Term 1, Week 1 2017

Principal’s News

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Tēnā koutou, welcome to the first newsletter for 2017. If you are a family returning to ANI welcome back, if you are a family new to our school a warm welcome.

We are a very open school and encourage parent interaction at all levels, from emailing us to helping out on school trips, working in the library or being part of our PTA – we are keen to hear from you.

The staff and senior leadership team (known as SLT) are fully charged and ready for the year ahead. We have had a busy four days of preparation which has included induction, professional development in curriculum delivery, administration meetings and team planning sessions. We also managed to get in a bit of fun and went on a team building event. A great start to the new year.

As today’s newsletter is distributed before school commences we have included some handy information that might assist in a smooth start to the year.

TUESDAY 31 JANUARY 2017
School starts for all students.

Year 7 students need to be at school by 9:00am, please go directly to the HALL. There will be an official Maori welcome and introductions followed by the teachers calling class lists. Parents you are most welcome to join us.

Year 8 students will meet in the hall at 11:00am and find out what class they are in.

We split the start times for Year 7’s and Year 8’s so the introduction to intermediate school is not overwhelming for new pupils.

Uniforms
From Friday 27 January uniform items will be sold from reception. We will also have extra staff available on the first day of school (Tuesday 31 January) in the uniform shop from 8:00am – 9:00am to help with last minute purchases. Please note all students are expected to wear a school hat or cap commencing day one.

Staffing
We are fortunate to be fully staffed with very talented and enthusiastic teachers.  Class placements have been finalised and teachers spent time this week reviewing every students achievement data and learning plans.

An important part of transition is ensuring a clear picture of progress and/or needs is transferred to the next year’s teachers. We want to start our learning programmes on day one so this information is essential in ensuring quality learning time is not lost. Another important part of transitioning to a new class or new school is coping with change. While some students manage this better than others, we realise they will all be nervous on the first day. Be assured the staff will be there to assist in every way possible. In addition, here are a few things you can do at home to help prepare your son/daughter for the new year ahead:

  • Get into a ‘back to school’ routine at home as soon as you can especially bed times.
  • Be organised with equipment, PE gear etc which will save time and added stress in the morning.
  • Talk to your child about change, their fears and worries. Spend quality time assuring them feeling apprehensive is ok and a very ‘normal’ feeling.
  • Assure them about starting in a new class. Show you are excited about the year ahead and what it may bring.
  • Raise the issue of the possibility of not being in a class with their best friend. Talk about ways they could make new friends
  • Set a couple of simple goals for the first week and celebrate when they have achieved them.
  • Be prepared to give them a bit of leeway for the first week. It’s a long day after the down time of the holidays.
  • Spend time at the end of the week evaluating how things have gone.

We accept that sometimes class placements do not always work out as positively as anticipated. We ask that you give your son/daughter a couple of weeks to settle in and if they are still not happy please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a member of the SLT to discuss the situation.

School Organisation
The school is divided into two year groups, Year 7 and Year 8. There are two teams within each year group with five or six classes per team. Team names are Matai, Rimu, Kauri, Totara and Kawakawa (specialist team). Class sizes are on average 24 in Year 7 and 28 in Year 8. Each team works in a space called a learning common. Most learning commons have two classes in them with the exception of rooms 1, 2, 3 and 6, 7, 8 which have three classes because they are bigger spaces. More detailed information about these environments will be provided for parents at an upcoming information evening.

We also have a specialist team of six teachers offering focused programmes in Science, Technology, The Arts, Physical Education, Spanish and Mandarin. We have a trained counsellor on the staff (Graeme Smith) who works three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Senior Leadership Team have teaching responsibilities in the areas of ESOL, gifted and talented programmes, learning support and target groups.

Joining us this year we have 21 international students from Korea, China, Brazil, Thailand, Japan and Russia. These students are fully integrated into the regular class programme.

Learning at ANI
At intermediate school your son or daughter may learn differently than they did at primary school. For a start programme content will step up a level and more independence will be required. This doesn’t mean that students are left to their own devices – quite the contrary. Teachers monitor the development and progress of every child very closely and tailor lessons to meet their needs.

