Auckland Normal Intermediate

February 2019 Newsletter

 

PRINCIPAL’S NEWS

 

Tēnā koutou ngā whānau o ngā tamariki o te kura.
Nau mai i te tau hou o 2019o
Ka whakaaro mātou o te kura i tēnei tau ngā pou e wha
Te Pou Tuatahi – Mauri Manaaki
Manaaki mo ngā tauira me ngā whānau hoki mo mahi i roto i te kura me ngā tino wawata ka whai ake nei.
Te Pou Tuarua – Whaiwhakaaro
Ka whaiwhakaaro mātou ngā tauira mo te mahi ako me ngā haerenga ki tēnei kura. Kaore he ōrite mātou me ngā haerenga ki tēnei kura, heoi he whaiwhakaaro mo ngā haerenga ki konei.
Te Pou Tuatoru – Kaikōrero māia
Ka whakaawhi mai te whakamanawa o ngā tauira katoa mo te kōrero mo ake tonu atu. He kōrero mo ia ako, ia whāinga me ia wawata hoki.
Te Pou Tuawha – Ngā hononga
Ko te mea tino rahi i te taima ki konei, ngā hononga mo te ao takarore ki a tātou. Ka kōrero koutou ngā tauira me ngā whānau ki konei, me ngā tangata ki Aotearoa, me ngā tangata ki Te Ao Marama.

Ka tino hiamo mo te kaupapa me te huarahi o te kura i tēnei tau.

Nau mai ano i te tau hou o ngā kura katoa.

A very warm welcome to ANI – we are delighted you will be joining us in 2019. If you are a returning family it’s great to have you back, if you are a family new to ANI then the very warmest of welcomes. The staff and I look forward to getting to know you and helping out in any way we can to ensure your families ANI experience is a positive one.

The mihi above translates to a very simple explanation of the four pillars that frame our school:

 

To be principled and caring – to support our students and families with their hopes and aspirations in and outside of school, as well as their future aspirations.
To be reflective – for our students to be able to reflect on their work as well as where they have come from. No one’s journey to our school is the same and it is important that we see this as being a special thing.
To be confident communicators – to support our students confidence to communicate in all aspects of life. To communicate about their learning, about their goals and their hopes and dreams.
To be connected – one of the most important attributes at this time is our ability to connect with the world around us. To be able to communicate with those at school, with those in our country and those around the world.

These four pillars have been a strength to us over the last week as we have come to grips with the loss of a large number of teaching spaces and our very precious and special hall.  We are all feeling the loss and have had the opportunity with Matua Sam to bless the site.

He whakanuia ngā mihi ki a koutou  mo tō mānawanawa me tō aroha i roto i te taima pouri mo te kura. I te whakapakaru a te whare hui o te kura me ngā akomanga hāngarau. He tino taonga o te kura, heoi, mo te whakatauki “ka mate te kāinga tahi, ka ora te kāinga rua” ka whakahou ngā whare ki te kura.

While the fire may have impacted on the look of the school, it’s what happens inside the classrooms that’s important.  We know that our teaching and learning programmes are robust and can withstand significant events such as this. Our community has really rallied during this time and I’d like to express my thanks to you all for your positive and encouraging comments over the last few days.

All credit to our staff who evacuated quickly, safely and with a minimum of fuss.  To see your other “home” go up in flames is difficult for anyone, but in particular the specialist staff who were mostly affected.  We have bonded together to help each other in many ways whether it be locating new resources, giving pats on the back or the odd coffee (and stronger refreshments were shared I understand!).  It has certainly been a true reflection of how collaborative and special our staff are.

The emergency services and Ministry of Education deserve a huge accolade.  They were cooperative, efficient, professional and totally committed to doing their jobs well.  We have every respect for these people.

And finally a big thanks to the board, in particular our Chairperson, Simonne Eldridge, who were always there guiding and supporting us through the process – top effort.  

Our last building to be demolished.

 

So now to the first day – what happens?

