3rd May 2024 NEWSLETTER

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In today’s newsletter we have the following:

● Senior Leadership Team
Student Achievement
● ANI Community

Senior Leadership Team

Principal News

Kia ora e te whānau 

Mā te whakarongo, ka mōhio, mā te mōhio, ka mārama, mā te mārama, ka matau, mā te matau, ka ora.

The whakatauki identifies the pathway from listening, knowledge, understanding, wisdom and finally wellbeing. As we start term 2 I think it is an apt focus, for our students who have now had at least a term of being in our kura and I would like to think that they have listened and been exposed to some amazing information or experiences.

With these experiences they should be starting to create an understanding of how it fits in their context, and with this, they will feel confident about their place in the world and their place to stand up for what they believe in.

Term 1 was a great start to the year with many experiences ensuring that our students’ kete of skills has been increased. Now it is a time to use these skills in the context appropriate to the student. As whānau you could support this process by asking questions like:

  • What did you learn today? 
  • How does this help you?
  • What other contexts could you use for this learning experience? 
  • Has it changed your mind about previous beliefs?

Remember as our students learn and get more confidence in answering these questions they will get better at answering them, so be patient and expect them to have an appropriate answer (not just a grunt).

I do want to update you on important things. Our Board Of Trustees elections have started and you should have received a voting pack. I know you get asked to do many things, however, as a kura we do need a strong parent representative group (BOT). This ensures we are governed under the culture that our community expects so if you can take some time to think about the people that you believe would represent our community views in our kura and vote, that would be much appreciated. Voting closes on 17 May at 4.00pm.

You would have seen that we have started using Kindo as our online payment platform. I know most of our local primary schools also use this platform and I believe it will make your life easier to have access to this platform. If you are not sure what to do, please jump onto our website. 

In terms of student activities, term 2 is a busy one. With organisation and practices starting for both our school production (Adams Family) and for AIMs. We also have our school cross country set down for week 6, and our year 8 Market Day set down for 20 June. 

By the end of this term you as whānau and the students will receive their half-yearly reports (24 June) and will have the ability to attend their child’s student-led conference (3 July). These are really important opportunities to connect and ensure that everyone is on the same page in terms of supporting the student to be the best person they can be. 

This week in our assembly I talked about Dame Lisa Carrington (the most successful Olympian NZ has ever had). I discussed whether she turns up at the Olympic final just expecting to win a Gold medal. The response was no, she has to know that she has done everything to put herself in the best possible place to be successful. Some of the things that she does to be successful are:

  • Turn up to training ready to train (early and prepared) 
  • Have her kayak and paddle (all the things she needs to be successful in her training/racing) 
  • Her wellbeing is at the highest level, she is confident in her ability, she has connected with whānau and friends, she has done all her stretching and prehab and she has completed her training to the best of her ability

We then drew parallels between what she does to be ready for the Olympics and what we can do to be successful at school:

  • Be at school on time (maybe early so you can catch up with friends)
  • Have all appropriate equipment (Pens, books, your device) 
  • Ensure that you have had the right amount of sleep the night before and have food and water to ensure you have energy to get through the day
  • Complete your homework, review or preview your learning so that you can be ready for learning

The staff will be reinforcing these things with our students and I hope that you can also talk about the things you think they need to be successful. For me success is not determined by an extrinsic outcome but actually the intrinsic identification that I am the best version of myself. 

A big term ahead, please remember success happens through collaboration. Please get in touch if there is something you think that you are unsure of or that does not fit your expectations. 

Ngā mihi nui 

Jason Pocock

Tumuaki (Principal)

ANI Board - Parent Election 2024

At the close of nominations, 12 noon Friday 12 April we received 8 nominations for the 5 parent vacancies on the School Board.

Please see the candidate profiles on our Board of Trustees page (scroll halfway down), linked here.

Papers to vote electronically were distributed by email on Friday 19th April 2024. 

Parents without valid email addresses were mailed voting papers for a paper vote.

Voting closes at 4:00 PM Friday 17 May and results will be announced on Thursday 23 May.

ANI encourages all parents and caregivers to read the profiles and select the candidates that they wish to elect to the ANI Board of Trustees.

The new Board will take office on Friday 24 May 2024.


Deputy Principal’s News

Kia ora koutou and welcome to Term 2.

I hope you managed to have a great break and got the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends.The term began with our Year 7 Kauri team venturing up north to experience the Mangawhai Surf camp. I was lucky enough to spend Tuesday with our tamariki and teachers doing activities that included surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, coastal walking, sand surfing and beach games. In a truly beautiful setting right on the estuary, the camp is highlighted by students camping in teepee style tents, with both teams of campers having an awesome time in and out of the water, forming new friendships and bonding as a group. Many thanks to the parents who helped out, supporting both teachers and students. 