The basics of reading, writing and maths are taught through direct acts of teaching by the class teacher. Lessons are structured and progress is measured through formal assessments (e.g. tests) as well as informal tasks (e.g. rubrics, observations or self-assessment). While there may be more than one class in a learning common each teacher is fully responsible for the students on their roll. The emerging adolescent needs a strong relationship with a significant adult and we ensure this happens through regular interaction and contact with their teacher.

The NZ curriculum is delivered within an International Baccalaureate framework. The central feature of this framework is that it is conceptually driven, transcends many subjects (this is called transdisciplinary) and an inquiry approach is used to drive their learning. In simple terms we inquire into concepts such as function, connection, change, reflection, form, perspective, responsibility or causation through six themes:

  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Where we are in place and time
  • Who we are
  • Sharing the planet
  • How we express ourselves

Students are always scaffolded through their first inquiry as the terminology may be different to what they have experienced previously.  There is a clear and aligned structure of the IB programme to the New Zealand Curriculum so students receive full coverage of this document.

Students are permitted elements of choice within their inquiry but this is always checked and monitored closely by the teacher.

On 15 March we have an information evening for parents about the IB programme and how our learning commons work. Further details to follow.

Communication – what’s happening this term
We will be communicating regularly with you via email this term to advise of school events, assemblies, reminders etc. Because this is our main form of communication we ask that you update us of any email changes – the best person to advise is Kristy Hulme (click here to email) as she manages the school website and distribution of email notices. Class teachers also regularly email parent so having these details correct is vital. Newsletters are sent out the first week of each month. These are usually quite detailed with lots of information so please spare a few minutes to read them and keep up to date. In addition, every Friday we send home a ‘Weekly Update’ of what’s coming up the following week as a reminder. I’m sure you will find this helpful.

Important information about what’s happening in the team will be sent home on the first Wednesday of each term via email and for more detailed information about individual class programmes, visit the class blog (link will be sent to you on the first day by the class teacher). On Tuesday 31 January we will also send home an introduction to the ANI staff. Each staff member provides a few details about themselves, their passions and goals for the year.

Lock down Practice
On Wednesday 25 January staff had specialist training in the event of a school emergency. This was undertaken by a company (Harrison Tew) who specialise in emergency planning and procedures. Our drills for lockdown, earthquake, tsunami etc are practiced throughout the year. The first one is scheduled for Tuesday 7 February at 11:00am. It will be a lock down drill.

What will happen at the lockdown drill?

  • Teachers will brief students on the correct procedure
  • Your son/daughter will not contact you during the drill
  • All communication will be from the school
  • You will receive a text and email from the school advising we are having a lockdown drill the day prior
  • At approximately 11:00am on 7 February you will receive a text and email to advise we are going into lockdown
  • The front page of the school website will be taken down and replaced with a message to indicate a lockdown drill is taking place
  • Staff will lock all doors, open blinds and position students on the floor face down. They will remain here until the all clear is given
  • Once the all clear is given there will be a roll call and students will move to the hall for a debrief
  • Parents will be advised via text the drill has come to an end and the website reinstated

If the event was a real lock down parents would be regularly updated via the website or text or email or a combination of all three depending on our ability to use these communication tools. In a real emergency the bell may also be held until we get the all clear from emergency services.

If you have any questions relating to this please do not hesitate to contact us.

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is looming as the year of the Rooster it will begin on Saturday 28 January. This is the biggest and most important traditional celebration in China, no doubt it will also be a festive period in Auckland. To celebrate with us, you may like to dress in red, indulge the family with Chinese cuisines or visit the Auckland Lantern Festival from 9th – 12th February at Auckland Domain.

ANI would like to wish all the families a Happy Chinese New Year and may it be another prosperous year for everyone!

新年快乐! ANI祝大家鸡年吉祥和龙马精神!

Kind regards

Jill Farquharson
Principal

 

Upcoming Events

Here are some of the events coming up in the first few weeks of term. Events are put on our school website and can be found by clicking here.

