Academic Counselling

Academic Counselling is a process where students meet with staff to discuss their academic goals and identify barriers to achievement and plan next steps in their learning. These goals will include academic and engagement targets.

In conversations with staff, students develop the ability to understand where they have got to with their studies, where they are going and how best to get there. These conversations initially take place with staff at school but the aim is to allow students to develop the ability to question themselves and others about their learning so they can continue to improve.

Academic Counselling is the link between the pastoral and academic streams of the school aiming to lift engagement, understanding, output and achievement. It is the point at which student and teacher come together to talk, plan and reflect on learning and academic development.

In the junior school it relies on the building of constructive and positive learning relationships – a responsibility of both student and teacher. In the senior school the maintenance of these relationships is key as the student matures. The social and academic expectations of students change as they move towards pathways beyond high school.

Please note: Senior students (Years 11, 12, 13) are encouraged to make use of their allocated study periods, each Wednesday Period 5.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are an essential part of Green Bay High School’ s Reporting process. Academic development through conversations between parents, staff and students help clarify understanding as to what is necessary for each students’ success. Students need to have clear academic goals this year. These give students a direction for their learning. Engagement goals allow a student to target positive participation in school and attendance goals recognise that attendance is key in accessing guidance. Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are held during terms 1, 2, 3 and students are to come along with their parents and have a conversation with their teachers).

  • ALL students and parents are invited – Conferences take place in E block.
  • Conversations where parents, students and teachers can have a discussion about the academic year and put in place plans for success in each subject.
  • It is also very useful to have a meeting with form teachers to look at the overall pathway.
  • Students are expected to attend with their parent/caregiver.
  • Bookings for PST interviews are made via our school bookings website: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz (codes are given in our weekly newsletters prior to PST evenings).

Academic Counselling helps you be BTB – Better Than Before
Academic Counselling enables students to improve their learning. Please note: During Term 4 (2017) a select group of students may be required to attend mandated study each Wednesday. These students will be notified by way of email and reminder slips, sent to them in class. Additional tutorials and Workshops will be held within various subject departments, in order to prepare students for their NCEA exams.

Students need to have clear academic goals. These give students a direction for their learning. Engagement goals allow a student to target positive participation in school and attendance goals recognise that attendance is key in accessing guidance.

The Academic Counselling process has several threads:
Self Awareness – who am I, what do I like, what am I good at?
Goal Setting – what do I want, how am I going to get it?
Course Selection – what do I need to know and where am I going to learn it?
Learning Skills – how can I learn what I need?
Tracking Progress – how am I improving, how many credits do I have?

School can be hard work. Academic Counselling helps you see the value of your learning and helps you maximise your abilities so that you get the best out of yourself.

Date

 Week / Session Focus

26 July

1: Independent Study

2 August

2. Independent Study (or) Mandated Supervised Study

9 August

3. Year 11 compulsory Assessment briefing and checklists in Auditorium: 2.15pm
All seniors – Pathways presentation for parents in Auditorium: 6.30pm

16 Aug

4. Yr 11 PSTS Compulsory attendance. All Year 11s to attend with parents/caregivers.

23 Aug

5. Independent Study (or) Mandated Supervised Study

30 Aug

6. Independent Study (or) Mandated Supervised Study

6 Sept

7. Independent Study (or) Mandated Supervised Study

13 Sept

8. Senior Assessments

20 Sept

9. Senior Assessments

24 Sept

10. Invitational – Review, re-assessment and refocus

Parents using email to contact subject teachers and using the parent portal is encouraged.
After looking at evidence – from assessments, tests and reports – goals are reviewed. In Term 2 there is more evidence on progress in Level 1. Part of the judgement on progress for external standards will come from the Term 2 school assessments. These assessments, in conditions designed to replicate the end of year situation, provide a clear guide to the likelihood of success in these external exams. The results of these school assessments will be used to support decisions on whether students will be entered or withdrawn from external standards in the exams at the end of the year.

Retaining constructive and positive relationships in school are a responsibility of both student and staff and involvement in discussions like those at the PSTs help to keep students on track. During Term 2  it is important for senior students to continue to build the skills they need for academic success. A focus for them will be assessment-specific skills:

  • knowing what the requirements of standards are;
  • what sort of questions might they be asked;
  • how to revise for exams or tests.


