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News from the Principal

Kia ora tatou e te whānau

Kia ora tatou e te whānau

Term one is underway and off to a flying start welcoming students, setting up for the year and celebrating achievements. Parents have been invited to attend a raft of events including our Year 7 pōwhiri and annual leadership assembly. 

We have also completed two full school assemblies, one was about literacy and writing. Along with our first celebration assembly of the year. It was great to acknowledge Renee T from room 20 who received the first Principal’s Award of the year.

Thank you for your support in getting school off to such a positive start. Students are happy and your contribution to ensuring students attend school, wear the correct uniform, and have the equipment they need for learning and extracurricular activities is invaluable. My expectation for our students is that they are fully involved in their learning programs now and this includes homework that although shouldn’t be over the top, I would expect our students to have work to do most nights. 

Please support this by engaging with your child and asking what they are learning at school and what work they need to do at home. Some good questions to ask could be:

“What are you finding interesting at school at the moment?”

“Is there an area of school that you are finding more challenging than you thought?”

“What do you wish you did more of at school?” 

“How can I help with your learning?”

If you do have any worries or concerns please contact the school. Your child’s teacher is the first port of call and then after that the relevant year-level Dean. 

I do want to acknowledge the great turnout for the Welcome to ANI Evening, we had well over 250 people at the event and it was great to be able to introduce some key people in the school and connect. It was a fantastic support to us to be able to additionally consult with our community in respect to our values refresh. If you are interested in more information or would like to have a more in-depth discussion, please contact Kieran Gleeson (DP Wellbeing) kgleeson@ani.school.nz 

I do want to draw your attention to the overseas trips that we offer at ANI. This year we will be offering two trips. One to Japan and the second to Samoa. The focus of the trip is to offer our students an opportunity to connect with different cultures, celebrate our Kiwi culture, and offer service to our global community. We will be holding assemblies and information sessions over the next two weeks so please remind your child to look at these meetings if they are keen to be involved.The trips will take place at the end of term 3 2024 and go into the term 3 holiday period. 

AT ANI our biggest priority is ensuring that students feel connected to the school and have a feeling of belonging, where they are valued for what they bring, not only for themselves but for others as well. They have opportunities to lead and support through a raft of both curriculum and extracurricular activities. Please support them in being fully involved with as many of these opportunities as they can handle. It will help support self-efficacy and confidence that will lead to great learning and experiences.  

Ngā mihi nui 

Jason Pocock 

Tumuaki (Principal)

An important note from our admin team: 


Online Orders: Can be made anytime:

The next day your order will be hand-delivered to your child at 2.15pm by a member of the Admin team.

Uniform Shop Sales: At Reception

You can purchase a school uniform at reception from Monday to Friday but only between the following hours:

8.15am – 8.45am

2.45pm – 3.15pm


Hero: Parents please download the app!!!

Only 1/3rd 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.

If you would like to see a teacher or any member of staff, please contact them directly by email to arrange a time to meet. Staff emails are on our website, linked here.


Student Achievement

Principal awards

Y7 Camp Parent Information Evening

A parent information evening will be held next Wednesday 28 February at 6pm and for parents unable to attend, a recording will be made and available later that week.

Year 7’s will be attending camp during the last week of term 1 and we ask parents to confirm their child’s attendance no later than Thursday 28 March. A holistic, fun, educational & dynamic 3 day overnight camp adventure at Mangawhai (Mangawhai Holiday Park) provides our students with great opportunities for skill development in outdoor water activities and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Camp activities include surf lessons, paddleboarding, kayaking, hikes, coastal exploration & sandboarding, beach & team building challenges, camp Olympics, an Amazing Race (whole group), and movie or games nights. 

Totara camp dates:  

Camp 1: Monday 8 April – Wednesday 10 April

Camp 2: Wednesday 10 April – Friday 12 April

Kauri camp dates:

Camp 1: Rooms: 19, 20, 22, 23/24C – Monday 29 April – Wednesday 1 May

Camp 2: Rooms: 21, 23/24 A, 23/24B – Wednesday 1 May – Friday 3 May

Curriculum Corner

Food tech

Year 7 students have been busy baking this week. Savoury muffins were on the menu. Kenzie, Harjot & Evie had fun working as a team to create their cheese and corn muffins.

