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Dearest reader, 

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to The ANI Guild!

Here a group of dedicated journalists, editors, photographers and presenters have joined forces to bring you the news at ANI in all its glory.

We are so lucky to be part of a community that is filled with talented, hard-working individuals who have so much to offer. From academics to extracurricular activities, ANI is a bustling school.

For our first issue we bring you values-led learning, What’s On at ANI and our first ever ANI 8. I’m excited for this journey that our students are about to embark on and I cannot wait to see what our young people achieve! 

Signing out, 

Faiza Chowdhury

Editor in Chief

In today’s ANI Guild we have the following:

Modern Learning

Are Schools Prepared For The New Generation?

The year 2024. The rise of a new generation.

As our knowledge expands over the years, so does our way of thinking. It’s in our nature to learn and evolve, to try and be the best we can be. We call this a growth mindset.

In the year 2024, the real world is becoming harder to cope with; with cases of inflation, tax increase, rent and the cost of houses increasing and job opportunities becoming scarce. An important question is settling into people: What’s it going to be like for the next generation?

School is a place where children can prepare for the real world, and learn essential skills that will help them along the way. However, the world is ever-changing, which means that schools have to change their way of teaching. Skills like cursive handwriting aren’t going to help in a world where technology is key. Changing our way of teaching will be a key decision for the next generation’s future.

Change is a big thing, which is why we are changing our school values to align with what we as a school find important. There will be lots of planning and thought about this topic and how this will help us grow, but when we do, we will be better for it. Decisions like this are hard, especially the ones that affect our future. It’s safer to be old-school, safer to be normal, safer to go the same way we always have. But is it? Normal just isn’t going to cut it.


As students of ANI, we look forward to the changes in our learning that will help us in our future. Helping students to adapt to the new world will be a key part in our education which schools need to prepare for.

By Kushaell Roshaan P

Discover ANI's Diverse Extracurricular Activities

ANI offers a world of opportunities with engaging extracurricular activities! Whether you’re into new clubs or old favorites, there’s something for everyone.

Unleash your creativity with the Improv Club, led by Ms. Wood. Our first session was a huge success and we can’t wait to see what you bring to the table. With fun improvisation games and a chance to make new friends, it’s the perfect way to spend your lunchtime every Monday.

Yarn Club is a delightful place for those seeking a laid-back and cozy environment to unwind and relax. Managed by the lovely Ms. Franich, this club offers a great opportunity to work on your knitting or crocheting projects while enjoying a friendly conversation with like-minded people. Whether you’re looking to de-stress after a long day at school or simply take a break from the hectic routine of daily life, Yarn Club is the perfect spot to rejuvenate your mind and soul.

Get your game on with the ANI Chess Club! Mrs Montesinos is back to lead the club again this year and we’re excited to see the competition heat up. It’s a great way to improve your strategic thinking and meet new people. 

Music lovers will be thrilled to hear that our choirs, rock bands, and orchestra are all kicking off this year. With Ms Purchase, Ms Smith, and other talented teachers, you’ll have a chance to sing or play together with others and create something amazing. 

Don’t forget about our amazing language clubs! The German club and Japanese club have returned again this year. They are a great way to start learning a new language, although our Year 7s are already learning Japanese as a regular subject.


Join the Sustainability club led by Mrs Montesinos and Ms Redshaw to explore nature, meet the bees living in our school’s beehive, and learn about sustainability practices. Connect with like-minded individuals and embark on a fun and informative journey towards making a positive impact on the world.

In addition to the numerous extracurricular activities available at ANI, the school also provides a diverse range of sporting activities for its students to participate in. These activities are regularly announced in the daily notices, so keep an eye out for them. Whether you’re into team sports like basketball and football or prefer individual pursuits such as tennis and badminton, ANI has something to offer for everyone. So, be sure to check the notices regularly and join in on the fun!

By William F

Edited by Avni B


The ANI 8: 8 questions. 1 student. 1 staff member. Heaps of fun!

