Beginning of Year – Start Up Information

Key Start Up Dates, 2018
Thursday 1 February: Day 1 of Orientation including Powhiri (Year 9 students only)
Friday 2 February: Day 2 of Orientation including Top Town (Year 9 students only)
Monday 5 February: Year 10 and 11 students only
Tuesday 6 February: Waitangi Day (Public holiday – school closed)
Wednesday 7 February: All students attend for a full day at school (8.40am – 3.15pm)

Welcome to Green Bay High School.
Each year group has a Level Dean who works closely with your child’s form teacher and subject teachers.

The Dean is responsible for the general welfare, pastoral care and behaviour management of the students in their cohort, and usually follows their group through to graduation from Green Bay High School. The Dean, therefore, will come to know your child very well and should be the person parents and caregivers contact first. The Dean of Student Support and Wellbeing will play a significant role in the transition of Year 9 students as they settle into Green Bay High School and will work collaboratively with the Year 9 Dean.

Year 9 Dean – Chloe Marsh Phone: 817 8173 ext 211  /  Dean of Student Support and Well-being – Anjie Savage Phone: 817 8173 ext 265
Year 10 Dean – Rhonda Leabourn Phone 817 8173 ext 209
Year 11 Dean – Sam Knowles Phone 817-8173 ext 245
Year 12 Dean – Logan Gillard Phone 817-8173 ext 221
Year 13 Dean – Leah Stewart 817-8173 ext 218

chromebookYear 9s:

Day One: Thursday 1 February, 2018
Powhiri and Orientation

Students are encouraged to bring their families to our official welcome on the first morning. The initial assembly point will be at the front of the school on the grassed area in front of the main reception at 9.00am.

The official welcome will be over by approximately 10.30am. At this time, family members are encouraged to leave, and students will enter the auditorium where they will meet their form teacher and other class members. Each form class has been transitionally banded – i.e. some movement between classes may occur after the first few weeks.

An orientation programme will be run in form classes with the assistance of our fantastic Year 11 Leaders. This will include information about school routines, school layout, stationery, timetables, activities to assist students with getting to know their new classmates, setting up of devices and an introduction to our school values and responsible digital citizenship.

Please note that students are to be dressed in full school uniform and will be expected to have their electronic device, which should preferably be a chrome book or a laptop. Please refer to our school website / BYOD link for further details on this.

Students should bring a packed lunch and water bottle as the tuck shop will  be open. School will finish at 3.15pm with buses running as usual.

top town webDay Two: Friday 2 February, 2018
Top Town

On Day Two students will take part in “Top Town” activities before and after lunch during periods three, four and five. Students will spend the morning in form classes continuing with the orientation programme and should be in full school uniform. They should bring their PE uniform for “Top Town”. The students will need to change into their PE uniform for the afternoon’s activities after interval. These activities are carefully designed by our Sports and PE staff and will be led by our trained Student Leaders from Year 13. This part of the induction is targeted at helping Year 9s to get to know their classmates and teachers in some challenging but fun situations. There will be a range of activities for the students and their teachers to take part in that will help develop positive relationships from the very start of their time at high school. Students will be dismissed at 3.15pm and buses will be running normally.

Years 10 – 11:

The first day of school for all Year 10 and 11 students will be on Monday 5 February. New students will meet in the main reception at 8.30am, and will be escorted to form class from there.

Years 12 – 13:

All Year 12 and 13 students will attend course confirmation on either the Tuesday 30th January, 2018 or  Wednesday 31 January, 2018.  Information regarding this will be on our school website, and all students will be sent an email reminding them about this process.


School Bus Services:

Please click on this link: STUDENT SERVICES & INFORMATION / SCHOOL BUSES as posted on our website for school bus routes and up-to-date timetables provided by Auckland Transport and Ritchies.  Please note: All students using the school bus services must complete and sign the bus agreement (on the enrolment form).


School Uniform:

All Year 9-12 students wear the Green Bay High School uniform.
The uniform shop is situated on the school site (at the tuckshop end of D Block) and operates Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the school term from 8.20am – 9.20am. Once the school term has ended, the holiday hours are as follows:

Uniform Shop Hours: December 2017
Thursday 14 December, 2017: 10am – 2pm
Friday 15 December, 2017: 1pm – 12noon

Uniform Shop Hours: January/February 2018

Friday 19 January: 9am – 12 noon &  1pm -4pm
Saturday 20 January: 9am – 12 noon &  1pm -4pm
Monday 22 January: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday 23 January: 9am – 1pm
Wednesday 24 January: 1pm – 6pm
Thursday 25 January: 9am – 1pm
Friday 26 January: 9am – 1pm
Tuesday 30 January: 1pm -6pm
Wednesday 31 January: 9am -12 noon
Thursday 1 February: 8am – 10am
Friday 2 February: 8am – 10am

Monday 5 February: Returning to normal hours (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.20am – 9.20am).
*Tuesday 6 February: Waitangi Day – closed
Thursday 8 February: (returning to normal shop hours).

