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Empower to Excel

Term 4, 2020

  • Mon 23rd  Nov            Board of Trustees meeting
  • Wed 25th Nov             Music Evening 4
  • Thurs 26th Nov           Dance Showcase Evening
  • Fri 27th Nov                Hero’s and Villians Mufti Day


Please keep students home if unwell
Under the current Covid -19 Alert Level 1 it is important to stay home if unwell. 
If your child has cold or flu symptoms please keep them home and contact your GP or Healthline on 0800 3585453 and follow their advice regarding testing.
If a student has cold or flu symptoms while at school they will need to be collected and taken home. We understand this is disruptive for you but we need to follow guidelines to ensure our community is kept safe.
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Reporting Absences
You can use the KAMAR app on your mobile device to report your son/daughters absence from school. 
You can download the KAMAR App from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 
Log in using your parent password click on the – Absence Notify – enter the required fields.
Farwell to Josh Tagaloa
On Thursday 12th November, it was with sadness that we farewelled Josh who has been a lead youthworker here at AJHS over the past  3 years.
Josh has been a key part of our Youthworker team, working closely with students and also volunteering his time to help with Yr 7 Boys Raptors Basketball team and the Junior Boys Basketball team.
Josh is leaving us to start his teaching career working with young adults, and we wish him every success!

Class 8T10 – Food Can Drive  – you can help

Two students at AJHS – Natalie Stillwell and Zoe Clements – have decided to shave there heads for cancer. They are shaving there hair off to support cancer patients on the 5th of December. They want to help find more effective treatments to save lives and make sure people with cancer get the support they need to get through. Did you know that seven people will discover they have blood cancer today? That’s a scary statistic.
So, we need your help!
Please sponsor Zoe and Natalie for this great cause. It’s simple, fast and totally secure. Just go to and donate your chosen amount then Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand will email you a receipt.
Thank you to GDR Ltd for sponsoring Natalie and Zoe, go to or contact them at 0800 30 70 50

Summer Reading

Summer reading—it’s important!   Research shows that students who read four or more books over the summer are better prepared for the coming school year and do not go down the ‘summer slide’—the loss of reading and learning skills during the summer break.

Pupils returning to AJHS in 2021 may borrow up to 15 library books over the summer holidays.

Just grab a permission slip from the library, the student desk or here

Return signed permission slip to the library by 27th November

Select your books and collect after 3rd  December

Year 10 Business Academy Trip to Vertical Adventures
The Year 10 Business Academy finally got to visit Vertical Adventures to learn about the ins and outs of running a business. Our trip had been delayed by Covid-19 three times! Darrin, the owner and entrepreneur at Vertical Adventures told us his start up story and gave us all a reality check about the hard work and many challenges that are encountered when running your own business. He talked about cashflow, marketing, dealing with the competition, employment, health and safety, business structures and so much more. In between his talks we got to climb his amazing rock walls and test our courage and abilities. It was a great day of consolidating our learning from the year.
Sustanability Expo
Year 10 Students presented their solutions to a myriad of sustainability problems our world currently faces. Students have been engaged in an inquiry in to a sustainability issue of their choice and have researched the latest and best ideas and technologies to solve these pressing issues facing planet earth – from our oceans being fished out, to asteroid mining, from synthetic textiles to native New Zealand skinks and birds, our students have learned a lot about planet earth and its longevity issues. After submitting their research reports, students then created a model to demonstrate the best solution to the problem they have researched. Teachers were mightily impressed by what our students came up with.
Year 9’s Compete in North Island ETHICS OLYMPIAD competition
On Wednesday18th November  8 students participated in the middle school Ethics Olympiad competition. This is the first time AJHS has entered the Ethics Olympiad and it was an amazing opportunity to express our critical thinking skills in a competitive and across school environment. Students were energised, motivated and enthusiastic as they took part. To enter the competition students research eight separate ethical case studies and practice their team work and critical thinking skills for several weeks prior to the event. Then on Wednesday they competed in four heats via an online zoom call.  Results have not been announced yet, however, whatever the outcome, we learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss these issues.
Congratulations to the following students on being selected to represent AJHS in this event: 
  1. Miwa Bartley
  2. Sean Dodunski
  3. Danica Kane
  4. Sam Le Noel
  5. Oscar Liu
  6. Arissa Muhammad Raufie
  7. Luca Verryt
  8. Sebastien Vos

Science Fair 2020 – Massey University

On Friday 13th  November, some of our Year 8 students walked down to Massey University to present their Science Fair projects at the North Harbour Science and Technology Fair 2020. 