Mrs Brodie and Awais S

Our first episode of the ANI 8 linked here

Mr Wilson and Aariz A

The show must go on ….. linked here


Meet the press!

Ayesha S

Hi my name is Ayesha S and I am 12 years old. I am a year 8 student and this is my first year at ANI. During my primary school years I have studied in multiple schools, this helped me gain wider exposure to different school values and environments. I have 2 younger sisters Sumaiya and Maria. 

I was born & bred in Saudi Arabia until I was 3yrs old then moved to Auckland. I enjoy playing sports. Some of my hobbies are arts and listening to music while working. 

My favourite colors are black, dark green and pastel shades. In my leisure time I love to read horror books, watch TV and spend time with my family. I am thrilled to be in the media team and can’t wait to interview the ANI family.

Awais S

Kia ora,

I’m Awais S and I am one of the student leaders and head boys at Auckland Normal Intermediate. I am originally from Pakistan, but most of my life has been spent in New Zealand.

For the ANI Guild, I am a presenter and I am very keen to work with staff and students at ANI. A few of my hobbies include playing cricket and many other sports including; football, badminton, softball, and much more.

I enjoy playing with my friends and eating all my favourite foods. I am thrilled to be taking on my role this year and working with this new team I have joined.

Thank you.

Kushaell Roshaan P

Hi, my name is Kushaell and I am in Year 7.

I’m excited to be part of the ANI Guild and I am looking forward to contributing as a journalist and presenter. I initiated the junior journalist club in my primary school and held the role as journalist and editor.

My key achievements include winning bronze in the Queen’s Commonwealth writing competition in 2022 and the Lions Club Citizenship award in 2023. I enjoy reading and writing in my free time and what makes me happiest the most is playing with my cute little brother 😀!

Saisha C

Hi my name is Saisha C and I am so excited to be one of the ANI Guild presenters this year!

I am a year 8 student and am in room 4 with Miss Chowdhury. Some things that I like to do out of school are dancing, playing netball and seeing friends.

I live with my parents and younger brother. I was born in India but have moved around a lot ever since.

I can’t wait to spend more time getting to know the ANI whānau better!

Aariz A

I’m Aariz A, a student at Auckland Normal Intermediate and an active member of the ANI Guild.

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’m always up for diverse experiences that enrich my life and learning journey.

Sohum K

Hello everyone! My name is Sohum K 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.

Raafey U

I am Raafey, one of the photographers for ANI Guild 2024.

I like to do photography because I can capture beautiful moments and special memories in photos and videos. It allows me to share memories with friends and family.

I think photography runs in the family as my two uncles are professional photographers. One of them is based in the US and the other one is in Pakistan.

I have plans to do nature photography with my uncle in Pakistan during my next trip. I will learn photo and video editing skills too. In future, I want to become a Geologist and my photography skills will be helpful to collect data.

Russell Joshua H

Hi, my name is RJ and I love doing photography and interacting with others!

Photography is something I just started but it’s always a joy to go outside and take pictures of whatever I find.

I also just love interacting with others in and outside of school as I can make many friendships through them.

Examples such as joining clubs are what I think demonstrates interaction the most.


William F

Greetings, my name is William F, a proficient videographer working for ANI Guild and a year 8 student.

I have a deep-rooted interest in videography and am fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

During my leisure hours, I enjoy playing classical piano pieces and reading at my local library.

Avni B

Hello! I’m Avni B, a year 8 student at ANI this year. I’m in classroom 6, with my teacher being Mr. Houston.

I was born here in NZ but I’m from India and also lived half my life in Canada.

I’m thirteen years old and love reading. I also enjoy sketching! A cat person mostly, though dogs are good.

I’ve got a brother, two years younger than me and no other siblings. And…that’s about it!

I’m excited to have this new opportunity with the ANI Guild this year.

Yume F

Hi, my name is Yume. I am a year 7 at ANI and I am a part of this years media team: the ‘ANI Guild’.

