This week has been a mix of challenge and celebration. Although we reached a threshold with our staff high absence and a fluid move into rostering Year 9 and Year 10 students to home learning, we have managed to keep school events in play.
This week we have showcased our Performing Arts with our Year 9 and Year 10 Dance and Music Showcase evening events. Our Kapa Haka group went to Takapuna Primary School and Albany Senior High School yesterday to perform for Matariki. Yesterday and today we hosted our Year 6 Experience Days for Coatesville, Ridgeview, Greenhithe and Albany Schools. Next Tuesday, we host Upper Harbour School for our final AJHS experience. What a delight to meet these Year 6 students and accompanying teachers, and introduce them to the wonders of teaching and learning at AJHS.
Please note that we have our formal Open and Option Evening event on Tuesday 2 August 4pm-7:30pm. This is the perfect time to come and explore what we offer as a ‘school of opportunities for the emerging adolescent’ over our 4 year programme for our Year 7- Year 10 students. We would love to talk with you to ensure you are as informed and supported for your child’s learning as much as possible. The pandemic has certainly challenged us all, and our aim is to keep building our partnership with our school community continually.
In response to consultation with our Alumni (past students), we are reintroducing a style of testing conditions this year for our Year 10 students. This will teach our students the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to sit formal exams in their secondary school pathway. Year 10 students will be specifically taught to prepare study notes, engage in different methods of studying to see what works best for them, learn about exam questions, and terminology, and practise sitting assessments under exam conditions with guidance. Any students with specific learning needs will be given relevant support.
Thank you to all our Year 9 and Year 10 students for your support during this time while you are rostered to home learning. We miss you at school, but are better positioned for teaching and learning in this online format while so many teachers are absent from school.
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
AJHS Placed 3rd Globally in Mathematics World Champs
Recently AJHS participated in the worldwide Education Perfect Mathematics World Championships, and AJHS placed 3rd globally out of 2672 schools, and 1st in the world in our school-size category.
In June, AJHS celebrated cultural diversity during International Languages Week, giving students a chance to engage with languages and cultures in a fun way. It was a great way to highlight the value of learning about other cultures and languages.
Recently Kathryn Berkett presented at our Whanau Forum and spoke about our young people and their ‘addiction’ to devices today. As a school, we are seeing a lot of this amongst our students. See her TEDx talk below. We hope you find it useful.
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.
Was Year 12 Albany Senior High School student, Erin Gallagher aiming too high when she applied for a SWAPA Scholarship to attend the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Conference in WhangareI? And what is a SWAPA Scholarship anyway?
2023 In Zone and Out of Zone enrolments at Albany Senior High School are now open. Come along to their Open Evening in term three or head to the “Enrolment” tab on their website to learn more about life at ASHS.