February 2022 Newsletter

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In today’s newsletter we have the following:

  • Welcome from the Principal and DP’s including Public Health Measures and our COVID response plan.
  • News from the Team Leaders welcoming you to their teams.
  • Getting Ready for the First Day – what do I need to bring on the first day and where do I go?
  • Who is who on the staff.
  • Class placements.
  • Communication – School Apps, School Website, Instagram and Facebook.
  • A message from our finance team.
  • Our exciting building project.
  • 2022 Dates and exciting events ahead including Camp (Y8) and EOTC (Y7).
  • Snippets of News – an update from the PTA about what they are up to and also we need your help as our food trailer has been stolen.

Welcome from the PRINCIPAL and DP’s

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Tēnā koutou i ngā whānau o Te Ipu Kura o Mataaho

Nau mai ki te tau hou! E ngā tauira hou me ngā raukura, kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui.

Happy new year to you all and to our students we wish you all the best for the coming year.

Well we thought 2021 came with its challenges and up’s and downs, now here we are starting school in 2022 with a new chapter in the fight against COVID-19 with Omicron circulating in the community. We are well aware of the importance of reassuring our young people that we are all working together to limit the spread of this virus. While some students may be feeling a little bit apprehensive about starting the school year in a global pandemic we are fully committed to providing the best possible education under these trying circumstances.
The Ministry of Education website has plenty of information on their website and an excellent range of resources on wellbeing that you may find helpful. Covid19 and Wellbeing

Starting strong at ANI:

We know from research that the intermediate years are a crucial point in a lifetime of learning. This is a time when your young person will come to appreciate the importance of education and the need to become independent, responsible, and self-sufficient if they are to succeed in the many activities we have on offer at ANI. We also know the most effective pathway to success is through partnership where we work together so that the physical, emotional, and social needs of our students are met. Showing understanding, common sense, and a sense of humor can make these intermediate school years a wonderful and enriching experience for everyone and we are here to help! The staff and leadership team look forward to working alongside you all, akonga and whānau alike so drop us a line if you need more information or simply want a chat.

Public Health Measures and our COVID response plan.

You will be familiar already with the health measures that schools have taken when we were under the COVID Alert Level protection system.

Now that schools have moved to the COVID Protection Framework (CPS) and we are at the Red setting we are able to support everyone learning onsite. Listed below you will find a quick reference chart with current requirements under the CPF including aspects of school operations at this setting. As the Omicron variant is so prevalent we will adjust these plans accordingly as new information comes to light.

Keeping our children, staff and community safe requires a conscientious effort and this safety plan sets the expectations for how we move forward together. What we do know is that our school community is strong, resilient and resourceful and we will do our very best to support and protect each other during this time.

The COVID Protection Framework (CPS) for ANI is outlined below commencing with the Public Health Measures.

PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES AT ALL CPF SETTINGS

Basic hygiene
• Children and adults will be required to sanitise their hands when entering an indoor space
• Children will be expected to use cough and sneeze etiquette
• Classroom surfaces will be cleaned regularly

Contact tracing
All visitors, including parents are required to;
• Scan the QR codes prior to entering the school grounds
• Sign in at the office (contact tracing)

Vaccinations
• All staff and support persons are fully vaccinated.
• Maintenance staff and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated prior to entering the school grounds.

Sickness
• If children present as unwell you will be asked to collect them immediately.

Ventilation
• Windows and doors will be open to allow good ventilation
• Where possible teaching and learning will take place outdoors

COVID Protection Framework (CPS) - Red setting

Curriculum related events can take place and our preference is to hold them outdoors to minimise risk.

Non-curriculum events will only be permitted using the My Vaccine Pass.
There will be no large indoor gatherings scheduled for this term.

Dyson HEPA Filters have been purchased and will be in all classrooms. This is in addition to good old fashioned fresh air which works well if we leave windows and doors open!

CO2 Monitors will also be supplied by the Ministry of Education shortly.

At the Red CPF setting staff and students from Years 4 to 13 must wear a mask when inside at school.
Click here for a helpful resource to show your young person how to wear their mask correctly.

Adults: A reminder that all workers in schools have received 2 vaccine doses as of 1st January 2022.
Students: Here is some helpful information to support you when you talk to your young person about the COVID-19 vaccine. https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/covid-19-immunisation-5-11-year-olds.