No doubt there are a few nervous and anxious children around at the moment as they think about what lies ahead. Preparing to start in a new classroom or a new school with different ways of working, odd bell times, friends to find, the possibility of getting lost and dealing with an itchy brand new uniform could make anyone a bit worried! We are here to help and ease the transition path for students – the staff and I will be roaming in the playground well before classes are called to say hi and make sure no one is feeling lost or left out. This first introduction to our school is really important and we will take a proactive approach to be milling around if you need us.

Please make your way to the University Gym (across the lower field) at the designated time.  Here is a map and the staggered start arrangements:

9.30am – Year 7 students who have a surname starting with A through to M

10.30am – Year 7 students who have a surname starting with N through to Z

11.30am – Year 8 students who have a surname starting with A through to M

12.30pm – Year 8 students who have a surname starting with N through to Z

 

What do students need to bring?
There are a number of things to remember to bring on the first day.
– your morning tea and lunch plus a drink
– sunscreen and hat or cap
– your P.E. gear as you might be taken out for a game
– your stationery (it can be covered if you like), pens, pencils and your ICT agreement.
– a lock for your bike or scooter if you travelled to school using this form of transport
– a smile and great attitude

Class placement
While we do our best to get class placements right first time, on occasions the teacher we have selected  for your child may not suit. Placements are made taking a variety of factors into the mix such as reports, previous test results, placement test, interviews and teacher feedback. If you feel that despite our best efforts a change may be required then please wait at least a week before calling us to make sure it’s not just settling in at the start of a new year.  We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns after 15th February. For an appointment please email:

Year 7
Bryce Mills( Deputy Principal) bmills@ani.school.nz or  Scott Boniface (Year 7 Dean) sboniface@ani.school.nz

Year 8
Shane Devery (Deputy Principal) sdevery@ani.school.nz or Megan Hughes (Year 8 Dean) mhughes@ani.school.nz


MEET OUR STAFF

Last week and this week our talented staff were working hard to plan and organise programmes of work that will be challenging, offer plenty of choice and motivate your son/daughter more than you would believe!  It’s certainly been a busy time for them but I can tell you they are well prepared and raring to go. We have a full contingent of staff who are looking forward to sharing their many skills for the benefit of your children.  A staff list can be found by clicking here.  There will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher at an upcoming evening when we invite parents and students to join us at a combined BBQ/ picnic/ meet the teacher evening.  Details are included in today’s newsletter.

 

COMMUNICATION

All day to day information, events and updates will be communicated to you through School Apps. The school newsletter (published  monthly), the Friday Flyer (published weekly on a Friday) and other notices will all be sent to you via a School Apps notification. This app can also be used to report an absence and can be downloaded by the whole family and on multiple devices.
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 visit here.
Any problems our IT expert Mr Tinashe Biri can be contacted on tbiri@ani.school.nz

 

BOARD ELECTIONS

This year we have triennial elections for 4 positions on our Board of Trustees.  The common election date is 7th June 2019 and while this may seem like some time away it will be upon us before you know it.  If you are thinking about standing or would like to know what a trustee does, check out the three minute clip for prospective trustees on the School Trustees website here.

Our board do an amazing job, they are fully committed and support the school in a variety of ways.  Being a member of this team is very rewarding and they would be only too happy to share their experiences.  Contact the board secretary (dmerriott@ani.school.nz) if you would like to make contact with a current member.

 

FINANCIAL PAYMENTS

If you have already paid your school donation and other associated costs we thank you most sincerely as these payments allow us to provide the quality education your son/daughter needs to be successful in their future. At this time of the year there is always media hype around how schooling in New Zealand is free. In an ideal world this would be wonderful, however the reality is we receive significantly less funding in our Ministry of Education operations grant than a lower decile school. It is expected that because we are a high decile school we have the capacity through fundraising and donations to meet the shortfall. In today’s newsletter we have provided information explaining how the costs associated with your child’s learning  are spent to ensure we maintain our high level programmes and great facilities. Our Board of Trustees prioritise the budget to make sure areas such as learning resources, ICT, and quality staffing levels are maintained as they have a direct influence on student progress and achievement.

