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Dear Parents and Caregivers 

Ehara taku toa i te toa takatahi,  engari he toa takatini 

Success is not the work of an individual, but many.

This whakatauki helps support the kaupapa (culture) that I have felt at our Kura since I arrived at the beginning of term 4. I am proud of the culture that is evident at ANI. The ability for people to help each other is a priority with both staff and students. 

A place where this was clear, was with our amazing year 8 ākonga presenting all of the mahi as part of the exhibition program. The way that students supported other students and the facilitation of staff allowed for a large level of success. I was proud of the collective efficacy that everyone took in presenting the various exhibitions, both in terms of depth of understanding but also the way that it was delivered. The year 8 students and staff can be rightfully proud of their accomplishments. 

We had an excellent Sports assembly on Friday 1 December where Eddie Pawson (Alumni), spoke to the students about his cycling journey. His is a story that is long and shows much resilience, in a sport that is absolutely demanding on individuals both physically and mentally. It does allow our students to believe that with hard work, perseverance and a positive mind-set success can happen. As part of the assembly it was inspirational to see so many talented students celebrated for their success. 

It is also a bitter-sweet time as we farewell some of our amazing staff members. Many of whom have given such rich service to our kura. I do want to single out one member in particular. Shane Devery (Deputy Principal) has given outstanding service to our kura over many years and in particular the last year as Acting Principal. In that time he has shown empathy and courage under much pressure. Although we are sad to see him go we are proud of the position that he has achieved in his new school as Deputy Principal (Owairoa School) as he continues the legacy of educational leadership. 

As we look to the end of the term we do ask you to continue to set expectations with your child around effort and attendance at school so that they can continue to grow as individuals.

Ngā mihi nui

Jason Pocock (Principal), Shane Devery, Kieran Gleeson and Ashley Triana (Deputy Principals) 

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 Jason, Shane, Kieran and Ashley.




Student Voice

Our recent leadership application process provided some incredible student voice on  ideas to promote a sense of belonging for our kura community.

I was in such a privileged position to see all of the student presentations throughout the process and felt that the rest of the staff needed to witness these ideas and meet the challenge laid down by these Year 7’s. Each of the pairs presented about the theme of belonging and what it meant to them and then took us through an initiative or project to promote a sense of belonging.

We had ideas about painted parking spaces, a school canvas, engaging the Mitey program from the Sir John Kirwan Foundation, student kaiārahi and ILE/Hub representatives.

After the presentations, the students stuck around and were grilled by the eager, proud staff.

Let’s echo the challenge by Eleanor: “How can you help us to make these ideas a reality?”


Tuesday 12th December – 5pm – 8pm

The Graduation Ceremony for Year 8 students is on Tuesday 12th December from 5.00pm – 8.00pm. Please see the link to the invitation.

Alice O’Sulivan & Kueni Schaumkel

Year 8 Team Leaders

Y8 Exhibition

The Year 8 Students did not fail to amaze ANI Staff, Students and Whānau with their How We Express Ourselves Cultural Exhibition. We saw cultures from all around the world represented in many imaginative and expressive ways.

The students impressed us with their knowledge, passion and enthusiasm they brought to make their ideas come to life. We admired outfits, tasted food and drinks, played games, read stories, admired the architecture, experienced festivals and traditions, tried dances and songs, and most importantly learned a lot! 

Thank you to all members of the ANI Community who came to the Exhibition, our students really enjoyed being able to share their culture and work with you.

Amazing Race

Year 8 learners will be taking part in, ‘The ANI Amazing Race’ on Wednesday 13th December in Week 10. This all day event is a celebration of the student’s time at ANI, an opportunity for them to take part in some challenges, demonstrate their team work and have some fun!

Students will be creating their own teams that they will complete various challenges with around the school. They can earn points on how successful they are, their positive attitude and teamwork. One of their last opportunities to earn big house points and win some prizes!

