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News from the Acting Principal and Acting DP's

Shane Devery

Acting Principal

Kieran Gleeson

Acting Deputy Principal

Ashley Triana

Acting Deputy Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers 


Tēnā koutou i ngā whānau o Te Ipu Kura o Matāaho


Pōwhiri – Welcoming Our New Tumuaki (Principal)

We are so excited to be able to invite you all along to a very special event that will be taking place in week 9 of this term. ANI will be officially welcoming our new Tumuaki (Principal), Jason Pocock, with a Pōwhiri held in our multipurpose space. The pōwhiri will be held on Tuesday 12th September at 11.30am and we would absolutely love for our community to be a part of this. If you are interested in attending, please let us know by completing the form attached to our invitation here. We look forward to seeing you then and celebrating this momentous occasion with our whānau, kaiako and tamariki in our MPS!

AIMS Games Update

The excitement continues to grow amongst our 130 Ākonga who are heading down to the AIMS games next week. Final preparations have been underway this week and AIMS students are all kitted out with their hot pink ANI shirts – we are definitely going to be a force unable to be missed that’s for sure, despite the 22,000 people that we’ve heard will be visiting Tauranga over the 7 day period. Our tamariki have been working hard, practising and playing friendly games (and maybe a few unfriendly games against teachers here at school) in order to make sure they are putting their best feet forward. As we send them off, we wish them all the very best and know they will represent our school with pride, play hard – but play fair and look out for each other. Thank you for the huge effort from parents, managers and coaches to ensure this is a positive experience for each tamariki. Lets go ANI! Karawhiua!

Electives Week

With 130 students and 15 staff out to attend AIMS games, it has given us a bit of freedom and an amazing opportunity to change up our learning program for the remaining staff and students here at ANI for week 8. We will be running an elective program that will run over the week during our middle block. This week, students have chosen first, second and third preferred options from a list of about 20 different electives. These electives celebrate the different passions and strengths of our staff and students and range from arts and crafts (clay making, charms and pompom crafts), music (intro to writing music and musical theatre), culture (German, Japanese and Spanish), strategy games (chess, board and card games), physical fitness, mindfulness, geography, conversation club, learning more about and exploring our Maungawhau and even an elective that delves into the history and impact of Taylor Swift! Make sure to check in with your young people to hear all about their exciting learning.

Student Leadership

It is that time of the year again when we are blown away by the passion for leadership that our year 7 students show. Stage one is complete, round 1 applications are in and we are pouring through each application as we prepare the hefty logistical operation which will see 148 students participate in an interview. These interviews will take place before the end of term 3 and will be conducted as group interviews. The candidates will be interviewed in groups of 4-5 and interviewed by a staff member and a current student leader. On the last day of term, students will find out who has been shortlisted for round 2. We wish all candidates the very best of luck. At ANI, we inspire to learn today and lead tomorrow and this is clearly reflected in the strength of these applications. Here’s to 2024!

Being Principled Learners – Having Integrity – Being Strong Self Managers

At ANI we like to think that we help grow principled self-managers who have a strong sense of integrity. In fact, we pride ourselves on it. Being principled is one of our IB learner profiles, integrity is one of our school values and being able to manage ourselves falls into both the IB approaches to learning and the key competencies from our NZ Curriculum. We mention these 3 things because we have noticed a few areas starting to slip amongst our tamariki. We would appreciate it if parents could help support us by initiating a conversation with their young people. A few key reminders to include could be: 

  • What is part of our uniform, and what is not
  • Lateness to school and back to class after breaks
  • Chewing gum 
  • Device usage in and out of school

New MPS Bleaches

We are very lucky to have our new retractable seating that holds 150 + students as well as 300 new chairs in the MPS.  We have been using this seating for our enrollment tours and parent evening and you’ll get a chance to see them in action at our Pōwhiri in week 9 and our end-of-term assembly in week 10.  A huge thanks to Mandy Tomlins who was able to secure two grants for the seating in the MPS.

Overseas Trips

Wishing those students who are attending either Japan and Cairns a great experience and we hope you make some lifetime memories and friends while you are away.  We know you’ll have a fabulous time at each destination.

Ngā mihi nui

Shane Devery (Acting Principal), Kieran Gleeson (Acting Deputy Principal) and Ashley Triana (Acting Deputy Principal)

Student Congratulations

This week’s Principal’s Award is awarded to Ellie S for her incredible graphic novel.

Regards Shane, Kieran and Ashley


Last Wednesday the 23rd August, the sun shone for the chess teams. It was a great day for the three teams throughout the tournament and all the hard work paid off. Team A achieved first position over the 27 teams representing 22 schools from Central Auckland. Buthsara from year 8 (rm 4) also was awarded as best second board, winning 6/6 games. Grayson, Buthsara, Harrison, Noor, and Kane will represent our school in the New Zealand National Competition that will take place in Auckland in term 4. 