Like most schools there are costs associated with schooling that can not be met by the money we receive from government grants and this is why we ask our parents for a school donation.  As a high decile school we are funded at a very different level than schools that are lower decile. For example, when we look at two areas of Ministry of Education income (targeted funding and Special Education Grant) as a decile 9 school we receive $944.45 per student less than if we were a decile 1 school.

 Targeted funding                              $30.07 per student

 Special Education Grants                 $46.02 per student

However if we were situated in decile 1 school we would receive the below income per head

 Targeted funding                              $941.59 per student

 Special Education Grants                 $78.95   per student

The government believes we have the capacity in our community to raise these funds.

You might wonder what the school donation income pays for.  With the additional funds we are able to employ extra teachers over our entitlement such as our three language specialists, our science specialist and our PE specialist.  The funds also allow us to provide quality IT equipment, qualified teachers to take extension and learning support classes and a rich and varied sports programme where teachers accompany every sporting code to events.

 

What do I need to pay?

School donation – a voluntary payment of $330.  We encourage you to make this payment to keep the same standard of education and help us provide the extra staff to benefit your children.

Activity fee – a payment of $75 to pay for all class trips and activities at once rather than per trip.  This is a good option to save you time during the year. If you would prefer to pay per trip we will send notices home advising you of the cost.

Take home materials cost – a payment of $195 to cover the materials a student uses at school to make an item, whether it be in class time or specialist subject.

Education Perfect – a payment of $40 – this is the computer programme we use for your child’s homework.  To access the homework you will need to subscribe to this programme.

 

How do you make payment?

Simply go online or make a payment through electronic banking or even drop into the school office.  Account number is 12-3048-00291429-00.

Thank you for your support of our school, it is very much appreciated.

 

A Good News note from Jean Feng, our Executive Officer

At the end of 2018 we gave families of our current Year 8 students the opportunity to pay their 2019 donations/ fees early and go into the draw to win some prizes.  Many thanks to those families who paid their donation and fees early. The lucky winners are:

– Harrison Chu (uniform top up)
– Abbie Mackay (uniform top up)
– Kairav Halder (stationery pack)
– Joshua De Penning (stationery pack)
– Henry Wallace (stationery pack)
– Zane Wyllie (stationery pack)
– Alyssa Wong (Education Perfect)
– Elise Edwards (Education Perfect)
– Kim HyeongJun (Education Perfect)
– George Pan (Education Perfect)

 

More chances to win

We are offering all the families who have already paid for take home materials used in technology ($195) and school trips/activities ($75) one more opportunity to go into the draw for some great prizes.  We will provide your child with a week of free school lunches at the tuckshop (we have 10 of these prizes on offer).

Imagine that – no lunches to prepare for a week!

If you’ve already paid then you are already in the draw.  If you have yet to pay your take home materials ($195) and school trips/activities ($75), you have until Monday 16th March to pay and be entered into the draw.  Winners will be contacted via email on Friday 22nd March and published in the Friday Flyer.

Payments can be made using the parent portal, online banking and the school office or uniform shop.

  1. Parent Portal:  On this portal you can log in and check your personal details, make payments via credit card or internet banking and see what costs are outstanding.
  2. Online using internet banking:  Please send payments to account number 12-3048-00291429-00, with student name and purpose of payment as reference.
  3. EFTPOS or cash payments can also be made at the school office or uniform shop.

 

Parent Portal login and payment instructions

Login

  1. Click on the link: https://parent.musac.school.nz
  2. Click on ‘Manually Enter Login’
  3. Enter the email address you supplied the school
  4. Click on ‘I don’t know my Edge password’ to create one

Payment instructions

  1. Click on your child’s name
  2. Select ‘School Payments’ tab to see a list of items due
  3. If you wish to pay all outstanding amounts, click ‘Pay All Items’.  To pay an individual item, enter the amount you wish to pay against the relevant item
  4. When you are happy with your selection, click ‘Make Payment’.  You can choose to pay with POLi or credit card. This will direct you to the POLi™ site or credit card payment site, where there will be instructions to guide you through the payment process
  5. After you have clicked OK, success and print options are given before logging out on the left.  Enter your email address and click ‘Send’ if you require the receipt (recommended) to be emailed.  There are also print options for a hard copy. On completion of payment, click ‘Return to Edge Caregiver Portal’ where a success or failure screen is provided

Please email us if you are having any problems accessing your parent portal.

