Auckland Normal Intermediate

July 2020 Newsletter

In today’s newsletter we have the following:

  • News from the Principal and DPs
  • Mid Year Reports
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Upcoming Events for July
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Canned Food Donations to St Vincent De Paul’s Food Bank
  • Change to End of Year Date – Important!
  • Year 8 Camp
  • Staff Changes
  • Student Congratulations
  • ICAS Testing
  • Psychologist and Counsellor’s Spot
  • PTA News
  • ANI Sports-Pro Programme
  • Sports Parent Information Evening
  • Ask an Olympian!
  • House/Whanau Points – Term 2
  • Facebook
  • Community News

NEWS from the PRINCIPAL and DPs 

Tēnā koutou i ngā whānau o te kura.

With a world pandemic still raging, the principles of our IB learning model are proving to be the best possible platform on which to live our pre and post lockdown lives.  It is important that children know themselves and practise commitment and integrity in all that they do. The IB curriculum encourages students to think not just about New Zealand but about the world. We have all become acutely aware how our actions can impact on others and how quickly and easily global systems can become disrupted.

Because the International Baccalaureate programme we follow at ANI develops the learners as individuals as well as imparting knowledge, it helps children understand themselves, and care about others.  It helps our young people understand the interconnectedness of nations globally.  We firmly believe that these traits will help our students take the best of what we have learnt over the last three months and build it into how they face challenges in the future.  For your information we have printed the IB learner profile in this newsletter. I am sure the characteristics we develop in our students are those you want your children to have. The COVID-19 experience has reminded us all how interconnected nations are and we want our young people to thrive and contribute in that interconnected world.  

The end of this term marks the halfway mark of our 2020 learning journey. It is a good time for students to reflect on goals they set themselves and see if they are on target to achieve them.  Intermediate students are ready to take increasing responsibility for their own progress and decide what steps they need to take to be the best they can be. Year 8s will be thinking about their ambitions for high school and careers. At the beginning of next term teachers will give guidance about presenting themselves well at enrolment interviews. Their IB learner experiences mean that they have both the skill sets, the principles and attitudes to make them ready for the next stage of their life journeys. The IB Learner profile is a guiding document for our students and aims to develop internationally minded people who help create a better and more peaceful world. You might like to ask your child how they show the attributes of the Learner Profile in their learning. There are 10 attributes of the Learner Profile:

Inquirers / Open-minded / Knowledgeable / Caring / Thinkers / Risk-takers (Courageous) / Communicators / Balanced / Principled / Reflective

Follow this Youtube link to learn more about the IB Learner Profile.

Mid Year Reports

Our mid year reports go home today (Wednesday 1st July). You will receive your child’s report outlining how they are tracking against New Zealand Curriculum achievement levels, effort grades and assessment linked to the programme of inquiry. Within the report you will also receive an A4 handout of how to read the report explaining the effort grade and where your child should be in relation to their year level. With COVID-19 lock down level 4 and level 3 the teachers have assessed all students on the work they completed prior to lock down and also during lock down to gather a big picture of their learning progress. Reports will be discussed at our student led conferences with parents and a plan of action on how to progress learning for the rest of the year.

An electronic copy of each student’s report will be available on the parent portal Edge by 5.00pm on Thursday 2nd July.  Follow these instructions if you have not logged onto Edge before:

  1. Go to Edge here.
  2. Login with the email address you used when you first enrolled your student at ANI.
  3. Click on your child’s name
  4. Click on ‘Reports’
  5. Go to ‘2020 Mid Year Report’
  6. Click on ‘Download PDF’

Troubleshooting Guide 

Student Led Conferences

We look forward to meeting you at the upcoming student led conferences next term. This is a time for you and your young person to join the teacher for a face to face discussion about learning and to frame up next steps. The information about how to book these interviews has been sent to you today, Wednesday 1st July, in the form of a separate notice on School Apps. We look forward to sharing and celebrating your young person’s successes.  

Details are as follows:

Student led conferences have been scheduled for Term 3, on Monday 27 July (3pm-5pm) and Tuesday 28 July (1pm-7pm) – school will finish at 12.30pm for students on Tuesday 28 July. A separate link has been sent today (Wednesday 1st July) on School Apps to book your preferred time and day. If you are unable to make one of these days, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to organise a separate time to discuss their learning progress.

These conferences will be face to face at school (not on Zoom).

