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Albany Senior High School, Auckland


Albany Senior High School, Auckland

Albany Senior High School
The school's main building from Albany Highway
536 Albany Highway
Auckland 0632
New Zealand
Type State coed secondary, years 11-13
Established 2009
Ministry of Education Institution no. 563
Principal Ms Barbara Cavanagh
School roll 759[1] (July 2015)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[2]
A learning common

Albany Senior High School is a state coeducational senior secondary school situated in North Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.

Opened in February 2009,[3] it was New Zealand's first state senior secondary school, catering for students in Years 11 to 13 (ages 14 to 18) only; most New Zealand secondary schools traditional cater for Years 9 to 13. As of July 2015, the school has a roll of 759 students.[1]


  • History 1
  • Classes 2
  • Open source 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Albany Senior High School was established to cater for the population growth on Auckland's North Shore. It was the first new state secondary school to open in the area since Long Bay College in 1975.

Before its construction, there were protracted disputes about the siting of the school[4][5] which delayed the process, so that the school initially ran from the site of its sister school, Albany Junior High School.[6]


All classes except those which require other resources take place in large open plan areas called 'Learning Commons'. These spaces enable flexibility when planning and delivering classes, including the ability to combine two classes into one for some activities, combining similar curriculum areas, such as physics and mathematics and easy access to technology. Students can utilize mobile devices such as laptops and cellphones to edit Google Docs in real-time together. Students are able to use Gchat in class to ask and answer questions, and students are permitted to perform searches on Google to answer teachers' questions.[7] The teaching periods are 100 minutes long, twice the length of typical periods in New Zealand.

Every Wednesday, students engage in a 'community based' impact project. This involves performing an act for the community. Impact projects completed include forming a business, organising and performing a 'School of Rock' concert,[8] building a video server and digital signage solution for the school,[9] restoring local waterways,[10] designing, building and programming a robot for the Robocup competition and creating original artworks for the school.[11]

Open source

Albany Senior High School's computer network runs almost in its entirety on open source software.[12][13] The school's student management system is the only major exception, using a proprietary system due to the unavailability of an open-source system meeting New Zealand requirements. The school won an award for the 'Best Open Source Project in Education' at the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2010.[14][15]

See also

Albany Junior High School


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 17 August 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "New school and attitude to learning".  
  4. ^ Thompson, Wayne (13 September 2006). "Plan for secondary school at Albany angers residents".  
  5. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (29 October 2007). "Ministry to look into Albany school delays".  
  6. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (8 July 2008). "$7m cost of temporary campus at Albany Senior High".  
  7. ^ Neale, Imogen (5 June 2011). "Schools set up for the Google generation". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ LUCY VICKERS - North Shore Times. "Albany Senior High is always rockin' on a Tuesday". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  9. ^ SARAH CODDINGTON - North Shore Times (2009-09-15). "School notices are high-tech". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  10. ^ LISA HONEYBONE - North Shore Times. "Local students and council join to save eels". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  11. ^ Impact Project
  12. ^ Doesburg, Anthony (23 August 2009). Students open to new source of knowledge"Anthony Doesburg:".  
  13. ^ Welcome to our machines
  14. ^ "NZ Open Source Award winners announced". Press Release – New Zealand Open Source Awards. Scoop Business. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "2010 Winners and Finalists". New Zealand Open Source Awards 2010. Catalyst IT. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Education Review Office (ERO) reports
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