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In today’s newsletter we have the following:

Senior Leadership Team

Principal News

Dear parents and Whānau 

E tio te tūī e ketekete te kākā, e korihi te kokako

Literally translated the above whakatauki, “It takes many instruments to play a symphony”. Something that I have been grateful of since I arrived at ANI in October last year.

The variety of cultures that we have in our kura definitely makes this place both stronger and more understanding. I say this as we head into Ramadan which started last week and should finish around 9/10 April. Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims and is a time for fasting, prayer and acts of kindness.

We as a school want to acknowledge this time and start korero around what it means for those observing it and how we can support them. For many of our students this may be the first time that they are observing a full fast. 


I have recently returned from one of our year 8 team camps at Tui Ridge (Rotorua). What an amazing opportunity for our students to experience both a challenging and positive experience. Camps allow students to be exposed to things that they may not normally be exposed to and which help grow their kete of skills and knowledge. This will ensure growth and confidence for individuals and the collective. I value this experience very highly and encourage our year 7 students and whanau to make sure they get themselves ready for the year 7 camp which will visit Mangawhai and will center around the ocean later this term and early next term. I also want to acknowledge the amazing support of our whānau who came along to help at camp. It is very much appreciated.

On Monday this week we had our second celebration assembly of the year. It is so amazing to be able to acknowledge some of our amazing students. There were 8 students that were awarded a principal’s award for exhibiting the learning profiles that we value as a kura. Congratulations to all of the amazing ākonga (students) that were awarded certificates for their efforts. We also had the opportunity to present students certificates for success in a variety of other activities ranging from posters that were made for the Asthma Foundation and sports. We are very lucky to have both a variety of activities to be involved in as well as some amazingly talented groups of people who are achieving a high level of success. 

This week also saw a couple of exciting activities on a cultural front. With the start of Ramadan, it was great to have some of our amazingly supportive Muslim whānau come in and chat with our staff about Ramadan and how our students might be affected. They have also set up a presentation in our school library to celebrate this time. We also had our first hui fono meeting of the year on Wednesday night and it was exciting to catch up with the whānau and test some of our ideas around our values as we move forward. Celebrating culture is a key responsibility we have as  a community and we continue to work hard on giving people an opportunity to share culture. 

As I finish this piece I want to acknowledge the importance of explicit learning for everyone. I am currently in Daegu, South Korea at the global IB conference. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with educational leaders of the world. The big thing that continues to be discussed is Agency, where someone takes responsibility (and/or is given responsibility) for their learning. This doesn’t just happen at school. So please take the time to engage with your children. Ask what they are learning and how it is supporting their growth. Share your experiences and knowledge so that their kete can continue to grow. Learning is for your life and you can’t stop. So please support your children by engaging and driving your expectations of what learning looks like and if you are worried, concerned or not sure of what is happening with their learning at ANI, please get in contact with their teacher. 

Ngā mihi nui e te whānau 

Jason Pocock 

Tumuaki ANI 

ANI Board Parent Election 2024

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 5 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Sunday 24th March 2024.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Friday 12th April 2024 at 12 noon.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer

CES – Web www.cessl.org.nz


Principal Awards

At our Celebration Assembly on Monday the Principal was happy to congratulate Fatima Z in Room 6 for winning first prize in the “Back to School” poster completion. 

This means Auckland Normal Intermediate School has won $1000 to go towards sports equipment, art supplies, library books, or a new outdoor project, as well as a live asthma education show with Sailor the Pufferfish. 

Congratulations Fatima and here is her winning poster.

Deputy Principal’s News

Kia ora from the Scott, Ashley & Kieran,

A few updates in today’s newsletter surrounding uniform passes, overseas trips and bike/scooter storage at ANI.


We just wanted to take this opportunity to send a few reminders about our uniform at ANI, especially in terms of jewellery, make-up and nails. 

No jewellery is permitted unless for cultural or religious reasons. If this is the case, students must bring a note from home requesting permission. If approved, students must carry a uniform pass which is available from one of the DPs. Stud earrings and a watch are permitted.

The wearing of makeup and painted nails is not permitted. This includes acrylic nails and nail polish.

Scooter/Bike Storage @ ANI

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

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 will not accept any responsibility for the scooter while it is on school grounds or in buildings.

Overseas Trips Opportunities

The overseas trips information evening was held on Wednesday at school and the slides are linked here.