 

School Website Shop

In addition to payments being made through the parent portal, we also have an online shop on the website under ‘Home’ where you can pay for uniform items, stationery and calculator  You can also book and pay for after school classes via the website.

 

TEAM NEWSLETTERS

On the first day of each term the team your child belongs to (Year 8 Matai/Rimu, Year 7 Totara/Kauri, Specialist Kowhai) will send home a newsletter outlining events and activities for the term.  Watch out for this on School Apps.

 

STARTING A NEW YEAR

Quite often getting back into school routines after a break can be difficult. Try these ‘back to school’ tips:

Top Tips for Back to School
Start your routines again as soon as you can. Getting back to school-day bedtimes is a good place to start. Decide on a school-day routine and stick to it.

Try to prepare in advance. Then you won’t be in a panic assembling books and gear at the last minute and your children will be equipped for their school day.

Be prepared for back-to-school blues. Changing from the relaxed and lazy days of summer is hard on all the family but if your child seems too worried or stressed, find out what is wrong and ask how you can help.

Be prepared to give them a bit of leeway for the first week. School can be a long day for children and when they are out of practice it can be exhausting. Early bedtimes and a regular routine are helpful.

Celebrate the first week back. Have a family outing or meal or other treat to regroup and talk about the week.

Kind regards

Jill Farquharson

Principal

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THIS MONTH …

Friday 1 February – Uniform shop open 10am – 3pm

Monday 4 – Uniform shop open 8am – 12noon; PTA Meeting at 7pm

Tuesday 5 – Year 8 Camp Meeting 5pm-6pm; Meet the Teacher Picnic 6pm – 8pm

Wednesday 6 – Waitangi Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)

Friday 8 – Super Bowl

Monday 11 – Friday 15 – Camp 1 (Rimu Team)

Monday 18 – Friday 22 – Camp 2 (Matai Team)\

Wednesday 20 – Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday 25 – Friday 1 March – EOTC Week

Wednesday 27 – Hui/Fono at 5.30pm

Friday 1 March – Swimming Sports

 

SUPER BOWL – FRIDAY 8th FEBRUARY

A whole school event where students are buddied with other classes and year groups in mixed teams for a fun session of activities and games.  A great way to get to know each other and at the same time have some fun. The day starts at 11.00am and finishes at 3.00pm. Students need to bring their PE gear and hat or cap, footwear, a drink and sunscreen.  Details will be provided to students by the class teacher.

 

MEET THE TEACHER EVENING AND PICNIC ON THE FIELD – TUESDAY 5th FEBRUARY, 6-8pm

On Tuesday 5th February, come along to school and meet your child’s teacher in their classroom from 6.00-6.45pm and then dinner and games to follow on the field until 8.00pm.  There will be sausages, drinks and pizza for sale – all $2, or you can bring along your own picnic food. We will have lots of sports equipment out for families to use and all the class teachers will be circulating.  A fun night for all. For a school map click here.  A list of teachers and which class they are in can be found at the end of this newsletter.

 

YEAR 8 CAMP MEETING (YEAR 8 PARENTS ONLY)

Please note that prior to the meet the teacher session, there will be a Year 8 camp meeting for parents at 5.00pm in the Library.  We expect this meeting to be approximately 30-40 minutes long so there is plenty of time to get to classrooms and meet teachers afterward.  The camp meeting will provide you with details about the outdoor activities we have planned, transport arrangements, camp groups, accommodation facilities, health and safety requirements and a cost breakdown.  There will also be a Q&A session to finish.

