ASHS UPDATE – Welcome back to Term 4!

ASHS UPDATE – Welcome back to Term 4!

Albany Senior High School
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Nurture. Inspire. Empower.

Welcome back to Term 4!

Kia ora students and whānau,

Welcome back to Term Four! Below are a few important reminders for the weeks ahead and also the important dates for the end of this year and the start of the school year in 2024.

Firstly, a reminder that students are expected to attend school every day for the next few weeks. This Wednesday is when students will select their Impact Projects for 2024 and when we will run workshops for our Year 13s. Please make sure your young person is at school at 9.50 on Wednesday. 

The following information was shared at the end of the term but just sharing again so you know what the remainder of the school year looks like for your young person.  is provided to give you some certainty and clarity about what the rest of 2023 will look like at Albany Senior High School. As always, we are committed to delivering a plan that provides a balanced focus on academic achievement and student wellbeing. 

ASHS is committed to nurturing, inspiring and empowering our young people.

General guidelines

  • Regular timetable continues until Tuesday 31st October.
  • Week 2 is “spirit week” for our Year 13s only!
  • Wednesday Week 1 is Impact Project taster day and IP 2024 selection time for Years 11 and 12. Workshops will run for Year 13. Weeks 2 – 4 is a normal school day for ALL students, teachers will use this time to run extra targeted support as needed. 
  • Tutors will work with each student to set their priorities for the workshop days.
  • An NZBlood Drive will be held on Friday 13th October in the theatre from 9am-2pm (see earlier newsletter sent last term).
  • From Monday 6th November teachers remain available as per their timetable up until the end of Friday 10 November to support students as needed. 
  • After Week 5 teachers may organise onsite support as needed. Students work with individual teachers to organise this.

2023 Sports Celebrations

This is happening on Tuesday 10th October at 6.30pm.

We are holding this event on campus in the Theatre.

We will host all the players and whanau who will be acknowledged with an award and invitations will be sent to them directly.

NCEA Examinations 

At ASHS we acknowledge that attending an exam may compound student anxiety. We will support each of our learners to make a decision about exams that supports both their academic plan and their wellbeing. 

NCEA Exams will be running as normal this year on campus. 

Many of our students are completing digital exams this year. Their teachers have been through the process in class however the information from NZQA can be accessed here. 

Signing Out for Study Leave 2023

Tutor teachers will indicate via an email home that their tutorial students have met their learning goal and are now signed out. This can occur on Tuesday, Week 4.

If you have any questions regarding your young person’s academic plan and when they will most likely be signed out for study leave please talk to your young person and/or contact their tutor. 

  • Students who have met their learning goals will be signed out at the end of Week 4 Term 4.
  • Students who are yet to meet their learning goals by the end end of Week 4 will be invited back to complete any necessary internal assessments. 
  • Beyond week 5, Year 13s/school leavers who need internal standards to gain University Entrance can come in or work online with teachers to complete their final pieces of work. 

Special Tutorial for school leavers

On Thursday 2nd November there will be a special Tutorial held to acknowledge and celebrate our Year 13 students and any school leavers. This is in P1 in tutorial class time.

Year 13 may depart after this event concludes.

2023 Prizegiving and Learning Celebrations

Year 11 and Year 12

Thursday 2nd November 

11am – Year 11  Learning Celebration

1.30pm – Year 12 Learning Celebration 

We are holding this event on campus in the Theatre.

We will be in contact with all of our prizewinners who will be acknowledged with an award – invitations will be sent to them directly.

Year 13 Graduation

Friday 3rd November 

10am – Year 13  Premier Learning Celebration & Year 13 Graduation

The location of this event is TBC.

We will be in contact with all of our Year 13’s and prizewinners who will be acknowledged with an award – invitations will be sent to them directly.

All of these end-of-year events will be streamed live on the ASHS Facebook pages and all winners will be acknowledged with a post on the school website and social media.


Important dates 

Tuesday 10th October – Sports Celebration

Friday 13th October – Blood Drive

Monday 23rd October School closed for Labour Day

Thursday 2nd November – Year 11 and 12 Learning Celebrations

Friday 3rd November – Year 13 Graduation and Learning Celebration

Monday 6th November – NCEA Exams start

Thursday 30th November – NCEA Exams end

2024 Start of year

Wednesday 31st January – Year 13 only attend

Thursday 1st February – Year 12 only attend

Friday 2nd February – Year 11 only attend and pōwhiri

Monday 5th February – Full school timetable begins

Tuesday 6th February – School closed for Waitangi Day

Nga mihi 


Claire Amos
Principal | Tumuaki
Albany Senior High School
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