Tēnā koutou katoa, parents, caregivers, whānau and students,

Firstly, Happy Pink Shirt Day! It's always a bright, eye-catching day, with everyone dressed in pink and supporting such a worthy cause. Well done everyone.

Thank you to those parents who attended our second evening of parent teacher conferences last night. It was so encouraging to watch the animated and engaging conversations with our community members.

A further thank you to all our community for patiently working with our staff to pick up and sign out your child during the Tuesday 9 May extreme weather event. It was the first time we have had to respond to another extreme event at such short notice, and we appreciated your support. We are working through a response plan to ensure we can notify parents through other means than emailing, and how we can sign students out more fluidly but still meet compliance. We hope our families were not affected by the volume of rain - again.

We are delighted to inform our school community that our school has been chosen to take part in the school wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme that will be introduced and implemented over the next couple of years. This programme is being led by a team of teachers from across our school, with guidance from our Ministry of Education, with the intent of PB4L establishing a culture of positive behaviour with vision and values to guide us. The parent survey we conducted at the end of last year (with further consultation that will commence shortly), will provide us with our initial data and clarity that will authentically reflect our AJHS school community.

Many parents will have noticed that Auckland Transport (AT) personnel are making impromptu visits after school to ensure the road code and compliance is met, in terms of parking. We are aware that Appleby Road is very busy after school, but please don't park on yellow lines or in the daycare carpark opposite our school or you may receive a parking fine. This is out of the school’s control, and we would appreciate some parents being more respectful towards staff on duty.

You will have heard of the recent concerns at our Senior High School regarding the case of measles, and the subsequent risk of spread. This is a timely reminder that if we have a case at our school, having your immunisation information available is crucial in order to identify the level of risk to your child and others.

Important Dates Term 2:

  • Tuesday 23 May: Māori & Pasifika Hui / Whanau Forum (6pm, PAC)

  • Monday 5 June: King's Birthday (public holiday)

  • Tuesday 6 June: Year 10 students rostered home

  • Thursday 8 June: Year 9 students rostered home

  • June 17-24: School Production of Mamma Mia

Enjoy your weekend, and we look forward to connecting with our Māori and Pasifika whanau on Tuesday evening. Take care.

Cushla Shepherd, Principal/Tumuaki

Albany Junior High School