We received great feedback from the judges regarding the student interviews and are excited to hear the final results at the prize-giving taking place on the 1st of December.
Our students made us proud, completing these entries despite lockdown and still delivering high-quality work. Thank you to all our amazing students that participated in this event.
A great thank you to Shylaa and Enric who were our photographers for this event – we truly appreciate it.

Sports News

Sports Achievements:

Touch North Harbour Representatives:  Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Touch North Harbour Representative Teams for the 2020 – 2021 season.

  • Natalie Campbell – U12 Girls Black Flynn Cockroft – U14 Mixed
  • Georgia Drew – U12 Girls White Luke Waller – U14 Mixed
  • Tyler McLennan – U12 Girls White Paris Robertson – U14 Mixed


BMX Nationals Success:  Congratulations to Year 8 student Cooper Richardson and Year 7 student Max Richardson on their recent performances in the BMX Nationals held in Christchurch.

Max came home with a NZ#4 and NZ#5 and Cooper managed a NZ#3 and NZ#4. Both pretty happy considering us Aucklanders didn’t get much competition or training time this year, but happy it even went ahead!  Well done boys. We hope to see more amazing results from you going forward.

Sports Zone Days:

North Harbour Athletics Zone Day: Last Friday we had 29 Year 7 and 8 students represent AJHS at the North Harbour Intermediate Athletics Zone Day held at AUT Millennium. Our students had some outstanding results. Our top 3 finishers are listed below:

Year 7 Girls:

  • Sophie Yu – 2nd Long Jump Paris Robertson – 3rd Shot Put
  • 4 x 100m relay team – 2nd

Year 7 Boys:

  • Dylan Welsh – 3rd Long Jump 4 x 100m relay team -2nd

Year 8 Girls:

  • Eva Stowers – 3rd 200m, 2nd Discus Olivia Taylor – 3rd 1500m
  • Grace Iuvale – 3rd Discus, 3rd Shot put Marina Stowers – 3rd Long Jump

Year 8 Boys:

  • Zahn Zeigler – 1st High Jump Lachlan McKenzie – 3rd High Jump
  • Sangstar Figota – 2nd 100m, 3rd Long Jump Liam Haylor – 3rd Shot put
  • 4x 100m relay team – 2nd

We have 20 students that have qualified for the Interzone champs next week and we wish them all the best in this next event.


Beach Volleyball Zone Days     This week we have had Year 7 and 8 boys and girls playing in the beach volleyball zone days at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre. We had 4 boys teams and 4 girls teams entered into the 4’s competition with some great results.  

In the boys event AJHS Blue were runners up for the event, AJHS White were 3rd, AJHS 2 5th = and AJHS Green were 10th. In the girls event AJHS Purple and AJHS Orange finished 5th=, AJHS Yellow were 10th and AJHS Pink were 25th.  Thanks to Mr Allan and Mrs Morkel for their work with our volleyball teams over the years.

Sports Prizegiving:  The AJHS Sports Prizegiving is being held on Tuesday the 8th of December with a start time of 6.30pm. Students (and parents) receiving an award will be invited to attend. This invitation will be emailed to them later in week 7. 


Sports Information:    Sport now has a tab on the new look AJHS website. Some information is still being updated but each week we will share all AJHS team draws under the Sports Draw tab.

We will also share the draws on: AJHS Sport Facebook

Arts News

9PAAC Recording Studio visit and Show

This year, a number of Year 9 students were chosen to be part of a new course called the Performing Arts Academy. During the course, students learned a variety of skills used in the media industry such as Lighting, Sound design, Music production and Stage makeup. These students have used these skills to write their own show to present at the end of the year. Select students from the Year 9 Performing Arts Academy class had the amazing opportunity to visit a recording studio to record their material for their end-of-year show.

For most students, this was the first time they have recorded sound with a sound engineer. Students entered a soundproof booth to record. The sound engineer would cue them in, record them and give them instructions of what they need to fix for their next take. The student in the booth would then tell the sound engineer how they felt about their take and anything they want added or changed. The sound engineer would then “comp” the clips together – removing any unwanted sound and adding the best parts of each take for the final product. Sometimes in a recording setting, things may change on the spot and you have to be adaptable and responsive to these changes. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the show “Detention… with a twist” on Tuesday 24 November at 7pm in the PAC. Tickets $10 (includes a drink and finger food). Limited spaces so don’t miss out. Email for bookings. 


On Wednesday 11 November our very own Clickbait travelled to Avondale College to compete in the long-awaited Bandquest competition. Their spectacular performance earnt bass player Daniel McArthur the title of “Best Bassist” of the night and a special mention was made of the exceptional rhythm section. Congratulations to the entire band on their awesome efforts on the night and throughout the year – Elia Inglis, Zachary Saunders, Aaron Ko, Isaac Melville, Daniel McArthur and Elliott Borland. Huge thanks also goes to their teacher Gareth Kendon for his perseverance and vision preparing the band so well for the night and throughout the year. 