TERM 1 (2017) An information evening was held for parents of Year 11 students, and those new to NCEA, to help you understand how NCEA works. Did you miss this date? To view the slideshow presentation, please on link below click here

TERM 2 (2017) We are very keen to make sure that all our senior students have the best possible chance to develop their learning and to achieve well in their academic endeavours. We have been given the opportunity by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to host an evening presentation tailored by their staff to highlight the different information available, including resources for Maori and Pasifika families. This Hui aims to inform families of the assessment process and arm you with the knowledge to help students to achieve positive academic results.

If you need to communicate with subject teachers about specifics regarding your child’s studies, remember that their email address follows this format: [email protected]
(eg: [email protected])


Homework Centre Tuesday and Thursday: 3:15pm – 4:30pm
  • All students welcome in the library.
  • Students can work using library resources.
  • Students can work individually, in pairs or groups, with or without a teacher.
  • Staff from Maths, English and Science always on hand. Satellite HWC also runs in the Technology Department to use specialised equipment.

Subject Specific Study Sessions Arranged by Departments

  • Departments and subject teachers use their lunch and interval to help students in need of support.
  • Ask subject teacher/HOD for details of how to access help.

Mandated Supervised Study Wednesday, 2:15pm – 3:15pm

  • Students below 75% success rate on internal assessments In the library.
  • Students who have not utilised their opportunities are supervised by staff in the library and given support by members of the Academic Counselling team.
  • Students can work using library resources.
  • MSS also runs in the Technology Department to use specialised equipment.

Academic Counselling queries should be directed to Deputy Principal Chris Woodward ext 231 (or) Year 11 dean Leah Stewart (ext 218).

We are very keen to make sure that all our senior students have the best possible chance to gain the highest NCEA qualifications that they can. Student progress is analysed, aiming to identify those who would benefit from extra help to reach their potential. We have designed a series of presentations to assist our students.

Academic Counselling enables students to improve their learning: Academic Counselling is the link between the pastoral and academic streams of the school aiming to lift engagement, understanding, output and achievement. It is the point at which student and teacher come together to talk, plan and reflect on learning and academic development. Academic Counselling is a process where students meet with staff to discuss their academic goals and identify barriers to achievement and plan next steps in their learning. These goals will include academic and engagement targets. In conversations with staff students develop the ability to understand where they have got to with their studies, where they are going and how best to get there. These conversations initially take place with staff at school but the aim is for students to develop the ability to question themselves and others about their learning so they can improve.

The Academic Counselling process has several threads. Period 5 on Wednesday is a time when senior students are not in timetabled classes. It is NOT free time, but provided for Independent Study to allow students to work toward academic goals. Students often use this time to work on technical subjects or spend time with staff and peers in study groups. Some students who are not achieving at a suitable level must attend Mandated Supervised Study periods: these students will be informed in person and their parents informed by email.

  • Self Awareness – who am I, what do I like, what am I good at?
  • Goal Setting – what do I want, how am I going to get it
  • Course Selection – what do I need to know and where am I going to learn it?
  • Learning Skills – how can I learn what I need?
  • Tracking Progress – how am I improving, how many credits do I have?

Academic Goals give students an individualised direction for their learning. Engagement Goals allow a student to look at the wider issues that impact upon learning through positive participation in school. Attendance goals looks at the need to be present to access guidance. After looking at evidence – from assessments, tests and reports – goals can be reviewed. Conversations with parents, staff and fellow students, can help students understand where they have got to with their studies, where they are going and how to get there.

In the junior school it relies on building constructive, positive learning relationships – a responsibility of student and teacher. In the senior school maintenance of these relationships is key as the student matures. The social and academic expectations of students change as they move towards pathways beyond school.

In Term 3 there is more evidence on progress in Level 1. Part of the judgement on progress for external standards will come from the school exams. The “Mock Exams”, undertaken in conditions designed to replicate the end of year situation, provide a clear guide to the likelihood of success in these external assessments.

Students are encouraged to take steps to highlight important events in their term, keep track of their progress and to guide their study. The exams in weeks seven and eight will need to be approached carefully and revision needs to be planned and started early. The Teacher/Student/Parent report conferences are an excellent way for staff, students and parents to talk about progress and clarify steps to take to help improve learning.

During Term 3 it is important for senior students to continue to build the skills they need for academic success. A focus for them will be assessment-specific skills:

  • knowing what the requirements of standards are;
  • what sort of questions might they be asked;
  • how to revise for assessments

Students must keep up with internal assessment work and track their progress through knowing how many Merits and Excellences they have, as well as their total number of credits.

 Academic Counselling helps students to be BTB – Better Than Before.