We have a good contact tracing system in place that in the event of an infectious case our system will quickly identify close contacts and work with the Ministries of Health and Education.

At Red setting we will keep everyone learning on-site for as long as we can. However, if either Ministry instructs us, we would need to consider moving to online learning.

Contact details held by the school must be up to date please. You email us if you would like to check these details (ani@ani.school.nz).

Visitors to school will be kept to a minimum.

Please only come to the office for urgent matters.

All visitors must wear a mask and sign in using the QR code for contact tracing purposes.

These are going ahead!

Additional details coming in a separate letter closer to the date of event, however will need a commitment of attendance by 25 February 2022 to ensure our bookings are held.

Camp and EOTC dates are below (refer #9).

Note: Later start for Year 8 students (9am) and early finish for Year 7 students (2.45pm) to assist with separation of groups.
Times Yr 7 Yr 8
Start 8.45am 9.00am
Block 1 8.45am – 10.15am 9.00am – 10.45am
Morning Tea 10.15am – 10.35am 10.45am – 11.05am
Block 2 10.35am – 12pm 11.05am – 12.45pm
Lunch 12:00pm – 12.45pm 12.45pm – 1.30pm
Block 3 12.45pm – 2.45pm 1.30pm – 3.00pm
End 2.45pm 3.00pm

We understand that there will be different circumstances for every family and should you wish to engage in online learning for the start of Term 1 please contact Mr Mills (bmills@ani.school.nz) for an application form.

Once approval is granted, the online material will be provided and supervised by a trained teacher.

This will be an online programme for term one. The remainder of the year we hope will be face to face but this will depend on the CPF setting.
This has been adjusted to limit movement and interaction of students and staff around the school. All specialist subjects will still be taught but we will manage classes moving between subject areas a little differently than previously to keep safe.
Each class is deemed a ‘group’. An ILE will be made up of two ‘groups’ or two classes. There is no physical distancing requirement between group members only between groups. Groups will be using separate entrances to classrooms.
In the case of an emergency, our safety evacuation plan will override the CPF system.
Ngā mihi nui

Jill Farquharson (Principal|Tumuaki)

Shane Devery (Deputy Principal)

Bryce Mills (Deputy Principal)

News from the Team Leaders welcoming you to their teams

Kauri Team - Year 7

Teachers in Kauri are incredibly excited to welcome our new Y7’s to the ANI community this year. Given their learning experiences in 2021, our teachers will be working alongside our ako using the 4 R’s (relationship, routine, reassurance and regulation) to establish a positive and inclusive learning environment for all. In addition, throughout the term, we will be using practices from the Mental Health Foundation’s “5 Ways to Wellbeing” to further support their wellbeing. Kauri Team have been working in collaboration with Totara Team to develop a robust and integrated unit of inquiry that offers learning experiences at varying levels of difficulty across all curriculum areas. Home learning is a key factor in uniting the school and family communities together. It will involve activities across the core curriculum areas, as well as, opportunities for them to learn with and from you. Communication between school and home will take place via SchoolApps (whole school or year group information) or email (individual team, class or student information). For learning purposes, it’s important to bring three things every day: something to write on, something to write with and a positive attitude.

Totara Team - Year 7

​​Kia ora koutou and a warm welcome to a new school year from the Totara Team. We are very excited to welcome a new cohort of Year 7 students to ANI and look forward to navigating these changing times with kindness and respect which are our key focuses, in the Totara team. We welcome all students to be inclusive and supportive and work as a team. In term one, we will be hitting the ground running with our engaging learning programs across all curriculum areas. Home learning, a term we came to form a new understanding of over the last year or two, is such an important tool and we encourage you to speak to your young people about what they are learning and encourage and support them. As a school, we communicate home via school apps for logistical items and updates on COVID, sports etc. Our teachers are available via email and these email addresses can be found on the school website. Feel free to reach out to your young person’s teacher with any queries you may have. As the first day of school nears, we ask that students come with a big smile and on the back of this smile, a bag with their stationery and something to write on. We’ll take it from there and here’s to a great 2022!

