Auckland Normal Intermediate

July 2019 Newsletter

PRINCIPAL’S NEWS

The New Zealand Curriculum

The next section for us to ‘unpack’ are the Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).  This section can be thought of as the tool kit for optimum learning. The competencies are thinking; using language, symbols and texts; managing self; relating to others; participating and contributing.

Just like the Vision and Values sections the key competencies include both personal and social aspects.  As children develop their thinking, oral and then written language skills also expand. This helps them both understand and explain their worlds and absorb, experience and share new knowledge.

Language competency is crucial and this is an area where family can play a big part in growing a child’s competency and learning.  The wider vocabulary a child can build, the more they are able to express themselves and understand learning contexts they experience.  If we think back a decade, we have all had to grow our vocabulary of information technology and now readily use words that ten years ago we had never heard of or they didn’t exist.  As children add to their life experience, they simultaneously add new words to their vocabulary. If a child is bilingual they are fortunate because they will have two ways of both understanding the world and expressing themselves.

Intermediate school is an important stage in the emerging adolescents development where subject specific vocabularies become important.  To learn science it is necessary to know and understand the scientific vocabulary of the idea or process being carried out, e.g. children learn about making and testing a hypothesis; in technology they learn about design and innovation.  Mathematics has a distinct vocabulary and so do the learning areas of art and music. Teachers introduce relevant terms in class programmes and encourage children to use them frequently.

Children’s ability to read and write needs to reach the level of fluency and competency required to prepare them for the tasks of High School programmes.  This means that the use of symbols and texts (reading and writing) becomes central to their learning. Reading to and with your children is very helpful. Any reading keeps the decoding skills of the brain exercised.  Magazines, comics, newspapers as well and denser text of novels or non fiction material all provide valuable “brain exercise”.

Schools are also required to foster the development of Social Competencies such as relating to others and participating.  Teachers are cognisant of this in all activities and provide opportunities for leadership and participating as a team player.  We aim to build understanding of diversity and valuing different world views and customs as to know how to function in their social world our students need to be taught the vocabulary and manners of social interactions, and taught the behaviours which are acceptable in certain contexts.  This learning does not happen by chance – our class teachers work hard to make sure that all learning experiences foster sensitivity, tolerance and inclusion.

When families and school work together, liaise and communicate frequently, we have the best chance of ensuring that each child develops the personal tool kit of key competencies which they will need to go on to become lifelong learners and contributors.

Board of Trustees News

On Friday 14 June our new Board of Trustees took office.  Congratulations to new trustees Bernard Pavlovich, Hannah Ryan and Brett Bishop.  We look forward to the many skills and talents you will bring to the governance table.

Simonne Eldridge, one of our current trustees, was reelected and will continue as our Chair.  Congratulations Simonne.

Three other trustees Brett Ogilvy, Tara Pryor and Scott Boniface (Staff Trustee) are half way through their term of office and as we run a staggered election system, a mid-term election for these three positions will take place in December 2020.

The staff and I welcome all trustees to the important role of governance.

Wellbeing at School

Last week there was a strong focus on staff wellbeing called “Wellness Week” (happy staff = happy students!).

We are very aware of the importance of wellbeing across the whole school and the week of planned wellness activities last week was just the start of lots more exciting things to come.  Staff took part in a variety of activities such as:

  • Gumboot golf
  • Wake and shake
  • Netball (staff v students)
  • Staff dares
  • Yogalates
  • Bring a pet
  • Pool tournament
  • Onesies day
  • Video and board games

The other areas our wellness committee are working on include:

Promoting the understanding of wellbeing

  • What does wellbeing look like and feel like?
  • Moving wellbeing beyond the idea of pastoral care
  • Having shared understandings of what mental health and mental wellbeing is

Taking responsibility personally

  • What areas of personal wellbeing do you need to work on?  For example, do you need to make sure you get 8 hours sleep, eat well, get adequate exercise, move from reflecting on work to reflecting on yourself?
  • How do you choose to manage your energy throughout the day?
  • How do you choose to experience moments in your day where you can really connect with someone?
  • How do you find time in your day where you can receive feedback and positive feedback?

