December 2018 Newsletter


As this is the last newsletter for the year, the staff and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.  

At this time of the year it is to be expected that your child will have lots more spare time on their hands.  A lot of that time will be spent with friends and/or on social media. Downtime can also mean extra pressure to do things outside their comfort zone, or slip in and out of different holiday friendship circles.  Here are a few tips to help them navigate these tricky times with different peer groups:

The polite ‘no’ – when a student feels pressured to go along with other people’s ideas or invitations, it can be effective to say, “No, thanks” or “Thanks for asking, but not today”.

Setting boundaries – when asked to do something outside your comfort zone, it’s effective to say “No, I’m not comfortable with that” and not feel compelled to give reasons.

Using ‘I’ messages – this is a good way to communicate your needs so others have a chance to understand.  “I feel unsafe with what you’re asking me to do”.

Asking for some thinking time – when asked for something and you’re not ready to answer, ask for some time to get more information, weigh up options, and reflect on your feelings about the situation or say I’m not sure how to answer that right now.

All the best for an enjoyable and stress free summer.


Awards Assembly

There has been quite a bit of publicity recently about school prizegivings.  At ANI we will be continuing with our strong tradition of acknowledging success – whether it be on the sports field, in the area of Arts, Culture or Academically.  These students will be recognised at our end of year Awards Assembly on Wednesday 12 December. We also realise that for many students they will not win a prize – learning to cope productively with disappointment is not only an important skill for life but it also affords us the opportunity to enjoy someone else’s success.  Celebrate the years work by focusing on the happy memories, lessons learned, personal growth, relationships cultivated and a focus on progres. Being able to acknowledge others success helps your child develop resilience and emotional maturity.



Students will bring these home on Tuesday 11 December.  Please advise the class teacher if you require more than one copy.  Teachers spend significant amounts of time in preparing and writing these so please take some quality time to discuss them with your son/ daughter.


Other Snippets

Playground Upgrade

This amazing spider web play structure will be installed early next year as a result of the chocolate fundraiser organised by the PTA.  An exciting new addition to the school playground – we all cant wait!

3-way Basketball Hoops

Congratulations to Eamon O’Carroll and Felix Wilton who were successful in receiving a grant from New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) of $8,500 to install a free-standing 3-way basketball hoop in the playground.  Top effort boys and a very sincere thank you from all the basketballers. Install will be during the Christmas break.


At the end of any school year it is always difficult to farewell staff that have been a huge asset to the school in their time with us. The following permanent teachers are moving on in 2019:

  • Nathan Metzger – relocating to the Bay of Plenty
  • Clara Kim – moving to Singapore
  • Emily Hemstapat – moving into part-time work closer to home
  • Kate Green – starting her own business
  • Danielle Biddle – moving to Warkworth
  • Kim Mackrell – moving to Waikowhai Intermediate
  • Alicia England – promotion to Team Leader at Mt Roskill Intermediate

All the very best in your new adventures and thank you.  To our fixed term staff who leave us at the end of the year as their contract comes to an end, thank you also for your commitment to ANI.

Finally, our best wishes go to Charlotte Asi-Marsters and her partner for the birth of their wee girl in a few weeks time.  Charlotte intends coming back to ANI after taking maternity leave so no doubt we will see lots more of her and her baby.


Board and PTA

Our school is very fortunate to have supportive parent groups such as the PTA and Board of Trustees working alongside us.  Your energy and continued focus on what is best for students is motivating and energising for us all.

To the Board of Trustees, a huge thanks for your support and encouragement.  In particular, our new chair Simonne Eldridge, thank you for your time and guidance.

To the PTA (chair Jo Beer), what an awesome job you’ve done raising funds for extra resources that all the students can enjoy – great job.


Finish Time

Reminder on Thursday 13 December we close school at 12noon.  Please make arrangements to collect your children at this time.

All the best for 2019

Jill Farquharson, Principal




From the DP Desk

This final newsletter will be a joint effort from both the Deputy Principals and will be a wrap up of the many interesting things that took place during the 2018 year.