Rimu Team - Year 8

Rimu Team cannot wait to get started in 2022 and have worked hard to plan an exciting term to start off the year. After such a disrupted 2020 and 2021, we understand that this year is crucial; the team has a real motivation to help their students achieve their goals and make the most of this year as we prepare our students for the incredible adventure that is high school. Speaking of incredible adventures, we are excited to share that we are well prepared for our school camp at Tui Ridge (Rotorua) beginning on Tues 22nd March – Friday 25th March. This year we will continue to be aware of health and wellbeing within the school community and promote this in a variety of ways through teacher and student initiatives. Our academic learning program, as well as our weekly home learning requirements, will continue to be robust and of a high quality as our students deserve an excellent education in a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment.

Matai Team - Year 8

Rimu Team cannot wait to get started in 2022 and have worked hard to plan an exciting term to start off the year. After such a disrupted 2020 and 2021, we understand that this year is crucial; the team has a real motivation to help their students achieve their goals and make the most of this year as we prepare our students for the incredible adventure that is high school. Speaking of incredible adventures, we are excited to share that we are well prepared for our school camp at Tui Ridge (Rotorua) beginning on Tues 22nd March – Friday 25th March. This year we will continue to be aware of health and wellbeing within the school community and promote this in a variety of ways through teacher and student initiatives. Our academic learning program, as well as our weekly home learning requirements, will continue to be robust and of a high quality as our students deserve an excellent education in a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment.

Kowhai Team - Specialists or Spec

Rimu Team cannot wait to get started in 2022 and have worked hard to plan an exciting term to start off the year. After such a disrupted 2020 and 2021, we understand that this year is crucial; the team has a real motivation to help their students achieve their goals and make the most of this year as we prepare our students for the incredible adventure that is high school. Speaking of incredible adventures, we are excited to share that we are well prepared for our school camp at Tui Ridge (Rotorua) beginning on Tues 22nd March – Friday 25th March. This year we will continue to be aware of health and wellbeing within the school community and promote this in a variety of ways through teacher and student initiatives. Our academic learning program, as well as our weekly home learning requirements, will continue to be robust and of a high quality as our students deserve an excellent education in a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment.

Getting Ready for the First Day

What do I need to bring on the first day and where do I go?

Excitement is building and 1 February is only days away. A few quick tips to start the year and get ready for the big day!

Here are five useful tips from the Ministry of Education to help you swing back into the school routine.

  1. If your child is new to the school, visit the school grounds over the weekend to help them get familiar with their new surroundings.
  2. Walking, scooting or cycling to school is a great start to the day. Practice the safest route to school over the weekend – don’t forget a helmet if they’re on wheels.
  3. It’s easy to let bedtimes slip during the school holidays. Get your child back into their regular bedtime routine a few days before school starts so they’re rested and ready.
  4. Help your child get their clothes, sun hat, shoes, lunch and backpack ready the night before school starts to reduce stress in the morning.
  5. Make sure you’ve labelled ALL your child’s belongings including lunchbox, drink bottle and sun hat.
WHAT DO STUDENTS NEED TO BRING ON THEIR FIRST DAY (Tuesday 1 February)?

There are a number of things to remember to bring on the first day:

  • your morning tea, lunch and a drink
  • sunscreen and hat or cap
  • your P.E. gear as you might be taken out for a game ( this includes sneakers)
  • swimming togs for a lunchtime dip
  • your signed ICT agreement form
  • your stationery (it can be covered if you like), pens, pencils and your device
  • a lock for your bike or scooter if you travelled to school using this form of transport
  • a smile and great attitude as that’s exactly what your teacher will be bringing!
WHERE DO WE MEET ON THE FIRST DAY (note this is different to previous years as we are at Red in the CPF setting)

Parents will receive an email today ( 28 January) with the room number and name of class teacher for 2022. The email will also contain a map so students can find their way to the classroom. School begins at 9am on Tuesday 1 February for year 7’s. Please go directly to the classroom. (Note: school commences at 8.45am for Year 7’s from Wednesday 2 February).

We ask parents to refrain from escorting students to the class. We will have teachers on duty to assist and provide directions. This is to limit numbers on site.

Morning tea and lunch breaks will be staggered to ensure numbers of students gathering is kept to a minimum.

The school day ends at 2.45pm for our Year 7 students while at the Red setting.

From Wednesday 2 February, school will begin at 8.45am and end at 2.45pm for our Year 7’s with morning tea, lunch and departure times staggered whilst at the COVID red setting.