To make a booking to see your child’s teacher, go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the event code vjbvv and book yourself into an available 10-minute time slot.  Alternatively you can click here to go straight to bookings.  

Note: Bookings close the morning of Monday 27th July 2020 at 10.30am.

Kia ngatahi ai te tu

E pakari ai te tuara

Together we are Strong

From Jill, Shane and Bryce

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR JULY 

Term 2:

Wednesday 1 – Applications for Queenstown trip due in by 9.00am; Mid-Year Reports go home; Booking link sent home to parents for Parent/ Teacher/ Student-Led Conferences being held on 27 and 28 July; Sausage sizzle for winning Term 2 whanau house

Thursday 2 – Students notified if applications for Queenstown trip are successful

Friday 3 – End of Term 1 and 2 Awards on Zoom (click here to watch) (emails have been sent to parents who students are receiving an award – please make sure you are on Mute and have your screen on Speaker view); Term 2 ends at 2.00pm

Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 – School Holidays (school closed)

Term 3:

Monday 20 – Term 3 begins at 9.00am; Last day for ICAS payments

Tuesday 21 – Open Day for 2021 Prospective Students at 9am; Parent Information Evening for 2021 Prospective Students at 6pm

Friday 24 – $200 deposit for Queenstown trip due

Monday 27 – Student Led Conferences (face to face – NOT on Zoom) 3pm-5pm; Sports Information Evening for Parents at 5.30-6.00pm in the Library; Mt Albert Grammar Open Night for ANI Year 8 students at MAGS starting at 7.00pm

Tuesday 28 – Student Led Conferences (face to face – NOT on Zoom) 1pm-7pm; School finishes early for students at 12.30pm

Wednesday 29 – Mt Roskill Grammar Open Day for ANI Year 8 students at MRGS 4.00pm and 6.00pm

Thursday 30 – Onehunga High School Open Evening for ANI Year 8 students at OHS at 4.30pm

NOTES:  

  • Student Led Conferences are face to face (not on Zoom) in Term 3
  • For those Year 7 students who were absent on Tuesday 30th June, the catch up Year 7 Boostrix immunisation will be happening in Term 3 (date to be confirmed).

COVID-19 UPDATE

As anticipated, a number of new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as New Zealanders return home.

While unlikely at Alert Level 1, if there was a confirmed or probable case linked with our school we will advise our local public health authority and the Ministry of Education immediately. 

A plan will be put in place quickly by relevant agencies (as mentioned above) and support would be provided to assist us to manage the next steps. Parents will be advised as part of this plan. 

Local health authorities through the Medical Officer of Health will make the decision about whether the school needs to close for a period of time, and will determine who is required to undertake self-isolation.

Who needs to stay away?

Unless directed by the Medical Officer of Health, the only people who need to stay away at the moment are those who are:

  • Unwell
  • Self-isolating (at the request of health authorities)
  • Waiting for COVID-19 test results

 Everyone else should be at school. 

CANNED FOOD DONATIONS TO ST VINCENT DE PAUL’S FOOD BANK

Such a great pleasure to help Delphina (pictured below) and the wonderful people at St Vincent De Paul’s Food Bank. These selfless volunteers have been overrun with the growing need for help from the community to support those who have been hit hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The Vinnies supply food packages to tens of thousands of families in the wider Auckland community. Most of the volunteers have not had a break since well before lockdown, so the least we could do as a school was help the immense demand that they are currently experiencing.

We thank all the families that donated cans over the last couple of weeks, just know that every little bit helps and is massively appreciated. Good work everyone!

Jacob Markham, Room 15 Teacher

CHANGE TO END OF YEAR DATE – IMPORTANT!

All Primary and Intermediate schools are required to be open a set number of half days.  In 2020, due to COVID-19, the year has been shortened by four half days (in 2020 the total is 380 half days link).  For our school this means the finish date this year is midday on Thursday 10th December.  Please make a note of this in your diaries as it has changed from previous notifications earlier in the year.

YEAR 8 CAMP

Positive news on the camping front for the Year 8 students in 2020. The school has been in contact with the camp directors and the new camp dates are as follows:

  • Rimu will attend from Monday 10 – Friday 14 August 
  • Matai will attend from Monday 17 – Friday 21 August

Venue: Tui Ridge, Rotorua

Please Note:

  1. Please let us know if you were a parent able to attend the original camp dates but your circumstances have changed and now you can no longer attend.
  2. Please get a Police Vet form from the office or Deidre in the SLT office if you can now attend, and you hadn’t originally indicated that you could.