The ‘Inquirefest’ that the Year 7 students developed was the mind child of Mr Boniface and his talented young student leaders.  This was a great initiative to give the Year 7 students a taster of what it might be like to complete their final IB theme for exhibition.   

This leads into the Year 8 exhibition which I am sure you will agree was a fantastic extravaganza for the students linked to the theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’.  It was great to see the variety of ways the students expressed themselves and how they could talk in detail about why they had chosen their specific focus and how it was personal to their group.  Please visit our school Facebook page to see exhibits and performances from the two days that was Exhibition.

More highlights this year included;  attending the Year 8 camp at Tui Ridge, the Polyfest and also taking students to Japan, Cairns and Noumea.

Camp continues to remain the highlight for our Year 8 students with so many of them stepping out of their comfort zone and doing activities and challenges that they would never have otherwise done. After a week of challenging tasks and activities our students come back with closer friendships and a sense of accomplishment. We are very much looking forward to another round of camps in 2019.

Our students once again did us proud at Polyfest in 2018. What a celebration of cultural diversity and acknowledgement with so many of our students involved in performances on the day. Our young people had the chance to see performances from other cultural groups which develops their growing understanding of other cultures and what makes them special and unique.

Two other areas we were impressed with during 2018 were the many sporting events and other opportunities that are offered to the students, including AIMS Games, and developing our student coaching programme during 2018 (having presented in-front of teachers at the coaching symposium) and creating new student coaches for 2019.

We also continue to love the way our students and teachers learn and teach the IB PYP framework as it allows student agency, collaboration, connections, integration, inquiry and taking action.  We think this learning approach is very future focused and suits the needs of students at all ability levels.

Overall it has been a busy and rewarding year.  We are looking forward to bigger and better things in 2019.  

Have a happy Christmas and fun holiday break.

Shane Devery & Bryce Mills, Deputy Principals



From Term 1 2019 all correspondence between home and school will be done through the ANI school app.  You will no longer get newsletters, the Friday Flyer or notices on email. This is your ‘one stop shop’ for everything school-related, from reporting an absence to reading the school newsletter. This app can be installed on multiple devices with some families even having extended family added to it. In addition to this, our school app will be used in an event of emergency so it is vital that all our families have this installed. For clear instructions on how to download please visit –

It is essential you have this app as it will be our ONLY form of communication in 2019.



Wednesday 5 – EPro8 Finals; Board of Trustees Meeting at 6pm

Thursday 6 – Thank You Morning Tea; Service to School Assembly at 11am; Year 8 Graduation and Dance at 6.30pm

Monday 10 – Whole School Picnic at Lagoon Leisure and Fitness

Wednesday 12 – Year 7 End of Year Assembly at 11am; Year 8 End of Year Assembly at 1.30pm

Thursday 13 – Term 4 finishes at 12noon



To all our parents who have assisted on school trips, who have managed sports, who have helped with fundraising, etc., etc., you are invited to our annual ‘Thank You Morning Tea’ this Thursday (6 December) at 10.30am in the Information Centre.  Please RSVP to if you can join us.



What do do if your child has concerns about transitioning from Year 7 to Year 8?

This is my final post for 2018 so I’d like to wish you all the very best of the season.  Everyone will be looking forward to the long days of the summer holiday.

Last month I talked about the transition for students heading off towards high-school in 2019.  Those students who are remaining at ANI in 2019 will also be experiencing change associated with transition. They will be the senior students at ANI, most will have new teachers when they return in 2019 and there will be a whole new set of learning challenges to meet.  While many students will manage these changes with no difficulties at all it is not unusual for children to be a little unsettled at the beginning of the school holidays and just prior to getting back to the school routine in late January.