Parents will receive an email today (Friday 28 January) with the room number and name of class teacher for 2022. The email will also contain a map so students can find their way to the classroom. School begins at 11am for our Year 8 students on Tuesday 1 February, please go directly to the classroom. (Note: school commences at 9.00am for Year 8’s from Wednesday 2 February).

We ask parents to refrain from escorting students to the class. We will have teachers on duty to assist and provide directions. This is to limit numbers on site.

Morning tea and lunch breaks will be staggered to ensure numbers of students gathering is kept to a minimum.

The school day ends at 3pm for our year 8 students while at the Red setting.

From Wednesday 2 February the school day will begin at 9.00am and end at 3pm for our Year 8’s with morning tea, lunch and departures remaining staggered whilst at the COVID red setting.

Who is who on our staff

2022 Staff List – Term One
PRINCIPAL Jill Farquharson
DEPUTY PRINCIPALS Shane Devery and Bryce Mills 
RIMU TEAM (Y8) MATAI TEAM (Y8)
Room 15 Nick Edwards (Team Leader) Room 4 Ashley Triana (Team Leader) 
Room 16 Renee Dale Room 5 Chae-Yeon Park
Room 13 Jo Wang Room 2 Saasha Jolley
Room 14 Kueni Schaumkel Room 3 Bruce Ng
Room 9 Alice O’Sullivan Room 6 Nick Housten
Room 10 Steven van Nes Room 7 Matty Bowman
KAURI TEAM (Y7) TOTARA TEAM (Y7)
Room 27 Andrew Lawrence (Team Leader) Room 22 Kieran Gleeson (Team Leader)
Room 28 Annie McKellow Room 21 Xavier Rice
Room 25 Sana Yakub Room 20 Casey Zhang
Room 26 Louisa Pielichaty Room 19 Sophie Hunt
Room 29 Natalya Hazelwood Room 23 Maddy Mitchell
Room 30 Sunilla Naik Room 24 Charlotte Ironside
KOWHAI TEAM (SPECIALISTS)  – Carlos Kucera (Team Leader/Sports Academy)
Hard Technology Jacob Markham  & George Pearson(Lab Tech)
Soft Technology Brooke Tuialii & Jordan Devery (Lab Tech)
Arts Beren Allen (Visual Arts) & Eugene Marshall (Music)
Science Neeti Siras & Renee Paterson (Lab Tech)
Physical Education Thomas Jones

RATA TEAM
Int Student Director Kate Shin / Lynley Sheweiry
Languages Cynthia  Montesinos (Spanish), Jasmine Hanawy (French) 
School Counsellor TBC
Part-time teachers & Other Staff  Aideen Ryan (ESOL); Sakima Cornwall (Library/Research Ambassador); Kim Eliott (Release); Don Campbell (Release); Colin Dale (Release)

KIWI TEAM
Principal’s PA TBC  
Executive Officer Jean Feng  
Administration Officer/ After School/ M&L Classes Ula He    
Concierge Rachael Banbury 
Property Manager Duncan Wilson (Bruce Banbury TEMP)  
IT Support Tinashe Biri  
Administration   Helen McMahon 

TUI TEAM
Teacher Aides   Sam Blackman (Mo-Fri); Georgia Hulme (Tue.Wed), Keegan Allen (Mon/Thurs), Gabriel Kofoed (Mon-Fri), Cayley Baird (Mon-Fri)
NIKAU TEAM Specialist Support                                    Bruce Banbury (Mo-Fri), Sakima Cornwall (Mo-Fri), Mauri Hohepa (Te Reo Maori), Renee Paterson, Jordan Devery, George Pearson.

CLASS PLACEMENTS

Today, Friday 28 January, you will receive an email from the school letting your young person know what room they are in and who their teacher will be in 2022.

On the first day of school this classroom is where your child should go - Year 7’s start at 9am and Year 8’s at 11am. See Map

We will have staff on duty assisting with directions and you will know who they are as they will be in high-vis vests. A reminder that parents must drop their child off at the gate to limit numbers on-site.

Please Note:

  • If you don’t get an email notification by 4pm on Friday 28th February, please email Ula He on uhe@ani.school.nz. We will do our best to reply to you over the weekend keeping in mind Monday is a public holiday.

We realise that students will be feeling anxious on the first day but we know from experience that this will change quickly once they settle into the new class.

