Albany Junior High School

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Albany Junior High School
19 Appleby Road
Auckland 0632

New Zealand
Coordinates 36°44′54″S 174°41′28″E / 36.7483°S 174.6912°E / -36.7483; 174.6912Coordinates: 36°44′54″S 174°41′28″E / 36.7483°S 174.6912°E / -36.7483; 174.6912
Type State coed secondary, years 7–10
Motto Empower to excel in a fast moving world
Established 2005 (2005)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 6948
School roll 1148[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 10

Albany Junior High School is a junior high school situated in North Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.


Opened in 2005, it was the first purpose built junior high in New Zealand.[2] The school was opened by the then Prime Minister Helen Clark who said that the school was a model for future middle level schooling in the country.[3]

The concept of a junior high school is controversial in New Zealand. Two more junior high schools are being built in Manukau, and there are five others already operating.[4]


There are currently nearly 1200 students attending, with the school still expanding. The average number of students per class is around 30.

The school caters for years 7–10, after which most of the students will move on to the nearby Albany Senior High, which opened in 2009.[5]


Teaching blocks[edit]

The blocks are named after native New Zealand birds. So far four of the planned five have been built - Kiwi, Makomako, Ruru, and Tui. Each has a series of normal classrooms together with specialised classrooms such as science laboratories or art rooms and a courtyard.

The bell is an unusual exotic bell,[6] consisting of native birdcall, and is different in areas of the school.

Support blocks[edit]

These include:

  • PAC (Performing Arts Centre), (currently being lengthened), is a small hall/gym with a full data-projection system. This is where most drama lessons are held.
  • Gymnasium, which is large and is used for sports (both storing and practical use) and inside is the sports coordinators offices and changing rooms. Because of its size, it is used for the school prize-givings and when the entire school has their full school assembly. There are two data-projection screens and a wireless microphone.
  • Admin. Inside is two public desks (the main one at the front for visitors and the one at the back for students), administration offices and learning support. Also in the building is the staffroom and library. The library has 10 computers for free use as well as A20 (a computer room).
  • Music department with sound proof practice rooms, a dance studio, a large keyboard room for practice and sound proof classrooms.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Albany: An Exclusive Extract". The New Zealand Herald. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Steven B. Mertens; Vincent A. Anfara; Kathleen Roney (2009). An International Look at Educating Young Adolescents. Information Age Publishing. pp. 147,148. 
  4. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (29 June 2007). "Teachers question middle school role". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "New school and attitude to learning". Television New Zealand. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  6. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (9 May 2007). "School bell delay to let students 'wake up'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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