Kōtuitui

Green Bay High School

Fiona Barker, Principal

Green Bay High School has been serving its community for over 45 years. Over this time it has been a leader in educational innovation, nurtured an outstanding number of very successful graduates and placed a high value on developing independent, confident young adults.

As we look towards a rapidly changing and increasingly complex future, our school is taking the best of our past and weaving it into a fresh vision for the community we serve. Our reputation for being a small, friendly, semi-rural school has been blended with a sharp, professional focus on meeting the diverse learning needs of the next generation of adults. We understand our crucial role as a secondary school in supporting our students into the next stage of tertiary learning and career pathways.

The last few years have been extremely dynamic ones for our school. We are very proud of the way in which the whole school has managed a significant amount of change, without losing the most valued aspect of its character…an emphasis on positive, respectful relationships. Authentic and meaningful relationships are at the heart of effective learning. With our continued strong focus on student achievement we know the school is heading in the right direction.

The quality of a school reflects the quality of its relationship with the community it serves. Where there is a genuine partnership with families the outcomes for students are always enhanced.

This is my Green Bay High in-school Community of Learning team:

Anne Davies

Anne Davies

I am HOD Bridging Programme at GBHS and have been running the programme since 2006. The students in this programme are priority learners who have a wide range of academic, social, emotional and learning needs but all need extra support to achieve their goals. I am passionate about giving all students the opportunity to have pathways that are meaningful and appropriate to them. The programme is dependent on the role of Teacher Aides to support students. In 2019 my inquiry is focusing on the role of Teacher Aides in the classroom supporting teachers and students. I am surveying teachers to see how confident they are in utilising the support of Teacher Aides and Teacher Aides to see how they feel about the effectiveness of their role in the classroom. From this, the vision is to identify problems and barriers and find ways of upskilling both teachers and Teacher Aides.

Hannah Hopkins

Hannah Hopkins

I have been a Social Sciences teacher for the past 5 years and teacher in charge of History and Assistant Head of Social Sciences for the past 3 years. My CoL inquiry is within the Junior Assessment team and I am focussing on how we can effectively measure curriculum progression using SOLO in Junior Social Studies. Within my inquiry I also hope to inquire into ‘where’ Junior Social Studies fits in the wider NZ curriculum, through the use of the Social Science strands. I believe this is an important inquiry as it will help to ensure that students understand the pathway offered by Social Sciences. I believe Social Sciences is a vital part of a students school programme as it encourages students to empathise with various values and perspectives as well as consider how they can actively participate in their local and global communities.

Catrin Hughes

Catrin Hughes

Researching the area of: Connecting both ends of the learning pathway - Ensuring successful transitions into and out of schooling.

Hayley Hunter

Hayley Hunter

I have been an English and Social Studies teacher at Green Bay High School for the past three years. I am working on my CoL Inquiry with Chris Jordan; sharing a class as part of a new initiative to ease the pressure on students transitioning from Intermediate to High School.

Our shared inquiry is focussed on accelerating student achievement through the use of targeted literacy strategies. Our vision is to prepare and empower students to have the skills and confidence required to be successful at NCEA level one.

We strongly believe that strong working relationships are at the heart of all effective teaching and learning. Therefore this philosophy informs and drives our practice and engagement with our learners.

Sam Knowles

Sam Knowles

I have been teaching at Green Bay High School for the past 7 years. My subject area is Mathematics and I have also been a year level Dean since 2016. My CoL inquiry sits within the Junior Assessment Team and focuses on how our Mathematics Department can present a junior programme which shows student progression through the curriculum. Integral to this is the development of a framework which can be easily communicated to, and used by, students and whanau. I am also interested in how similarities can be drawn on from the models used by other departments and intermediate schools within the CoL to ensure consistency.

Sue Ng

Sue Ng

Focus Question: How can a shared across-school understanding of who gifted and talented learners are, assist teachers in effectively identifying and catering for high ability students' needs in the Kotuitui COL?

This question was developed from my doctoral research centered on priority gifted and talented learners in NZ schools. Having last year scanned and gathered background information relating to the focus inquiry question, this year I plan to develop shared understandings across a number of participant schools in the Kotuitui network, with an eye to concurrently developing identification and programming for high ability students.

Jonny Hilditch

Jonny Hilditch

I have spent time at Avondale College and ACG Parnell. I have been teaching for 5 years now and love being in the classroom. I recently joined the Green Bay High school team in 2018.

My CoL inquiry sits within the Junior Assessment focus group. I will be focussing on how we effectively measure curriculum progression using SOLO in Junior English. My COL will continue the work completed last year with the creation of rubrics focusing on curriculum levels. This will lead into the unpacking and ultimately implementation of the rubrics. The main objective of this research is to enable pupils,teachers and family to have ownership of their learning while creating a clear and readable measurement of progress.

Sarah Barrett-Hamilton

Sarah Barrett-Hamilton

Kia ora koutou. I am the SENCO at GBHS and teach Maths, English and Science. My inquiry is all about inclusion. Our work in the Learning Support department feels much like putting out fires at the bottom of the cliff. We want all students learning and achieving (and to know they are learning and achieving). This means ensuring we have a strong and tall fence at the top of the cliff - and that’s where I see inclusion. So how inclusive are we? Do we have a shared understanding of inclusion? What do our students and whanau think? In Term 2 I will be running a school audit using the Inclusive Practices Toolkit produced by NZCER. From this, I hope to be able to find our strengths and weaknesses and to be able to use this information to enhance the learning and assessment experiences/opportunities of our learners.

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

I am assistant HoD of Science, providing leadership in junior curriculum inquiry and development. I am working on a CoL Inquiry into how teachers, students and whanau can navigate students’ progression through the Nature of Science strands of the NZC via the use of 4 NOS rubrics and improved visibility of learning. I am also seeking to find out how best to design rich assessment tasks that allow students to fully show their current understand of NOS through a redefined and blended e-learning lens. The aim is to find out how best to provide teachers and students with this valuable information so that in turn it may drive differentiation of practice based on the ‘next steps’ of learning of students.