STAFF CHANGES

Full-time staff moving on:

  • Oliver Wooding (Digital Tech) is moving to Rotorua to be with his wife who has been relocated there due to work  
  • Dee Mercer (Classroom Teacher Room 7) is returning home to Ireland due to personal family reasons
  • Heather Amadori (Science) and Rebecca O’Neill (Soft Materials Tech) are both moving back to the secondary sector

We wish them well and thank them for their many contributions to ANI.

New full-time staff:

  • Yasuko Okamura – Music Specialist Teacher
  • Brooke Tuialii – Soft Technology Teacher
  • Nick Houston – Classroom Teacher in Room 7
  • Victoria Bragg – Science Specialist Teacher
  • Yen Kim – Classroom Teacher

STUDENT CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Daffny Che, Mahi Bahety and Hannah Park (all from Room 29) who received Principal’s Awards for their French inquiry about famous influential figures.  They chose Gustave Eiffel because he had a huge impact on the architecture of bridges and monuments, his Engineering techniques were very revolutionary and used up till today.  The Eiffel Tower is named after his last name ‘Eiffel’ and he has also made Paris popular. One of their teammates was inspired to construct a mini version of the tower.

Charlotte Ironside, Room 29 Teacher

Congratulations to Owen LiZhang (Year 7, Room 22) who received a Principal’s Award last month for his high level of creativity and achievement in his extension literacy programme for the below design.

Congratulations to Ruxin Chen (Year 7, Room 27) who also received a Principal’s Award for her high level of creativity and achievement in her extension literacy programme for her story about the lockdown (see below).

LOCKDOWN

(Perspective of someone else by Ruxin Chen)

I stepped out the door. The wind brushed my face, reminding me that Autumn had come. Silence had settled over the streets, wiping away the usual noise and bustle. The leaves on the trees were browning, and many had fallen to the ground. Birds were singing, giving a warm touch to the cold stillness that felt like a dense layer of ice.

I continued along the street. Everyone was cooped up in their homes, adding to the silence of the streets. The fallen leaves were crisp under my feet, making crunching noises as my weight pressed down on them. It was a sunlit day and the bright blue sky that was rarely seen peeked through the thick layer of clouds, warming the life below.

The shops were closed. Their neon signs and painted billboards had been taken down, adding a sullen greyness to the city. It felt as if Mother Nature was scolding us for our insolence for ruining a planet that had once allowed us to expand beyond one’s imagination.

Once again, a gust of wind blew by, rustling the leaves and causing my scarf to flap in my face. A sudden, unexpected aching fills me. A yearning. A hope. The thought of not seeing my friends for so long hits me, and I catch on to the thought of how lonely I am. Waves of solitude and longing wash over me, making me wonder, how did we get here in the first place, and was this outcome our fault?

I dearly hope that together as a flourishing civilisation, we will pass this demanding obstacle. Even though the light is already shining for the way out, this could be the end. The very last hurdle. The impenetrable barrier. Human civilisation might as well just end here. But as George Weinberg said, “Hope never abandons you, you abandon it”. I have to put trust in the community. I have to trust the human race. I must keep fighting, and doing my bit.

Yet again, a stiff wind blows by. The sun hides behind a cloud, and the sky turns grey. I wrap my scarf around my neck and pull the zipper on my puffer. Still, goosebumps prickle on my skin. My only defences against the cold are useless to the forces of nature. 

The only thing I can do now is to keep faith in the people fighting this pandemic.

Congratulations to Indigo Stallard (Year 7, Room 28) who received a Principal’s Award for her creative writing ‘Fallen Hope’ in her extension literacy programme.

Fallen Hope

“Why is everything so difficult?” A young girl named Hope stared out her window. Sat on top of her short blonde hair was a flower crown that matched her cute pink miniskirt. She stared out the window to see the menaces Fear and Anger taking over the streets, making anyone who dare oppose them ill. Fear, one of the dark leaders wore a dark purple tank top and yoga pants. Fear also had an axe strapped to her back. Anger on the other hand, was wearing all red. He was handling the catapult with the two henchmen, Disgust and Sadness.

Joy walked into the room, and drew the curtains.

 “Hope, stop worrying.” she said. Even though Joy herself was troubled with the dark empire. Joy had once been best friends with Anger. “We will fix this,” declared Pleased. Pleased was quite a joyful man, and never gave up. Hope looked up to Pleased, and tried to be like him. “We will fight back, even if it risks the safety of ourselves” said Joy.

