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We warmly invite you to our 2023 Open Evening / Option Evening! Tuesday 2nd August, 4pm – 7.30pm. Click here for more information.

Your AJHS eNewsletter has arrived – Week 7

School of Opportunity

Kia ora koutou parents, caregivers and students,

We hope you have all had a productive and enjoyable week. Amongst this changeable and colder weather, sickness and very busy days, it is hard sometimes to find the joy of daily life. As parents you are striving to lead and support your family whilst trying to learn to parent the themes that have impacted your children through our pandemic. We applaud you for your love and perseverance.

Although it is challenging to experience full normality with 2 years of lockdown disruption, we need to remind ourselves that all of our tamariki (students) have unlimited potential, and have the capabilities to be nurtured and guided to success. Success can look different for each student, as they are unique individuals who have their own awesome personality, brain, and therefore different skills, abilities and needs. Celebrating this is important. 

Building on this understanding, an aim that we can all nurture in our tamariki is their dispositions. These are habits of mind and action. Positive dispositions are using manners, showing respect (courtesy), cooperating with others, independence, being a listener, giving support, wanting to communicate, building resilience, and being aware of the environment they are in to act accordingly. Dispositions have an impact on learning and progress, and are a rich influence on becoming responsible citizens. Together, let’s keep striving to foster these in our young people. 

This week many of our sport teams are in semi-finals mode, and at this time of the year, our music tuition programme is well underway. We are very grateful to our sports and performing arts faculties for their tremendous work to provide these extra learning opportunities for our students.

This week we have seen a sudden rise in the number of teachers absent. This is due to diverse reasons. We have also experienced an increase of students bringing confectionery to school, and problematic behaviour during our school day. We are working very hard to establish positive themes at school amongst our students.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your ongoing support, and have an enjoyable weekend.

Take care whanau.

Cushla Shepherd, Tumuaki (Principal), Albany Junior High School

Year 6 Experience Days

We’re looking forward to meeting Year 6 students from our feeder schools over the next few weeks. Year 6 students will enjoy a welcome powhiri followed by a school tour, and then the chance to participate in activities.

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Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. 

The competition is open to students in years 3-12. 

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Calling Electricians and Plumbers

As you all know, we are working hard to create our te whare ako – our new place of learning. We would be so grateful if there is a registered plumber and a registered electrician out there who would be willing to donate their skills and time. Please contact for more information if you are interested.

National Dance Competition 2022

On Friday 10 June our amazing Year 9 and 10 Dance students took to the stage to wow the crowds. After many weeks of preparation our students rose to the occasion and came home with a Challenger Award in each category they performed in. 

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Talking Tech – Year 9

From making incredible cupcakes, sewing a range of loungewear and developing 2D games, to designing promotional material for movies and books, and 3D sketching to design a dream study space, Year 9 Technology classes have been having a blast.

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In yet another exciting competition on Friday night, our band of past and present students Where’s Jai? (formerly known as Hysteria) performed at Auckland Girls Grammar in the heats for the annual Rockquest competition. We are delighted they were announced as finalists and will progress on to the Regional Finals.

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Open Evening / Option Evening

We warmly invite prospective students and parents/caregivers to our annual Open Evening / Option Evening on Tuesday August 2nd, where you will discover the wide range of unique opportunities available to your children when they join our AJHS community.

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Year 7 and 8 School Cross Country

On a wet and rainy day, over 650 students battled through the back streets of Albany to participate in our annual school cross country event. A huge congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 3. 

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The AJHS ESports team is now open to students from all years at any skill level. To kick things off we will be holding a whole-school Minecraft Bedwars tournament on Saturday June 25th. Sign up to join in our regular esports practice skirmishes in a variety of games.

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AIMS Games Frozen Pies & Savouries Fundraiser

AIMS Games is an interschool sports competition across NZ and the South Pacific, and our AJHS AIMS Teams are fundraising to assist families in meeting travel and tournament expenses. Please support us by purchasing some delicious winter pies and snacks.

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Online Safety @ Home

Do you want to know more about the risks, challenges and complexities young people face online? AJHS and Linewize are hosting an information evening on Monday June 20th which will give you practical tips and strategies to support our young people’s online experience. 

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National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) 2022

Nominations are now open for the 2022 NEiTA Awards! Recognise an unsung education hero by nominating your favourite teacher or principal below. 

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ICAS will return to Albany Junior High School this year. We encourage you to consider entering your child in ICAS, as it is a fantastic assessment program that allows students to challenge themselves and be recognised for their academic efforts. 

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Year 10 Human Biology Trip

Year 10 Human Biology classes put their learning into action this week during a trip to the Birkenhead Leisure Centre rock wall and abseil tower. The students measured their resting heart rate and blood pressure on arrival, taking more measurements whilst abseiling and climbing.

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Trees For Survival

AJHS has been selected to support the charity ‘Trees for Survival’ by on-growing native plants to be planted at regeneration locations throughout Auckland. 

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#ASHS_SHE – When past students nurture future graduates

ASHS Alumni Calli Bates (Software Engineer working at Zozo) and Vienna Brookes (current ASHS Year 13 student), have started a group called #ASHS_SHE to promote more female students being involved in IT. 

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Healthy Food Reminder

We have noticed an increase in unhealthy food, especially confectionery in school recently. Please ensure your children are not bringing these types of foods to school. Click below for a link to our policies and search for “food and nutrition”.  

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Becoming an International Student Host Family

We are very excited to soon be welcoming international students back to AJHS. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please click below to find out how.

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SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

AJHS will be undertaking a parent election for three School Board vacancies.

This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

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