Monday 30 January Auckland Anniversary – SCHOOL CLOSED
Tuesday 31 January Term One Begins
Friday 3 February Super Bowl – whole school (information included below in newsletter)
Monday 6 February Waitangi Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
Tuesday 7 February Lockdown Practice, 11:00am
  Table Tennis Roadshow, 12:30pm
  PTA Meeting, 7:00am (Library – all welcome)
Friday 10 February PTA Chocolates distributed to students
Monday 13 February Year 7 Boys Soccer Trials #1, 12:30pm
Tuesday 14 February Year 8 Netball Trials #1, 3:15pm
Wednesday 15 February Year 7 Netball Trials #1, 3:15pm
Thursday 16 February School Photos
  Year 7 Boys Soccer Trials #2, 12:30pm
  Meeting the Teacher Picnic, 6:00pm -7:30pm
Friday 17 February ANI Swimming Sports, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Monday 20 February Dental Van Onsite (20 – 24 Feb)
Year 7 Girls Soccer Trials #1, 12:30pm
Tuesday 21 February Year 7 Netball Trials #2, 3:15pm
  Table Tennis Programme @ Gillies Ave, 3:40pm
Wednesday 22 February Year 8 Netball Trials #2, 3:15pm
Overseas Trips Information Evening, 5:00pm (library)
  Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm (Staff room – all welcome)
Thursday 23 February Year 7 Girls Soccer Trials #2, 12:30pm

 

ANI Contact Information and School Hours

Phone: (09) 630 1109
Email: ani@ani.school.nz

Office Hours

Monday to Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

School Begins:  8:45am, Monday – Thursday and 9:00am on Fridays
Interval: 10:30am – 10:53am
Lunch: 12:30am – 1:25pm
School Ends: 3:00pm

 

2017 Term Dates

Term One Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 13 April
Term Two Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July
Term Three Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September
Term Four Monday 16 October to Thursday 14 December

 

2017 Holidays

Auckland Anniversary Monday 30 January
Waitangi Day Monday 6 February
Good Friday Friday 14 April
Easter Monday Monday 17 April
ANZAC Day Tuesday 25 April
Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June
Labour Day Monday 23 October

 

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be late or away from school please advise the school via our website. Click on the ‘CONTACT’ tab which is on our homepage (bottom right hand corner) as this ensures an email is sent to the office as well as the class teacher. Alternatively, call the school office on 630 1109 and press 2 to leave a message.

Please do not email the teacher directly or use the school office email (ani@ani.school.nz) as these may not be checked before our administration staff call you. It is important that all students sign in at the office if they are late. We follow up all unexplained absences with a text and phone call.

 

Students Leaving School Grounds

If you wish to take your child out of school during the school day please contact your child’s teacher by sending a note or emailing in advance. You must arrange for your child to meet you in reception at the time you have organised and he/she will sign out. Students will not be permitted to leave the school unaccompanied or leave directly from the class. They must come to the office if leaving the school.

Please note when your child returns to school he/she must return to the office to sign in again.

 

Uniforms

In term time uniforms are available to purchase from reception between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. Please click here for a full uniform description and price list.

Please remember to name your child’s uniform so it can be returned if misplaced or taken home by another child by mistake. Lost property is located in the school reception area and students are welcome to claim lost items during office hours.

 

Stationery

Most students by now should have their stationery packs.  If you son/daughter has not purchased stationery please drop into the office anytime between 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday or 8:00am – 4:00pm Fridays.  The cost is $40.00 for their books and $20.00 for online maths programme. Total $60.00.

Please click here to download a stationery form. Should you wish to purchase stationery elsewhere you are most welcome to do so. We sell the packs as a convenience for parents.

 

Financial Payments

Many thanks to those families who have agreed to pay for take home items and have paid in advance for the school activities that will take place during the year. We also appreciate the number of school donations (voluntary) that have been received already.

These payments are appreciated particularly in the areas that are voluntary. The income generated by these payments provide additional resources and extra specialist teachers over and above what the government provides. They also enable us to offer lower class sizes and state of the art learning environments including ICT equipment.

In the next newsletter we will provide detailed information on the payments we will request of you this year just in case you have overlooked them and not yet actioned. At this time of the year there is always a lot of media hype on how education is ‘free’. While this may be ideal, in reality to offer the resources we do at ANI (such as lower class sizes, extra specialist teachers, higher quality resources, ICT equipment, modern learning environments) we could not provide this without your donations. We appreciate your support and encourage you to make payment as soon as convenient. Many thanks.