These areas may also be helpful for parents who live very busy lives – take some time to get enough rest, sleep 8 hours, eat well, get adequate exercise and move from reflecting on work or jobs to reflecting on yourself.

Happy July!

Nāku noa

Jill Farquharson

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL’S NEWS

Mid Year Check In

Reports were sent home on Friday and parent interviews are scheduled for Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 July.  With this in mind, I encourage our young people to sit back and reflect on how their year has gone over the last two terms, what they have achieved, what they still need to work on and what actions are required to transform these goals to reality. 

Some students have already achieved their goals and should be setting a new focus and directions for the last two terms of 2019.  For others there is still work to be done!

It would be great to have our students focus on how to achieve these goals and use input from parents to reinforce what needs to happen before they either move into year 8 or leave ANI, for year 9, in 2020.  Please ask your child how you can help them at home.

Year 8’s Stepping it Up

During the last two terms of school you will find the year 8 students being provided with the skills and knowledge to support them regarding how to study for a test.  This will include; how to spot what is important in the question (what it is actually asking you to do?), how to best answer a question and also how to write an essay. The intent is focused support for our students before they move onto a local high school. 

Students will also be asked to increase the amount of homework that the teachers requires each day.  In term three we will expect students do complete at least 45 minutes homework and in Term 4 we expect one hour of homework each night.  The purpose behind this is not to try and stress out our students in the last two terms of their primary school years but to better prepare them for moving on from Intermediate school to the high demands of high school.

Early Notification for Year 8 Parents (Exhibition and Graduation)

A reminder to our year 8 parents that our students have their IB PYP Exhibition (a celebration of all things the students have learnt and knowledge they have gained over their years at ANI) on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November.  While they have plenty of work to do before this date they will still need your support leading up to this showcase of learning outcomes and student lead actions.

Year 8 Graduation will occur on Thursday 5 December and in the past has proven to be a great event.  Teachers provide the necessary lessons for students to perform three or four dances, some formal and others more relaxed.  Move information will be coming in term 4, as to the venue, what to bring along and expectations of the students on the night.  We are looking forward to seeing our young people in a more mature environment on the night.

Assessment at ANI

Next term, Term 3, we have three formal or quantitative tests occurring in reading, writing and maths at the start of the term (called EasTTle tests).  The term 3 data will be used to compare the test results from Term 1 and more importantly look at the value added during the year.  

The comparative data will provide the opportunity for teachers to discuss the progress made by each student in their classroom as well as look at the gaps that a student has improved in and the gaps they still need to improve.  This test information we encourage our students to share with you.

A reminder that these tests are only one data point for our son/daughter and it is used alongside other qualitative assessment data to form an overall judgement of were your child is at, related to the New Zealand Curriculum levels.  To see your child’s results ask your young person to open up their e-asttle results page using their log-in to share their results with you.  

Please Note:

  • Quantitative assessment is assessment “of” learning and it measures what the student’s currently know (typically a test situation), while, 
  • Qualitative assessment is used “for” learning and measures what students can do and what they need to focus on to improve their learning (typically discussions, peer reflections and conferencing).

Shane Devery – Deputy Principal

Staying safe over the holiday break

Parents and teachers like to think that when children are at school, or at home, they are safe. Generally, this is the case but as our children have personal devices and access to the internet we cannot assume that this is always true.

At school we have strict rules and filters which restrict what they are allowed at access. 

ANI use a filter called Linewize which is a robust filtering system designed to keep our young people safe while on the internet at school. At any given time, their classroom teacher can see what they are looking at on their personal device from the teachers computer. This high-level monitoring system ensures our young people are held accountable while online. 

Another danger when they are active on their devices is that they may receive a bullying or insulting social media message. Such messages can be very traumatic for emerging adolescent children to deal with and they need to be warned about sending hateful or spiteful messages to others and that it is a crime if they do so.

Teachers at ANI stress to their students that if they find any material on their screen that they are uncomfortable about, they must talk about it with a responsible adult, preferably their parent or teacher. It is important that children are equipped to deal with scenarios such as these should they arise. 

We encourage children to speak and behave in ways they would be happy for their parents to know about as this will support them in making good choices. However, we understand that young people sometimes make wrong decisions and view this as an opportunity to learn. If they mess up, they are taught to fess up and then they fix up.