This term our focus is on “How we organise ourselves” and this was reiterated by the Leadership Team in assembly on Monday. As the number of activities, groups and sports are offered this term, it is vital that all students are prepared, informed and organised so they take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity that our kaiako continue to offer. 

The production team began full rehearsals this week and The Addams Family will be something spectacular to celebrate in Term 3. Next week we have a very special initiative beginning at ANI, having secured the talents of Marcus Winter, aka The Sandman. Marcus will work with all students in our kura to develop and create our story that is expressed through a visual medium. The Sandman is highly regarded and provides an exciting programme, we will formally welcome Marcus in our whakatau on Monday, along with our new students and teachers.

I look forward to meeting up with many of you during the term and if you are around school, do come and say hi. It’s always nice to put faces to the names of our tamariki. Enjoy your weekend whanau

Scott Boniface

Deputy Principal – Community

Kia ora koutou,

Our teachers are already starting to work hard on writing reports and we are excited to let you know that you can expect these at the end of the term. Reports will be shared digitally this year via the Hero platform. They will go live on Monday 24th June so if you haven’t yet had a chance to get this up and running, it is important to now make sure you have access in time for viewing student reports.

As part of our assessment and reporting process, we will be holding student led conferences in the last week of this term. This is a chance for your young person to take you through their learning over this first half of the year and set new learning goals. Our student led conferences will be held on Wednesday 3rd July from 11am – 7pm. Bookings for these will be opened later in the term on Hero, so watch out for future updates.

2024 International Competitions for Schools (ICAS)

ANI is offering to administer the ICAS exams again in 2024, here at school. The ICAS exams school competitions, organised by Educational Assessment Australia of the University of New South Wales, will be held at ANI in Term 3.

This is an optional Assessment exam for students to take part in. The closing date for entries to the ICAS exams is Friday 5th July.  We cannot accept any entries later than this date.  

The aims of the competition are to:

  • Promote higher-order thinking, problem-solving skills and attain greater academic success
  • Motivate, stimulate and challenge students to think beyond the classroom
  • Provide students and parents with a comprehensive analysis of performance
  • Give students an opportunity to practise exam techniques, recognise and reward excellence

Please see more information linked here

Ashley Triana

Deputy Principal – Curriculum

Dia daoibh gach duine,

Values Consultation

This term, we move into some exciting territory where we look to delve a little deeper into some consultation and begin exploring some ways to embed new values into the way we teach, learn, live and celebrate at ANI. The construction of a School Wide Positive Behaviour Design Team which will have voice from staff (both teaching and support) and student leaders, will aim to unpack how we will go about this.

The next stage of community consultation will be engaging with members of our community who will help us unpack what these draft values could look like, sound like and feel like at ANI while also bringing the valued perspective of our diverse communities.

Stay tuned!

Kieran Gleeson

Deputy Principal – Personnel

A message from our Y8 Dean

Kia ora whānau,

I’m Alice O’Sullivan and in my role as Year 8 Dean I am responsible for transitions for our Year 8 students to their high schools. 

Each High School decides how they complete their welcome and enrolment process and many of the local high schools have started hosting opportunities for students and whānau to visit.

This is a very exciting time for our students as they take the first step into a new chapter.

Responsibility for enrolling students into High School lies solely with the parents and caregivers of the child. Please contact the High School directly with any queries around open days/evenings and enrolments. The High School websites are will contain the information about enrolments including out of zone ballots. ANI is not responsible for student enrolment to 2025 High Schools.

Below are some key dates from some of our surrounding high schools.

Mount Albert Grammar School

Information evening evening – 7pm, Tuesday 14 May

Mount Roskill Grammar School

Open Day – Thursday 23rd May.

Epsom Girls Grammar School

Home Zone and Out of Zone applications for 2025 will open on 13th June.

Auckland Boys Grammar School

Form 3 Parents’ Information Evening – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, 23rd October 

Online Applications for the 2025 Out of Zone Ballot will be available from Wednesday 12th June.

ANI will support students with transition to High School with most activities taking place in Term 4, including sharing important information with High Schools to ensure students have the best possible start. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself.

Ngā mihi nui,

Alice O’Sullivan (Email: aosullivan@ani.school.nz

Room 16 Teacher/kaiako

Year 8 Dean

Kindo Announcement

We are now online with myKindo!

Great news! All school payments can now be made in one place with a myKindo account.

For personalised payments you can choose to make a part-payment or pay for the item in full.

You can order and pay for school items anywhere, anytime.

It’s easy, convenient, open 24/7, and you can order in advance!

Simply enter in the same email address your school has on file.

  • New to myKindo? Use the QR Code below or go to https://shop.tgcl.co.nz to set up your myKindo

  • Already have an ezlunch or myKindo account? Use the QR Code below or go to https://shop.tgcl.co.nz.
    Go to the ‘my details’ page to update your information and your child(ren)’s details.



