November 2022 Newsletter

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Welcome from the ACTING Principal and Deputy Principal

Parents and Caregivers,

Tēnā koutou i ngā whānau o te kura.


Leadership Roles for 2023

We are looking forward to interviewing the shortlisted candidates and finalising our future leaders at ANI for 2023. A huge thank you to all of the students who put their names forward as we had 150 applications for only 30 places. If you were one of the students who did not make the final shortlist thank you for taking the time and being a risk-taker to put your name forward.  

Please also remember you don’t need a badge to be a leader at ANI, you can seize the opportunity and become a leader in the sport they take, in their new classroom or join one of the many clubs or groups ANI has to offer.

The successful candidates will be announced at an assembly in late November.

ERO Visit

We recently had a visit from the Education Review Office, Zoe Lindsay and Graeme Tregoweth over two days. The outcome of the visit was a time to provide evidence on the mandatory components and expectations that are required of all schools.  

The best part of the two days was Zoe and Graeme talking to our strategic leaders who all did a great job and couldn’t wait to discuss their roles and how important their jobs were as tamariki at ANI.  The other positive aspect of the visit was going into classrooms and talking to our wonderful students and teachers about their learning programmes. 

Our students made us very proud and the way they were able to describe what they were doing and why, was a tribute to the students and teachers.

We are very excited about the awesome term ahead and are impressed by the focus and diligence we are seeing from our young people. Keep up the great work!

Ngā mihi nui

Shane Devery (Acting Principal), Bryce Mills (Deputy Principal)

Assessment Round Up for Parents

End-of-Term Exams

The year 8 students will be sitting some exams at the University of Auckland to better prepare them for high school in 2023. This includes sitting at a desk with space between the next student and not talking while the exam is in progress. The results of the math and literacy exams will be marked and shared with the students once these have been completed.

Our year 7 students will follow the same format as they did in term 3 and will have an exam that reflects the learning that has taken place over term 4 with some general knowledge questions added into the mix. The test results will be sent home and parents will be able to see how their child did in the exam and also be provided with options to improve on the questions they got wrong.

PaCT Data

At our next Board meeting in December, we will also share some data about teachers’ overall judgements (OTJ) using an assessment tool called PAcT.  We will share this data in a Friday Flyer before school ends.

End of Year Reports

Our teachers have been working very hard to assess where their students are at, against the expectations of students in year 7 and year 8 (level 4 of the NZC). 

The End of Year Reports will come home in the last week of school so please let your child’s teacher know if your child will be at school or not that week via email. 

Careers Week

Last week saw the return of ANI Careers Week! This was an opportunity for ANI young people to consider what passions and work to pursue in the future. In class, we took part in activities such as creating a budget, writing a CV and researching the next steps for high school and beyond to secure our dream job. 

The best part of the week was the guest speakers! We had a wide range of speakers come in to discuss their careers, the path they took to get there and some highlights of their work. A huge thank you to our speakers who provided some really interesting talks and real-life context to our learning!

Alice O’Sullivan

Teacher in Charge of Careers Week

Student Congratulations

This week’s Principals Badge is awarded to this amazing student for their support of the school. 

Regards Shane and Bryce

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Jamie Y from room 9 who will be away again from school in November as he is selected to represent New Zealand in the speech competition at the World Youth Dream Presentation Festival, which will be held in Korea. We wish him all the best and we know he will be a great success representing himself, his whanau and ANI.

Well done also to all those students who represented their clubs in the ‘Olympic Hopefuls’ under 12 water polo tournament over the weekend. There were some fierce battles between all teams and some very tired students on Sunday night.  

Building Update

Follow Tallulah, Trelise and Willa as they take you for a tour around the new MPS (multipurpose space – hall and gym combined) and 10TS (ten teaching spaces – two storied new buildings on courts). 

Please click on the link attached here and it will take you directly to our video.


School Production

The production is now in full swing, with props being made, choreography for dancers taking shape and the main characters selected. We have been setting time aside during the day and during the weekends to work on making the production this year a great success. Please book your tickets early to avoid missing out. They will go on sale next week.

We are seeking support from the parent and wider community for assistance with costume-making, prop and set building, advertising, business sponsorships, and more! 

If you are keen to lend your generosity to our school production this year, please email music teacher Eugene Marshall:

Eugene Marshall

Music teacher

Teacher in Charge of Production

Counsellor Spot

 Dealing with Change

In the upcoming months, all students at ANI will be experiencing a change of some sort. From transitioning into year eight or moving on to high school! People view change in different ways. One person may view change as a time of excitement and curiosity whereas another person may see change and feel a sense of anxiety. Both these views are valid and very normal!! This term I have noticed there has been a slight increase in students feeling anxious about the changes that they will be experiencing in the next few months. So I have shared a few pointers which hopefully will make this transition easier 🙂

  1. Focus on what you can control!!

It can be so easy to get caught up with the little things we can’t control such as who is going to be in my class? Will people like me? Although these are valid thoughts and fears, spending our energy focusing on these thoughts is not going to change things or benefit us in any way!! Instead, try focusing your energy on what you can control such as your attitude towards school, yourself and the people around you. 