Students can wear mufti/non-uniform on this day and their groups are encouraged to dress up together!

On the day students need to bring the following:

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Suncream
  • Lunch
  • Clothes and shoes to run around in
  • Togs and swimming gear
  • Fun attitude!

A sausage sizzle and ice block will be held to provide a morning tea snack from the school. All dietary requirements will be catered for.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Rimu, Matai and Kōwhai Teachers.



Cultural Festival

Thank you to all the participants – students performers, staff members, and the ANI whānau for helping with planning and preparation for the Cultural Festival 2023. 

Your efforts and contributions made the event successful. Special acknowledgment to our cultural/arts leaders and talented performers for being risk-takers and expressing themselves through dance and music. 

Such performances etch memories in our whānau.



Collograph Printing and Watercolour

Year 7:

The year 7s have been printing this term with a technique called collagraph printing. They made their own collagraph printing blocks and have been printing them over the last couple of weeks. Aren’t they awesome?!


Year 8:

The year 8s have been painting with watercolours and using a few techniques they learnt to create their own popsicle portraits.


Athletics Day at Mt Smart Stadium:

Here’s a link to the ANI Sports Newsletter with an article from Athletics Day.

CZ Athletics:

All the students had a great day at Mt Smart, the weather was great, attitudes were positive and most importantly they were all competitive. We had many finalists which was great to see and some excellent sportsmanship was displayed when there were a few injuries from other schools. 

A special mention to those that ran the 100/200m + relays as they had to compete in back-to-back races. 

Thanks to Carlos for coming along and running the high jump for ANI.

While waiting on confirmation the students that are placed below will attend inter zones.

Results were:

Gemma K: 1st in High jump + Long jump and 200m

Eden B: 2nd 1500m and 3rd 800m

Isabel D: 1st 100m, 2nd 400m and 3rd in High jump

Zach B: 1st 100m

Paige Dy: 3rd in High jump

Tyler Z: 3rd in 800m,

Rory D: 2nd in 400m and 1500m,

Rory Lu: 3rd in 100m + 200m and 2nd in High jump + long jump

Sean T: 1st in Discus

– All 4 relay teams made finals but only year 7 Girls placed 2nd!

What a way to end 2023.

Xavier Rice

Teacher In Charge of Sports


With the year finishing off, the Science lab hosted many fun-filled activities like earthquake resistant structures, electrolysis, rainbow in a cup, and a roller coaster to name a few. Students enjoy learning by doing and these activities making them think scientifically.

PTA News

The PTA has worked tirelessly to achieve some great outcomes during 2023.  So, it is appropriate to thank all of the parents who have helped out during the year at different fundraising events such as: Selling Chocolates, Mufti weeks, School Socials and the Knowledgethon.  

It was great to have their support as the money that the PTA was able to make went back into the school including contributions towards the following items:  

  • Contributions to the MPS staging, security and seating, and the new shade sail.
  • Games and teaching resources purchased for our ESOL students and the library.
  • Brand new sports uniforms ready to be rolled out in 2024. 

A huge thank you to Luke Barnard (Chair) Toni Lucas (Secretary), Paul Nixon (Treasurer) Sammy Xiong, Rachel Moore, Jodie Barclay, Elize Evan Greunen, Yaoyun Zhu, Vanessa Collins, Lisa Martin, Kathy Palmer, Marie McLaughlin.

Call for new PTA Members

With some parents leaving we are looking at recruiting new parents for 2024. This can be as little or as much as you want. Overall, the PTA meets 8 times a year and the key funding-raising initiatives include: Selling Chocolates and the Knowledgethon, with the less time-consuming events being mufti weeks and School Socials (once per term). 

New Events in 2024

Some new events in 2024 include a meet and greet in term one or two and also a quiz/trivial pursuit night planned later in the year so parents can get together, let their hair down and have some fun together.

So come along and join the fun!

Ngā mihi nui,

Luke Barnard (Chair of the PTA)

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