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News from the Principal and Deputy Principals

Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

It’s been an amazing term to date so far. Some highlights for the term include the ANI Chess team, led by our amazing Spanish teacher Mrs Cynthia Montesinos, becoming the New Zealand Champions! The team included Grayson Po’e T, Buthsara H, Harrison M, Noor A H, and Kane N. Individually Butshara was crowned National Champion and Grayson was runner-up. Please see more details below.

We also ran our yearly ANI Athletics Day at Mount Smart stadium and although the day started off a little damp, in the end, it turned out to be a beautiful day and was highlighted by an amazing level of participation across the board. It was so great seeing the support for all the students and some of our very talented athletes given the opportunity to show their wonderful skills and for their peers and teachers to see it.

Our 2024 student leadership selection process is in its very final stages. This week, we are conducting our shortlist interviews where the students have been asked, in pairs, to present what a sense of belonging looks like to ANI and the systems and processes they want amazing input into. We have been blown away by the quality of presentations we have seen so far and know that our Y8 cohort next year will be fantastic leaders and role models regardless of the position.

The focus of assemblies this term has been around personal responsibility. Personal responsibility sits with our learning behaviours to help ensure that individuals represent themselves well and reach their potential. In conjunction, we have talked about how learning is not always linear and comparing ourselves to others is not always useful. However, measuring our individual progress is essential to help motivate future progress. 

We have been doing a push on students arriving at school on time and returning to class in a timely manner after morning tea and lunchtime. Thank you for the continued support around this.

Ngā mihi nui

Jason Pocock (Principal), Shane Devery (Deputy Principal), Kieran Gleeson and Ashley Triana (Acting Deputy Principals).h

Student Success


I am honoured to inform you that we are National Champions! This is the first time in Power Chess history that Auckland Normal Intermediate has achieved first place. 

This is how it happened:

Saturday 21st October team competition:

  • Our team won 1st place with Grayson being the Best Player on Saturday, winning 8/9 games, and Buthsara second winning 7.5/9 games (he withdrew one).
  • Buthsara was awarded Junior Master, achieving the highest level of excellence.

Sunday, 22nd October champion trophy:

  • Buthsara achieved 1st place, becoming the best National Player.
  • Grayson reached 2nd.
  • Harrison won the biggest upset prize which means the difference in rating between himself and the player he beat.

Thank you for the continued support of our team.

Cynthia Montesinos, Spanish teacher

Teacher in Charge of Chess team

Tournament of Minds 

In late September (after coming 2nd in the Auckland regionals) our Tournament of Minds Arts team headed to Wellington and made ANI proud by placing 3rd in New Zealand.

The ToM teams of ANI spent many weeks at lunchtime and outside of school prepping for the competitions and brought their teamwork, tenacity, creative thinking, prop making, costume creating, storytelling and performance A games to the competition. 

Ka pai tō mahi.

The ANI students involved were:

Thomas Ito R, Chahak U, Shiro K, Harriet D, Tui Reade, Kasia MD and Eleanor M.


Assessment Round Up for Parents

PAT Assessment Data – End Of Term Exams

At the end of last term, our young people sat their end-of-term exams which we combined with their second PAT test for the year. We are incredibly proud of all of our Ākonga (students) & Kaiako (teachers) for the outstanding progress that has been made over the last few terms. 

The below graph shows the achievement data from these tests. From this graph you can see that our kura continues to perform incredibly well in our core learning areas, especially in line with the National Reference Group. This is a great opportunity to check in with your young people and help celebrate their success so far this year!

Year 8 Exhibition

Our Year 8 students have been working hard on their final inquiry theme at ANI working toward the How We Express Ourselves Exhibition. Students have chosen their own topics, created their groups and are currently working on their Lines of Inquiry and created exhibits to share their learning.

How We Express Ourselves Exhibition is on Tuesday 28th November – 12 pm – 5 pm

The community is welcome into school at this time to see their child’s learning.

The expectation is for students to be present for this time and are collected from school at no later than 5:15 pm.

For more detailed information please see the communication previously shared. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

The ANI Amazing Race for Year 8 students

Year 8 learners will be taking part in, ‘The ANI Amazing Race’ on Wednesday 13th December in Week 10.

This all-day event is a celebration of the student’s time at ANI, an opportunity for them to take part in some challenges, demonstrate their teamwork and have some fun!

