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.
14 September 2018 - 14 Mahuru 2018
Kia ora koutou
Last week football, netball and hockey students took part in the annual Secondary School Winter Tournament. There are articles and photos in this Goldie. A huge thank you to Cherie Chamberlain and Pete Mitchison for their many, many hours volunteering to coach and manage teams.
It is not surprising that there is a strong link between attendance at school and student achievement. The Ministry of Education has a simple measure. If a student attends 90% of the time they are deemed to be an attender. Attendance below 90% puts the student at considerable risk of under achieving. I have heard comments that 90% is quite a high level, and that is probably because we think of 90% in a school test as being a high grade. However, an average of 90% attendance by the end of Year 10 means a student would have had the equivalent of a whole year off school!
Thank you to all who have paid the school donations this year. They are tax deductible. Without these donations we simply would not be able to provide the range of opportunities we are able to.
We are in the process of writing senior reports, which will be emailed on the 21st September.
We are heading into the 2019 course selection process – there is detailed information in this Goldie.
Ake Ake Kia Kaha
Year 10 Parents! Year 11 Parents! Year 12 Parents!
Don’t miss out on booking your spot to help your child get the best out of next year at GBHS.
Year 10-12 Preparation for 2019
Monday 17th September: NCEA and Course Information evening:
At 6.30pm there will an introduction to the NCEA assessment process particularly for parents and students of Year 10 in the Library. This will precede our regular course information evening which will be held between 7pm – 8.00pm in the Hall. Staff from the various curriculum areas will present information regarding courses and be available for questions.
Tuesday 25th September: Course Planning Day for 2019:
We are preparing a day of student/parent/teacher conferencing for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12 as part of the goal setting/course planning process for next year.
On Tuesday the 25th September there will not be any timetabled classes for Years 10, 11 and 12. Instead each student will be required to come in with a parent for a 20 minute conference with a member of the school academic and pastoral team for Years 11-13 next year to select courses for 2019. The careers adviser will also be present.
Booking for this can be made online, from today. To access this go to the parent portal link on the school website www.gbh.school.nz or go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the event code 9kcwa.
If you are unable to book an interview on the day please contact your child’s Dean or a member of the Senior Leadership Team to arrange an alternative time.
Calendar of Events
21 Sept BOT Student Trustee Elections (closes at noon)
24 Sept BOT meeting
25 Sept Yr10-12 Course interviews 9am - 4.30pm
26 Sept Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
26 Sept Meet Yr 6 Parents 7-8pm
28 Sept Goldie, End of Term 3
15 Oct Start of Term 4
22 Oct Labour Day
24 Oct Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
26 Oct Goldie, Mufti Day
2 Nov Last Day for Seniors
5 Nov Staff only Day
6 Nov Senior Prizegiving
7 Nov Wednesday, school closes at 2:15pm
9 Nov Goldie
13-16 Nov Teapot Valley Year 7 Camp
19-22 Nov Abel Tasman Year 8 Camp
20 Nov TSS Ki o Rahi Champs
2018 Term and Public Holiday Dates:
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.
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
"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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com
Notes and reminders from the office team:
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