My suggestions for managing this are:

  • Take time out, ensure that there is plenty of time for unstructured relaxing.  At this time of the year there are many social obligations and events that are fun to participate in but can leave everyone feeling a bit over stimulated and tired.
  • Encourage and support your child to maintain friendships that they have developed during the school year.  If you are travelling over the break, digital communications such as emails or skype can make it easy to keep in touch with friends.
  • Encourage your child to continue to read over the holidays.  The local library and specialist bookshops will have recommendations for reads that are appealing for your child.
  • Remind your child of the fun things they have enjoyed in Year 7 at ANI and talk about the fun they will have in 2019 in Year 8 at ANI.
  • Validate their concerns by listening and being sympathetic while pointing out their resilience and ability to manage change as evidenced by their managing other changes in the past.

Have a fun school holiday break.  I look forward to sharing more ideas from the world of educational psychology about the early adolescent years in 2019.

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)




Stationery Pack

As per some parents’ request we have loaded the Stationery Pack onto the parent portal. You can do the payment for your stationery pack through the parent portal now. We will deliver the stationery packs to your child at his or her class, or you can pick up at the office.

You also can order the Stationery Pack through the ANI school website.

Jean Feng, School Bursar



On Wednesday, November 28th ANI’s choir took to the stage with eight other schools, orchestras, and a Kapa haka group to create what was the 78th APPA Music Festival!

Through a whole year of training their vocals, working out harmonies and testing the limits of their voice they combined and created an amazing array of vocal colour! Some tricky songs and lyrics, as well as a busy life, challenged our vocal ninja’s but on the night they really shone through to create an unforgettable experience!

Special mention to key vocal ninja’s Noah Coomey and Abbie Mackay for earning and owning solo’s on the night, as well as Nicole Wong our featured solo flutist!!! You guys were AWESOME!

Great job everyone! INCLUDING all those tireless hours the parents endured choir homework 😉

Bring on next year!

Take Care, Happy Holidays and keep singing!

Drew Daldy, Specialist Music Teacher

Intermediate School Arts Exhibition

There is an awesome display of art from ANI students at the Intermediate Schools Art exhibition, it is well worth the trip down to Silo 6 in Wynyard Wharf for a look.




Many thanks for your support of the PTA fundraisers throughout the year.  We raised over $43,000 for the school during 2018. ANI students did an amazing job selling chocolates early in the year, and the Knowledge-Athon was also highly successful.  Our fundraising meant we were able to provide many additional resources for the children. Amongst other things we purchased an array of sporting equipment, laptops, installed a new lighting system in the hall, and funded some water fountains and outdoor furniture.  We were also able to make a contribution towards a fantastic new climbing frame which is about to be installed in the playground. We hope students enjoyed the mufti events and socials we held throughout the year. Next week we will be providing all the Year 8 graduating students with supper as a token of our appreciation and wish these students all the very best for an exciting new chapter at high school. The PTA wishes all ANI families a safe and happy festive season and a relaxing holiday.

Jo Beer, PTA Chairperson


SPORTS NEWS by Mr Kennelly


Touch Rugby

Boys and Mixed Touch Rugby

On the 31st of October, The ANI Boys and Mixed Touch teams travelled to Cox’s Bay reserve in Westmere for the CZ Touch Tournaments. Many of the team had never played touch in a competition before so it was a new experience for them.

The boys struck Remuera Intermediate first up and battled hard before going down to the eventual tournament finalists 2-1. They had a mixed day of results with several wins and losses before finishing 4th in their group, leading to a playoff against Royal Oak. This was a very exciting game, only won in the last minute when Royal Oak scored to take the victory, consigning the ANI boys to 7th overall from 14 teams.

The mixed team also had some wins and losses in their round robin play, however, a hard-fought win in their final match against Pasadena enabled the team to rise to 3rd overall in their competition.

Some outstanding players for both teams from ANI, particularly Liam Costley and Jonny Thomson in the boy’s team and Jodacee Robertson, Katherine Fulton, AJ Tuatagaloa and Sophia Johnston in the mixed.

Girls Touch Rugby

On a beautiful sunny day, we took a girls team out to compete at the annual girls central zone touch tournament. The results didn’t go our way this year winning only 1 game. The girls played with great spirit and had a great day. A huge thanks to Mr Lawrence for stepping up last minute to take the team.