School holidays are especially risky times with devices as children are likely to have more time online. We would urge you to warn your children of the potential dangers and how to stay safe online. None of us want our young people dragged into the slums of cyberspace so let’s work together to ensure they don’t. 

Have a safe a relaxing holiday!

Bryce Mills – Deputy Principal

STAFF NEWS

A word from Gina Speedy – School Counsellor

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Gina Speedy and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the School Counsellor at ANI! I am a fully registered primary teacher with postgraduate qualifications in education and counselling. The wellbeing and mental health of tamariki have always been my area of passion. Therefore, after 8 years teaching in New Zealand and overseas, I made the move into counselling. Supporting early adolescents is of particular interest to me as they begin to navigate life with increasing independence.

As a full-time counsellor at ANI, I’m looking forward to working with students, staff and parents to help our tamariki solve problems, make decisions and work through life’s ups and downs. My role involves in-class teaching, small group work and one-to-one counselling or supporting of students. Outside of ANI, my personal interests include netball, exploring NZ, family time and volunteering at Lifeline.

In the last month I have felt thoroughly welcomed at ANI and am pleased to be part of such a forward-thinking and supportive environment. If you have any questions, please email me at counsellor@ani.school.nz. Together, let’s help ensure your child’s success in school and life in general.  

Ngā mihi nui

Gina Speedy 

WELCOME TO NEW STAFF

A warm welcome to the following staff who will join us this term:

  • Mr Kieran Gleeson will be teaching in Room 11 until the end of the year as Mc Chandra heads back to Canada.
  • Ms Deirdre Mercer will be teaching in Room 2 as Lynn Swanepoel relocates to Invercargill where her husband has secured a new job.
  • Ms Natalya Hazelwood will be teaching in Room 6 as the teacher is on sick leave.

Teacher Aides:  Caitlin Sye and Tarah Holmes 

Kapa Haka and Te Reo Tutors:  Daniel Kelly and Kahlia Coffin

Welcome to ANI.

UPCOMING EVENTS THIS MONTH …

Monday 1 July – Tough Guy/Gal Challenge; Parent Interviews from 3.00-5.00pm

Tuesday 2 – Parent Interviews from 1.00-7.00pm

Friday 5 – End of Term Awards Assembly 11.00am at Eden Park; Term 2 ends at 2.00pm

Monday 22 – Term 3 begins at 9.00am

Tuesday 23 – Open Day/School Tour at 9.00am for Year 6 students and their families; Parent Information Evening at 6.00pm for Year 6 student families

Thursday 25 – AIMS Parents Evening (see below)

Monday 29 – Monday 5 August – ANI Roadshow

Friday 26 – Ski training; ANI Cross Country

Monday 29 – PTA Meeting at 7.00pm

AIMS PARENTS EVENING – THURSDAY 25 JULY, 6.00-7.00PM

On Thursday 25th July, at 6.00pm, we will be holding a meeting for the parents of AIMS students to discuss topics such as:

  • Finance
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Staffing/Coaching
  • Parent Managers
  • Timetables

MESSAGE FROM NZ POLICE – 105 

NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105.  They have done this to make it easier to get hold of them in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

You can call them on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:

– Lost property

– Theft for a public place or car

– Intentional property damage

– Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111.

HAIRSPRAY JR.         

Hairspray Jr. is in full swing!!!

Students involved are challenging their courage muscle on the stage in the really coming into life as the characters that live on the streets of Baltimore. With a deadline of September 2, there has already been a lot of amazing work put in by our teachers and students! On soon as they enter our temporary stage (the barn) they become not the students that you and I know, rather a key personality that bring the stage alive! I can’t wait to see them fully in costume and under the lights in the EGGS school hall! Please remember that if your little cast member has any upcoming clashes next term to please email me at ddaldy@ani.school.nz. 

Thanks so much for all the support and allowing your home to encompass a little bit Hairspray Jr. itself as the kids learn their parts and ALL the songs!

WELLNESS WEEK

The ANI staff celebrated wellness week from 10 -14 June.  Lots of fun activities, and below is a picture of the netball game that took place on the Friday.