Year 8 students began the year learning about school lunch systems around the world. In particular they focussed on Japan. Some students shared their experiences growing up in various countries including; Switzerland, China, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Afghanistan and many more. They then created their own bento lunches. Bruno, Awais and Ellie share what they created.

Brooke Tuialii

Soft and Food Technology Teacher

Time Travel Assembly

Last week ANI travelled in time! Among the time zones included 132AD the Roman Empire, James Cook’s voyage, Kate Shepherd’s vote, the Te tiriti o waitangi signing and even World War 2!
This term our writing programmes will have ākonga working towards a non-fiction report detailing a key moment in time. 
This may have been, the greatest, writing provocation, in world history. 

Two incredibly good-looking sailors suddenly appeared at the assembly last week, they were confused and in shock. Terrified that Captain Cook would realise they were missing and send them down the plank!

Sustainability Club

Kia ora e te whānau,
We are super excited that our Sustainability Club has started at ANI. This month we are getting a new house ready for our hardworking bees so children have designed and painted the new beehive!
Thank you to all who participated in this first stage and who have enrolled in all our sustainability positions, it will make a great difference in our school.
Ms Montesinos and Ms Redshaw
Teachers in charge of Sustainability

German Club

Herzlich Willkommen zum GERMAN CLUB
If you are keen to learn some words and sentences in another language and get to know German culture, please join us on
Thursdays at lunch time (12:45pm) in room 9/10!
Everyone is welcome, year 7 or 8, beginner or expert.
Ich freue mich auf euch!
I am looking forward to seeing you!
Ms Striebich 
Room 9 Teacher

Values Consultation

Thank you again to all of our whānau for attending our Meet the Teacher evening on Monday night. It was lovely to welcome you into your young person’s classroom to see how they have begun the year.

A note on our values consultation. Another thank you for your valued contribution to our consultation in each of our spaces. As we discussed briefly in the MPS, this was a key stage in our refresh process and we are eagerly looking forward to unpacking the data collected with the help of our students of course.

For those of you who could not make it, I have attached the slides here for you to have a look at.

Monday night was one component of our consultation as we will aim to consult with whānau again later in the term and we will be consulting with kaiako, kaimahi and ākonga throughout this term as well.

If you are particularly keen to discuss our values refresh journey, or keen to share insight, experience and whakaaro, please get in touch with me via email, I would be most happy to chat and learn!

Kieran Gleeson

Deputy Principal – Wellbeing

Student Leader Corner

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


Hello, my name is Dane. I’m from New Zealand, and I’m in room 9. My teachers are Mrs. S and my ILE teacher Mr. Nicol. Some of my hobbies are drawing, hunting, fishing, and lots of sports such as rugby, tennis, touch, and playing basketball for ANI. I wanted to become a leader because I have great leadership by connecting with others and being a role model.





Hi, my name is Toby. I am from New Zealand and have lived here all my life. I am in room 7 with Matua Steve. Some of my hobbies are going on tramps, I am very lucky to say that I’ve been on 3 great walks. I love to play sports! My favorites are rugby, basketball and touch. I’m also always keen to try out a new sport. I applied for leadership in 2023 because I like to come up with new ideas and make a difference. I’ve also always been told that I have natural leadership skills.



Talofa! My name is Joneeta Failua. I’m very excited to represent ANI as one of the student councils. I believe leadership is all about communication, love and respect. I show others these values so that they can look up to us and follow the same path. I am a proud Samoan with a passion for music, singing, rugby, netball and lots more. My culture is all about making your family proud and obeying people with respect. Whenever you see me come and say hello.



