At AJHS we follow an Integrated Programme structure to teach the following subjects:
Year 7: English, Social Studies, Science, Drama and PE (Health)
Year 8: English, Social Studies and PE (Health)
What is an “Integrated Programme”?
A question parents often ask is what is this and how is this different from any other learning?
An Integrated Programme can best be described as learning skills and content around themes and not subjects.
Learning in life does not take place in different compartments. An Integrated Programme can thus be seen as
bringing school learning closer to real life learning.
The following definition is a good description of integrated learning:
Integrated curriculum is a way to teach students that attempts to break down barriers between subjects and make
learning more meaningful to students. The idea is to teach around themes or "organising centres" that students
can identify with, such as "The Environment," "Life in School," or more traditional areas like "Myths and Legends."
Why do we follow an Integrated Programme?
Ten Reasons to teach an Integrated Curriculum
- Unless you have 50 hours a day to teach, you will never get it all in.
- An integrated curriculum allows Science and Social Studies to frame your reading, writing, and maths.
- The brain thrives on connections.
- Life is not divided into neat little blocks of time called science, math, reading, writing, social studies,
- Problem solving skills soar when we have opportunities to use our knowledge and higher level thinking whilst
making connections between, and transfer skills across all curriculum levels.
- Real literature in real books provide an authentic diving board into learning all subjects. Award-winning
literature provides models for problem solving, peer relationships, character development, and skill building
as students are captivated by exciting adventures with realistic characters who go through problems very much
like their own problems (such as war) from which they will learn historical truths.
- School has got it backwards! In real life you are tested with a problem and then must scramble for answers,
but in traditional school you are given the answers and asked to... regurgitate them.
- Group interaction and team building inherent in an integrated curriculum depend on using various strengths
and skills to create bridges to understanding.
- Our standardised test scores will hit the top! By inspiring students to think, to love learning, and to put
their learning to work in authentic ways, your children will be equipped for whatever curves they might be
thrown...on standardised tests and in life!
- Students LOVE an integrated curriculum and thrive on its challenges!
Class web pages and student profiles
Each homeroom class has a class web page. This is mainly used for:
- Publishing homework
- Showing links to important educational websites
Parents are encouraged to visit the class web page in order to gain a better understanding of their child’s learning.
Students learn in Year 7 to create their own E-portfolio. They then use these portfolios for the remaining years at
AJHS. All important projects, assessments and other documentation are stored in the portfolios.
All Year 7 and 8 students should on average be busy for between 20—30 minutes an evening doing Homeroom homework. Homework
will be provided over a week or 6-day cycle.
Time should also be allowed for reading as at least 20 minutes a night is suggested for reading.
At AJHS we are fully compliant with the requirements pertaining to National Standards as established by the Ministry of
Education. These set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing and mathematics in the first
eight years at school.
This means we
- Help students understand the standards and their goals in relation to them.
- Assess student’s progress and achievement in relation to the standards, using a range of assessment methods.
- Ensure that students understand their progress and achievement and what the next steps are in their learning.
- Provide at least two plain‐language, written reports to parents, family and whānau about their child's
progress in relation to the standards.
- Support parents, family, and whānau to understand the process and format of reporting and how they can work with
schools to support their child's progress.
Education outside the classroom
- Visit to the Waitakere Rainforest to investigate water quality.
- Visit to Howick historical village to experience life as an early settler.
- Visit to MOTAT to investigate forces and simple machines.
- Visit to STARDOME to experience astronomy first hand.
- Visit to Auckland Museum to take part in ANZAC activities.
- Visit to Albany Senior High School to learn more about debating skills
- Visit to Waitakere Pacific Arts and Culture Centre to have a real Pasifika experience.
- Surf Survival etc.
Competitions and celebrations of success
The following opportunities exist for Year 7 and 8 students to challenge themselves and to celebrate their success:
- BP Challenge competitions
- World Environment Day activities
- Year 7 Speech competition
- Year 8 Inter-Whanau debate competition
- Year 7 Dance Battles
- Year 8 Dance off competitions
- Year 8 International Fair
- Weekly current quiz inter-class competitions
- Various ICAS competitions
- PCT Challenge
Contact with homeroom teacher
At AJHS we are fortunate to have a group of very dedicated teachers who do their best to provide your child with
an awesome learning experience. We have 3 teacher/parent meetings during the year where parents can meet the
teacher. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s homeroom teacher if they have any questions.
This can be done via e-mail or a phone call.