 

Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices

Mobile Phones
Students are permitted to bring their mobile phone to school.  Teachers have a lockable cupboard in their classroom if students choose to have them locked away during the day.  If student’s use their phone inappropriately they will have a four week ban imposed.  We accept that mobile phones are an important learning resource and big part of the emerging adolescent’s life in addition to helping parents check on their son/daughters whereabouts and safety.  The school however cannot accept responsibility for damage or theft so please no expensive mobile phones at school.

Electronic Devices
Each student who comes to ANI must complete an ICT Agreement which allows them to use school ICT equipment or bring their own device (any device). It is very important that parents and students read these forms before they sign them and be aware that by signing the forms this does not mean you have to bring in your own electronic device.  Basically the forms state common sense responsibilities and conduct for students using devices at ANI. We also recommend that parents check their insurance policies as the school cannot accept any liability for the loss or damage of any device brought to school.

Use of Devices During Breaks
To ensure students limit their screen time while at school they are not permitted to use devices during interval. At lunchtime we run a technology club where students can take part in gaming competitions, learn coding and join their friends in fun online activities. The club is fully supervised by teachers and takes place two days a week in summer and three days a week in winter.

 

Lunch Orders

A range of yummy snacks and healthy food can be purchased from the tuckshop during breaks. We also offer a convenient online pre-ordering service for tuckshop lunches. To find out more visit http://www.ezlunch.co.nz

 

Scooters

All students who bring a scooter to school will need to lock it in the bike shed (lock to be provided by students).

While we lock the bike sheds each day the school cannot take any responsibility for scooters (locked or unlocked). It is advisable not to bring an expensive scooter to school.  It will be the student’s responsibility to lock their scooter up each morning.

We encourage students to wear a helmet for their own safety.

If your child brings a scooter to Auckland Normal Intermediate they are expected to:

  • Walk their scooter in and out of the school grounds and across the road and pedestrian crossings.
  • Not use, or allow their scooter to be ridden, in the school grounds or buildings
  • Lock their scooter in the bike shed during school hours
  • Understand that the school cannot accept any liability for the loss or damage of scooters brought to school.
  • The school reserves the right to revoke the privilege of using a scooter to get to/from school if deemed necessary. Parents/caregivers will be informed accordingly.

 

Safe Cycling

A reminder to parents if your child brings a bicycle to school they are expected to: 

  • Wear a well-maintained and standards-approved helmet when riding.
  • Have their cycle helmet adjusted correctly and securely fastened.
  • Store their bicycle in a bike stand in the bike shed.
  • Provide a lock for the cycle.
  • Take full responsibility for locking and securing their cycle.
  • Maintain their cycle in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Walk their cycles in and out of the school grounds and across the road and pedestrian crossings.
  • Checks on helmets and bikes may be completed from time to time. Students will be informed in advance when a check on the bike’s road worthiness is to be made.
  • The School reserves the right to revoke the privilege of cycling to/from school if deemed Parents/caregivers will be informed accordingly.

The school cannot accept any liability for the loss or damage of bikes brought to school.

 

2017 Children’s After School Music and Leisure Classes

We are now taking enrolments for term one. Please click here to view book online.

Email or Phone: 630 1109 extn: 702

 

2017 Super Bowl

Auckland Normal Intermediate is holding a fun and exciting sporting event on Friday 3 February (week 1) starting at 11:10am which is called Super Bowl 2017. It will be a festival of sport that celebrates the start of the year for current students and students entering the school as year 7 students. The event will involve teams where Year 7 students will be matched with Year 8 students to form a team in which they will compete in 24 exciting and fun cooperative team games to find the champion team. The students are reminded of the following requirements for the day. Good luck to all teams and we hope you enjoy the day!