We ask that parents not request a change in class placement until after the first two weeks of school which will allow a settling in time and adjust to their new teacher and classmates. If there are genuine reasons for a student to move classrooms please contact the SLT after Monday 14 February.

Communication

School Apps, School Website and Facebook

School Apps

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 any 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.

It is important that you update which subscriptions you have on the app also – such as Year 7 or Year 8 messages, various sports, classroom-specific messages, etc. You can do this by clicking on the 3 horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner, and selecting ‘Alert Subscriptions’.

Should there be a school emergency this is how we will notify you so it is essential you have the App installed. 

School Website

The school website has a great amount of important information so do take time to become familiar with it. From teachers’ profiles, to accessing the Parent Portal and excellent curriculum detail, it is a great resource for parents.

Facebook

ANI also has a presence on Facebook with news and information about school life and our community.

A Message From Our Finance Team

School Payments and Donations for 2022

To those families who have already paid their school donation in addition to other payments a great big thanks. Your support of our school makes such a difference to the education we can provide for your children in addition to all the extras we have on offer that make ANI such a great place to learn.

Ministry Donations Scheme

You may be aware that some schools were given the opportunity to opt into a Ministry of Education Donations scheme where schools would qualify to receive $150 donation per student per year and parents would not be asked for a donation. Unfortunately as a decile 9 school, we do not qualify for this scheme (it was for deciles 1-7 ONLY).

What do I need to pay?

A voluntary payment of $450. We encourage you to make this payment to maintain the high standard of education we provide and help us provide additional specialist teachers to benefit your children. Your support of our school by way of this donation is greatly appreciated.
A payment of $80 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 can also send notices home advising you of the cost and you pay at the time.
A payment of $20 to pay for the yearbook with lots of good memories for your child.
A payment of $100 to cover the materials students use during the year (all four terms) in our specialist programs as well as other subjects that have a practical component. In these classes students work with a variety of materials such as wood, Perspex, 3D printing supplies, textiles and other components. In addition, your young person will participate in regular cooking lessons and your contribution ensures we can offer a variety of ingredients to compliment the programme.
A payment of $60 to pay for the computer programme we use for your child’s homework. To access the homework you will need to subscribe to this programme.

A payment of $225 to pay for the four-day EOTC programme facilitated by Bigfoot Adventures. The EOTC provides our students with great opportunities for skill development in outdoor activities, and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. EOTC activities include team problem solving, low and high ropes confidence activities, kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing, raft building, adventure based learning activities.
Dates for Y7 EOTC are:
Totara Team EOTC dates: Tuesday 15 March – Friday 18 March

Kauri Team EOTC dates: Tuesday 22 March – Friday 25 March

A payment of $380 to pay for the four-day camp at Tui Ridge Park, Rotorua. The camp provides our students with great and challenging educational opportunities in an outdoor setting to develop student leadership, self-management, risk-taking, cooperation and independence. Students will be involved in a range of activities including a rope course, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, flying fox and orienteering

Dates for Y8 Camp are:
Matai camp dates: Tuesday 15 March – Friday 18 March

Rimu camp dates: Tuesday 22 March – Friday 25 March

A voluntary payment of $50. The ANI PTA has supported the school for many years. They provide financial assistance and additional resources to ensure our students have the best facilities and resources that in turn help all students succeed in reaching their full potential. Please help us to continue that support by donating $50 to the ANI PTA.

How can I make these payments?

Account Name: Auckland Normal Intermediate Account No.: 12-3048-0291429-00 Reference: Student name and purpose of the payment
These can be made at the office or uniform shop during opening hours (see website)

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 (see login instructions below).

Online Parent/Caregiver Portal – login and payment instructions
Login instruction

  1. Click on the link:
  2. Enter the email address you supplied to the school
  3. Click on Forgot Password. An email will then be sent to your email inbox. Click on the link within the email to set up a login.

Payment instructions

  1. Click on your child’s name, select ‘School Payments’ tab to see a list of items due
  2. 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
  3. When you are happy with your selection, click ‘Make Payment’. You can choose to pay with POLi or Paystation. 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
  4. After you have clicked OK, success and print options are given before logging out. 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.

You may wonder why we ask for a voluntary donation?

If you have already paid your voluntary school donation and other associated costs we thank you once again 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 cannot be met by the fund 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 the Ministry of Education income, “Targeted Funding” and “Special Education Grant” and combine these revenue streams we receive $80.10 per student which is $992.45 less per student than if we were a decile 1 school.