Girls Cricket

This month our girls Cricket played in the semi-final against Remuera Intermediate for the Auckland Post Shield tournament. ANI bowled first in terrible conditions and Remuera scored a commanding 152/3. In reply, ANI batted extremely well with Emma Hayward and Isabelle Welch scoring 40 runs each. We scored a great total of 119/5. It has been a great season by the girls and congratulations to them for finishing 3rd overall.

Athletics Day

Auckland Normal Intermediate held its annual athletics day at Mount Smart Stadium on Monday 5th of November. We were very lucky again with the weather this year and were treated to a beautiful day. Due to the teachers strike, numbers were lower with only 300 students travelled by bus to compete in a variety of athletics events. The day started with the gruelling 1500m race with a number of students challenging themselves at this event. Once completed the students moved through the field events and track events.

The competition for the top student in each age category was fierce and every student was attempting to be part of the finals programme. It was evident from the results that some students performed well in field events like throwing and jumping while other students had greater success in the track events. Some students preferred the sprints while others enjoyed the longer distance.

The event was a successful day due to the hard work and support from our teachers coordinating the events.

The following students were the top ANI athletes for 2018:

  • 1st Year 7 Boys – Leng Kuy (Room 24), 200 points
  • 1st Year 7 Girls – Mia Taua (Room 23), 180 points
  • 1st Year 8 Boys – Oliver Meade (Room 8), 200 points
  • 1st Year 8 Girls – Sophia Johnson (Room 3), 110 points


ANI competed at the annual central zone badminton tournament. They were all happy to be there and really well behaved. Was great to see them showing good sportsmanship by shaking the other hands after games, especially Johnny. It made us very proud!

Overall Results:
Year 8 girls doubles: 3rd
Year 8 girls singles: 9th
Year 8 boys doubles: 3rd
Year 8 boys singles: 2nd
Year 7 girls Doubles: 5th
Year 7 boys doubles: 5th
Year 7 boys singles: 2nd
Well done to all players!

Central Zone Athletics Day

On Thursday 23rd November ANI attended the Annual Central Zone Athletics held this year at Mt Smart. Much like our school athletics, we were treated to a beautiful sunny day. 42 students were selected and all performed well against a competitive field. ANI competed valiantly with a number of students making it to finals in track events and finishing in the top 5 in field events. 6 of our students qualified to the Interzone Athletics finals, which will be held on Thursday 29th of November at Mt Smart Stadium.

Year 8 Boys

Oliver Meade – 1st in 100m and 1st in High Jump

Year 8 Girls

Sophia Johnston – 3rd in High Jump

Year 7 Boys

Bernard Pawson – 1st in 800m, 2nd in 1500m

Leng Kuy – 3rd in High Jump

Jonny Thomson – 3rd in 200m

Year 7 Girls

Mia Taua – 3rd in 400m

Inter-Zone Athletics Day

ANI entered 6 students in the inter-zone athletics competition this year. On a hot day, our athletics competed well against the best that Auckland has to offer. Notable results were Oliver Meade who placed 3rd in the High Jump and Bernard Pawson who ran an impressive race to win the 1500m. Well done to all our students and a big thanks to Mr Thomas for taking the team.



Congratulations to Diba Yazdanshenas Shad (Year 7) who received a big award on Saturday 24th November at Realisticus Art Academy Student Art Show & Competition 2018.  More than 300 students from Central Auckland Areas were competing for the Most Realistic and Most Creative artworks in “Under the Sea” Art Show /Competition 2018.

Diba Yazdanshenas Shad won Innovatorix Art Award for the most Creative & Innovative Artwork in the age category 11+.

Congratulations to Liam Costley (Year 8, Room 2) who was selected for the New Zealand team for the 2018 Trampoline World Age Group Championships held in Saint Petersburg, Russia from 8 – 21 November.



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Missing Scooter

A relatively new red Madd VZ7 Pro Scooter went missing from the bike/scooter compound at school on Friday 16 November.  Below is a picture of the exact model and colour. If your child has brought this home, or knows anything about this, please contact the school office immediately.

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