We congratulate them as they all represented the school with pride and gave everything in the game. 

Cynthia Montesinos 

Teacher In Charge of Chess


On Thursday night, the 24 August, our students participated in the Mathex competition, showcasing their mathematical expertise and dedication. I want to take a moment to share the results and, more importantly, express my immense pride in our team. While our team didn’t secure a win this time around, I firmly believe that the experience gained, the bonds formed, and the knowledge acquired are invaluable assets that can’t be measured by a mere ranking or trophy. Every challenge faced, every problem tackled, and every practice study session will undoubtedly contribute to the personal and academic growth of our students. The commitment, perseverance, and enthusiasm displayed by each student were truly commendable. 

As the saying goes, “It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey”. Let’s continue to support our students, applauding not just their achievements but also their spirit and dedication. We are already excited about the preparations for next year, building upon the experience and insights gained this time around. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support.

Sunilla Naik

Teacher In Charge of Mathex


Cultural Festival

Immerse yourself in a captivating journey of diversity and unity at our upcoming school event, the Cultural Festival: “Around the World in Two Days.”

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 15th, and Thursday, November 16th, as we celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures within our school community. Be part of this exceptional celebration that showcases their heritage through mesmerising dances, melodious songs, and captivating language presentations.

Early next term, tickets will be available for purchase, ensuring you have the chance to secure your spot at this spectacular event. Let the world come alive before your eyes!


AIMS: 2nd – 8th September

With AIMS fast approaching, the electricity is buzzing throughout ANI. Our whānau participating in AIMS have been working their hardest to prepare for an intense week of sports with the help of our managers and coaches, who have been putting in overtime, to make sure our teams are prepared. There’s nothing like the fresh, early morning air whilst students train and work together as a team trying to build something far bigger than themselves. Their drive and determination is almost tangible and can be felt as you walk through the school.

All their hard work and resolve will pay off in Tauranga, where we’ll face off against some of the best sportsmen Auckland has to offer!

Xavier Rice

Teacher In Charge of AIMS


AIMS Netball:

The countdown is now on for our Netball squad and their tournament journey down at AIMS. Our squad of 11 players has been training hard on Wednesday mornings and they seem very excited to get going. On top of training, they will be playing two games a day while they are down there. We expect our players to be training in their own time at home too, especially in the final weeks leading up to the tournament. Nick and I can’t wait for yet another fun year competing down in Tauranga.

CZ Boys Netball:

Our Year 7 team won 3 games, lost 2 and drew 2, finishing 4th overall out of 8. We had all the boys step up and play well in a range of positions. Incredible considering most of them haven’t had much experience with netball! Both teams supported each other which was amazing to see. We can expect great things next year for the year 8 team!

Our Year 8 team went up against some very tough competition. Although they placed 10th overall, we had the funniest and most energetic team out there. We loved the way the boys came together, drawing on their basketball skills and teamwork to play some high-quality netball. They showed great sportsmanship to the other teams.

CZ Girls Netball:

Both teams played really well all day against tough competition. We ended up facing the top 2 finish placed teams in our initial pool stages which was great but we felt how tough netball can be! Year 7 and Year 8 both won 1 out of 3 games in their pool stages. Both teams then went on to win both games in their lower playoff bracket. Some good quality netball was played however our placing didn’t reflect how amazing the teams were.

Maddy Mitchell and Nick Houston 

Teachers In Charge of Netball


It was an incredible day of squash – all teams performed amazingly, some of them had never played squash before and we ended the day with teams coming 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st!

We are immensely impressed and proud of the teams, who supported each other throughout the whole process. A big congrats to Matthew B, Alban D and Aariz A who came first in the boys category.

Sam Carruthers

Teacher In Charge Squash

AIMS Basketball 

The boys have had a steady run up to AIMS playing some great basketball at times and having some good wins over strong Teams such as Ponsonby and Dilworth. Working on showing up to every game ready to play will be key and sticking to the game plan of passing and creating space for our shooters. Although small in size, the boys are large in stature. If nothing else, it will be a fun experience down at AIMS with a great bunch of Lads.

CZ Basketball – Boys

Monday is clearly too early in the week for us to be playing basketball. We really struggled to find our groove in pool play and ended up losing all 3 of our pool games. After another loss to Mt Roskill, we were defaulted to in our final game. A friendly against Kohia Terrace allowed us to leave on somewhat of a high. Some valuable lessons learned for our week at AIMS.

CZ Basketball – Girls

The girls were off to a good start: won 1 game, lost 1 game and drew 1, finishing second in their pool. 