Choose complete setup (if needed) to access your personalised account.

Need Assistance?

Our helpdesk is open 8am – 4pm weekdays

hello@mykindo.co.nz or 0505 454 636 

knowledge base on line: support.mykindo.co.nz

BYOD devices

Our vision at ANI is to create 21st century learners. Our students are growing up in a digital society and in order for them to be fully equipped and confident in a future economy, we offer a digital-based curriculum. We highly recommend that students have their own device and bring it to school every day so that their learning is not interrupted.

Constant access to the internet and easy access to Google Apps Suite will enable your young person to more easily participate in all areas of learning. The school network is open, meaning any wifi enabled device will be able to connect.

A device with a keyboard is preferable and our recommended device is a chromebook or laptop.



All day-to-day information, events and updates will be communicated to you through Hero.

The school newsletter (published fortnightly) and any other notices will all be sent to you via the Hero App. This app can also be used to report an absence.

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 Leaders



Hi, my name is Zoe. 

I am a proud student of Auckland Normal Intermediate. My Teacher is the amazing Mr.Huston. I am very excited to be a student leader this year and for all the upcoming projects we will be running.

Some of my hobbies are Sport, Tennis,( I LOVE IT ) Hanging out with friends, Camping, and traveling.

I am looking forward to making a difference at ANI.





Hello, my name is Angelina and I am from China.

I’m in room 5 with Mr Ng and my ILE teacher is Mrs Chowdury.

My hobbies are playing netball, water polo and hanging out with my friends.

I wanted to be a student leader for ANI because I want to make people feel welcome and make ANI a better place.

If you see me at school, feel free to say hello.



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

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

Some hobbies that I enjoy are football, cricket, rugby, waterpolo, golf and tennis.

I am privileged to be a leader at ANI and I look forward to what still has to come this year.



I’m Awais and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent ANI as one of the enthusiastic student leaders and Head Students this year! 

I am very passionate about being a leader at ANI because it allows me to inspire and encourage everyone around me, while helping me develop important skills.

I am originally from Pakistan but have been in New Zealand for more than 10 years. In school, I am in Room 4 with Mrs Chowdhury.

Alongside academics, My hobbies are, playing Sports such as Cricket, Football, badminton, table tennis, and much more. I also love spending time with my friends and family and captivating myself with an interesting spec of technology.

I am very passionate about public speaking, inspiring and encouraging others to step out of their comfort zones. Working alongside this amazing team of bright student leaders has helped me develop many valuable skills and taught me many things. I cannot wait for what is in store for this exciting year as a leader in ANI. If you have any ideas, suggestions or worries feel free to talk to me.


Adopt – A – Park

On Tuesday, May 14th, our Sustainability Leaders will embark on a rewarding venture to Windmill Park, our local park adopted by ANI. In collaboration with Auckland Council Parks’ Adopt-A-Park scheme, they will plant 100 native trees.

This hands-on experience offers a valuable opportunity for our leaders to grasp the importance of native trees in enhancing our local parks’ ecological health and resilience.

Litterless Lunch Boxes

At ANI, we promote the use of litterless lunch boxes among our ākonga. Embracing this practice brings numerous advantages when it comes to providing lunch for your young ones.

It contributes to a cleaner school environment with reduced waste and litter, encourages healthier eating habits by minimising the consumption of packaged snacks like chips and biscuits, and also presents a more economical lunch option.

As our Garden to Table scheme takes root, we envision offering ākonga the opportunity to compost their organic waste, further enhancing our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.       

We hope you’ll join us in supporting this project


Garden to Table

Kia ora community – we are looking to create our own garden in line with the Garden to table programme. This powerful kaupapa aims to empower tamariki to grow, harvest, prepare and share great food.

The aim is to deliver, embed and sustain impactful food education through a curriculum-linked programme, taking learning out of the classroom and providing opportunities for all tamariki to grow and cook their own fresh, seasonal and environmentally sustainable kai.


In order for us to establish Garden to Table with our students, we are asking for help in sourcing the following items. You may know of, or have contacts in businesses or providers that could assist or partner with us to deliver this at ANI. The following list are items that we would be very grateful to receive:

  • Garden Shed
  • Soil/compost/mulch
  • Old tyres for planting plants
  • Plastic seedling trays/pots/containers
  • Treated timber for building raised beds
  • Gardening tools e.g spades, shovels, rakes, large fork, hand trowels/forks, secateurs
  • Gloves and aprons
  • Stakes/bamboo poles
  • PVC piping/joiners/brackets
  • Water butt
  • Buckets
  • Watering cans
  • Composting bins
  • Wooden pallets
  • Garden tie wire/ties
  • Galvanized screws and nails
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Wire Netting for climbing plants
  • Old bath for planting/womery
  • Birdbath
  • Wheelbarrow/s
  • Brackets/timber for shelving inside the shed
  • Anything that can be upcycled for our garden space
  • Seeds, seedlings, herbs or fruit trees
  • Donations to pay it forward. See our school Kindo page for more details

If you are able to help us with any of the items above, or have other suggestions and/or are willing to help, please contact the sustainability team:

Nicola Redshaw nredshaw@ani.school.nz

Cynthia Montesinos cmontesinos@ani.school.nz

Many thanks for your support – it is much appreciated


This year started with a hiss and a roar in Hub Toi visual arts with both the year 7s and 8s making some beautiful vibrant pieces!