PSYCHOLOGISTS SPOT

One aspect of bullying in schools is the impact of bystanders.  Given how busy and well populated most schools are it is often the case that bullying incidents take place in front of witnesses or bystanders.  What is really important for parents and educators to understand is that there is a well known phenomenon in social psychology called bystander effect.  Essentially this is the typical human response or non response to an individual in trouble. If you are interested in the history of this check this link, https://psychology.iresearchnet.com/social-psychology/prosocial-behavior/bystander-effect/ which is a summary of the history of this phenomenon.   

Typically what the researchers found is that as soon as there is more than one person witnessing a problematic situation they are less likely to respond to it than if it was just one individual witnessing the problematic event.  While the research confirms that it is very difficult to overcome this response in the general public there is some evidence that children can learn to manage this impulse better if they are given some support. There are three main strategies recommended.

  1. Explicit teaching – meaning that it is important to explain to children what you expect them to do if they witness a bullying situation.
  2. Modeling – adults should look for opportunities to demonstrate to their children how they would like them to respond if they see someone in trouble
  3. Environmental cues – having rules or expectations of behaviour visible helps to remind children of what they should do.

So as parents how can you use this information to support your child.  Take some time at your next family dinner or on a car ride to tell your children what you expect them to do if they see someone being bullied.  It’s really important to talk about likely scenarios so that they know how to act without putting themselves at risk. Responses may range from quickly finding an adult, to telling a peer that it’s not OK to do what they are doing at the time of the event.  When opportunities arise for us as parents to demonstrate what we would like our children to do ensure you take them and then explain to our children why and what the hoped for impact was. If you haven’t had the opportunity to do this you can always set up a practice session.  Ask your child to tell you about what they may consider a typical situation and then have them practice with you what they might do. Of key importance is that adults only demonstrate the undesirable behaviour. We don’t want our kids practicing what not to do! Sounds awkward I know but there is plenty of research evidence that shows that practicing a behaviour leads to children doing the behaviour when the situation arises in real life.  The final point Environmental cues is perhaps more directly suited to schools but at home this can also apply. Support school initiatives such as pink shirt day, show your children this newsletter article and the information from Yvonne Godfrey and talk about your expectations in terms of their behaviour. New Zealand has a problem with bullying behaviour but there are plenty of small and simple things we can do to change this.

Robyn Stead

Registered Psychologist (working at ANI)

PTA NEWS

Upcoming PTA Meeting – the next PTA meeting is being held on Monday 29th July at 7.00pm in the school Information Centre (Library), all welcome.

Jo Beer – ANI PTA

Thanks PTA

Great news – we have been able to buy a number of exciting resources for students and staff from the chocolate fundraiser.

New Tables For ANI Community

We’ve finally got 9 new tables for the ANI outdoor areas! A massive thanks to the PTA for providing $5,000 towards this outdoor furniture.

How this came about: Our Story

First of all we gathered information from the students to see which tables they liked best. 

Then we chose the most suitable tables to buy and where we could put them around the school.  We had to consider places that the students and community use often such as on the field. Then we had to work with different ideas to see what could fit into our budget, which was great learning for us.

We finally sent an email to the company director Brent Swann from Breswa Construction, with our order and they were delivered within a few weeks!

We are really looking forward to see how these tables will benefit the school and the community.

Abbie Mackay and Chanelle Townsend (Room 1)

New Sports Equipment

We have purchased a variety of equipment for fitness and group sports – take a look!

Staff Jackets and Hoodies

A number of jackets and hoodies with the ANI logo on them have been purchased for staff to wear to school events, sports activities, netball, AIMS and so on.  Thanks PTA!

SPORTS NEWS BY MR NICK EDWARDS (teacher in charge of sports)

Code of Conduct

A big thank you to parents for your support at all sports events throughout the year so far – you will be given the ANI Sport Code of Conduct to read, sign and return by your child’s team coaches. 

This Code of Conduct ensures that children, teacher/coaches, officials and parents are protected by a shared agreement of positive attitudes and fair play. 

Thank you for all the brilliant work you are doing with your respective sports – your hard work is really paying off. 

