May 2020 Newsletter

NEWS from the PRINCIPAL and DP’s 

Tēnā koutou i ngā whānau o te kura.

Thank you for supporting your children’s learning during the lockdown period. We appreciate that for many families it’s not been easy to juggle your own work, school studies and family living in your home. Our staff have shared exactly the same challenges as they too work from home and juggle online teaching duties with their own family responsibilities.

I hope your child shared with you the ‘Welcome Back’ video our ANI staff put together for the students when they resumed studies last week. Just when many of you are probably feeling that you have had an oversupply of child time, the staff and I are all really missing having interaction with the children in person. Despite this we do ask that you keep your children home unless this is impossible for you to do so. At home is where they, and others in your bubble, are most safe from COVID-19.  A month or two without in-school learning will not majorly impact on your child’s academic learning or personal development.

Your child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development will be happening whether they are at school or not.  They still have to cope with the transition from childhood to adolescence and they will very likely find the mood swings, body changes and sometimes new emotions difficult to handle especially as they do not have friends around to share with. If parents understand and recognise the behaviours that are typical at this developmental stage it can make it easier to manage challenging behaviours that could be surfacing at the moment.

With the majority of school work being online at the moment, it  is important not to overlook students who can be at risk when alone with devices that allow them easy access to the internet. When children spend a lot of time with their devices and do not always have adult supervision, they can be vulnerable.  At school we have very clear rules about what students at ANI may watch, and who they may engage with online.  It is very easy for children to meet people online that they would never associate with in everyday life.  Please provide advice and guidance about using devices safely and wisely. It is essential that your children are very clear about your rules for using the internet.

We urge all ANI parents and caregivers to make yourself familiar with the Netsafe website and the Seven Tips for parenting they offer. To ensure your children understand the risks of online activities it is important that you talk to them openly and in a non- threatening way about the potential dangers of the online world. Even more important children need to know they can come to  their parents if they have had an inappropriate online experience and the adult will help them take any steps necessary as follow up. It was disturbing that a recent research project found that as many as a third of intermediate-aged children had sent intimate photographs of themselves by internet. 

Do I haffta” is very likely a phrase you have heard often over the last month.

Requesting your early-adolescent son or daughter to work or do what you think is a reasonable chore, you are quite likely to get the response “Do I haffta?”  Excuses, procrastinations, false starts and even flat out refusals are quite common. Parents can be left wondering what’s going on and why is my child so uncooperative? What can I do about it?  Intermediate teachers sometimes have to deal with the same responses.

We can begin by understanding the highs and lows of the early adolescent years. Pre-adolescents are alternatively filled with energy and lifelessness. This is due to many factors including hormone changes and growth spurts. This age group starts projects with vigour but often abandon them half finished. Others take on more than they can manage then become totally frustrated when they can’t get everything done. Some feel puzzled and depressed when they experience a bout of lack of energy. Understanding these ups and downs are a normal part of growing up should encourage parents to avoid nagging in these times of listlessness but still being firm about the rules of the family.

Intermediate-age children do need to accept that it is reasonable to be asked to do ordinary chores. Parents have the right to expect intermediate-aged students to perform reasonable chores as their contribution to family wellbeing when they are asked to do so. It is helpful to remember that your early adolescent is coping with many changes in their body,  brain and emotions – they don’t  generally set out to deliberately annoy parents. This understanding is important for family harmony.  When you are asked, “Do I haffa?” and if the request is reasonable then the answer is “Yes you haffta!” 

Do try to make the most of the family time that Alert Level 3 has made possible. We at ANI are really looking forward to being able to interact with your children and you once we are back at school.

In our next newsletter (Monday 1st June)we will share some other aspects of early adolescent behaviour – we hope you find them useful. 

Finally, a bit of Friday fun with the SLT team and a few students. Keeping our groove on going into the weekend. Stay safe everyone!!

Kia ngatahi ai te tu

E pakari ai te tuara

Together we are Strong

From Jill, Shane and Bryce


At the end of last term we farewelled music teacher Drew Daldy. Drew is heading to teach at a private secondary school in Auckland. Our new music teacher is Yasuko Okamura who is currently providing students with online lessons. Yasuko is overseas at the moment and will travel to NZ as soon as travel restrictions are lifted. Yasuko trained in Australia, has a Master of Education degree, is fluent in five languages and plays multiple instruments, her specialty being the cello and piano.

Becky Ridson-Milne will be starting as the teacher in Room 28 as soon as she is permitted entry to New Zealand. Becky will be taking over from Katy Constance who is moving back home to be with family in the UK. 

Becky’s travel plans have been disrupted obviously due to COVID-19 and unfortunately she and family have not left Scotland. They will travel once travel restrictions are lifted and they can gain entry to NZ. Katy will stay until she is able to move back to London (dateTBC). If there is a gap between Katy starting and Becky arriving we will fill this internally.


Students were asked to keep a diary during lockdown.  Haran in Room 22 (Year 7) was commended for his well written diary and very kindly agreed to share it with the ANI community – you can read it here.


