The Board of Trustees has a governance role and sets the vision for the school. By assisting and supporting the Principal, the board helps define the long - term aspirations and strategy of the school. Specifically, the board is responsible for curriculum and policy, finance, property, health and safety, discipline and the employment and remuneration of senior staff.
The Board is not responsible for the day-to-day management of the school; this is the responsibility of the school Principal.
Mrs Linda Tame
Manawhenua Ki Mohua Trustee
Ms Jude Edmondson
BOT Monthly Meeting Minutes
Board News November 2019
The end of the year is almost upon us. Exams, camps, assignments, Odyssey then holidays.
Board elections brought several new Board members to the table. We thank them for putting their hand up to help guide our path ahead, and thank the members who stood down this year for their years of work and passion for our school.
It’s been a very busy year for the Board, and one that seems to have taken much less than a year to get through. There have been several major areas for consideration that the Board have discussed that will impact on GBHS for many years to come.
The building programme ahead of us, with the consultation with staff, students, parents/caregivers and community is one of them.
This is an exciting time, with Ministry of Education architects being contracted shortly (the tender is on GETS), and our negotiations and discussions with them happening next year. As a Board, we are excited about the opportunities this project will give GBHS and would like to thank Linda and staff for all the work done in creating our Vision for Design for the Ministry.
The school fees programme announced by the government required another decision. We have opted to take the $150 per student government funding, but this means we are not permitted to ask for donations or curriculum trip costs. Extra-curricular activities and overnights trips and camps may still be charged. Currently, we have a high percentage of requested donations paid for students’ activities.
Golden Bay High School prides itself on our outdoor education programmes and it was a relief to see the government change its stance on school camps.
There will, however, be a discrepancy between the income from the government programme and what we normally budget on through our previous donations model. This will be addressed through our budget, but there will be a shortfall meaning some school activities or materials will have to be modified.
We remain committed to keeping GBHS true to its values and goals, and the parent community informed.
We have been very happy to enhance our international student programme, with the addition of Leigh Riley as our International Director. We see our students’ integration with the wider population as extremely important, both in terms of our ever expanding diversity here in the bay, and in their ongoing growth outside the bay. We have enjoyed the company of many students from afar this year and look forward to spending time with more in 2020 and beyond.
There are many other things we have discussed throughout the year of a more mundane content, but we have enjoyed (mostly) our time together discussing issues and being a part of the ongoing improvement of the education of our children.
Above all, we wish to thank the staff and students for making Golden Bay High School the awesome place it is. Many people go out of their way to improve the outcomes and experiences of students here and we wish to acknowledge that.
We wish you all well in your Christmas/New Year break, be safe, be proud and above all, have fun.
Andy Williams, GBHS Board Chair