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.
8 February 2019
Tēnā koutou katoa
Happy New Year to you all.
I hope that you have had happy and relaxing summers to date.
Over the second part of 2018, we worked on developing our school values. Students had considerable input, along with staff and feedback at the community hui. Our motto remains Ake Ake Kia Kaha and our four English values are:
Do expect to hear a lot more about these.
Welcome new students
We welcomed our new Year 7 students and several other new students (along with new teachers) at the powhiri on 28th January. The Year 7 performed impressive haka and waiata, and I think all of us present were blown away! Tēnā koe John and thank you to Manawhenua ki Mohua for again supporting us so strongly at this powhiri.
Welcome new teachers
We welcome Bradley Edmondson teaching Maths, Karen Hunt teaching Home Economics and Paul Skerten teaching Outdoor Education, Physical Education and Health.
Todd Ward was announced as Junior Dux for 2018. Congratulations Todd, this is an outstanding achievement!
As most in the community are aware, we have negotiated a very significant property project for Golden Bay High (and Collingwood Area School). This was announced by Minister Damien O’Connor, our local MP, at a surprise assembly on the second to last day of the 2018 school year.
The project will see the replacement of 10 classrooms and the refurbishment of a further 13, which represents a large proportion of our teaching and learning spaces. The project will take several years in the planning, but unfortunately the money is not put into our bank account to earn interest on.
The first step is the writing of an Education Brief, which is a high level vision document about the sort of school we are and our vision for future learning. This is due at the end of Term 2. Planning for the buildings themselves is some time away!
Performing Arts Community Meeting
This was held late in 2018. Thanks to those who attended or sent through comments. We agreed to find a room for bands to practise in, sort instruments and equipment with a view to fundraising for more, and to hold a community meeting during this term to discuss the possibility of a whole school musical in 2020. Watch Goldie for details. Senior performing arts is unable to run this year due to the unavailability of a trained (NCEA) teacher. We hope to rectify this in 2020.
2018 Year 10 Odysseys
Year 10 students planned and took part in challenges which were presented to a parent/student audience in early December. This was the first time they had run in this manner. Thanks to the parents who provided feedback about what could be improved in 2019. It is very useful and will be taken into consideration.
Attendance – coming to school does impact learning!
A number of our students are deemed non-attenders by the Ministry of Education. The absolute minimum attendance for enabling learning is 90%, and below this is deemed non attending. This really is insufficient as it means that by the end of Year 10 a student has missed a whole year of school. We are aiming for a minimum of 95%. There is plenty of research which shows the strong correlation between attendance and achievement.
It is a requirement of most school sporting tournaments and inter school events that students have satisfactory attendance. Students without 90% attendance for the year (excluding illness, bereavements etc) will be unable to take part.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha
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Notes and reminders from the office team:
Welcome back to another year: A few reminders :
Calendar of Events
Term One & Two 2019 Calendar
13 Feb School Photos
15 Feb Swimming Sports - POSTPONED to 27th Feb
20 Feb Short Wednesday
20 Feb High Achievers Assembly
22 Feb Goldie
27 Feb Athletics Sports - POSTPONED to 8th March
6 March Short Wednesday
8 March Student Council Elections
8 March Goldie
20 March Short Wednesday
22 March Staff Only Day
22 March Goldie
3 April Short Wednesday
5 April Goldie
8,9,10 April Yr 7& 8 Sailing
12 April End of Term One
Easter and Anzac Day in the Holidays
29 April Term Two Begins
1 May Short Wednesday
2 May Yr 7& 8 Immunisations
3 May Goldie
9,10 May Queen Charlotte Exchange
13– 17 May Bully Free Week
15 May Short Wednesday
17 May Pink Shirt Day
17 May Cross Country
17 May Goldie
29 May Short Wednesday
29 –31 May Yr 11 Work Experience
29—31 May Yr 12 City Camp
3 June Queen’s Birthday Holiday
4 & 5 June Staff Only Days
12 June Short Wednesday
14 June Goldie
26 June Short Wednesday
28 June Goldie
5 July End Of Term Two
22 July Start of Term Three
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
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
SWIMMING SPORTS AND ATHLETICS POSTPONED
Health and Safety concerns for whole school events
The extremely dry and hot conditions, our lack of shade, and a slippery track surface which is leading to some grazes and burns, have lead to us making the following decisions regarding swimming sports and athletics:
Swimming Sports - now to be held on Wednesday 27th February. The format for the day is being reviewed so that students and staff can be protected from the sun.
Athletics - now to be held on Friday 8th March. We will be seeking community support to provide shade.
Please note that normal classes will run this Friday 15th February.
Thank you in anticipation of your support and understanding of these changes.