Year 8 Camp – a message from our EOTC Coordinator

Year 8 Camp is at Tui Ridge near Rotorua. It is a week of fun-packed action. Students are encouraged to be pushed out of their comfort zone in a well supported environment. The highlights include the Giant Swing, Flying Fox and this year we have added Nerf Wars.

In order for the camps to run safely, we need parent helpers. If you can help out please contact the Year 8 Dean, Megan Hughes (mhughes@ani.school.nz) ASAP. It is important that all students attend as it is a great bonding experience to start the year.

Camp information will be sent out on the first day of school on Monday 4th February and it will include cost breakdown.  A heads up that the cost per student is $355.

Rimu team are attending Camp from the 11th-15th February

Matai team are attending Camp from the 18th-22nd February

 

YEAR 7 EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) WEEK

Year 7 EOTC will be a challenging and highly enjoyable 4 days of activities that include Archery, High ropes, Orienteering, Kayaking, Raft building and the Amazing Race. These activities will be held at Birkenhead Leisure Centre, Castor Bay Reserve and Devonport.  Dates are as follows:

  • Rooms 19/20/23/24 February 25-28
  • Rooms 13/14/21/22 March 27 – April 1
  • Rooms 15/16/17/18 April 2 – 4

We realise you won’t know your child’s class until Monday 4th February so please just make note of the dates at this stage.

We will require parental help on these days so please indicate to your child’s teacher if you are able to help as soon as possible after Monday 4th February.

Scott Boniface, Year 7 Dean/EOTC Coordinator

 

2019 PARENT INTERVIEWS – WEDNESDAY 6th MARCH, 1.00-5.30pm and 6.00-8.00pm

Each interview is ten minutes long. Please ensure you arrive on time to each interview.

Booking your Interviews

The booking website will open Wednesday, 20 February at 8:00 AM, and will close Tuesday, 5 March at 9:00 PM.

  1. Go to parentinterviews.co.nz, enter the event code 4EGZX746 and click Go.
  2. Enter your name, email address and the names of the students you wish to make bookings for.
  3. Select the teachers you’d like to book by ticking the checkbox beside their name, and then click the Book Interviews button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Using the timetable, click the Book button beside the time slot you’d like to book for the teacher. You’ll be asked to confirm your booking.
  5. Continue until you’ve booked all teachers.

Once you’re finished, you can view your timetable by clicking My Interviews at the top of the page. You can also print a PDF timetable to take to your interviews.

Before your interviews, you’ll receive an email reminder containing your timetable. If you need to cancel any interviews, you can do so by following the link in the email you received when you first signed up.

 

SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS – FRIDAY 1st MARCH

The annual school swimming sports will be held on Friday 1st March at the Auckland University Swimming pool (Epsom Campus). Students will meet at school and then walk over to the pool for a 9:30am start. This event is a competitive event and does not cater for social swimmers. Students must be able to confidently dive and swim 50 meters in their event stroke unassisted. For those students who would like to complete they will be given the chance to sign up in the first week. Students on the day will have to bring lunch and afternoon tea with them and progressively eat during the day. All swimmers are to be wearing their togs underneath their clothes and have with them their towel, goggles, swimming cap, hat, water and sunblock. If there are any parents who are available to assist in the running of this event could they please contact Nick Edwards our sports coordinator (nedwards@ani.school.nz).

 

PTA NEWS

All ANI parents are invited to attend the first PTA meeting on Monday February 4th at 7.00pm in the Information Centre (Library).  We would love to have some new faces join. The purpose of the PTA is to raise funds for extra resources for the school and students.  We always need helpers for our fundraisers e.g. counting money, selling refreshments at socials. Every year it gets more challenging finding volunteers to assist, everyone is busy but we promise we won’t take up a lot of your time and it’s really rewarding.  Please come along to find out more about how you can get involved.
We are currently seeking helpers for our annual Chocolate Fundraiser.  Our biggest event of the year, in 2018 we raised over $23,000 from this.  However, we need A LOT of assistance for this fundraiser to be successful.  
We need helpers to allocate the boxes of chocolates on Friday 8th March from 8.45am – noon (or any part thereof).  We also require help counting money the students return 8.00 – 9:15am from Monday 11th – Monday 25th March. If you are able to help on any of these days, please email us with the day(s) you can help pta@ani.school.nz.  It is easy and fun and a great way to meet other ANI parents. You don’t have to come every day, even one morning would be great and really help!
Thank you for your support.
ANI PTA

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Lunch orders will be taken from Monday 4th February via the pre order lunch service using the ezlunch website  http://www.ezlunch.co.nz/.  There will be no Tuckshop facilities until an alternative option is decided on later in the next few weeks.