APO Young Percussionist Workshop
Congratulations to Finn Wright who was selected to attend the APO Young Percussionist workshop on Friday 13 November. Finn was lucky enough to work with members of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and also had the opportunity to audition for a guest spot in their upcoming concert. 

Music Evening
Our final Music Evening of 2020 will be at 7pm on Wednesday 25 November in the PAC. It will be a memorable night for our Year 10s who will be leaving us in a few weeks time but a wonderful opportunity to share their musical talents for the final time at AJHS. We look forward to an exciting array of performances from students in Years 7 – 10. Please book your tickets through Eventbrite using the following link:

Dance Showcase
Our final Dance Showcase of 2020 will be at 7pm on Thursday 26 November in the PAC. As always, the showcase will be made up of an entertaining variety of solo and group items which the students and their teachers, Miss Sutton and Kristie, have put together throughout Semester 2. Please book your tickets through Eventbrite using the following link:


Along with the Year 9 Performing Arts Academy show on Tuesday 24 November, we are also excited to share the original Year 7 and 8 Showquest performance with you at 6pm. Along with their Year 9 and 10 mentors and with the guidance of Miss Sutton, Mr Allan and Miss Lee, the talented students have written this show, composed original music, designed spectacular technical effects and won two awards in the National Competition for their efforts. Tickets can be booked for this 15 minute show using the following link:

Please note, if you wish to stay for the Year 9 Performing Arts Academy show at 7pm you will need to order your tickets, which are $10 each, by emailing

Marimba Festival
On Saturday 14 November the long awaited Marimba Festival was held at Milford Primary School. The talented AJHS Marimba Group participated in a range of massed items and presented an outstanding individual performance of “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. Congratulations to Heather Darnley, Tamara Bedford, Mia Christie, Ella Wernham and Finn Wright on their excellent preparation and spectacular performance on the day. A massive thank you also goes to their teacher Claire Craigie who prepared them so well for the event. 

AJHS Uniform Shop

SPECIAL PRICE! Was $99.50 NOW $75.00
3 X 2xs – 1 X Lge – 4 X 2XL & 1 X 3XL (as of 3/11/20)
(in store stock will vary depending on sales.)
(please choose carefully as there are no refunds/returns
on sale/special priced items).
Jumper season is over and jumpers are still/now on sale!
20% off, online (already discounted) and in store.
Get in while stock and sizes are currently available 
Never before, BUY 2 AND SAVE MORE – 25% OFF (in store only).
Buy 3 or more and save 30%! (in store only).
(please choose carefully as there are no refunds/returns 
on sale/special priced items).
Get your winter rain coat sorted while prices are reduced
SPECIAL PRICE! Was $99.00 NOW $75.00
While stock and sizes are still available this year!
Get in quick, once stock is gone this year full price is reinstated.
(please choose carefully as there are no refunds/returns
on sale/special priced items).

1/4 PIZZA SLICE- Ham & Cheese                                                             $2.50
1/2 SANDWICH- Choose from: Ham, Chicken or Vege 
[with lettuce, mayo,cucumber, carrot and tomato]                                  $4.00
CHICKEN BURGER- with mayo, lettuce, tomato and carrot                     $5.00
BEEF BURGER- with mayo, lettuce, tomato and carrot                            $4.50
BLT- with mayo, bacon, lettuce and tomato                                            $4.50
WHOLEMEAL ROLLS  – Choose from: Ham, Chicken or Vege
[with mayo,lettuce,carrot and tomato]                                                    $5.00
BACON & EGG ROLLS- with bacon and tomato sauce                           $4.50
WRAPS- Choose from: Ham, Chicken or Vege
[with tomato chutney, lettuce, tomato, cucumber & carrot]                 $5.50
NACHOS- with corn chips, minced beef and cheese                             $6.00
CHICKEN NUGGETS                                                                               $5.00


  • BUTTER CHICKEN                          $4.50
  • MINCE AND CHEESE                     $4.00
  • STEAK AND CHEESE                      $4.00
  • BACON N EGG                               $4.00

FRUIT SALAD                                                                                          $5.00
SUSHI                                                                                                      $6.00
CHICKEN ON RICE                                                                                  $5.00
STEAM BUNS                                                                                          $4.00
CHICKEN CURRY N ROTI                                                                        $6.00
CHICKPEA CURRY N RICE                                                                       $6.00

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