News from the Acting Principal and Deputy Principal’s

              Shane Devery                                         Ashley Triana                                    Kieran Gleeson

             Acting Principal                             Acting Deputy Principal                 Acting Deputy Principal 

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

Tēnā koutou i ngā whānau o Te Ipu Kura o Matāaho

AIMS Games Update

The AIMS games are well underway and in full swing. Teams are training hard and students are making the most of their expectations in each sport. Some teams have more practice games organised before the commencement on Saturday 2 September, so good luck in your lead-up before you leave. We are looking forward to our next six weeks of getting ready and prepared for AIMS so everyone is in the best position to achieve at a high level and represent the school to the best of their ability.

Overseas Trips

We have our final parent evening on Wednesday 2 August in the school library at 6pm.  Each group (Cairns and Japan) will be going over a variety of items including passports, visa’s, spending money, expectations while the group is away, gear lists and what we will be doing before we leave for each destination. The teachers and students are looking forward to making some life-long memories and experiencing some new, interesting and exciting challenges. These groups will be leaving after the AIMS Games.

2023 International Competitions for Schools (ICAS)

Thanks to all parents who have contacted the school to enrol their child in one or more of the ICAS exams that the school is hosting. Our first exam will be Writing and held at school on Monday 7 August, followed by Digital Technology on Wednesday 9 August, English on Monday 14 August, Science Monday 21 August and finally Mathematics on Monday 28 August. More information will be provided to all students, including their tokens, logins and digital devices well before the exams are taken.  

Ngā mihi nui

Shane Devery (Acting Principal), Ashley Triana (Acting Deputy Principal) and Kieran Gleeson (Acting Deputy Principal) 

Student Congratulations

This week’s Principal’s Badges are awarded to these amazing students for their support of the school in a variety of areas. 

Regards Shane, Ashley and Kieran


SIP Abacus

We would like to congratulate Angela C who has won first place in an abacus competition in Auckland back in June, and participated in national finals last week. She has not won in the national finals but was only a few points near to the qualification benchmark. She was given 2 weeks to get the qualification to compete in Sri Lanka at the end of the year.

The event was organized by SIP Abacus, which is recognised worldwide. Their website is linked here.

Regards Shane, Ashley and Kieran

ANI PB4L Journey

Our PB4L journey is going to take a planned pause at this stage while the principal appointment process concludes. It will restart soon alongside the principal. Watch this space!


Each team leader prepares a team newsletter telling you what they are planning for the term ahead (Year 8 Matai/Rimu, Year 7 Totara/Kauri). 

In addition, the Specialist Team (Kowhai) will also send home a newsletter outlining events and activities in these specialist areas. 

These are uploaded to our website at the beginning of each term.

Epsom Girls Grammar Talk

Great to have our local Grammar school come to ANI, with some past students, to discuss the school in more detail and answer a myriad of questions.

AGS will visit later in August.

Chess Tournament Success!

Last Thursday 27 July was an amazing day for all the boys attending the Auckland regional chess tournament by Power Chess. Children from all schools showed a high standard of competition and it was touching to see some children bursting into tears or getting angry when losing a game while others jumped joyfully or celebrated quietly their winning game.

It was definitely a contrast of emotions and fast heartbeats, plus some tachycardias, but ANI boys showed their humbleness, courage, and brotherhood amidst each round. 

Great news to share that ANI team came 1st as the best school among all the intermediate schools making our school proud.

On top of that, five students got a gold medal as the best team qualifying for nationals which will take place in South Auckland.

Cynthia Montesinos

Teacher in Charge of Chess



AIMS is fast approaching with weekly training sessions taking off, the teams are really coming together. 

Things to complete for parents:

– ANI medical form/waiver 

– Fill in this form (if you have not already): linked here

– AIMS medical form/waiver (separate form required by AIMS): linked here

– Making payments for participants and opening ceremony

Account Number: 12 3048 0291429 00

– Reference: child’s name + room number

– Code: OPENC


– 9th August – team sports draws posted on AIMS website

– 10th August – latest for parents to enter the AIMS medical form

– 31st August – individual sports draws posted on AIMS website

– 2nd September – AIMS GAMES OPENS!

Weekly Sports:

– Netball – continues into their final term on Monday nights!

– Waterpolo – into their final round of games, looking to close out a strong year!

– Miniball – with one more team added to the ANI roster, ANI look to have another great Miniball term!