Students will be creating their own teams that they will complete various challenges with around the school. They can earn points on how successful they are, their positive attitude and teamwork. One of their last opportunities to earn big house points and win some prizes!

Students can wear mufti/non-uniform on this day and their groups are encouraged to dress up together!

On the day students need to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Suncream
  • Lunch
  • Clothes and shoes to run around in
  • Togs and swimming gear
  • Fun attitude!

A sausage sizzle and ice blocks will be provided by the school as a morning tea snack. All dietary requirements will be catered for.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Rimu, Matai and Kōwhai Teachers.

Arts News

Cultural Festival

Immerse yourself in a captivating journey of diversity and unity at our upcoming school event, the ANI Cultural Festival.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 15th, and Thursday, November 16th, as we celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures within our school community.

Be a part of this exceptional celebration that showcases our students’ heritage through mesmerising dances, melodious songs, and captivating language presentations. 

Tickets are available for purchase, linked here, ensuring you have the chance to secure your spot at this spectacular event. Let the world come alive before your eyes!


Arts at ANI

The year 7 and 8’s have been producing some really beautiful art while learning new skills along the way. The year 7s Negative/Positive Space art was a process of squeegee painting, zentangle patterns using Indian ink and then finally drawing and cutting out their animal silhouette.

During AIMS week I ran a pottery workshop where the students were able to create their own creatures. We had so much fun designing and creating our pieces which were then put through the kiln to produce their final shiny pieces!

During the first 2 weeks of term 4 the year 8’s have been experiencing provocations through their specialist classes and during art created their own beautiful Tapa cloths.

I look forward to more creativity this year and seeing what else our talented students produce.

Emma Purchase                                                       

Teacher in Charge of Visual Arts


Last term has been really exciting with some interesting experiments and projects in place for the learners. Students enjoy doing cookie mining, energy transformation activities, learning about acids, bases and pH values, elements, compounds, mixtures and many more. The activities help them in developing their observation and analytical skills.

Neeti Siras

Teacher in Charge of Science 



North Island Champs – Winterfest: 2 reports

Placings at North Island Champs: Undefeated and 5th!

A fabulous tournament, the kids played amazingly, were passionate, supported each other and showed humility and good sportsmanship when things didn’t turn out the way they expected.

Picked themselves up and went on to nail the playoffs for 5th versus Marsden 4-1 and AJHS 4-2. 

From supportive parents Lou and Matt J

ANI Waterpolo had a fantastic end to 2023 with three teams entering into the North Island Championships. All teams learned a lot throughout the tournament and left everything in the pool. The players showed great resilience when faced with some confusing decisions and demonstrated the strength and humility of ANI sports people.

We were so fortunate for our amazing parents driving the players around, and without this, there would have been no tournament. Additionally, our wonderful coaches; Quentin, Jordan, Ella and Ella, were absolutely superb and inspirational in their approach to mentoring the team, they learnt skills that they will continue to grow in their up and coming junior years.

Thank you also to our part-time managers and full-time commentators Louise, Janice and Ropata for all the time and effort they put in. Wrangling both kids (and their parents) truly was a massive feat and ANI is truly grateful for your engagement and effort.

ANI Waterpolo – Signing Out for 2023!

Xavier Rice

Sports Co-ordinator


Auckland Hockey U13 – Fiji Invitational Cultural Exchange in Suva

Amazing ANI girls represent the Auckland Hockey Under 13’s

Of the 11 players in the girls’ team, ANI was strongly represented by Isobel, Violet and Lauren (in goal). 

The girls battled the heat and were undefeated throughout the 3 days of play. 

They even had some energy for a friendly on the final day, photos below show Violet and Isobel going head-to-head.

Heidi W, Annaliese D and John Y proud ANI parents

Badminton – Smashing Central Zone 

We are thrilled to announce the remarkable achievements of our students at the recent Central Zone Badminton Tournament held on the 18th of October at Auckland Badminton Center. Each and every akonga’s dedication, sportsmanship, and outstanding performance have brought glory to our school. Join us in celebrating their well-deserved victory and the pride they’ve brought to our community!

