Kapa Kahui 2
In today’s newsletter we have the following:

Senior Leadership Team

Principal News

Dear Parents and Whānau,

He waka eke noa (we are all in this canoe together) 

Wow! Wow! Wow!

It’s hard to explain and or describe the pride I had as I reflect on the 2024 Kapa Kahui that was held at ANI on Thursday 4 April. From the staff that led the organisation (led by Matua Steve, Steven Van Nes) on the day, to the kids that acted as liaisons and kaiārahi who were amazing ambassadors for our school and what we do. Finally, our Kapa Haka group who started off by singing a waiata for over 10 minutes during the mihi whakatau, welcoming the other participants to their rousing performance that finished off the night. We as a community can be rightfully proud of the growth and development that these 140 students have shown over this initial term. They exhibit everything that we value, respect, resilience, teamwork and working hard. If you missed it we did have professional videographers take footage and this video will be made available as soon as it gets cleaned up.


We are heading to the end of term one and I wanted to thank whānau for the continued support. The students of Auckland Normal Intermediate are very lucky to have such a supportive and engaged community group. I also wanted to identify a couple of key developments. You will be aware that we have been using the hero app as our means of communication. We have been getting good feedback around this and hope that all whānau have the app on their relevant device and that you are receiving notifications of appropriate information. Also, a reminder that you can use the hero app to let us know of your child’s absence, we encourage you to use this rather than ringing the school if your child will be away. We are also about to start the use of Kindo as our financial interface (how you can pay for things). Many of you will be well aware of Kindo through your experiences at our local primary schools and we are excited about how much easier it will be for our community to pay for activities and products available from our school. Also as we head to the break I encourage you to find some time to sit down and chat with your child about how school is going. The successes, the challenges and maybe what habits they want to establish as they start next term, in particular around their learning. We know that this engagement supports greater achievement for students.  

I also want to remind you of the opportunities that our students have to travel overseas in term 3. They have the option of Samoa, Japan or Sydney. If these trips are of interest see linked here. We do value these trips that help create global citizens and connect us with students and schools of other parts of the world. 

Lastly, I do want to draw your attention to the Thursday of the second week of the holidays. April 25 is an important day for all New Zealanders to reflect on many things. But in particular, the freedoms that we are allowed because of the actions of our forebears who fought for the rights and opportunities that we are afforded because we live in Aotearoa. I do encourage you to speak to your children about what the day might mean for them and you. Whatever your culture, it is a day for remembrance and being grateful.

Ngā mihi nui e te whānau 

Jason Pocock 

Tumuaki ANI 

ANI Board Parent Election 2024

Board Elections Update

On Sunday 24 March, parents and caregivers will have received nominations for the ANI parent election 2024. A reminder will be sent today and nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 12 April 2024.

If there are more nominations than vacancies for Parent Representatives, eligible voters will be sent Voting Papers and Candidate’s Statements (where provided) by Friday 19th April 2024 via email where valid email addresses are available or by post where there is no valid email address.

Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 17 May 2024. As per statutory requirements, vote counting will commence on Thursday 23rd May 2024. The highest polling candidate(s) will be elected to the School Board. The results of the election will be published in the school newsletter.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer

CES – Web www.cessl.org.nz

Deputy Principal’s News

Kia ora from Scott, Ashley & Kieran,

Kapa Kahui comes to ANI

Kia ora koutou

On Thursday 4th April, our local kura congregated at Te Ipukura o Mataaho – Auckland Normal Intermediate, to perform and celebrate in style.

Kapa Kāhui is a culmination of the collaboration between Auckland Central Community of Schools (ACCoS) Kāhui Ako and 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 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.

This provided kura an opportunity to express their school’s commitment to their Te Ao journey through Kapa Haka and celebrate whanaungatanga with each of our schools and communities. Over 550 students took to the stage over the afternoon and were well received by a passionate audience. The wairua was ignited by the  passion and dedication of our tamariki embodied the whakatauki “Manu Tukutuku, ma te Huruhuru ka Rere te Manu” – meaning “Empowering learners to soar”. 

Whanau shared kai and stories throughout the day, with all performers receiving a free sausage sizzle for their efforts. 

As the hosting kura, we want to thank everyone for their attendance, efforts and support that you demonstrated toward our amazing tamariki, kaiako and helpers. The event was a huge success and as we hand the Kohatu Mauri (God Stone) to Cornwall Park School, we look forward to visiting their kura next year to continue this proud tradition. 

Ngā mihi nui

Scott Boniface, Ashley Triana and Kieran Gleeson

ANI Deputy Principals


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

Curriculum Corner

ANI’s first German Language Week

Wednesday 3rd April was German language day and we had heaps of fun playing a sport that originated in Germany: Handball! The handball house tournament has been a big success so far and will continue through to Wednesday week 11. We even had a visitor who used to play for the New Zealand National Handball team: Gaston Fuso was our referee for the day! 

