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Principal's Statement


Principal Stephen Kendall-Jones Albany Junior High School (AJHS) offers a future-focused curriculum and a positive social environment for Years 7-10. Our whole school is designed to meet the needs of young adults and adolescents and our teaching and curriculum is based on being rigorous, relevant for modern times, and challenging for all levels of ability. In short, excellence is our only option!

Albany Junior High School is only ten years old and has already built a reputation for delivering high-level academic, creative arts, and sports programmes. We have well-developed pathways for those students who struggle academically through to those who are well above the expected levels for their age. We measure and analyse achievement AND progress so that, no matter what level the student is at, they will always have suitable targets to strive for and they will achieve their goals. We offer NCEA level 1 credits in Year 10 and our students move on to the highest levels of academic achievement at secondary college, especially with our Senior High School, which has excellent NCEA results.

Unlike intermediate schools, we have specialist teachers for our core learning areas, such as English, Mathematics and Science. Unlike secondary colleges, experts in looking after the social and emotional needs of teenagers complement these specialists. Our school is the whole bundle in one and our students become leaders as a result. We are an official 'Happy School' member, as well!

We aspire to be a centre of exceptional learning. We encourage positive student attitudes towards learning and a willingness to stretch beyond self-imposed limitations. Albany Junior High School has a clear emphasis on scholarship and personal excellence. This stems from a clear vision that knows its core business - learning that leads to student achievement.

Although a young school, many of our students have represented New Zealand in a wide range of sports, from the Commonwealth Games to international football and many other sports. It is common for our students to enter competitions for older age groups and still be well placed, if not winners! The same goes for a range of learning experiences, for example, having recently won a robotics competition against older students. Our students are the leaders of the future.

The learning of essential 'Attitude, Skills, and Knowledge' (ASK) is complemented by a set of values (PRIDE - Participation, Respect, Integrity, Diligence, and Empathy) and learning dispositions, which we believe will produce educated, willing, world-class citizens.

I am extremely proud of our school and invite you to explore our offering further, either online or with a personal visit.

Stephen Kendall-Jones