During the lockdown, Mr Don Campbell, one of our part time teachers, sent a few limericks and haiku to the NZ Herald – here is one of his limericks that was published on 13 April.

Poor Boris has Covid-19

Removed from the political scene

While his hair is outrageous

Right now he’s contagious

But soon will be back reigning supreme


Thinking about coming back to school in Covid-19 level 2.  Feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

The impact of Covid-19 has meant that teachers, parents and students have experienced a large number of significant changes in a short period of time.  For the most part everyone has managed these changes very well, demonstrating the values or beliefs of the ANI community of being reflective, confident communicators, principled, caring and  connected learners.  

The next big change will be the return to school, when the country returns to level 2, and face to face interactions with other students and teachers.  The thought of this may be a little unsettling for some students and their parents.  You may be thinking about a range of things associated with this change.  Gina and Robyn have some ideas that may help you to make the return to school a little easier.  

Taking some actions that are in line with school and personal values and beliefs is a great place to start.  If you are thinking about your safety in terms of Covid-19 as you return to school you could start by acknowledging that this is a realistic concern.  You could read about the precautions being taken by school staff to ensure your safety.  You could make a list of your own personal precautions and share this with your teacher, parents or friends.  

You could spend some time reflecting on some new routines that you have enjoyed during level-4 lockdown.  Consider whether some of these could be carried over into the new going to school routine.  This might take some confident communication with parents and siblings so that you can negotiate how this might happen.  

It can be difficult to know how to help friends who are finding the idea of going back to school concerning.  The research has shown us that the best way to demonstrate caring is by focusing on your friend’s feelings.  This is a more useful approach than ignoring or trying to talk them out of the way they are feeling.  Let them know that you have heard what they are saying.  Tell them that their feelings are understandable and that there is good reason for them to feel this way.  After they have finished talking about their feelings and you have affirmed this you could remind them of the things that they really value about going to school.  This might be opportunities to see friends, teachers, get back to in class learning and sports or fitness.  Some fear or concern about change is normal and it is this degree of concern that helps us to make plans to ensure our safe management of change.  

All ANI teachers are touching base with students this week via Zoom chat or a telephone call. Part of the reason for this, is to check in, gauge feelings or attitudes and assist with these ongoing transitions. The change and uncertainty can cause children to worry which is why it’s important to focus on what can be controlled. If you notice some anxiety in your child, redirect them to the facts and information regarding what can be done individually such as maintaining distance and washing hands. 

When students return to school at Level 2, the school day will continue to look and feel different as we navigate the transition. At Level 2, there are no large gatherings, ANI will be reducing movement within the school, continuing with rigorous cleaning and hygiene practices and adhering to the government’s advice. It is important to prepare your child for this. Returning to school will not be the same as it was pre-Covid. 

A key focus at Level 2 will be implementing a calm and routine school day where the social and emotional needs will be paramount. It will take time and patience to re-integrate. Some children will feel relieved and eager to get back into it, others may require more support with the transition. Teachers and staff will be monitoring this closely. 

If you or your child is finding that the idea of going back to school is overwhelmingly concerning please get in touch with Gina Speedy or the senior leadership team to discuss some more targeted strategies to manage this transition.

Robyn Stead & Gina Speedy

Educational Psychologist and School Counsellor


Tuesday 28 April – Friday 15 May – Girls Self Defence (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Monday 4 May – PTA Meeting at 7.00pm (TBC due to COVID-19)

Monday 11 – Friday 15 May – Mufti Week (all week) (TBC due to COVID-19)

Tuesday 12 – Boostrix for Year 7 students (TBC due to COVID-19)

Wednesday 13 May – Board of Trustees Meeting at 6.00pm on Zoom 

Tuesday 19 May – 2021 Prospective Student School Tour #1 9.00-10.00am; 2021 Prospective Student Parent Information Evening #1 at 6.00pm (TBC due to COVID-19)

Monday 25 May – Big Science Competition in Lab 2 (TBC due to COVID-19)


The Great Chocolate Fundraiser

Hi everyone at ANI!

The PTA are excited to announce the Prize Winners

for the ANI Great Chocolate Fundraiser

COVID-19 might have put a stop to our prize giving ceremony

but we didn’t want to wait any longer to let you know how we did.

The PTA is tremendously proud of the students for all the incredible work raising funds for the school you did. Amazing effort!  We are also grateful for the support from your parents, especially when going out in public was so uncertain. Thank you all.

The money is still coming in with lots of boxes still out there (and hopefully selling to all the people in your bubble).  So far we have raised a staggering $18,000. We are hoping to hit the $20,000 mark once all the remaining chocolates are sold.

Take a second and think – you did this – by getting out there and selling chocolates you have made it possible for the school to buy resources which ANI couldn’t have otherwise. Be proud of your efforts. In the middle of a pandemic you rose to the challenge for the school. You are superstars.