Ngā mihi nui

Scott Boniface, Ashley Triana and Kieran Gleeson

ANI Deputy Principals

Values Consultation

As you will remember from our last newsletter, early data showed a strong connection within our community response to Manaakitanga & Rangatiratanga.

Our next steps are as follows:

  1. Continue the community consultation at our upcoming Hui/Fono
  2. Begin analysing student voice from classroom treaties and agreements with the student leaders
  3. Select a student consultation group to run the same consultation
  4. Select a staff consultation group to run the same consultation
  5. The parents advisory committee, currently supporting our Commissioner, will be invited to conduct a similar consultation and share thoughts on the next steps of the process.

A quick update on where we are with these above steps:

  1. At the time of writing our Hui/Fono is upcoming this week and we look forward to some discussions and insights on our consultation there
  2. Student leaders are hard at work analysing classroom treaties and agreements. Photos are taken and the groups are exploring ways to connect the classroom data to the 5 concepts being consulted on. Collating this data together is the next step on their agenda
  3. The student leaders also conducted the same consultation and their limited data looks as follows (below). They are now going to select some representatives from each HUB to come and conduct further student consultations. The pattern here is interesting in that it aligns quite closely with the initial whānau data.
  4. The staff consultation is currently on hold as we navigate a few other whole school celebrations and initiatives. We aim to complete this by the end of the term.
  5. Watch this space!

As always, please reach out with your thoughts/feedback!

Kieran Gleeson

Deputy Principal – Wellbeing


Parents please download the app!!!

Only half of our parents currently have the Hero app and this is where all day-to-day information, events and updates will be communicated to you. It is also a very efficient way for you to report an absence and save calling the school.

Should there be a school emergency this is how we will notify you so it is essential you have the App installed.

For clear instructions on how to download please click here.

Student Achievement

Student Leader Corner

In every fortnightly newsletter, we will be featuring a little profile to introduce our wonderful 2024 student leaders.




I’m Aariz, a student at Auckland Normal Intermediate and one of the student leaders of 2024. Balancing academics with extracurricular activities is my forte. When I’m not hitting the books, you’ll find me on the sports field, immersed in a captivating book, sketching away, or enjoying a peaceful walk while listening to my favourite tunes.

I am very passionate about leadership and being a leader at ANI. Being a leader entails guiding and inspiring others, making decisions, and fostering a positive environment.
Effective leadership involves empathy, communication, vision, and the ability to motivate and empower others. I’m always up for diverse experiences that enrich my life and learning journey.



Hi, I’m Eleanor and I am very excited to be one of the student leaders this year.

I am in room 3 with Mrs Zee.

In 2023 I applied to be a student leader because I thought it was going to be fun and I have to admit it is pretty exciting.

If you have any ideas or
suggestions for ANI feel free to talk to me



Hi, my name is Flynn and I am from New Zealand.

My teacher for this year is Miss Wichman and my ILE teacher is Mr Carruthers.

Some hobbies that I enjoy are mountain biking, football, basketball, skiing, fishing, and running.

I feel so privileged to be one of the student leaders this year and I am looking forward to getting involved in whatever the year has in store for me.





Hello, I am Lucy.

I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

I am in room 16 and myteacher is Mrs O’sullivan.

I applied for leadership because I wanted to make the school even better than it was last year and make everyone feel welcome.


Orchestra – Welcome to ANI Tomas Iglesias.

We are thrilled to announce that Tomas will be joining us to lead our Orchestra.Tomas brings incredible knowledge and experience and our students are very lucky to have such an esteemed industry expert to learn from.

He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland and has undertaken studies in harmony, counterpoint and fugue, orchestration, piano and continuo.

To read more about Tomas and to see his incredible experience click here.

To look and purchase any of his Online Courses and Ebooks click here.

Welcome to the team Tomas. Term 2 is going to be a great time for our amazing musicians to learn and collaborate with you.

Blake Wilson

Arts Coordinator

Rock Band!


School Production – Assistance needed!!!

Year 8 Camp Highlights

Who knew that excitement could reach such heights in a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride or six on the way home?

By the time we got to camp, the level of exuberance was at an all time high and we were ready to go!

Stomach-dropping swings, the zooming flying fox, and deadly slingshot paintball were just a few of the activities we were offered. It is unclear whether Mr Ng in archery attack, Matua Steve being MC of the concert, or the students who were enjoying themselves more.

Matai had a huge amount of students who with their positive energy stepped out of their comfort zone to achieve some great things. We all arrived home exhausted but with a sense of accomplishment.

