Golden Bay High School welcomes you
Golden Bay High School, a state co-educational year 7-13 school, is situated at the northern end of Takaka township in Golden Bay. The school serves the Takaka Valley and the coastal area from Wainui to Onekaka, thus requiring 60-75% of students to travel to school by bus. The school draws its roll from three contributing primary schools and has a roll of 350. Thirteen percent of students identify themselves as Maori and the school has a close working relationship with the Onetahua Marae. There are also many students whose parents are recent European immigrants. Each year the school may enrol a small number of international fee-paying students, who are all hosted with local families. The school is very well supported by the local community and has a vibrant Home and School Association.
Our school’s aim is to continually develop programmes which recognise the interests and abilities of all students, and encourage them to reach their full potential and maintain a lifelong interest in learning. Staff expectations for success are high for all students, and academic results in external examinations and competitions are very good. The relationship between staff and students is friendly and positive. It is based on high expectations of student behaviour and a commitment to non-violence.
The school offers a full range of the curriculum, including Maori and Japanese, and is currently considering how to expand the range of languages. Where class numbers are too low to run a class, subjects can be offered, or the curriculum extended, through the Correspondence School, Nelson/ Marlborough Institute of Technology, universities and other agencies. The school prepares candidates for NCEA and will offer credits towards the National Certificates.Workplace learning is offered to senior students through Gateway. We encourage our students to participate in academic activities such as International Schools' English, Science and Maths competitions, the Regional Science Fair, the Brain Bee challenge and the Young Enterprise Business Scheme, which extend them as well as allow us to measure their progress against other schools.
The school places a strong emphasis on Transition Education, Education outside the Classroom and Health Education. In years 7 and 8, extensive screening and one-to-one teaching provide all students with the opportunity to reach required levels of literacy. This support continues if required.
The school participates in the UNESCO ASP network through our Art department and through the Cultural Diversity class in Year 10. Students in recent years have produced work on the Sub-Antarctic Islands for the World Heritage Education project and participated in a World Heritage International Youth forum. We are working towards becoming a ‘Human Rights in Education’ school.
At Golden Bay High School we value the basic concepts of Human Rights in Education: that there are three ‘Rs’ which always go hand in hand:
RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT.
The three ‘Rs’ underpin the values that we uphold in our school, and to which we all aspire: