October 2018 Newsletter
Welcome back to school – I trust you all had a super break, enjoyed the warmer weather, got to relax a bit and enjoyed some quality family time.
As our students move into the final term of 2018 it’s important for them to take a few minutes to reflect on the progress they’ve made during Terms 1,2 & 3. Whether it’s improved academic progress, establishing a new friendship or taking part in a different activity/ sport, they can consider these life experiences as progress. Having a ‘get up and go’ attitude is worth celebrating as it shows a very healthy level of risk taking and positive levels of wellbeing – just what we want our students to
This term we are keen for all students to continue to take on challenges, focus on learning and consolidate progress.
Undoubtedly the biggest challenge they will all face this term are those associated with transition. For our Year 8 students it will be as they prepare for the move to secondary school and for our Year 7 students as they face the challenge of a move to a new year level (Year 7 to Year 8). Both of these transition points loom large in their lives and for some it can be a very daunting experience.
How can we help them front these challenges in a positive way and manage the change in a seamless manner? Two things that will help immensely are:
- Having a strong sense of well-being
- Improving levels of resilience
The way they cope with these life changes is very closely linked to their wellbeing and levels of resilience. A student’s level of wellbeing at school is indicated by their satisfaction with life at school, their engagement with learning and their social-emotional behaviour while their level of resilience is indicated by a healthy ‘can do’ attitude and being able to cope with change or set backs.
1. HAVING A STRONG SENSE OF WELL-BEING
Here are some ideas for developing a strong sense of well-being.
When your child takes care of himself physically, it’s good for wellbeing. For example, being active, having a break from technology, getting outside and getting enough sleep can help your child’s mood and improve physical fitness.
Mental and emotional health
Good mental and emotional health is important for wellbeing. For example, students with good mental and emotional health can develop resilience to cope better with difficult situations. If your child develops resilience, they can ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong, which will help them get through life’s ups and downs and boost wellbeing.
If your child can focus on the good things, take a positive approach to life’s challenges and know what he’s feeling good about or what’s going well, it can help them focus on positive emotions.
Trying new things and getting involved in different activities keeps your child’s options open. This can also help your child find things that they are good at.
Relationships and social connections
Relationships and social connections are vital for wellbeing. Your child needs close and supportive family and friends. And good parent-child relationships tend to lead to good friendships.
Meaning in life
Meaning in life can come from doing good things for others. Your child could look for everyday ways to help family or friends – for example, giving someone his seat on the bus, or helping someone pick up papers they’ve dropped in the street. Or they could get involved in a community activity. This type of ‘giving’ lights up the reward centre in the brain, which makes your child feel good.
Goals and achievement
If your child has goals that fit with their values, are fun and attainable, and let them use their strengths, it can give a sense of purpose and achievement.
2. IMPROVING LEVELS OF RESILIENCE
Here are some ideas to build resilience and develop coping mechanisms.
Social skills are an important building block for resilience. They include skills for making and keeping friends, sorting out conflict, and working well in teams or groups.
When your child has good relationships at school and gets involved in community groups, sports teams or arts activities, he/she has more chances to develop connections and a sense of belonging.
These social connections also mean that your child will probably have more people they can trust when they want to talk about things that worry or upset them.
Getting things done
Feeling confident, capable and ready to get things done are big parts of resilience. Important skills in this area are goal-setting, planning, being organised and self-disciplined, being prepared to work hard and being resourceful.
Work out what specific strengths and limitations your young person has. Encourage goal setting to put these strengths into action, and focus on what they are good at.
Positive thinking habits
Resilience is about being realistic, thinking rationally, looking on the bright side, finding the positives, expecting things to go well and moving forward, even when things seem bad.
When your child is upset, you can help him keep things in perspective by focusing on facts and reality. Help them understand that a bad thing in one part of life doesn’t mean everything is bad. Talk about how you or people you know have gone through tough times.
Facing difficult emotions
It’s also important for your child to feel and talk through difficult emotions like anxiety, fear and anger. Facing difficult emotions will help your child grow stronger. With resilience your child will be able to ride out the ups and downs of transition.
Challenges are a normal part of life, and young people have to learn to cope with them by themselves. Let your child have a go at sorting out her own problems and fighting their own battles before you step in. Fumbles and even failures are part of the process.
(Acknowledgement: the Australian Parenting website).
And finally … Looking ahead to the next nine weeks of term it’s important for us to work together (students, parents and the school) so any speed bumps or wobbles we encounter along the way are kept in perspective and solved through open discussion and a problem solving approach. Let’s make Term 4 a positive memory for all our students and community.
Jill Farquharson, Principal
MESSAGES FROM OUR DEPUTY PRINCIPALS
Year 8 Exhibition
This term we will see a culmination of what the Year 8 students have been learning regarding the skills, knowledge and understandings linked the PYP IB learning framework.
The last theme for the year is ‘How We Express Ourselves’ and the showcase of their learning and actions will be displayed during week seven of Term 4 (Monday 26 – Thursday 29 November).
We have invited other PYP schools to visit during the exhibition and it would be great to have the community come along to view the many different perspectives and activities the students have come up with. More importantly you can ask how the students can link their final outcomes to the theme and lines of inquiry, they have decided to investigate.
I am looking to the students developing being more independent, creating their own timetables, learning new and enhancing old skills and knowledge and an outcome/ action and producing forward that they can be proud of. Good luck to all Year 8’s teachers and students.
End of Year Reports
The end of year reports will be sent home in week 9 of Term 4 (w/c 10 December) using the parent portal and individual emails (please ensure the school has your most recent and up to date email address). If you require a hard copy of the report for various reasons such as: moving overseas or moving to a new school please let your child’s classroom teacher know so this can be organised.
Year 8 teachers will not complete individual profiles or forms on specific students, however please use the mid year and end of year report information or the Edge parent portal.
Year 7 IB ‘Inquirefest’
On the last week of term three all of the Year 7 students presented their amazing inquiries. It was a great initiative created and implemented by a core group of 12 students who organised and managed the whole event, from making spaces available for group presentations in the hall and dance room, creating a welcoming booth and map for guests and inviting parents and caregivers to the event.
It was great to see how much knowledge, understanding and skills the students had learnt during the year and how well they have developed as IB learners.
I am very confident their 2019 exhibition in Year 8 will be bigger and better!
Shane Devery, Deputy Principal
Finish the race strong!
As we approach the end of Term 3 we reflect on the awesome term that we have just had at ANI. We have had an action packed term with our students out at AIMS, Noumea, Japan as well as Cairns – our young people have certainly been busy.
Heading into Term 4 we see our Year 8’s preparing for their exhibition and Year 7’s preparing to be seniors at our school in 2019.
Our final term for 2018 is set to be an exciting one with engaging learning programmes already planned. Our teachers are gearing up to ensure that every learner in their class is equipped and ready for their 2019 year.
Our message to all our students is to finish the race strong. It is very easy to become complacent and idle during term 4 but we highly encourage our young people to dig their heels in and finish their year on a high. We are excited to see them all shine!
Bryce Mills, Deputy Principal
UPCOMING EVENTS THIS MONTH …
Monday 15: Term 4 begins at 9.00am
Wednesday 17: Year 8 HPV #2 vaccination for boys and girls and Year 7 Boostrix catch-up
Thursday 18: NZ ShakeOut earthquake drill
Monday 22: Labour Day holiday (school closed)
Tuesday 23 – AIMS Prize giving at 5.00pm in the Hall
Tuesday 23 – Friday 26: In Zone Entrance (Enrolments Testing) Testing for 2019 Year 7 students
Wednesday 24: Year 8 HPV #2 vaccination for boys and girls catch-ups; AGS Enrolment Evening at 7.00pm
Thursday 25: APPA Choir Rehearsal in Hall
Monday 29: PTA Meeting at 7.00pm in Library
Tuesday 30: Open Morning #6 at 9.00am for 2019 students; Parent Information Evening #4 at 6.00pm
Tuesday 30 – Thursday 8 November: St Johns First Aider courses
Wednesday 31: APPA Choir Rehearsal in Hall
Thursday 1 November: Stepping into their Shoes, 6.00-8.00pm in Library
MESSAGE FROM OUR PSYCHOLOGIST ON SITE, ROBYN STEAD
What to do when you are worried about your child gaming online.
Online gaming and the challenges this can bring is something that is currently hitting the headlines. I’d like to offer some reassurance to parents that the news around online gaming is not all bad and that there are some simple things parents can do to ensure their children can safely enjoy the fun of online gaming.
A 2017 article titled, A Cross-Sectional Study of Heavy Gaming, Problematic Gaming Symptoms, and Online Socializing in Adolescents, concluded that for some adolescents who combine what might be considered heavy gaming with active social media it appeared that the social media may be moderating the negative impacts of the gaming.
Another article, Parental Influences on Pathological Symptoms of Video-Gaming Among Children and Adolescents: A Prospective Study, 2015, identified that the quality of parent child relationships was key. Discussing with young people and finding limits that worked for both was effective to moderate gaming while one way parental imposition of restrictions did not help.
John Parsons’ book Keeping Your Children Safe Online: A guide for New Zealand parents, published by Potton and Burton, has a chapter dedicated to online addictions. John provides advice which aligns with the 2015 study. He suggests that managing your child’s interactions online requires a two way relationship. I highly recommend this book as a great how to guide for parenting in the digital space.
What is important is that we as parents actively involve ourselves in our children’s online gaming by:
- Setting limits on what is age appropriate
- Appreciating and encouraging the opportunities for social interaction that gaming can bring
- Finding out who our children are gaming with
- Ensuring that they are prepared to deal with any difficulties encountered within the game
- Discussing good limits to gaming such as only gaming when homework is completed
- Taking breaks for other social interactions like meals or visiting friends
- Preparing to deal calmly with situations when things do go wrong so that our child feels able to tell us they are having a problem
As I walk into ANI the first thing I see is the Whakataukī Mā te tuakana te teina, e tōtika, mā te teina, te tuakana e tōtika, or, the older will lead the younger and the younger will lead the older. I think this is very apt when we think about managing young people’s online gaming. There is so much they can teach us about the digital world and yet we can teach them also.