Funding per student

Targeted Funding

Special Education Grant

Total

Decile Nine School

31.6

48.5

80.1

Decile One School

989.46

83.09

1,072.55

Difference

957.86

34.59

992.45



For a school of 660 pupils like ours, this equates to a difference of $655,017. The government believes we have the capacity in our community to raise these funds through donations.
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:
– two language specialists
– one Te Reo Tutor (to take Kapa haka and teach Te Reo)
– science specialist
– PE specialist
– teacher aide per team
– Lab assistants to help set up science experiments, food stations and technology equipment
– full time counsellor
– full time librarian and research ambassador
– full time Sports coordinator
– full time tech/ICT 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.

Taxgift

How you can support the school with no extra work or activity needed!

Did you know that your donation to our school attracts a tax credit? Don’t let that money go to waste!
We are excited to announce that our school has partnered with TaxGift, a simple-to-use service that enables you to donate this tax credit back to us, boosting your donation by up to 48% at no additional cost to you!

It’s the easiest fundraising ever and takes less than a minute to register by simply clicking here now!

With your help, we can reach our fundraising goals much sooner and build our multi-purpose space and 10 new teaching spaces quicker.

Imagine what we could achieve for our school if everyone TaxGifted!

How does it work?

TaxGift is simple: you opt in for your donations to us from this tax year forwards, and the experts at TaxGift work with us and Inland Revenue to do the rest. Best of all, each gift goes on giving through the years until a minimum of $5 is reached, without you having to do anything further.

Here’s how a $100 donation becomes $148.14, with TaxGift:

Historic donations
Here’s how you can help even further. If you haven’t claimed your tax credit on donations in the past four years, simply tick the box on the form when you sign up and the team at TaxGift will claim them as a further gift to us. It’s that easy to make a meaningful contribution back to our school.
What else should I know?

It won’t cost you anything to sign up to TaxGift; no money leaves your bank account (although the school pays TaxGift a small fee for its services). Signing up to TaxGift appoints TaxGift as your tax agent solely for the purpose of gifting your tax credits back to Auckland Normal Intermediate. Don’t worry – it does not affect any other tax agents that you might have (for example, if you have an accountant who does your tax returns). You must be an individual New Zealand tax resident who has earned taxable income in the relevant tax year to be eligible for the tax credit and you can opt out of TaxGift at any time by emailing their friendly team.

You can visit TaxGift’s website (www.taxgift.co.nz) for more information, and don’t forget to opt in by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued support of our school and its staff and students.

Our Exciting Building Project

A few property updates about the work that has been happening on the school site over the holiday break.

Artwork

We had the privilege of working alongside a very talented local artist by the name of Andrew Steel (here is a link to his website). Below you will find a few photos showcasing his talent. His work incorporates our school values as well as our new gifted Maori name Te Ipu Kura o Mataaho. We think they are awesome and am sure the students will think so too when they see it on Tuesday.

Our building project

  • Both projects are on track and progressing very promisingly. Below are some key dates for you around the timeline and finish dates.
  • Tentative completion date for our new Multi-purpose space (called the MPS) is September 2022
  • Tentative completion date for our new 10 classroom block (called the 10TS) is November 2022

Access & Health and Safety

  • The compounds between the MPS and 10TS are fenced with hoardings to ensure safety for all on-site. These barriers will reduce noise and dust pollution. Access between the field and the court area will be through a laneway (Student Walkway) which the builders have created for us.
  • Access to the school pool is also through a laneway and at the rear of the pool area. (Pool Crossing)

2022 Dates and exciting events ahead including Camp (Y8) and EOTC (Y7)

Year 8 Camp

Year 8’s will be attending camp during term 1 and we ask parents to confirm their child’s attendance no later than Friday 25 February. The camp cost of $380 includes food, activities and accommodation as well as a Coach to and from Tui Ridge which is located in Rotorua. As you are aware we will require at least 15 parents to attend camp to ensure the activities run smoothly and H & S ratios are adhered to. Parents who attend the camp and stay overnight, will have to follow the MOE guidelines with a double vaccination and complete a Police Vet. This request will be added to the application form and information we send out with all camp details.