I am so excited to be able to work with such an amazing group of people to do cool and interesting projects for ANI.

If I were to describe myself in 3 words, they would be strong, thoughtful, and weird. My hobbies are photography, gardening and art. I like sketching, finding skinks in the garden, and rock climbing.

I have a little sister called Nina and I love to watch movies while eating popcorn, and I am a neat freak! I am hoping to be a great help to this school and the rest of the ANI Guild team.

Snowey Y

Hi, my name is Snowey and I was born in Hong Kong but I’ve been living in New Zealand since I was 1.

I’m in Room 27 with Miss Dale. I like dancing and during my free time I like to go out and take some pictures.

I try to capture the beautiful moments and keep them as memories. I am very excited to be part of the ANI Guild this year. 

I like to take photos of ANI and show people how amazing the school is.

I would like to take this opportunity to improve my communication skills and connect with others.

Sophie Y

Hi, my name is Sophie Y. 

I’m 12 years old and in year 8 at Auckland Normal Intermediate.

I went to MENPS – Mt Eden Normal Primary School for primary and I was born and raised in New Zealand.

Maaz Z

Hello, I’m Maaz Z, originally from Pakistan but born in Kuwait.

In June 2017, my family and I relocated to New Zealand.

I have a keen interest in discussing cars and technology, with BMW being my preferred car brand overall.

Considering my affinity for technology, I find photography to be the perfect job for me.

Griffin C


Hi, I’m Griffin, one of the ANI Guild members.

I recently won the Ranfurly Cup for innovation in digital media at Three Kings Primary School.

I enjoy reading books, (especially science fiction and fantasy genres) playing video games and building Lego models in my spare time.

I also love playing many sports; including water polo, cricket and hockey. My favourite colours are electric blue, scarlet red and pitch black.

I hope that the collective work of The ANI Guild will inform you and support your interest in ANI. Welcome to our digital world!

Selene Q

Hi, my name is Selene and I’m a year seven currently in room 28. Three Kings School was my primary school and I used to be in the yearbook team too so that’s why I had such a big interest in ANI media.

I’m turning 12 this April and I was born and raised here but the rest of my family are from China. Me, my dad, mum, and my aunty live here but the rest of my family is now all in China.

I absolutely adore music, playing musical instruments, just anything to do with music in general. I also enjoy sports a lot, playing netball is also very important to me. I play GK and GA.

Personally, I love watching anime. Reading calms me down just like music does. Blue is my favourite colour, I can not tell you how many things I have in blue that’s in my room right now. Here is the big final thing that most people can not agree with me on; I believe that pineapples belong on pizza, if not then there wouldn’t be Hawaiian pizza it would just be plain old ham and cheese!

Leo S


Whispering, “Have you seen this guy?”

Hi there – I’m one of a few Leo’s – but the one and only Leo S!

My background is deep in music as I have been playing the piano since I was four and later the violin.

I love reading – and sometimes I read books on my Dad’s bookshelf.

I enjoy playing water polo, and I do orienteering – so I won’t get lost! I play lots of chess, beating Dad 59% of the time.

I am excited about the event-filled school year, and I am looking forward to contributing to the ANI Guild.

Maisoon A

Hello there! I am Maisoon and I LOVE reading. You can ask anybody who knows me and they will tell you that they hardly ever see me without my nose stuck in a book. I am a pretty random reader, I pick what I think may be interesting, so even if I have read a lot I probably don’t know what famous book you are talking about. 

Other peculiar facts about me that you would be surprised to know would be that I had been homeschooled! Yes, homeschooled, that means I was educated at home. I did go to kindergarten but I didn’t finish it and ANI is my first time going to school. I believe that homeschooling, if done the correct way, is better than going to school. Many would disagree with that, but homeschooling is part of who I am.

I like learning and experiencing new things and therefore had decided to try to be on the ANI Guild team for an exciting opportunity. See you around, please if you see me say hi!