Hello everyone! My name is Sohum Kulkarni and I was born here in New Zealand. I am in room 5 with Mr Ng and my ILE teacher is Ms Chowdhury. Some of my hobbies are playing the piano, playing video games, playing sports and playing with friends. Some of the sports I play are: cricket, badminton, basketball and soccer. I am lucky to be one of the student leaders. I applied for this position because I wanted to enhance my leadership skills and also make ANI a better place.





A message from the 2024 student leaders.

We are running two systems this term.

The first one is sports equipment. Each lunchtime at the MPS door we will have a table where we write your name down and we will give you your gear. Just before the end of lunch bell rings, you bring your gear back to the door and get your name checked off.

Another system we are running is the badge and shields system. In the next newsletter, we will explain where you can come and collect your badge/shield. 

More information will be coming in the next newsletter 

So keep checking.  


Toby Matuschka, Dane Jacobsen, Joneeta Faliua, and Sohum Kulkarni.   


Student Leader Assembly:


Netball Trial dates 2024:

This week I met with all students interested in playing Netball in 2024. We have over 120 students interested in playing in a team, which is amazing, however, it means we are looking for more parents to be a coach or a manager for a team. Please get in touch if you can support!

Please remember to download the Team Reach app and use the following code: ANINETBALL24

This will soon be the main point of communication for all Netball-related queries.

Trials will be held at school at 3.30pm – 5.30pm on the following days:
Wednesday 13th March Year 7
Thursday 14th March Year 8
Wednesday 20th March Year 7 
Thursday 21st March Year 8 
Your child will receive more information about their trial in week 6. 

Many thanks, 

Kayleigh Hughes 

Netball Coordinator

Waterpolo Update

This is a message to let you know about the upcoming weeks of waterpolo. 

The training times will still be on a Tuesday night. Year 7s from 7-8pm and year 8s from 8-9pm. We encourage all players to please keep attending these sessions so that we can see your skills and abilities. This will be happening for the next 3 weeks. These dates are the 27th of February and the 5th of March. 

From here the coaches will then choose teams and these will be confirmed by the 8th of March. Any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in contact. 

Jordan Devery & Harry Williams

ANI Waterpolo Coordinators 2024

Central Zone - Tennis results

Wow! What an amazing first Central Zone competition of the year! 

Tuesday had the girls running out with a rather treacherous dewy ground. Nonetheless, they attacked the day with vigor. By lunchtime, the sun was beaming, the courts were steaming and the cheeks blush red! We even finished with 1st place in Y8 doubles! 

Thursday started off quite the opposite. By 9am, the sun was torching the Merton Road courts. Gallons of water had been drunk, a couple marmite chip sammies demolished and Kieran was onto his 4th layer of sunblock. The sun really tormented the players and it was clear by the end of the day, they were exhausted. We had multiple players in the finals including a 2nd place by our year 8 doubles! Great results! 

A huge shoutout to our fantastic helpers Zoe, Seth, Dane, Imogen and Toby. Without them, Jason, (our Principal) would’ve been ready for a new knee, I would still be  e=mc2’ing the draw and Kieran would be a pile of ash.

In all seriousness, huge ups to K and Jase for helping me out. 


Xavier Rice

ANI Sports Coordinator


The Arts so Far - Clubs and Groups

The Addams Family - Cast Announcement 

It has taken three weeks but at long last myself, Blake Wilson – Director, and Maddie Brodie – Choreographer, are delighted to announce the on stage cast of our 2024 musical, The Addams Family.

We both would like to thank every student who showed great bravery by auditioning. We were overwhelmed with over 120 students who expressed their interest in auditioning and even more so by the talent we saw. Choosing this cast has been an immensely tough process for us both and we hope those students who were unsuccessful this time, will audition for other performance opportunities during their time at ANI. The decision is in no way a reflection that you were not good enough, you were all amazing. Having both dealt with missing out after auditions, Mrs Brodie and myself recommend you find a moment to take it in and talk about how you feel with your loved ones, pick yourself up with a deep breath and a smile, and keep an eye out for the next opportunity.

To our cast, a massive congratulations to you all. Mrs Brodie and I are very excited to work with you all at rehearsals which will commence soon. Remember to be humble in your success and enjoy this exciting opportunity. You deserve to celebrate what you have achieved in this process.

