Green Bay School was established in 1960 and is a full primary, state school. At first, it was a Year 1-6 school but in 1997 an Intermediate Department was added, to give parents a choice, and to provide a continuous learning pathway within the local community. The school celebrated its 50th Jubilee in 2010.
The school has grown in popularity to the point where in 2015, the school has been obliged to curb roll growth by instituting a school zone. Essentially, the zone lies within Portage, Golf and Titirangi Roads, some of Wood Bay, and the coastline. The school roll is currently 640.
We maintain strong relationships with our Whanau and Community of Green Bay as we believe this is the foundation for our success in our childrens’ learning. Our current philosophy is to provide learning programmes that are challenging and appropriate to the present and future needs of our children. The school recognises its responsibilities to meet the learning requirements of all children including those with special learning needs and within its general teaching programmes. Green Bay School is widely regarded as a school that is providing a good quality education for all its students. The students participate in a range of interesting learning activities that are frequently linked to their own lives and the local community. We are a PB4L School (Positive Behaviour for Learning). Included in our School Vision after consultation with our school community, three expectations were identified as being highly valued. The direction of the school is based on these Expectations which are Initiative (Auahatia), Respect (Whakaute) and Positivity (Matika). We are confident that being part of Kotuitui would enable us to reach our goals and aspirations which is raising student achievement and also working collaboratively with all schools in the Green Bay Community. We currently look to improve the strong relationship with Green Bay High School so that students transition successfully. Kotuitui brings together 12 schools aiming for consistency across all our partners. Collaboration will bring the community together and help us build shared understandings. It will also build leadership, teacher capacity and lift students’ achievement. It will also support consistency between teachers’ practice (best practice that is shared).
This is my Green Bay in-school Community of Learning team:
My focus this year is developing a shared understanding of achievement expectations in relation to the Curriculum Levels. Creating a shared understanding between staff, parents and students builds a collaborative approach to learning success. A consistent approach to teaching and learning creates a cohesive pathway for Year 0 - Year 8 students.
We are focussing on our priority learners in Math as well as our teacher practices. My inquiry is examining what deliberate acts of teaching (DATs) promotes the success of our priority learners in Math across the school.
Cheryl's Research Focus Area for 2019 - Building resilience and wellbeing of the Kōtuitui community: Growing a shared understanding of wellbeing across Kōtuitui.