Thursday & Friday Librarian, Kylie Connell, whose family are relocating to Nelson. We will really miss Kylie, who has a special skill in connecting students with books that appeal! We welcome Angela Berkett who will take over her role.
We have been very proud to follow Emma Rouse, as she represents New Zealand at the Judo World Championships. Emma’s ability to train in the relative isolation of Golden Bay has been impressive.
Senior students and I are talking about student leadership structures at GBHS in 2019. Students gave feedback at my appraisal 360 about their desire to tweak some of the current structures. As an aside, the BoT have contracted a very experienced external appraiser who, as part of the process, had focus meetings with parents, students, staff and Board members.
Have you noticed the wonderful new van fundraising thermometer on our school sign? We are only about $10 000- $15000 away from our target, and I am determined to try to have a school van for the start of the 2019 school year! Students are holding a mufti day today. This is a real team effort with Home and School, Community groups, and within school fundraising all focussed on a van.
Tasman District Council are undertaking a survey about Active Transport. Here is their information:
What is Active Transport: Any transportation that uses physical activity as the source of power. Mostly this is walking and cycling, but it can also include scooters and skateboards - even kayaks!
The Tasman District Council will be creating a strategy for active transport, looking at what the demand is, what improvements can be made and what does active transport infrastructure look like in 30 years.
Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YQCDQ65
Link to the TDC webpage: http://www.tasman.govt.nz/policy/public-consultation/active-transport-survey/
Thank you to all who took part in the BYOD survey. We had 83 responses from the GBH community. We gave an extension to the Primary schools so I will report back in the first Goldie of term 4. However, approximately 80% of responses are in favour of the move, with about half of those raising questions and/or concerns which we will address.
I look forward to a productive and busy Term 4.
Ake ake kia kaha
Calendar of Events
15 Oct Start of Term 4
22 Oct Labour Day
24 Oct Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
26 Oct Goldie, Mufti Day
29 Oct BOT Meeting
2 Nov Last Day for Seniors
5 Nov Staff only Day
6 Nov Senior Prizegiving 7.30pm
7 Nov Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
7 Nov NCEA exams begin
9 Nov Goldie
13-16 Nov Teapot Valley Year 7 Camp
14 Nov Community Hui (time and venue tbc)
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
12 Dec 10 am Junior Prizegiving; End of Term
2018 Term and Public Holiday Dates:
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.
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
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
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