We also learned some German words and phrases throughout the week and joined in on the EP German Challenge. The amazing German Club led a fun assembly leading up to German language week and therefore got to enjoy some well-deserved, tasty ‘Brezeln’! 

For all those who want to experience more German food, there are recipes on the German Google Classroom that you can try at home!

Selina Striebich

Teacher in Charge of German Club



This week some of our Sustainability Leaders volunteered their time to clean up the school grounds.

They collected 8 buckets full of rubbish. 

Well done too: Chantelle Rm2, Aarohi Rm19, Fatima Rm6, Andy Rm7, Anh Rm7, Harshni Rm28, Saanvi Rm28 and Hiba Rm6.

Ngā mihi,

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


School Production – Assistance needed!!!


Intermediate Invitational Tournament

What a day of sports!
5 teams participated at Dilworth for the Intermediate Invitational Tournament:
2 x rippa teams
1 x basketball team
2 x football teams
All children played well, with respect and pride of the sport they were competing in.
Basketball came 4th, rippa came 6th and 8th and ANI football team 2 came 5th and ANI football team 1 came first!
A special shout out to Matthew B who won MVP for the day.
A great day was had by all and I’m sure this is only the start of the golden age of sport for ANI. 
Sam Carutthers
Teacher in Charge of IIT

Tag Central Zones – Recap (Girls came SECOND PLACE!)

Mr Tuialii and Mr Rice had the pleasure of taking two fantastic Tag teams down to Grey Lynn Park on Monday. Battling all of the Auckland weather – sun, rain, wind, more rain and finishing with some sun – we had a great day.

The boys had a tough first couple of hitouts in the rain, however, demonstrated excitement, tenacity and resilience throughout the day. Dane and Toby had their experience on show, while Gunnar and Elliot shone through for the year 7’s with their incredible footwork and intent! They finished a solid 8th place. 

The girls went from strength to STRENGTH! Some of the most talented students I have seen at ANI and wowee it was fantastic to watch! Havana brought her dancing shoes, Gemma brought for sprinting spikes and the magic Aila went supersonic! The girls were by far the fitter, more agile, smarter and more aggressive team, leaving them with 3 wins and one draw heading into the final against Mt Roskill. Unfortunately for us, the Mt Roskill (Cook Island National Rep team) had too much experience for the girls. A very solid and exciting 2nd place! WOO! 

Xavier Rice

Sports Coordinator

Sports Updates:

  • Basketball trials are coming to a close! 100 athletes signed up. ANI will be entering 5 competitive teams and running a weekly social league for those who are not selected but want to play ball! Shot Mr Ng!
  • CZ Futsal trials – Miss Bello and Miss Dillon wrangled over 100 futsal players for the CZ teams in early term 2. They were able to see some potential talent for AIMS as well!
  • Dilworth exchange – Today we will took four select teams to Dilworth to compete in a sports exchange. As this is only boys – we are lining up an all-girls sports exchange for the middle of term 2!
  • Girls Football trials – underway with Mr G!
  • ARL Tag – We will take two teams down to Cornwall Park next Thursday for another Tag competition!
  • Waterpolo has come along swimmingly (good joke Mr Rice)… Ramping up and excited for games to begin in term 2!
  • Distance squad continues to get record numbers. Please ensure you are only sending your child if their fitness level is adequate to run 3km non-stop
  • Table Tennis – there will be a table tennis demonstration in the coming weeks during school time – more info to come!
  • Exciting sports property on the horizon with new equipment available including much-needed futsal balls!!
  • Netball trials – what an absolute beast that was! Miss Hughes and co have finally concluded all trials, with teams to come out in due course.

Xavier Rice

Sports Coordinator


If you coach a team from Year 1 through to Year 8 and would like more information, tips and guidance for coaching your team this season please come along to one of our Junior Coach Workshops.

Sessions cover game format, coaching skills, communication and feedback, roles on game night, and extras depending on the age group you are working with. 



Mon 15th April – Year 7 & 8 Workshop @ St Johns

Mon 22nd April – Year 1 – 8 Workshop @ Mount Eden


St Johns – 7 Allison Ferguson Drive

Mount Eden – 48 Windmill Road

Time: 6-7.30pm

Cost: Yr 1-4: FREE, Yr 5-8: $25


Please register using the button below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Shante at: coachdevelopment@aucklandnetball.co.nz


Introducing our Deans

We want to take a moment to shed light on the role we play as Deans within our ANI school community. Our team of Deans are made up of: 


Our primary objectives are to foster a supportive and enriching academic environment for our students, lead behaviour management and empower our teachers to have ownership of behaviour that is happening in class and across the school.

Whether it’s offering guidance, resolving conflicts or providing a listening ear during challenging times, we play a vital role in nurturing a positive and inclusive school culture. We work closely with all staff including our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Candice Etzine and Counsellor, Chloe Moore.