Central Zone Girls’ Hockey

On Monday 24th June, the girls hockey team ventured to the North Shore to compete in the Central Zones competition. With big smiles and an eager spirit, the team played with high energy and ferocity, drawing our first game.

This attitude continued into our following pool games with a win, loss and draw respectively. These results led to us playing for 7th or 8th, with the same energy that we started with.

The girls should be commended on their sporting abilities as much as their sporting conduct. An exceptional day was equally matched with an exceptional team and a favourable outcome. All in all, a positive experience for all.

Congratulations, girls!

Mr Andrew Lawrence

Central Zone Table Tennis

What a great day it was for ANI on Thursday 20 June, it will go down in the history books! ANI completely dominated across all competitions and conducted themselves as true champions. Well done to the entire team and a special mention to these players.  

Boys single champion: Timothy Choi

Boys single 3rd place: Bryun Lau

Girls singles 2nd place: Amy Liang

Boys doubles champions: Mox Liang & Wooyoung Wang

Boys double 4th place: Troy Lee &  Sharveash Jutty-Dinesh

Girls doubles 2nd place: Alyssa Wong & Adeeba Shaik 

Mr Oliver Wooding

Boys’ Central Zone Hockey

The boys’ Central Zone hockey team had a fantastic tournament on Monday 17 June, playing exceptionally well! They came together as a team and the result was well deserved, placing third overall. Battling against three teams in our pool, ANI won all games with no goals conceded against us. 

With high spirits, we played fiercely in the semi-final with only goal in the tournament scored against us, leaving us to play for 3rd and 4th. Despite the loss, the boys took it in their stride and came back with both energy and enthusiasm to take out the third place title. 

The boys should be commended on their efforts today as both hockey players but more so as sportsmen. They were supportive, cooperative and determined, bringing out the best in one another. It was an excellent day; one they should all be proud of! A special mention to the wonderful parent supporters and our fantastic coach.

Mr Andrew Lawrence

Cycling

Zane, Erwin and Elena represented ANI in the Pukekohe Team Cycle Series in early June and achieved first place with 62 points – well done!

Mr Nick Edwards

Year 7 Interzone Boys’ Football Tournament

This interzone tournament was our first experience of full-pitch, full-size-goal football with 11 players. ANI were off to a bright start against an aggressive Glen Eden Intermediate side. A great first game, which the boys deserved a draw. Unlucky. Score: 0-1.

ANI’s second group game v Glenbrook was a totally different game where we regained our ruthless free-scoring form from the central zones. The boys were thriving with their new-look 3-4-3 formation and pressed a high line.  Score: 7-0. 

The boys’ final game of the group stage was against Somerville Intermediate. The two teams battled a closely fought first-half with tackles flying in from both teams. Somerville broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal after a break-away. Fitness was showing and mistakes led to a wave of attacks from Somerville that meant we conceded 4 more goals to make it a hard-to-swallow 6-1 defeat. 

We qualified for the 5–8th-place shield round and played Papatoetoe Intermediate. A last-minute change of goalkeeper due to illness meant Jacob Wong switched from centre-back, and he made some fantastic saves to keep us in the game several times in what was another tight game. An early miss from ANI meant Papatoetoe had advantage but Jacob Wong pulled off a great save to pull ANI level. Nerves played their part with misses for both teams and the boys were narrowly defeated, 4-3.

The boys were devastated but this did not show in their final game, again coming up against Glenbrook Intermediate. Glenbrook were a much better team at this stage than before but ANI fought back. Final score: 5-0.

A great day out – 7th place overall out of 210 teams in Auckland in the zones!

Mr Alasdair Forbes & Miss Jess Philpot

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR SHORT–TERM INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN JULY/ AUGUST

Have you ever considered hosting an International Student?

Auckland Normal Intermediate has a large number of short-term international students (and sometimes parents) joining us in July/August this year. They will be coming for a period of between 2 – 6 weeks.

Hosting a student can be rewarding in so many ways! Learn about another country and culture; establish a lifelong link to a family in another country; and create a great friendship between your son/daughter and the student.

Students benefit from living in an English-speaking environment with the chance to study and experience life in New Zealand.

If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment or you think you might be interested to host an International Student, please contact Sarah on 021 021 91 000 or sarah@happyhomestay.co.nz.

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