Hope went to the cloud room where the Elders are. She asks when it will end, when and if the Dark Empire will be destroyed, and if all this happens, can the court of fair do it alone? The Elders spoke.

“The future can only be guessed. You are the young hope, You’re the future, keep your head held high. Your time will come, young Hope.”

“But Elder Knowledge, that doesn’t answer any of my questions,”

“Young Hope, that’s because you must find your own truth. Off now.”

Congratulations again to Haran Thirumeni (Year 7, Room 22) who received a Principal’s Award for continuing his high level of creativity and achievement in his bird personification story.

Wonder

(Bird personification)

Breeze strokes the canopy of green below. A sudden swarm of dust drifts in the high currents of blue. Up here everything and anything is possible from the feather-soft breezes to the charging gales. Today is dark, the clouds have enveloped the sun. Wispy and extremely difficult to fly in, yet with comforting gentle drops.   

I taste the air, a damp lingering wet, cools my tensed tongue. Up in the sky, the storm wanders near, threatening to shoot out in bolts. My peering eyes dash across the horizon. Even the minuscule chipmunk’s squabbles can be seen with my telescopic eyes. A flash startles my keen observations.

 Alarmed I dive into the lush blur. My robust wings shredding through the-now-frosty air. My heart leaps and thunders not unlike the storm above. I strain my thrilled wings. I turn my wide flaps into a mellow flutter.

The ground awaits my arrival. The crunch of the dry soil between my talons resonates through the quiet woods. My heart ceases in the array of dizziness. My wings feel weary. 

Thick droplets fall to the ground and my feathers are damp. I look out, the sun was just able to be seen setting in crimson dazzle. I look out to see the clouds departing. I look out to a river gushing nearby.  I look out in wonder. 

ICAS TESTING

Students who are interested in sitting one or more of the four ICAS tests in 2020, (Reading, Mathematics, Digital technologies and Science) can pick up a notice from the school office to take home and discuss with their whanau. 

Once you have decided what tests you would like to sit please bring in your signed permission slip to the office please (NOT class teacher) – payment to be either Eftpos or online banking (no cash).  Final date for test applications and money to be paid is Monday 20th July – NO exceptions.

PSYCHOLOGIST & COUNSELLOR’S SPOT

Recent events in the USA and protests around the world may have raised concerns in your family around issues of equity and social justice.  Historical and systemic injustice can be difficult to understand. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start or how to participate in the discussion in a meaningful way, let alone take action that is constructive. 

One place to start is a discussion of your own culture.  Those of us who identify with the dominant culture can find it difficult to understand differences because our beliefs are confirmed and reflected to us routinely.  We see our images in newspapers, magazines and on television, we hear our language spoken predominantly and our views are widely represented in mainstream media and in routine social interactions in our communities.  The way we see things feels ‘normal’ which of course puts people who see things differently as ‘other’.  Anyone who has travelled internationally will have experienced a taste of this.  Our kiwi accent seems odd to people from other countries and people are often unafraid to point this out! 

A great place to start is to begin to consider our own culture and how we see ourselves.  It is from this place of self-awareness and understanding of what makes us unique and special that we can extend our understanding and empathy to people who experience the world differently from us.  The following can provide a guide to starting the conversation at home about your own culture.

What is culture?

Use the table below and jot down at least two of your beliefs for each of these concepts. Consider practices, beliefs or values about each of these concepts. Some questions you might like to think about when considering these concepts include:

·        what do you know or were told about these concepts?

·        what practices do you do as a response to your beliefs and values?

·        who or what contributed to what you know, believe and feel about these concepts?

Customs/tikanga
Family/whanau
Food/kai
Values/whanonga pono
Religion/whakapono

After reflecting on our own culture and identity, it is helpful to guide children with perspective taking and empathy. In order to comprehend issues of social justice and equity, we must understand not only ourselves, but the needs, motivations, intentions and feelings of others. 

Around age 11, a child’s thinking becomes more sophisticated as their frontal lobe develops. They begin to practise ‘adult-style’ thinking. They no longer see things as simply black and white. Instead, they begin to understand abstract concepts such as justice and love.

