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.
17 September 2021
Tēnā koutou katoa
Great to all be back at school
We are all pleased to be back at school. Senior
students are busy with their practice exams.
Many changes to the calendar
Unfortunately there are a large number of
changes to the calendar for the year. As more changes are made, we’ll do our best to keep everyone informed. Please see the separate article about changes to the senior course information evening and course interviews. These are really important and very well attended.
Senior Prize Giving has been moved to Friday 10th December.
New Date for the Senior Ball
The ball is not permitted to run unless we are at Level 1, so we made the difficult decision to postpone it. The new date for the ball is Saturday 13th November. Seniors final formal day of classes is Friday 12th November. During the week starting 15th November exam class tutorials will be run, and workshops will be held for students finishing off internal assessments. Exams start on 22nd November.
Mauri Stone Ceremony
Due to Covid restrictions we have not extended the invitations as widely as previously, unfortunately. The ceremony is being held on Friday 24th September at 5.00am. If you would especially like to attend, please contact me directly asap.
Changes to NCEA Requirements – Confirming my email September 9th
For students disrupted by 16 days of alert level restrictions this year:
Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs)
· for every five credits a student earns, they get one extra LRC
· students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to eight additional credits
· students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3 are eligible for up to six additional credits.
· no change to normal requirements.
· no change to normal requirements.
Ake ake kia kaha
20 Sept Monday, Mufti Day (Cancer Society Fundraiser:
Speak like a Pirate)
22 Sept Wednesday, school starts at 9:45am
24 Sept Friday, Mauri Stone Ceremony, 5am
27 Sept Monday, BOT Meeting
30 Sept Thursday, Senior Course Information Evening
1 Oct Friday, Goldie, End of Term 3
TERM FOUR 2021 Calendar
18 Oct Monday, Start of Term 4
20 Oct Wednesday, school starts at 9:45am
25 Oct Monday, Labour Day
12 Nov Friday, Last Day of Senior Classes
13 Nov Saturday, Senior Ball
22 Nov Monday, NCEA Exams Begin
2&3 Dec Thursday & Friday, Staff Only Days
10 Dec Friday, Senior Prize Giving
14 Dec Tuesday, End of Term 4
Junior Prize Giving (tbc)
Uniform Shop - The Uniform shop is open fortnightly on Tuesday from 1-2:15pm
Dates open are: 21st Sept.
All uniform purchases must be paid in full on the day. This can be done by internet banking (Uniform A/c 03-1354-0575666-01 - name as reference), or pay cash or cheque on the day. Please be aware that for us to return any uniform, it must not be worn and tags are still left on clothing. Any enquires please contact Lou Soper on 027 225 9969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM ABBEY - GBHS Guidance Counsellor
There is lots of different information and support in our Student and Whānau Well-being hub https://www.gbh.school.nz/student h257hu-support-hub.html
Need to Talk? — free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Youthline — call 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email email@example.com
What's Up? — call 0800 942 8787 — a safe place for tamariki and rangatahi to talk.
Skylight — call 0800 299 100 helping children, young people and their families and whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief
Lifeline — 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Crisis Helpline — 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Depression and Anxiety Helpline — 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions.
Anxiety phone line — 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)
Family Services 211 Helpline 0800 211 211 — for help finding, and direct transfer to, community-based health and social support services in your area
OUTline NZ — call 0800 688 5463 for confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues
May 2021 Board Report
We are well into the year now, and the seasons are changing rapidly.
The building project has progressed from just paper and discussions to the beginnings of tangible, physical works. Soak pit testing and foundation soil testing has taken place ready for actual work to start in September. Stormwater and sewer pipeline condition assessment are taking place. 3D models have been created to allow for virtual walkthroughs of the proposals to assist us all with the ‘feel’ and workability of the new builds (see YouTube video below).
Very exciting times, and with that, a lot of additional work for the Principal and staff as they organise how and where students and staff will learn and teach in a greatly modified environment. A large thanks to staff for this extra time. There will be a deal of disruption in different parts of the school and at different times throughout the building project, but rest assured that the communication between Linda, the SLT and the building team will work well and will be an issue of importance for the Board. Student wellbeing and learning is paramount.
As reported in February, following the resignation of Cynthia Sampson from the Board in January, and after much discussion, the Board passed the following resolution: The BoT resolves not to fill the Parent Trustee vacancy left by Cynthia Samson's resignation for the remainder of this term, which ends in May 2022. We have a very capable and confident board with the skill sets and determination to guide us through until then.
We are a large board for the size of the school, with 8 current members (4 parent, 1 Principal, 1 staff, 1 student and 1 Manawhenua), and have decided that at our May board meeting we will vote on the motion: "That the Board advertises four parent trustee vacancies in the 2022 Election, two for terms of three years and two for 18 month terms". The staggering of the terms for this next election means that in subsequent elections, when all trustees will be voted for a three year term, there will always be 2 trustees from the previous board on the new board. This ensures a continuity of knowledge and process from board to board.
Andy Williams– Board Chair