  1. Look back on your past experiences 

Think back to when you were in primary coming to ANI for the first time or when you were in year seven going to year eight. What things worked and what things did not? Try and take the ideas that worked and implement them in the coming year! 

  1. You are not alone 

Whether you are excited or nervous knowing that you are not alone, there are probably a handful of people feeling the same way. Talk to your friends, teachers and parents. I’m sure a lot of them would be feeling the same way that you are and maybe they have some tips that they feel might help you too 🙂 

“ Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all experiences to enjoy”

Rachel Almeida 

School Counsellor

PTA News

Chocolate Fundraiser

Chocolate fundraiser 

Another reminder to please check at home and return any unsold chocolate boxes or pay the money for them to the PTA bank account. For any queries, please contact the PTA at

Remember you can deposit into our bank account directly: 12 3048 0259939 00.

Please add your child’s name and classroom number as a reference.




This is being held on Thursday 3 November 6-8pm at the Greyfriars Church, for all year 7 and 8 students. It’s Halloween themed if students feel like dressing up.

Permission slips and details were distributed to students on Monday. 

Please bring along cash for entry and the completed/signed permission slip.

Pizza, lollies, glow sticks and drinks will be available for cash purchase on the night. 

Our DJ is ready with the music and we look forward to providing a fun night for all students!



PTA volunteers

We have a very small committee that works hard to fundraise for the school, organising events like the Knowledge Athon, school socials and the chocolate fundraiser. We could do with more help, as more hands make light work! 

Next PTA meeting is coming up this month – 6pm in the school library, Monday 21 November. 

If you would like to join us or have any questions, you can email us at


Enrolments for 2023 are now open for new applicants. 

Should you wish to enrol other children with us or have family members/friends who are considering enrolling at ANI, please follow this link –

For further information on enrolments please email our enrolment officer Ula on

Parent Information Evening:

Thursday 10 November 2022: 6pm

Dates for One-on-One Interviews

Tuesday 15 November: 1–5pm 

Wednesday 16 November: 9am–1pm 

Thursday 17 November: 9am–12pm 

Tuesday 22 November :1–5pm 

Wednesday 23 November: 9am–1pm


Korean and Chinese Summary

In every newsletter and Friday Flyer we will add a short Korean and Chinese translation to assist families where English is not their first language. 

Please see below a summary in Korean:

기말고사: 이번 학기의 기말고사(수학, 영어)는 2주 후에 치러집니다.

8학년 학생들은 오클랜드 대학교에서 고등학교 입학을 준비하는 시험을 봅니다.

7학년 학생들의 시험 형식은 3학기 시험과 동일합니다.

연말 보고서: 교사들은 뉴질랜드 교육 대학을 참조하여 학생들의 진도를 평가하고 있습니다. 학생들은 학기 마지막 주에 성적표를 가지고 집에 갈 것입니다. 자녀가 지난 주에 학교에 없으면 교사에게 이메일을 보내주십시오.

변화에 대처하기: 우리 학생들이 인생의 길에서 행복하게 성장하고, 두려워하지 않고, 어려움을 용감하게 이겨내길 바랍니다. 모든 이득을 즐기십시오.

Please see below a summary in Chinese:






Upcoming Events for Term 4, 2022

Please subscribe to the ANI school App as information will also be updated regularly via this online platform as will the Friday Flyers.


PTA Social

6 – 8pm Thursday 3 November

BOT Meeting

Wednesday 9 November

Athletics Day at Mt Smart

Tuesday 15 November

AIMS Touch

Wednesday 16 November

School Production – evening

Tuesday 22 November

School Production – Evening

Wednesday 23 November

PTA Meeting

6 – 7pm Monday 21 November

Y8 HPV#2 & Y7Boostrix catchup session 

Thursday 1 December

Year 8 Exhibition for the community 

2:00 – 6:00 pm Tuesday 6th December 

BOT Meeting

Wednesday 7 December

Year 8 Exhibition for Year 7 

10:00am – 12:00pm Wednesday 7th December 

Y8 HPV#2 catchup session 

Thursday 8 December

Y8 Graduation

Monday 12 December

Whole School Pool Day

Tuesday 13 December

School finishes for the year

Midday Wednesday 14 December

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