The year 7’s created their own perzines (small, handmade mini “books” that are easily reproduced and that were all about themselves!) They also created abstract paintings using the squeegee painting technique and drawing into the paint with zentangle patterns using indian ink. The year 8s did a weaving unit, creating weaved portraits, as well as making a collaborative piece inspired by the psychedelic artist Jen Stark. Keep an eye out for drips appearing around the school!

I am excited to be doing more painting with the year 7s and looking at positive and negative space. The year 8s will be inspired by a New Zealand artist Susan Haywood, they will create their own pieces incorporating linocut prints of native NZ birds. I can’t wait to see what our talented students produce this term!

Emma Purchase

Arts teacher



For information on the following sports please click on the links:

Table tennis: linked here

Lacrosse: linked here

Gymnastics: linked here

Central Zones:

We have CZ Futsal coming up next week with our boys competing on Monday 6 May and our girls on Friday 10 May! 

In week 3 we have CZ Waterpolo on Wednedsay 15 May and CZ Rugby on Thursday 16 May.

CZ Football, Hockey and Table Tennis are later in the term. (see Upcoming Events). 

ANI Cross Country is scheduled for Week 6 on Friday 7 June.

AIMS squads (extended teams) will be selected at the end of week 3 and final teams selected by the end of term.

AIMS individual players will receive more information soon. They need to fill in this google form to be considered for trial and/or entry: linked here.

Auckland Blues:

Since the visit from the Auckland Blues we have been invited to take part in several events that are wonderful opportunities for our students:

  1. Captains Run: Next Friday 10 May 20 of our lucky students will attend the Auckland Blues Captain’s run at Eden Park.
  2. nib $10k Relay: 10 school teams compete in a half-time relay race during the Blues vs Hurricanes match, on Saturday 11th May 2024 at Eden Park. The winning team will take home $10,000 for their school or club. 

The Blues are also launching their annual Boot collection campaign, called Blues Best Foot Forward. This year it will be in collaboration with a local charity call ‘Boot IT’.

ANI has been invited to take part and we have a collection point in reception.

This campaign gives equal opportunity to children who go without, giving them boots to play in.

Please support this initiative by donating any spare boots you may have or have grown out of.

Xavier Rice

Sports Coordinator



School Counsellor

It’s been great to see so many students and families making use of our counselling services at ANI – we’ve received such high demand that we’ve recruited another counsellor to join our team. So here we’ll introduce Anna, our counsellor-in-training. 

Anna MacLeod  

Tēnā koutou, ko Anna MacLeod toku ingoa. I’m delighted to be joining ANI as a counsellor-in-training. I am currently completing the Masters of Counselling programme at The University of Auckland and will be providing counselling for students at ANI for the rest of the year. 

I am a registered teacher, completing the Grad Dip Teaching in 2012. I grew up in Dunedin and have been in Auckland for the last 14 years, via two years overseas and seven years in Wellington. I love visiting the South Island with my family, but think I have to call Auckland home now!

I have two sons aged 13 and 7 and live in Mount Albert / Ōwairaka. My eldest has just started his first year of high school and my youngest is in year 3. 

In my time aside from work and study, I love to take our dog for walks around the local maunga with my family. I’ve also recently taken up tennis –  learning a new skill as an adult is quite challenging, but I’m really enjoying it. 

I’m excited to be on the journey to becoming a counsellor and I’m looking forward to meeting the community of ANI over the coming year! 

Anna will be supervised by our senior counsellor Chloe, her professors at The University of Auckland and another, fully qualified counsellor outside of the school. This ensures she is very well supported by a wonderful team, so she can confidently provide excellent counselling services.

If you would like to get in touch with Anna or Chloe, please email counsellor@ani.school.nz.

ANI Community


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 2 are:

Tuesday 14 May – PTA Meeting 6pm

Friday 17 May – Chocolate Fundraiser begins

Mon 17 June – PTA Meeting 6pm

Mon 24 June – Chocolate Prize giving Assembly

Thurs 27 June – Matariki Disco

Luke Barnard

ANI PTA Chairperson

Upcoming events for Term 2

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