OTHER SCHOOL NEWS
NZ ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
Calling all community members in science! ANI is holding a Science Week for the Year 8 students following completion of exhibition. If you are interested in being a part of this in any way, such as being a speaker, holding a lesson, or if you have any ideas you’d like to put forward please contact Danielle Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stepping into their Shoes
Please RSVP that you will be attending here.
Otago Problem Solving
We have 19 students overall who have qualified to sit the final test in October. This test is made up of 20 questions (instead of the usual five), and are of reasonable difficulty. In order to qualify to sit the final test, students had to score at least 20 out of 25 overall. The students who qualified were:
Year 8: Benny Wu (room 10), EJ Hernandez (room 5), Robert Zhang (room 9), Shrey Patel (room 7), Dhruv Gautam (room 7), Matthew Radcliffe (room 2), Rohit Sharma (room 9), Victor Balgaradean (room 7), Daniel Yu (room 7), Hansen Cao (room 7), Jeffrey You (room 2) and Hyungang Lee (room 10).
Year 7: Bernard Pawson (room 13), Joey Lee (room 13), Mannal Dhawan (room 21), Wooyoung Wang (room 13), Daniel Qin (room 24), Chris Pan (room 13) and Herbert Hu (room 21).
Our top scoring Year 8 was Hyungang Lee, and our top scoring Year 7 was Herbert Hu. Both scored 24/25 overall!
We had another successful evening at the EPRO8 challenges on Thursday 27th September at Waterview Primary, taking home 1st and 2nd (which happened to be a 3-way tie!) place. The semi-finals are mid-November and we have seven teams from ANI competing. These will be held in our school hall, so I’ll update you closer to the time and it would be great to see you there!
1st place: Alex Bell, Rocka Fang, Andrew Lu and Hayden Cheng
2nd place: Elena Worrall, Scarlett King, Atharv Dixit and Krrish Giri
PTA NEWS by Jo Beer
The Knowledge-athon was a huge success, thank you for the great support. We raised over $10,000 for the school, a fantastic effort! Options for new playground equipment to purchase with these funds are currently being investigated. Congratulations to all the prize winners.
In Term 4 the PTA will be running a Mufti Day on Friday 9 November ($2 to participate), then our final fundraiser is the last Social for the year on Thursday 22 November.
There will be a PTA meeting in the Library at 7pm on Monday 29 October, all welcome.
SPORTS NEWS by Mr Kennelly
Auckland Schools Mountain Biking
The Auckland Schools Mountain biking season has come to an end. Hamish Bolland who represented the school finished an impressive 7th place out of 30 intermediate riders from around Auckland. Well done Hamish on your hard work and outstanding result.
IZ Cross Country
ANI had some fantastic results from the IZ Cross Country. Our ANI students have done extremely well, the best we have done in four years. The results are as follows:
Bernard Pawson – 6th Year 7 boy overall
Miles Turner – 41st Year 7 boy overall
Ruby Brathwaite – 28th Year 7 girl overall
Tessa Swinson – 5th Year 8 girl overall
Sunnie Yan – 7th Year 8 girl overall
Central Zone Gymnastics
What a great bunch of students and competitors who attended the CZ’s gymnastics. A thanks to Miss O’Rielly and Lukas for taking the team on the day and a special thanks to two patents Robyn Knowles and her mother Carol for their coaching support leading up and during to the event. Our teams participated well and just missed out on a top 3 placing.
The 2018 AIMS games were a great success this year. We participated in a new school high, 17 different events and took 115 students. It was a successful week with lots of great moments. A big thank you to all those parents who came down to support us during the week. A special big thank you to those parents who helped managed the students as these events do not happen without your support. We had a number of great results and finishes. We received this year 1 Gold medal, 2 Silver medals and 3 Bronze medals:
Swimming – Elisha Lam 1st place in 50m Breaststroke
Trampolining – Liam Costley 2nd place
Squash – Noah Thomas 2nd place
Multisport – Zane Wyllie 3rd place
Table Tennis – Robert Zhang 3rd place
Girls Football – 3rd place
Auckland Swimming League
Our swimming team competed in the final round of the Auckland Swimming League for this year. After finishing second last term we came one place better winning this terms competition. Well done team for giving up time from your weekend to compete for the school. A huge thank you to all the parents for their support of the team this term.
Pukekohe Raceway Kids Obstacle Duathlon
For the first time ANI students entered the Pukekohe Raceway obstacle duathlon. The competitors had to run for 1km, cycle for 8km and then run an obstacle course of 1.5km. Even though it rained, hailed and was incredibly windy our students were not slowed down. ANI did exceptionally well and finished with some great times. Our two best results were:
Hamish Bolland – 1st in Year 7 boys
Elena Worrall – 1st in Year 7 girls
Well done all for those who competed. A big thanks to the parents for taking the children out there in such atrocious weather.
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