January is an extremely busy time for uniform buying. Students wishing to purchase new uniform items must be prepared to wait as space in the uniform shop is limited. We do appreciate your co-operation with this.

If you require special or unusual sizing of items, please ensure your order is made as early as possible. The uniform shop manager, Janet Carter, can be contacted on ext 239.


School Fees and Stationery Charges:

NB. We recommend waiting for timetables to be confirmed (Week 1, 2017) before purchasing stationery for option subjects, i.e. just get the core pack at this stage.

We have teamed up with OfficeMax and our back to school stationery for each class/year will be loaded on to myschool.co.nz for you to view, download or order from.

OfficeMax My School benefits are:
Competitive prices
Free delivery for orders over $57.50 incl. GST
Multiple ordering options – online at myschool.co.nz, telephone: 0800 724 440, fax: 0800 367 724 mail order or OfficeMax retail store.
Delivery that suits – you can arrange delivery to your home or workplace, and receive your order during the holidays to allow plenty of time to cover your books.
Your child will start the year with the correct supplies that will last.
Choose to pay with your credit/debit card or alternatively pay by cash in an OfficeMax retail store.

To order by mail order and/or pay by cheque all you have to do is go to myschool.co.nz, select the items you require, and when you get to check out, click on the Mail Order Form button. This will build a customised mail order form for you to print. Note: Please check the delivery windows at myschool.co.nz to ensure you place your order in time to receive delivery before school starts. You can find the link to OfficeMax My School on the Green Bay High School website/Student Information / Services & Information / Stationery.

Other Charges
There are also charges for some subjects, workbooks and compulsory items, which need to be paid to Green Bay High School. For example:
Voluntary School Donation: $200 First child attending  / $50 Subsequent siblings attending
Student ID Card:$10 ($5 if paid before 31/3/2018) This is used for borrowing books from the library, student bus fares, printing and photocopying from school and exam entry.
Subject Fees: There may also be workbook charges and subject fees for some subjects. These will be listed on your child’s school invoice. This will be available on the parent portal. Please note that Year 9 students have a change of option subjects at the beginning of Term 3, so there will be some new subject fees invoiced at that stage.
WINZ Please note WINZ quotes need to be made payable to Green Bay High School for any subject/workbook fees as well as uniform.
WINZ payments for stationery should be made to OfficeMax.

Payment Options:

Payments need to be made at school to the accounts office. We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS and credit card. We recommend automatic payments; a small amount each week can be much more manageable. Our bank account number is 12-3034-0840634-00, please use your child’s student ID number as a references to appear on our bank statement. Should you have any queries, please contact our Accounts Manager, Debbie Tonkin, 817 8173 ext 210.

Sport and Extra Curricular:

In addition to the above fees there are extra fees for students involved in sports and other curricular activities.
You will be notified of these fees by letter as they occur, and they will then appear on your student’s invoice.
Invoices are available to view via the parent portal.

Blended Learning and Devices:

Blended Learning is learning that integrates digital resources and web based learning with traditional face-to-face class tasks in a planned, pedagogically sound manner. Learning is at the heart of blended learning – not technology, technology is the tool we will use.

Green Bay High School has been a blended learning school since 2015. This means that in 2018 students in Years 9 – 11 will be expected to bring a 1:1 computing device to school. The method of content delivery will be through a blend of BayNet (our online LMS – Learning Management System), Google Classroom and traditional teaching tools. Each student will have their own unique Green Bay High School Google Account giving them access to Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive Google Classroom, Google Sites, and a whole host of other digital platforms. The students will utilise their devices in a myriad of different ways across learning areas and the potential of devices to open up new and exciting learning opportunities is inspiring.

To accommodate the wide variety of demands, needs and uses across our learning areas the devices will need to be suitable for typing and editing documents, manipulating photos, collaborating online and using internet resources and tools.
At Green Bay High School, the device must be a laptop form factor. That is, it is either a Chromebook, Laptop, Ultrabook or Macbook. iPads or other tablet devices are NOT suitable for our blended learning programme.

One of the many realities of computing in a school environment is that students require a highly portable device with a very long battery life. Students must carry their device from class to class every hour and will not be able to rely on having an opportunity or place to recharge their battery during the day. In addition to this, student devices must also be wireless and internet capable, have a good warranty and be robust which often means the build quality of the device should be high.

For more information about blended learning and choosing an appropriate device, click here to visit this information, as posted on our school website.

Transition Visits for 2018:

The move from intermediate school to high school can be a significant event for young people. In order to make this change as easy as possible, we run a structured one-day transition programme for all Year 8 students intending to come to Green Bay High School in 2018.

This day is designed to help relieve some of the stress which can be associated with starting at a new school as well as an initial chance to begin building relationships with key people.

Students will attend one of the following dates:
Tuesday 28 November – Glen Eden Intermediate School (1)
Thursday 30 November – Glen Eden Intermediate School (2)
Friday 1st December – Green Bay Intermediate, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate and all other intermediate schools

A letter was posted home to all enrolled students, on 17 November 2017, with more information. We look forward to working in partnership with your family.