Kristin Roscherr

Team Leader Matai


Last week the Sustainability Honey Extraction Team was involved in extracting honey from our beehive. It was such an amazing experience! Our team was super excited and had many questions about the process;  lots of learning took place.

We started at the beehive where students had the opportunity to inspect the hive. Two very heavy full boxes of honey were taken to the kitchen for extraction. This involved scraping the honey from each frame into a large bucket. We had to make sure that the MPS windows and doors were shut, because the bees could smell the honey and we didn’t want them following us.

It was very tempting to taste the honey, but we were not allowed because it needs to be tested first. The extracted honey was taken offsite to have the wax removed and to be placed into jars. We can’t wait to have the honey back and to taste nature’s wonderful nectar.

Well done to everyone involved, we loved seeing your enthusiasm and excitement. 

Ngā mihi,

Cynthia Montesinos, Spanish teacher, and Nicola Redshaw, ESOL teacher.


The Blues come to town!!

On Thursday afternoon, ANI was fortunate to have Blues players Ricky Riccatelli and Finlay Christie visit our kura. A highly anticipated and electric atmosphere ensued as the students eagerly awaited their arrival. When they finally appeared from the carpark, students burst into applause and barely contained their excitement as the players prepared themselves to hand out fresh fruit, juicies and snack bars. A fever pitch, decibel-breaking atmosphere continued as they handed out merchandise consisting of posters, flags and frisbees to our tamariki. Some lucky students were smart enough to have paper and pen handy, and were rewarded with a personalised signature.

After around 20 minutes, the players moved into the Leadership office where they were interviewed by Aariz and Saisha, supported by our media team. 

A huge thank you to the Blues for the awesome visit and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

ANI Cross Country – POSTPONED!

The ANI Cross Country has been moved from Term 1 to Term 2.

We will have more information regarding this event soon.


The AIMS Finance meeting for parents has been moved to Term 2. More information will be available soon.

The naming of all AIMS Teams is being moved to Week 3 of Term 2. All squads will be named by this date and the final teams will be selected at the end of Term 2.

Students will receive specific information in the coming weeks.

Xavier Rice

Sports Coordinator

CZ Orienteering

What a day! After some miserable weather last week, everyone was glad when the clouds parted and we got a glorious bright and sunny day to head out to Monte Cecilia Park on Tuesday for Central Zones Orienteering.

Our students did ANI proud, representing the school and the school values throughout the day. There was a bit of down time but everyone managed their boredom and the growing anxiety for the event ahead. 

While we are still waiting on our results we had a range of times over the 6 different courses. Huge shout out to:

Leo S (Room 28) who completed in 18:10

Gemma K (Room 7) who finished in 20:36

Chloe L (Room23/24c) who finished in 23:12

We have some budding cartographers and keen map enthusiasts around the school. Ka Pai!

Big thanks to Renee and Dani for help with admin and transport on the day. Looking forward to next year!

Stuart Nicol

Teacher in Charge of Orienteering

CZ Swimming Success!

Nine students made it to the finals (a mix of year 7 and 8 students) across the board with freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. 

Shout out to Matthew and Declan who came first and second in the Year 8 boys butterfly and Matthew coming first in 50m freestyle and second in 100m freestyle. 

A second shout out to the three parents who helped with transport/timing. 

Farrah Dillon and Sam Carruthers

Teachers in Charge of Swimming

Netball 2024

Thank you to everyone who took part in the netball trials over the past two weeks. It has been amazing to see the talent across ANI. The selectors were really impressed. The netball season is going to be very exciting!
In terms of teams and the next steps, please keep an eye on Hero and ANI Netball Team Reach page for updates. 
Students will be told which team they are in early next week. 
Please remember to sign your child up with Auckland Netball, more info on Hero and TeamReach. 
We are still looking for any parents or siblings who can support or manage a team. 
Kayleigh Hughes 
Netball Coordinator


Introducing our SENCo

Kia Ora! I’m Whaea Candice, and I’m the brand-new SENCO at ANI.

What is a SENCO is a question I get asked all the time so I’ve asked my special helper potato cat to help me explain.

SENCO stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator. It’s like having a special helper or coach in your school who looks out for students who might need extra support with their learning. The SENCO helps make sure that everyone gets the help they need to learn and enjoy school.