It is at this age where perspective taking is increasingly important. The ability to look and think beyond one’s own point of view and consider the thoughts and feelings of others is an essential skill.  Perspective taking is imperative to navigate social situations, maintain good relationships, think critically and problem solve. Perspective taking is often described as the ‘gateway to empathy’. Children begin to practice a ‘WE’ instead of ‘ME’ approach to managing everything from a playground dispute to negotiating independence at home. Although the majority of perspective-taking learning occurs naturally in daily living, some children or situations require more explicit instruction with adult guidance. 

At school, this occurs through learning experiences such as examining a character, role playing, social aspects of inquiry, teacher modelling. It is also built into our behaviour policy as students reflect on their impact on others. 

At home this can be developed by acknowledging your child’s thoughts, good questioning and encouraging a sense of belonging. 

Acknowledge and respect what your child is feeling and make this clear. Repeat back to them what you heard them say and describe what you think they might be feeling. When they feel heard and understood, they are better able to understand the perspective of others. 

Encourage questioning and show them the other side. When you observe something happening on the news or in the street, use the opportunity to unpack it with your child and play detective. ‘’What do you think he is thinking and feeling right now?’’, ‘’What was his motivation?’’ ‘’What do you think he was trying to achieve and why?’’ Using external examples is a low-risk, easy way to practise and model perspective taking. 

Finally, children learn to value others through experiencing relationships and a sense of belonging. Engaging with others in a range of different settings from school, family, friends, sports, events and so on, ensures they are exposed to differing perspectives.

Events in the media raise a lot of questions and can feel complicated to unpack with children. However, focusing on identity, culture and perspective taking lays the foundation for critical thinking and independent thought. 

Robyn Stead & Gina Speedy

Educational Psychologist and School Counsellor

PTA NEWS

Thank you for the chocolate fundraiser money that has come in – please keep bringing this in if you have not already done so.

The Athon plans are shaping up nicely and dates are being rescheduled – so watch this space!  Other dates in Term 3 are as follows:

  • Monday 3 August – Friday 7 August – Mufti Week (tickets will be sold that week from SLT office window)
  • Thursday 3 September – Social at Greyfriars Hall at 6.30pm (permission slips will be given out in the week beforehand)

Diana Winstanley – ANI PTA

pta@ani.school.nz

ANI SPORTS-PRO PROGRAMME

We are immensely proud of the ANI Sports-Pro Programme. This sports academy is multi-faceted and meets the needs of a wide range of students. Topics and lessons range from high-performance sport and nutrition, to working with learners who find learning challenging. This programme digs beneath the surface and looks at the various components of sport. Have a look at the website dedicated to this programme HERE

SPORTS PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

Kia ora ANI,

We are having a Sports Parent Information Evening on Monday 27th of July, from 5.30 to 6.00 pm, with a ‘question and answer’ time afterwards, in the Library. On that night, our sports specialist teacher, Mr Carlos, will present the following topics:

1.   How ANI is developing the new sports programme – Sports-PRO – with the students;

2.   Plans and updates about sports at ANI (practices, trials, games, and competition central, such as Central zones and other tournaments)

Looking forward to seeing you at ANI for a “sporty night” and hearing your questions, suggestions, and feedback.

ASK AN OLYMPIAN! 

New Zealand Team athletes answer school children’s ‘resilience’ questions for Olympic Day.  This is a project from the NZ Olympic committee which ANI were invited to join. 

It is amazing to see our students having the opportunity to ask questions to the Aotearoa Olympians and see the professional athletes close to our students, our community. 

Ask an Olympian! – See the video here.  

(You can see our students’ questions on 3’24”; 4’23”; 5’43”; 9’42”.)

HOUSE/WHANAU POINTS – TERM 2

ANI runs a house/whanau system – your son or daughter will tell you which house they belong to.  They can earn points by displaying the school values and any other positive behaviours. 

Here are the Term 2 results from our whanau competition:

This makes Ahi the winner of the extended lunchtime and free sausage sizzle today (Wednesday 1st July).

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Message from Auckland Transport re new speed limits

Speed limits have changed across Auckland

Effective immediately, speed limits have changed on many of the high-risk roads across our local road network. 

Why have the speed limits changed?

Auckland Transport is working through a multi-year programme (the ‘Safe Speeds Programme’) to review speed limits on roads across our local road network to ensure they have a speed limit that is safe and appropriate for the function, design and use of the road.  Safe and appropriate speed limits support our transport network to move people and goods effectively, efficiently and safely across Auckland.

More information about the changes and the Safe Speed programme can be found at at.govt.nz/speed

If you would like to sign up for any future email updates around the Safe Speed programme Here’s a link to the form.