Matai camp dates: Tuesday 15 March – Friday 18 March

Rimu camp dates: Tuesday 22 March – Friday 25 March

Year 7 Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

All Year 7’s will be attending EOTC during Term 1 and we ask parents to confirm their child’s attendance no later than Friday 25 February. The cost of EOTC is still being finalised with BigFoot Adventures. Your payment will include all student activities and the bus to a number of different venues. As you are aware we will require at least 2 parents to attend EOTC each day per class to ensure the activities run smoothly and H & S rules are followed. Parents who attend EOTC will have to follow the MOE guidelines and be double vaccinated. Without your support we can not proceed with EOTC so look forward to parents filling in the application form that will be sent out shortly with all the information you will need.

Totara Team EOTC dates: Tuesday 22 March – Friday 25 March

Kauri Team EOTC dates: Tuesday 15 March – Friday 18 March

Term Dates and Events

​​Put these dates in your diary so you don’t miss a beat ( note many are subject to confirmation due to the CPF Setting):

Event

Date Status

School starts for Y7s

School starts for Y8s

1 February 9.00am – 2.45pm 

1 February 11.00am – 3.00pm

For subsequent days school will start at 8.45am for Year 7 and 9am for Year 8.

Meet the Teacher Evening -via Zoom

(Note: the Year 8 interviews will be rescheduled to take place shortly on Zoom  in addition to the Goal Setting interviews for both year groups will be rescheduled to take place virtually)

10 February 5.00am – 6.30pm

PTA Meeting – via Zoom

14 February 7.00pm

Central Zone Girls Tennis

22 February – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

School Photos ( TBC)

23 February

BOT Meeting – via Zoom

23 February 6.00pm

Central Zone Boys Tennis

24 February – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

PTA Chocolate fundraiser begins – TBC

25 February

Central Zone Boys Softball

1 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Central Zone Girls Softball

3 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Y8 HPV Immunisation

8 March

Central Zone Boys Cricket

8 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Central Zone Girls Cricket

10 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

League Tag Kowhai

14 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Y7 EOTC – Totara Team

 

15 March – 18 March

AAIMS Boys Softball

15 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Y8 Camp – Matai

 

15 March – 18 March

AAIMS Girls Softball

16 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Central Zone Swimming

17 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Y7 EOTC – Kauri Team

 

22 March – 25 March

Y8 Camp – Rimu

22 March – 25 March

Central Zone Orienteering

22 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

PTA Meeting – via Zoom

28 March 7.00pm

AAIMS Swimming

30 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

BOT Meeting – via Zoom

30 March – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

Y8 HPV Immunisation Catch up session

6 April

AAIMS TAG

7 April

PTA School Social

7 April – MAY BE POSTPONED – TBC

PTA Chocolate Fundraiser Prizegiving

11 April – TBC

END OF TERM

SCHOOL CLOSES 2PM 14 April

Snippets of News

An update from the PTA about what they are up to. And we need your help, as our food trailer has been stolen (did you see a truck in the school car park on 18 January around 8.45pm?).

 

Stolen Food Truck

We need your help! Did you know we had our brand new food trailer stolen on 18 Jan around 8.45pm.

This trailer was a brand new tuck shop for students – we had not even had the chance to use it after taking delivery last year on 17 August which was the first day of lockdown. Since the fire we have been unable to offer the students a tuck shop and I’m sure they will be bitterly disappointed to know someone has come into the school with a tail lift truck, loaded it and driven away. Police have been informed and the event number is OR-284315N

Please report if you saw anything as you may have been walking past or if you know anything at all we would love to hear from you.

PTA

The PTA will have their first meeting on Monday 14th February and this will need to be on zoom to limit numbers on site. They are an active and awesome group who support the school in a number of ways from helping out at events to hosting parent information evenings and the odd bit of fundraising.

This year more than ever they need your help given events will be limited in the Covid Red setting.
Please contact Julie Rope the Chair if you’re keen to be involved. Email: pta@ani.school.nz

And finally...

Newsletters come out on the first of each month so be on the lookout for our 1 March edition coming out on a Tuesday 1 March.

In addition to the monthly newsletter, we have a weekly update called the ‘Friday Flyer’ that comes out every Friday with key events, reminders and dates for the upcoming week. This is sent via SchoolApps, keep an eye out for that too.

We know that 2022 is going to be a fantastic year and we look forward to getting to know you and your young person as the year progresses.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa – let us keep close together, not far apart.

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Monday 17 October