Mr Wilson and Mrs Brodie

Arts Coordinators

ANI Rock Bands

If your student is interested in being in one of our ANI Rock Bands for 2024, please carefully read the below information.

Click this link to register for an audition by this Saturday 24th at 3:00 pm. Students have had access to this link during the week via the Daily Notices. Audition Registration 

What to bring to the auditions:

  • Students must learn this part to ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd. I understand this is not sheet music. Part of the challenge is for the students to listen, research and learn on their chosen instruments. Link
  • They must also prepare a piece of their choice.

School Counsellor

I’ve had a great couple weeks getting to know the students and families here at ANI. I’ve had the chance to talk to all the classes about what counselling is and how it can help us in times of challenge. Thank you to all the students who listened to my class presentations on counselling last week, there were some awesome questions and it was wonderful to learn more about you all and what’s important to you. Also a big thanks to all the families I met during the Meet the Teacher evening earlier this week, you’ve all been so welcoming and interested in learning more about counselling.

Here is a link to the slides I used to explain counselling to the students – please feel free to view if you would like further information.

As always, you are more than welcome to get in touch if you have any questions or just want to chat: counsellor@ani.school.nz.

Chloe Moore

ANI School Counsellor

PTA News

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. 

The main planned events for term 1 are:

Monday 26 February – PTA AGM Wine & Cheese Evening from 6pm – 7pm:

We will be voting to elect officers and new members are very welcome.

Thursday 14th March – St Patrick’s Themed Social:

Monday 8 until Friday 12 April – Mufti Week:

PTA help required

Luke Barnard

ANI PTA Chairperson

Korean and Chinese Summary

Korean Summary

교장 선생님의 메시지

첫 학기는 학생들을 환영하고, 새 학년을 준비하며, 성취를 축하하는 일들로 잘 진행되고 있습니다. 학부모들은 일련의 활동에 참여하도록 초대되었습니다.

학교는 두 번의 전체 학교 조회를 가졌습니다. 하나는 읽기 및 쓰기에 관한 것이고 다른 하나는 축하 어셈블리입니다. 20학년 Renee 학생이 올해 첫 번째 교장상을 수상했습니다.

친애하는 학부모님, 학교의 성공적인 시작을 위해 지원해 주셔서 진심으로 감사드립니다. 학생들은 행복하며 학생들이 정시에 학교에 오도록 하고, 올바른 교복을 입고, 학습 도구를 갖추도록 하기 위한 여러분의 노력은 매우 중요합니다. 학생들에 대한 저의 기대는 이제 아이들이 숙제를 포함한 학습에 완전히 참여할 수 있다는 것입니다. 학습 과제에 과부하가 걸려서는 안 되지만, 우리 학생들은 대부분 저녁 시간에 학습 과제를 하게 될 것으로 기대합니다.

부모는 자녀를 지원하고, 상호 작용하고, 자녀의 학교 학습에 관심을 갖고, 자녀의 성취와 학교에서 문제나 어려움이 있는지 물어보아야 합니다. 우려사항이나 우려 사항이 있는 경우 학교에 문의하시기 바랍니다. 자녀의 담임 교사가 첫 번째 연락 지점입니다.

올해에는 일본과 사모아에 두 번의 해외 학생 학습 기회를 제공할 예정입니다. 여행의 초점은 학생들에게 다양한 문화에 참여하고 뉴질랜드 문화를 홍보하며 글로벌 커뮤니티에 서비스를 제공할 수 있는 기회를 제공하는 것입니다. 2주 후에 설명회를 개최할 예정입니다. 자녀가 관심이 있다면 정보를 확인하도록 상기시켜 주십시오. 여행은 3학기 말과 방학 동안 진행됩니다.

ANI의 우선순위는 학생들이 학교에 대한 소속감을 느끼고 자신과 다른 사람의 발전에 기여할 수 있도록 하는 것입니다.

교장 : Jason Pocock 씨

Chinese Summary








校长: Mr Jason Pocock


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