Michelle

EZ Lunch

 

MESSAGES FROM OUR DEPUTY PRINCIPALS

 

The ANI Curriculum: Learning to learn in the 21st Century

ANI provides a curriculum that is relevant, challenging as well as integrates range of learning opportunities to meet the broadening interests and developmental needs of your child while preparing them as 21st century learners.

Our curriculum encompasses academic, cultural, social, sporting and community oriented programmes. At ANI we believe the curriculum should:
• encourage lifelong learning where students are active thinkers and constantly reflect on their progress
• reflect high levels of achievement
• be student centred, personalised and relevant
• make connections with what students already know, and be linked to wider world aspirations
• focus on the key competencies

  • enable students to apply new learning in a variety of contexts
    • provide opportunities for students to engage collaboratively with teachers, peers and others as they learn
    • incorporate e-learning to equip students with 21st century skills to meet the needs of our rapidly
      transforming world
    • be globally significant – your child’s two years at Auckland Normal Intermediate is a time for
      exploration of new subjects with the security of being attached to one class group.

    The following learning areas are taught by the classroom teacher and integrated through an inquiry approach: English, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education.

    What sets ANI apart?
    Auckland Normal is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
    What does it mean to be an IB World School?
    • We share the mission and commitment of the IB for quality international education
    • We have been authorised to offer the PYP (Primary Years Programme)
    • We are committed to the professional development of teachers

    What is the IB primary years programme (PYP)?
    The IB Primary Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The programme:
    • encourages international-mindedness
    • encourages a positive attitude to learning
    • reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects
    • emphasises, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student

    What does the IB curriculum model look like?
    The IB Curriculum has three distinctive features:
    • What do we learn? The Written Curriculum
    • How best do we learn? The Taught Curriculum
    • How will we know what we have learned? The Assessed Curriculum

Shane Devery – Deputy Principal

 

Parent Involvement

At ANI we make it our mission to ensure our parent/whanau community is an integral part of the learning process. We understand the significant role you play as a partner in the learning process and want to continue to build these links in 2019.

The arrival of devices in the classroom has meant that at times parents have become somewhat disconnected from what is happening in the classroom and it is our intention to bridge this gap. This will require a higher level of involvement and participation from yourselves as parents/whanau which is exciting. You may be asked to comment on your child’s writing, research a topic with them at home or simply prompt them to get their homework done. With your partnership in the process we believe your young person will thrive – a true community of learning.

As a school we pride ourselves on communication and have a 24hr turnaround policy during term time when it comes to replying to emails. This however does not apply to weekends as we want our staff resting and spending time with loved ones and not answering emails so please excuse the delay in replying should you send an email over the weekend.

If at any stage this year you have a question or problem, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team – we are easily contacted and like the Team Leaders, we will reply within 24 hours.

 

School Programmes

At ANI we deliver robust learning programmes which engage and empower each and every learner. Taught through the framework of IB, our lessons are focused, deliberate and personalised to the needs of the individual student.

The teaching staff at ANI are well versed in using assessment data to inform teaching. This ensures that lessons are meaningful and ‘just in time’. This approach to teaching and learning ensures that students feel that what they are learning matters.

Throughout the year there will be many opportunities for you to engage in the learning process with your young person and we ask that you please take advantage of this. Our learners will often ask family/whanau to get involved. We thank you in advance.