Their primary responsibility is to ensure that all students, regardless of their abilities or challenges, receive the necessary support to thrive academically and socially. SENCOs work closely with teachers, parents, and other professionals to identify students with special educational needs and develop tailored plans to address those needs. They collaborate with teachers to adapt teaching methods, provide additional resources, and create an inclusive learning environment. SENCOs also facilitate communication between parents, teachers, and external support services to ensure a holistic approach to the student’s well-being.

In essence, a SENCO acts as an advocate for students with special educational needs, working to create an inclusive and supportive educational experience that caters to the diverse needs of all students in the school community..

So that’s what I do… Here’s a little more about me.

As a neurodiverse learner, I am a fervent advocate for neurodiversity, recognizing and celebrating the unique strengths and perspectives that individuals with diverse neurological profiles bring to every facet of life. My personal journey has instilled in me a deep commitment to fostering inclusive spaces that embrace the full spectrum of human diversity.

I firmly believe that fostering positive relationships is essential for creating an inclusive learning environment. Recognizing the diversity in how individuals learn is crucial, as no two people have the same approach. However, I am confident that everyone has the potential to achieve remarkable things. It brings me immense joy to make a meaningful impact on the lives of learners, guiding them to unlock their full potential.

In every aspect of my life, from the classroom to family time and the coziness of home, I carry a spirit of inclusivity, passion, and a love for the diverse wonders life has to offer.

Candice Etzine


School Counsellor

Anxiety is a feeling of excessive worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen or that you can’t cope with a situation. There are physical sensations that often accompany anxiety, like fast-paced breathing, an elevated heart rate, muscle tension, nausea, shakiness, to name a few. People can feel anxiety in response to a particular situation or it can happen without an apparent specific reason. Anxiety is very common and a natural part of life. Everyone feels anxious sometimes. A certain degree of anxiety can help people anticipate obstacles, remain cautious and stay organised. However, sometimes anxiety can become unmanaged and get in the way of schooling, friendships and family relationships.
There are many, many ways to manage anxiety – below are just a few suggestions. As always, take what resonates for you and your family, and leave behind what doesn’t.
  1. In a calm moment, talk about anxiety with your child.

Ask them what it feels like in their mind and body. When they share something, remember to let them know their feelings are understandable. It can be tempting to dismiss or ‘fix’ their worries because you want to reassure them. But feeling listened to and understood can help them relax.

  1. Name it to tame it.

Help your child recognise the physical and psychological signs that they are feeling anxious. For example, elevated heart rate, shallow breathing, sore tummy, thoughts of dread, etc. If they can recognise these signs, they will know when they need to ask for help or do something to help themselves.

  1. Think together about what makes them feel anxious.

This could include schoolwork, friendships, or a combination of things. You could write a list of their worries or draw a picture. It could be helpful to help your child scale how big their worries are about a particular situation. This can help you anticipate the worries and perhaps change something to minimise it.

  1. Figure out things that help.

In a calm moment, encourage them to write down a list of activities that help them feel better.

You could try:

  •         doing exercise or going for a walk
  •         deep breathing or meditation, through a Youtube video for example
  •         using a fidget toy
  •         making something like a puzzle or Lego
  •         drawing or painting
  •         writing in a journal
  •         watching a favourite film
  •         talking to friends
  •         cooking or baking
  1. Help them take care of their daily needs.

There are some daily activities that are really important for our mental health. These are:

  •         physical exercise, or some movement
  •         sleeping well
  •         eating healthily
  •         drinking water
  •         connecting and spending quality time with loved ones

They might sound simple, but they can have a big effect on our mood. Regular exercise can be particularly important because it can help to reduce feelings of anxiety in the body. It doesn’t have to be much – walking or gentle yoga/stretching can help.

There are many different ways to regulate anxious feelings, the above are just a few. If you are concerned your child may be experiencing significantly excessive worry, please feel free to get in touch – counsellor@ani.school.nz.

Chloe Moore

ANI School Counsellor


ANI Community

Kapa Kāhui

Haere mai! Join us for Kapa Kāhui, an afternoon bursting with the vibrant spirit of Kapa Haka, on Thursday, 4th April at Te Ipu Kura o Mataaho (Auckland Normal Intermediate).

Witness the wairua ignite as eight schools from the Auckland Central Community of Schools Kāhui Ako take the stage. Be uplifted by the passion and dedication of our tamaraki as they embody the whakatauki “Manu Tukutuku, ma te Huruhuru ka Rere te Manu” – “Empowering learners to soar”.