Please Note: Boys classes move to Girls classes during the morning organisation       

  • Each team is required to elect a student group team leader
  • All students are to participate in every event and stay with their team
  • All teams rotate anticlockwise around the events
  • School hats are compulsory
  • All students are to have their togs on with PE gear and team colours over the top
  • Students must return to their next activity after lunch for the afternoon session
  • All students are required to have suitable footwear
  • All bags are to be left in classrooms at the start of the day
  • Students can take a personal drink bottle with them
  • Students that require personal medication are required to have this with them
  • Valuables are to be given to form teacher at the start of the day
  • Sunscreen is to be worn and applied frequently throughout the day
  • Students are to be changed prior to the start of the day
  • Hall and classrooms are out of bounds during event
  • All students are to be seated and listening to teachers giving instructions for each activity
  • All students are asked to move quickly between each activity
  • Fair play and sportsmanship
  • All students must give 100% effort and commitment to their teams

 

2017 School Swimming Sports

Friday 17 February, 9:30am Start, Auckland University Pool
Note: Students to meet at the Amphitheatre at 9:00am

Student Entry Requirements
The 2017 swimming sports is a competitive swimming event and does not cater for social swimmers.

  • Students must be able to confidently dive to start
  • Students must competently be able to swim 50 metres in their event stroke unassisted

If they are unable to perform these two requirements then they cannot compete. This is an event for competitive swimmers only.

The students that are competing need to know:

  • Their Category – Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys, Year 8 Girls
  • The Events they are swimming in e.g. (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke)
  • That the distance to swim is 50m.

The organisation is as follows:

9:00am Students meet at the amphitheatre after class roll check
9:15am Students walk to university pool
9:30am – 1:30pm   ANI swimming event – competitive
1:30pm      Students finish event and return back to ANI school
3:00pm  Students dismissed to go home from ANI school

 

Students at the swimming sports at the university pool will have their lunch and afternoon tea progressively during the event so it is important that they have food with them.

All swimmers are to be wearing their togs underneath their clothes and have with them their towel, goggles, swimming cap, hat, water and sun block.

Greg Berry
PE Teacher/Sports Coordinator

 

2017 Meet the Teacher

Come along to ANI and meet your son/daughters teacher and hear about programmes for the year then join us for a picnic on the school field.

Thursday 16 February
6:00 – 6:30pm: parents meet the teacher in your child’s classroom
6:30 – 7:30pm: games on the field, bring along a picnic or grab a sausage, drink, slice of pizza that will be on sale

Bring a picnic rug, food and drink. Sausages, pizza and drinks will be available to purchase.

 

2017 PTA Chocolate Fundraiser

The ANI PTA goal is to raise funds to provide additional resources for our children that the school may not otherwise be able to be provide through Ministry of Education funding.

For the last ten years our most successful fundraising event has been selling Cadbury chocolates.  ANI is traditionally one of the first schools to start selling chocolates early in term one and the event generates the best results when all students participate.  Last year students raised $28,500 which is an outstanding amount.  If all students participate and support this event and sell at least one box of chocolates each we would easily raise this amount for 2017.

The PTA will go over the event at an assembly with students prior to the 10 February (the day we send chocolates home) and we will cover how the event works, the time frames, all they need to know along with the fantastic incentives we will have this year.  Prizes include Go Pro Cameras, IPod, Instax Cameras, cash incentives and more.  Last year we had some very committed students with the top individual student selling 17 boxes of chocolates.  Fifty students who sold five or more boxes of chocolates received an ANI school badge and went into an additional draw for extra prizes. A more detailed email will be sent out to parents next week.

Thanks to the parents who have already offered to help count money.  If you haven’t already emailed me and have time to offer some help, please contact me (sue_normanton@hotmail.com or 021 135 6380).  I’ll be in touch next week with more details and a roster.  We will be allocating chocolates to the students on Friday 10th February, this usually takes around half the day.  We will be counting money between 8am and 10am from Monday 13 February until the final day payments are due 27 February.  We would love to hear from you.

Our first ANI PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 February at 7:00pm in the Library.  This usually takes an hour and we will be looking at our PTA events for the year.  All are welcome, especially parents of Year 7s.  Please note that meetings are usually held on Monday nights.  The February meeting will be held on Tuesday as Monday 6 February is a public holiday.

Sue Normanton
PTA Chairperson