Our Top Seller is………(you will have to imagine a drum roll from Mr D)

Alden Rahardjo (Room 14) who sold an impressive 19 boxes

Alden was determined to be our top seller and this focus clearly paid off.  Alden has won one of the 2020 Specialised Pitch Sport 27.5 bicycles from Mt Eden cycles which has been generously donated by Bryce Taylor of Anne Duncan Real Estate.  Congratulations Alden!

We had two students who tied for our Second Place Top Sellers, selling 11 boxes each. 

v Jess Holmes (Room 20) who has won one of the 2020 Specialised Pitch Sport 27.5 bicycles donated by Bryce Taylor of Anne Duncan Real Estate.

v William Hargraves (Room 16) who has won the Lenovo tablet ‘TAB E10’

But we had even more tops sellers. The following students sold 10 boxes and have won a $50 gift voucher and an ANI fundraiser badge:

v Stanford Wolfgramm (Room 6)

v Isabella Winstanley (Room 16)

v Olivia Elia (Room 20)

v Brandon Wong (Room 27)

The following students sold 5 boxes or more and have earned an ANI fundraiser badge:

Sienna Hennessy (Room 2), Rosie Skudder (Room 2), Emma Choi (Room 4), Andrew Eldridge (Room 6), Kysha Patel (Room 6), Kailash Karthik (Room 7), Harshu Tammina (Room 7), David Bews (Room 10), Tamryn Shaw (Room 13), Jason Wu (Room 13), Samara Bhikha (Room 14), Liza McGill (Room 14), Jayna Patel (Room 14), Jackson Adams (Room 15), Eva Hutchinson (Room 16),  Riyana Dayal (Room 20), Imogen Lamont (Room 20), Ava Liggins (Room 20), Mackenzie Seales (Room 20), Marcus Wang (Room 20), Francisco Aguila (Room 21), Nidhi Nidhi Varna (Room 21), Addison Ledger (Room 22), Bernie Shi (Room 22), Nikau Denton-Paki (Room 23), Hannah Fowler (Room 24), Liam Jones (Room 24), Ali DiLeo (Room 26), Samantha Marie Jose (Room 26), Atulya Rohaj (Room 26), Jerry Sun (Room 26), James Ogilvie (Room 27), Millie Ruddenklau (Room 27), Rehaan Bhikha (Room 28), Darsh Hari  (Room 28), Jaynish Patel (Room 28), Indigo Stallard (Room 28), Rose Wallace (Room 28), Hannah Park (Room 29), Caitlin Thomson (Room 29), Jessy Flack (Room 30), Sam Gooderham (Room 30), Kaelin Olesen (Room 30).

These outstanding top selling students sold a combined total of 304 boxes and raised a profit of $7,296 for the school. We know lots of hard work went into this achievement – so thanks to each and every one of you.

All the students who sold 5+ boxes went into the draw for two Hero Session go-pros. The winners were randomly selected by Jill Farquharson:

v Emma Choi (Room 4)

v Isabella Winstanley (Room 16)

We want to acknowledge everyone who made the effort to be part of this fundraiser. So every single student who sold a box of chocolates went into the draw for a $20 gift voucher. Our winners are:

v Muhammed Jahangir (Room 3)

v Lucia Mathie (Room 7)

v Yaseen Kidiwala (Room 19)

v Annabel Sigley (Room 20)

v Aarav Gupta (Room 25)

The Class Prize of a Pizza Lunch is awarded to the class which sold the most boxes with the most participants

The class receiving a pizza lunch (once social distancing allows you to be in the same room again) and having sold a total of 74 boxes

is…….  Room 20

With a $30 Uber Eats voucher for their teacher – Louisa Pielichaty

Shout out to Room 20 for either being great salespeople, or chocoholics.

 Congratulations to all our students who won prizes.

We look forward to getting our winners their prizes as soon as possible.

The PTA would like to express a huge thank you to Bryce Taylor of Anne Duncan Real Estate and Mt Eden Cycles for the generous prize of the 2020 Specialised Pitch Sport bicycle. We were thrilled to be able to have this prize for our students. They have generously supported ANI, so if you or your parents have the opportunity to support these local businesses in turn – we encourage you to do so.

We would also like to thank Paul Sutton from Interworld Fundraising for his tremendous support and for the donation of our other major prizes of the Lenovo tablet and the Hero Go Pros. Thanks Paul.

And finally….

While we have been in Lockdown we have followed up on all the chocolates that are still out there. We have emailed those of you who still have boxes. Many of your parents have paid the money into the PTA bank account (ANI PTA 12-3048-0259939-00, child’s name and room number as a reference). Others have let the PTA know that you will bring the money to the school once it reopens. Thank you so much for your responses.

If you still have chocolate money or boxes to return, please let the PTA know as soon as possible (email: so we can update our records. Remember if anyone in your bubble eats chocolates, they will need to pay for them. We are still hoping to reach $20,000 so it is fine to keep selling those chocolates to your parents and siblings if you can.

Stay safe everyone – kia kaha


Diana Winstanley – ANI PTA


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