Kapa Kāhui is about:

  • Whanaungatanga – building connections between our schools and communities, fostering a spirit of unity.
  • Empowering our tamariki to connect with the māori world (Te Ao Māori), kōrero Māori (speak the language) and inspire them to reach their full potential.
  • Celebrating Te Ao Māori in our schools through the powerful storytelling and rich traditions of Kapa Haka.
  • Move and inspire our whānau with mauri (life force) and mana (prestige) woven into every performance.

Haere mai whānau! Be part of this kaupapa of cultural celebration. Encourage and uplift our tamariki as they haka their hearts out and experience the mana and aroha that flows through Kapa Haka.

Check out the highlights from 2023 linked here and see you at ANI on Thursday 4th April.


The ANI PTA are an active and awesome group that support the school in a number of ways from helping out at events to hosting parent information evenings and the odd bit of fundraising. 

Last Thursday the we held a school disco with St Patrick’s Day as the theme. This was a hugely successful event and raised over $4000 for school resources.

The PTA would like to thank the Totara Team, Kieran Gleeson and Xavier Rice for supervising the social on the night.
DJ Gershon Cadelis was a total legend with mad beats and the decks spinning!!!!!!
Thank you everyone, we appreciate your mahi.
Luke Barnard
ANI PTA Chairperson

Upcoming Events for Term 1, 2024

Korean and Chinese Summary

In every newsletter we will add a short Korean and Chinese translation to assist families where English is not their first language. 

Please see below a summary in Korean:


1. 본교에서는 수요일에 유학생 여행 설명회를 개최하였습니다.자세한 내용은 여기에서 확인하실 수 있습니다.

2. 중요 공지 사항: 학부모는 수업 시간 중에는 교실을 방문할 수 없습니다. 자녀에게 연락해야 할 경우에는 학교 사무실에 신고해야 합니다.

3. 휴대전화 사용 규정: 학생은 학교생활 중 어느 때라도 휴대전화를 사용할 수 없습니다. 휴대전화는 수업 중 보관을 위해 담임선생님에게 맡겨야 하며, 수업 전후로 학교에 있는 동안은 전원을 꺼두고 주머니나 가방에 넣어두어야 합니다. 주머니나 가방에 넣어 휴대전화가 파손된 경우 학교에서는 책임을 지지 않습니다.

4. 교복 : 학생들은 반드시 교복을 입어야 합니다. 장신구, 화장, 페인트칠한 손톱은 허용되지 않습니다. 특별한 사유로 인해 필요한 경우, 학생은 반드시 부모님으로부터 신청서를 제출해야 합니다. 승인을 받은 후, 학생들은 교감으로부터 교복 출입증을 얻을 수 있습니다.

5. 스쿠터 및 자전거 보관: 자전거나 스쿠터를 타고 학교에 오는 모든 학생은 아침에 자물쇠를 가져와 자전거 보관소에 잠가야 합니다. 값비싼 자동차를 학교에 가져오지 않는 것이 권장되며, 안전상의 이유로 학생들은 헬멧을 착용하도록 권장됩니다.

학생들은 캠퍼스 안, 보도, 길을 건널 때 유모차를 가지고 걸어야 합니다.

6. 학교 커뮤니케이션: 매일 학교 정보, 활동 및 업데이트가 HERO 앱을 통해 전달됩니다. 부모님들이 가능한 한 빨리 이 앱을 다운로드하시기를 바랍니다.

Please see below a summary in Chinese:


1. 周三学校举办了海外学生旅游信息会,具体信息可见

2. 重要通知:上课期间请家长不能参观教室。如果您需要联系您孩子,您必须去学校办公室报到。

3.手机使用规定: 学生在学校期间任何时候绝对不准使用手机。上课期间手机必须上交给老师保管,上课前后只要在学校,手机必须关机并存放在口袋或书包。手机在口袋或书包损坏,学校不负责任。

4. 校服: 学生必须穿着校服。珠宝,化妆及涂指甲都是不允许的。如果特殊原因需要,学生必须提交来自父母的申请条。经批准,学生可以从副校长处得到校服通行证。

5. 滑板车及自行车的存放: 所有学生骑自行车或滑板车来学校,早上需要自带锁将车锁在自行车棚。建议不要带昂贵的车来学校,为安全起见,我们鼓励学生佩戴头盔。


6. 学校沟通:学校日常信息,活动及更新通过HERO应用程序传达。希望家长们尽快下载此应用。

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