Year 7 Boys Single Results

Cheng M- 1st place

Nithesh S – 2nd place

Year 7 Girls Single Results

Angelina Y – 3rd place

Year 7 Boys Doubles Results

Charlie J and Chongmein P – 2nd place

Year 7 Girls Doubles Results

Lia H and Hana A- 2nd place

Year 8 Boys Single Results

Vic Lin – 1st place

Year 8 Boys Double Results

Shengxio H and Oskar H- 3rd position.

Year 8 Girls Double Results

Mia L & Jasmine R – 3rd place 

Sunilla Naik

Teacher in Charge of Badminton

Netball Prizegiving

What a Great Way to finish the season by gathering together and celebrating our 12 team’s achievements. Thanks to all coaches, managers, parents and supporters.

We hope our players had a great year and will return to Netball in the years to come. A big thank you to Miss Mitchell and Mr Houston for their organisation, dedication and commitment.

Maddy Mitchell and Nick Houston 

Teachers in Charge of Netball

PTA News

The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 13th November at 6pm in the school library. We would really love to see as many new people as possible as we move towards the end of the year. 

Currently, we have a small but very dedicated team of people and we could really use a few more enthusiastic contributors to the cause. So come along and meet the team!

We are looking forward to the PTA School Social tonight and please see the advert below.

Please do contact us if you are able to help or have any questions:


A message from ANI about High School Enrollment

Our ANI Year 8 students will soon be High School Students. 
It is vital that students are enrolled in a High School as soon as possible. If decisions are being made around the student’s future High School, it is recommended to enrol them in the High School they are currently in zone for. 
All out-of-zone enrollments for all High Schools are closed. 
ANI Staff and Teachers cannot enroll students in High Schools. This is entirely the family’s responsibility.
High School entrance exams, sports trials, open days and open evenings are not connected to ANI. ANI will share information that is passed on from the High Schools however ANI do not provide transportation, signing up to events or any organisation for these events. It is the family’s responsibility to be aware of these events, ensure their child attends these events, transport their child to this event and make ANI aware if their child will be absent.
High School staff are able to support the transition process including language translations. Their contact details for enrolments can be found on their respective websites.

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:


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.

Community News

ANI’s Multi Purpose Space (MPS)

Ready to inspire clear thoughts and open-minds.

Bring your next conference or function to our wonderful space.

Retractable bleacher seating for up to 350 with state-of-the-art lighting and sound.

Contact Helen to find out more.

Email : 

Auditions for the AGS / EGGS 2024 musical, “School of Rock”

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and Script by Julian Fellowes.

Auditions are welcome from all students who will be at AGS or EGGS in 2024.

Click on this link for information about the characters, audition information and the sign-up form.


Auckland Grammar School – Music group and music lesson enrolments 2024

Dear Parent,

Please complete the online form if your son wishes to enrol for a music group at Auckland Grammar School in 2024. Auckland Grammar School has a range of development and premier groups; your video will help us to make a good decision on which group would be most suitable for your son.

This is an informal process to help us learn more about your son – there is no commitment to become a performance group member by completing this enrolment form.


To submit your son’s Music Group enrolment you will need to log in to your Google account.

Submissions are due by Friday 24 November 2023 (you will receive a response from the relevant Music staff member by Friday 1 December 2023).

  1. Ask your son to prepare a short solo piece which demonstrates their playing ability.
  2. Record a short video for Music staff to review (maximum 2 minutes, and maximum file size of 1GB).
  3. Your son should introduce himself at the beginning of his performance, and state the name of the piece they will play.  If your son plays more than one instrument, please combine performances into one video file.
  4. Include your son’s full name in the video file name.
  5. You will be required to upload your video file to complete the submission (due by Friday 24 November 2023).
  6. Log in to your Google account then follow this link to the Music group Google form here.

Please note that we may ask your son to play for us in person (early in Term 1, 2024).

2024 Itinerant Music Lessons

Enrolling for weekly Itinerant Music lessons is a separate process to enrolling or expressing an interest in our Music groups.

Enrolments for 2024 Itinerant Music lessons will be open from Monday 13 November – the online enrolment form can be found here.

Barry Wasson
Director of Performance Music

P +64 9 623 5400 Ext 589 



IN-ZONE ENROLMENTS for YEAR 8 STUDENTS in 2024: Please enrol online using the Enrolment link on the MAGS website

Please note: Class and Options for 2024 are filling fast and it is critical that In-zone enrolments for 2024 are received as soon as possible to ensure students are able to take their preferred option choices”.



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