 

Bryce Mills – Deputy Principal

 

PSYCHOLOGISTS SPOT

How to develop resilience in the face of adversity
Welcome back to the 2019 school year.  The recent fire has meant that the school year has begun with the loss of the historic school hall along with specialist classrooms.  The school community may be feeling a range of emotions including sadness, loss, frustration and anxiety about what the year will bring.  All of these and more are understandable and normal reactions to a destructive fire.
Resilience is a concept which has been studied extensively recently both internationally and in New Zealand.  It offers a way to view the situation with hope and positivity. Resilience is the concept that some people can be very successful in life despite apparent setbacks or disadvantages.  I’d like to share what we know about how to develop resilience in response to an adverse event.
Resilience is focused on protective factors or actions you can take:
• Social competence – encourage your child to get in touch with school friends and set up get togethers.  Even emailing and texting can be helpful. Modelling considerate and caring behaviours is key here.
• Problem solving skills – consider a range of possible solutions to problems as they arise, engage in discussions of the pros and cons of each solution selecting the one that works best.
• Autonomy – encourage your child to make age appropriate decisions for themselves.
• Sense of purpose and future – talk about the process of clearing the site of the fire and plans for replacing the buildings so that the school can be a better place in the future.
• Caring and supportive environment – look out for each other. A few kind words to someone in a difficult situation is enormously helpful.
• High positive expectations – share with your child your expectations that they will engage in all that an intermediate school experience has to offer and that these will be valuable experiences for them.  The changes that must take place due to the fire will provide opportunities to learn different things that may not be able to be anticipated yet.
• Opportunities for involvement – attend school picnics, meet the teacher and other school centred events.
A key to resilience is that it is not developed alone by an individual, it grows in an environment or community of positive interactions.  Parents, teachers and young people themselves can contribute to developing a resilient school community which is able to thrive because of and despite challenging circumstances.  Adults and young people can model these skills to those who are still developing them. A key lesson from the Christchurch earthquakes is that adults modelling calm responses to challenging situations were key to avoiding ongoing negative effects on mental health for young people.  
Typically, the negative effects of adverse events occur when there are several events rather than just one.  If your child is experiencing multiple adverse events and is displaying behaviour of concern it may be time to consult with professionals.  Helpful people to speak to are your child’s class teacher, your family doctor, the school counsellor or a psychologist.
ANI is a community who already know how to develop resilient individuals and they are starting down the pathway to do so in this instance.  It only remains to see what interesting and innovative solutions they come up with to deal with the challenges of starting the school year in a different way than they have before.

SCHOOL APP

From now on, 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 via 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 here.

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

 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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LIST OF 2019 TEACHERS AND CLASSROOMS

RIMU TEAM (Y8) MATAI TEAM (Y8)
Room 1 Shane Reynolds (Team Leader) Room 4 Megan Hughes (Team Leader)
Room 2 Lynn Swanepoel Room 5 Nick Edwards
Room 3 Jaimee Lightfoot Room 9 Katrina Gomes
Room 6 Victoria Bragg Room 10 Patrick Kennelly
Room 7 Alasdair Forbes Room 11 Sabreena Chandra
Room 8 Jacob Markham Room 12 Saasha Jolley / Aaron Moore
KAURI TEAM (Y7) TOTARA TEAM (Y7)
Room 15 Jim Dyer (Team Leader) Room 24 Scott  Boniface (Team Leader)
Room 13 Gemma Doran Room 19 Dannielle Cook
Room 14 Katy Constance Room 20 Jason Shin
Room 16 Andy Lawrence Room 21 Charlotte Ironside
Room 17 Abby Cavanagh Room 22 Tim Bartja
Room 18 Sarah Richardson Room 23 Rachael Murray
KOWHAI TEAM (SPECIALISTS)
Digital Oliver Wooding (Team Leader)
Technology Rebecca O’Neill
Arts Drew Daldy & Niamh O’Reilly
Physical Education Thomas Jones
Languages Carlos Kucera (Spanish) & Jasmine Hanawy (French)
Science Heather Amadori
PART-TIME TEACHERS

 

 

 

Te Reo – Sam Hughes

ESOL – Megan Earley

International – Kate Shin

Beginning Teacher Programme – Kim Elliott