We are problem solvers, cheerleaders and mentors rolled into one! 

Our contact details are

Saasha Jolley Year 7 Dean: sjolley@ani.school.nz 

Alice O’Sullivan Year 8 Dean: aosullivan@ani.school.nz 

Nick Houston Assistant Dean: nhouston@ani.school.nz 

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact their classroom teacher first.

School Counsellor

Everyone has moments when they feel not-so-confident, and that’s okay! Starting a new school, making new friends, and trying a new sport can all test our confidence.

Below are a few tips on how to help children and teens understand and develop confidence. As always, take what resonates for your family, and leave behind what doesn’t.

Explain what confidence is for you and other people:

  • Confidence is a complex feeling – involving many parts: resilience, self-assurance, connectedness, optimism, trust in yourself, problem-solving and risk-taking, as examples.
  • Confidence is not: arrogance, being perfect, burying your emotions or pretending you’re feeling fine. Confidence is also not constant – everyone has moments when they don’t feel confident and that’s okay. Anxiety and courage always go together, when you’re feeling anxious, it’s a sign that you’re about to do something really brave.

Model confidence:

  • How you talk about yourself around your kids hugely influences the ways they learn to talk about themselves.
  • Practice positive self-talk, surround yourself with positive people, and avoid overly self-critical comments and comparing yourself to others.
  • Treat yourself with kindness and take care of your physical and mental health. Face your fears and try new things and reflect on your achievements, strengths, and talents.

Reflect on your child’s moments of confidence:

  • When children demonstrate confidence, make sure to recognize and celebrate it! Demonstrating confidence can include trying something new, showing effort and persistence, and having a positive attitude about making mistakes.
  • Focus not only on positive outcomes but also on the process of reaching them.
  • Have open conversations about failure and mistakes. Don’t shield your teen from failure or panic when mistakes are made.

Chloe Moore

ANI School Counsellor

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 St Patrick’s Day social was a fantastic with a record turnout of students.

Another great example of the support we received from the PTA was yesterday during our Kapa Kāhui event where they assisted our staff to make the event a huge success.
Thank you so much, we appreciate your mahi.
The next PTA meeting will be held in the first week of term 2 on Thursday 2 May from 6 -7 pm.

Upcoming Events for the last week of 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:

교육위원회 경주: 학부모는 3월 24일에 2024년 교육위원회 지명에 대한 정보를 받았어야 하며, 지명 마감일은 4월 12일 금요일 오후 12시입니다. 지명자 수가 위원회에 필요한 학부모 대표 수를 초과하는 경우, 자격을 갖춘 모든 학부모는 4월 19일 금요일까지 이메일 또는 일반 우편을 통해 후보자 성명서 및 투표용지를 받게 됩니다. 선거는 5월 17일 금요일 오후 4시에 종료되며 개표는 5월 23일부터 시작됩니다. 가장 많은 표를 얻은 후보자가 학교 이사회에 선출됩니다. 결과는 학교 월간지에 게재됩니다.

커뮤니케이션: 부모님께서는 Hero 앱을 다운로드해 주세요. 모든 일일 학교 정보, 이벤트 및 업데이트는 이 앱을 통해 전달됩니다. 이것은 또한 부재를 신고하는 가장 효율적인 방법이기도 합니다. 학교에 긴급상황이 발생하면 Hero를 통해 알려드립니다. 그러니 가능한 한 빨리 이 앱을 설치하시기 바랍니다.


농구 – 학교에는 연습하고 경쟁하는 5개의 경쟁 팀이 있습니다. 선발되지는 않았지만 경쟁하고 싶은 학생들을 위한 주간 소셜 리그도 있습니다.

수구 – 선발된 선수들은 다음 학기에 경쟁하기를 기대합니다.

장거리 달리기 팀의 수가 계속해서 새로운 최고치를 기록하고 있습니다. 자녀가 3km를 연속으로 달릴 수 있는지 확인하십시오.

탁구 – 앞으로 몇 주 안에 더 많은 정보가 제공될 예정입니다.

넷볼 예선이 종료되었으며 다음 학기에 대회가 시작됩니다.

Please see below a summary in Chinese:

学校董事会竞选: 3月24日家长们应该已经收到2024学校董事会提名的信息,提名截止时间为4月12日星期五中午12点正。如果提名人数超过董事会家长代表需要的人数,星期五4月19日前所有有选举权的家长会通过电邮或普通邮件收到候选人的陈述及选票单。选举5月17日星期五下午4点结束,5月23日开始点票。得票多的候选人当选为学校的董事会。结果会在学校月刊公布。



篮球 – 学校将有5个竞赛队进行训练和比赛。并为那些未入选但想参加比赛的同学们每周举办一次社交联赛。

水球 – 入选的队员期盼下学期的比赛


乒乓球 – 未来几周会有更多信息推出



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