School Computer Network
Golden Bay High School has about 200 computers. We have taken full advantage of the Ministry of Education Teacher Laptop scheme (TELA) which has enabled all teachers to have a laptop. Most classrooms have 2 computers, some have 3 or more, all have data projectors. We have 2 ICT suites with 30 computers in each lab, 10 computers in the Library, 8 computers in the Technology Department for use with Robotics and 9 computers in Photography.
All computers are on a fully integrated, stable, gigabit fibre-optic network. We are running a Windows 2008r2 server in a virtualised HyperV environment on a quad core Dell server with 12gb of RAM and 4tb of storage space.
We are connected to the Ministry of Educations fully funded N4L Managed network, via Fibre. It is fast and the internet connection performs with enough capacity to meet our students changing needs.
We also have Linewize Internet Filtering in place to provide the most up-to-date protection possible from unwanted content and malicious threats. The software records all sites visited by students and staff.
Each student has their own login name and password (which enables them to access their work from any computer in the school), students also have access to colour printers, filtered internet, general educational software and other shared resources. G Suite for Education' is used by staff and students for email, calendar and sites and we have an online booking system for classrooms and equipment. The operating system used on all computers is Windows 10 and all have Microsoft Office 2016 and Adobe Creative Suite installed.
We have a voluntary BYOD programme in place with school wide Wifi - wifi free areas are on the school field. All students are allowed, with permission, to bring 2 devices so they can connect to the internet.
Golden Bay High School also has a 3D Printer and a range of digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, data projectors, televisions with Google Chrome Cast, 80 Chromebooks available and extra laptops for use by students and staff.
A Network Manager and a Computer Technician are onsite (part-time) to maintain and develop the network.
Yvette Ireton (Network Manager)
Bluey Powell (Technician)
Does your child use a smartphone?
Do you know what they are looking at? We encourage adults to have open conversations with young people about the responsibility that goes along with ownership of a connected device. For more information check out this site:
Facebook for Parents
Parents - a good question to ask is "What do I know about Facebook and my child's use of it? A useful starting point is to read this facebook site.
We will continue to educate students in this area and parents are encouraged to take an interest in their children's online habits. A good source of information can be found on Vodaphones Digi-Parenting site: www.vodafone.co.nz/why-vodafone/family/digi-parenting/