– Distance squad has continued growing in numbers and amping up for the school Cross Country

Central Zones Sports:

Upcoming this term:

8th August – Squash

11th August – Female Netball

17th August – Male Rugby League

21 August – Female Basketball

24th August – Cross Country

28th August – Male Basketball

2nd – 8th September – AIMS

19th September – Female Volleyball

21st September – Male Volleyball

ANI Cross Country: Wednesday the 9th August

Monday night weekly tournament:

The Monday night weekly tournament will now end on August 28th due to the first week being cancelled. 

It has been so wonderful to see so many students playing down at Windmill Park. We hope you have enjoyed the season. 

AIMS Netball:

AIMS Netball Squad has been training hard since Term 2. They are now working well as a team and have been working hard towards their individual goals. We can’t wait to take them down to Tauranga at the beginning of September. 

CZ Boys Netball:

The Year 7 and 8 Netball Boys battled it out at Windmill Park during Week 2 and their determination and sportsmanship was commendable. The Year 7’s came away in 4th place after seven round robin games. The Year 8’s came away in 10th place after coming up against some well-drilled schools. Ka pai!

CZ Girls Netball:

The Year 7 and 8 Netball Girls will have their CZ tournament on August 11th. 

We look forward to seeing how they all go. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Maddy Mitchell ( and Nick Houston (

ANI Needs Your Help:

Auckland Table Tennis are currently piloting an initiative called the Tables in Communities project and recently has decided to hold special giveaways to selected schools which need Table Tennis equipment.

As such, they would like to give Auckland Normal Intermediate the opportunity to participate in our special giveaway as part of this project: 

If Auckland Normal Intermediate reaches 250 player registrations by the end of August 2023, they will throw in the following extras along with the first Table Tennis table won:





The main information needed for a successful registration is player’s name, e-mail address and school. Click here for more information.

It is important that during the registration process, students enter “Auckland Normal Intermediate” or “ANI” in the field which states “Place of work/School” because this is the only way we can identify which registration belongs to which school. This will ensure that everyone who registers from ANI is included when we do a count back to see how many registrations each school has at the end of the month.

We recommend early completion of registrations on the “Seekapong” app to guarantee ANI to secure any of the equipment mentioned above.

We hope the Auckland Normal Intermediate whanau can participate in this special giveaway as the current indoor Table Tennis tables are falling apart and is unsafe to use.

PTA News

ANI Knowledge-Athon

The PTA have their last real big fundraiser in full motion and focusing on the Knowledge Athon.

Thanks to Luke Barnard, the current PTA chairperson, for motivating the students to raise money one last time this year at the last assembly. The proceeds will go back into teaching resources and Sports equipment for students so a great opportunity to get behind our last fundraiser of the year.

An extra incentive for students is to gather $40 or more and receive a fundraising badge as well as a top class and the top three sellers getting prizes.

We really appreciate our Whanau for supporting this PTA initiative.

Look out for forms and information on your child’s google classroom page




Korean and Chinese Summary

In every newsletter and Friday Flyer 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. AIMS 스포츠: 9월 2-8일 타우랑가에서. 학생들이 열심히 훈련하고 있습니다. 우리 선수들이 최고의 성적을 거두어 학교의 영광이 되기를 바랍니다.

2. 해외 여행 및 유학 학생: 학교는 8월 2일 오후 6시에 여권, 비자, 용돈 등의 문제를 논의하기 위해 학부모 회의를 개최합니다.

3. 2023 ICAS: ICAS 시험에 자녀를 등록한 모든 학부모님께 감사드립니다.

작성: 8월 7일 월요일 디지털 기술: 8월 9일 수요일

영어: 8월 14일 월요일 과학: 8월 21일 월요일

수학: 8월 28일 월요일

Please see below a summary in Chinese:


1. AIMS体育比赛:9月2至8日在Tauranga举行。同学们正在努力的训练。期盼我们的运动健将们都取得最好的成绩,为学校争光。

2. 学生国外旅行学习:8月2日晚6点学校将举行家长会,讨论护照,签证,零花钱等问题,

3. 2023 ICAS: 感谢所有的家长注册孩子们参加ICAS 考试。

       写作:     星期一8月7日         数字技术:  星期三8月9日 

       英文 :    星期一8月14日        科学:       星期一8月21日

       数学 :    星期一8月28日

Upcoming Events for Term 3, 2023

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Community News


If you missed the opportunity to attend our Open Day we will be offering tours of MRGS over the next two weeks. Dates and times are:

Thursday 3 August – 3.30pm

Thursday 10 August 3.30pm

Friday 11 August 9.30am

Tours will last approximately 1 hour. If you would like to book a place on one of the tours, please email


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