The girls played really well and were so fast on the court! With some very tough competition, they finished 7th out of 24 central zone teams. Huge congratulations!


Jacob Markham and Bruce Ng

Teachers In Charge of Basketball

Football Friendly – Murrays Bay Intermediate School

An entertaining game played in front of a raucous Murray’s Bay crowd and a backdrop of Rangitoto ended in a 3-0 loss. I’ll need a megaphone to make sure these girls can hear me from the sidelines at AIMS. A practice penalty shootout at the end produced accurate spot kicks and solid saves and ended 2-2. We move!


Another win leaves the boys in a great position going into AIMs next week, with 5 goals scored and wonderful tika-taka football on display, with Imran pulling the strings. A great show of teamwork and positively supporting each other on and off the field. The boys played beautiful football and deserved their 5-0 win.

Sam Carruthers

Teacher In Charge of Football

Cross Country

The day kicked off splendidly at the Central Zones Cross Country event, as the heavens smiled upon us with weather that refrained from dampening our spirits. The skies remained a loyal friend, keeping us mostly dry throughout the affair. However, the same cannot be said for the trail beneath our feet, as it transformed into a quagmire that seemed to have a fondness for our runners’ shoes. By the time they reached the finish line, these intrepid athletes returned as if they had just completed a mud-drenched Spartan quest.

But adversity only fueled the fire of camaraderie. Our teams stood like pillars of support, unwavering in their commitment to each other. Their cheers echoed like battle cries, propelling the weary runners forward, and their words of encouragement were the wind beneath every athlete’s mud-streaked wings. The atmosphere was a concoction of sportsmanship and positivity, a testament to the unyielding morale that reigned throughout the day.

And in the midst of this muddy symphony, a triumphant melody emerged. The Year 7 Girls displayed their prowess, with Gemma K, Eden B, and Isabel D emerging as the triumphant trio, securing their coveted spots in the upcoming Interzones. Not to be outdone, the Year 8 Boys showcased their mettle as well. Among them, Rory D carved a path to second place, rightfully earning his ticket to the impending interzones showdown.

Let the accolades rain down upon our Year 7 Girls and Boys teams, as well as our Year 8 Girls and Boys teams. They battled valiantly through the muck and mire, leaving no ounce of determination untapped. As the sun dipped below the horizon, they could look back upon a day that was nothing short of extraordinary. Mud may have adorned their uniforms, but it was the glow of accomplishment that truly defined their essence on this remarkable day.

Brittany Joubert and Steve Van Nes

Teachers In Charge Cross Country


On Saturday 26 August the ANI Futsal team played against the Asteroids Y9 G at Auckland Grammar School and had a convincing win of 12 to 5! Well done ANI!

Don Campbell

Teacher In Charge of Futsal

Rugby League

Unfortunately, we were unable to get enough players to put their hand up to play Rugby League this year… At least we have our incredible warriors to support!


Volleyball Girls and Boys

Coming up on the 19th and 21st September!

PTA News

Knowledge-Athon 2023

Earlier this month the students completed their testing for this year’s Knowledge-Athon. Their efforts and sponsorship raised $6,107.22 for the school. Excellent work everyone! 

These funds will be allocated, along with the chocolate funds raised in Term 2, towards a variety of school events and activities – uniforms for the Hip Hop teams going to AIMS, AIMS sponsorship and gear, Running Club shirts and additional cubbyholes in the MPS to name a few. 

Next PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 11th September 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!

Paul Nixon

Treasurer ANI PTA

Korean and Chinese Summary

In every newsletter and Monthly Panui 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:


  1.     신임 교장: 9월 12일 11시 30분, 학교 포휘리(Pōwhiri)에서 신임 교장인 Jason Pocock 선생님을 공식적으로 환영.

학부모와 학교 공동체는 이 행사에 참석할 수 있습니다. 관심 있는 학부모님들께서는 이 초청장을 작성해 주시기 바랍니다.

  1. AIMS 스포츠 대회: 다음 주에 학교의 운동선수 130명이 힘든 훈련을 마친 후 타우랑가에서 열리는 AIMS 대회에 참가할 예정입니다. 학생들이 서로 배려하고 협력하며 자신감을 갖고 열심히 노력하여 더 높은 수준을 향해 노력하여 좋은 결과를 얻기를 바랍니다.
  2. 다음주 선택과목 : 다음주 AIMS 대회에는 130명의 학생운동선수와 15명의 교직원이 참가할 예정이므로 학교는 중간수업 기간 동안 20개의 선택과제를 진행하며, 학생들은 자신이 관심 있는 프로젝트를 선택할 수 있습니다. 선택과목에는 미술, 음악, 문화, 역사, 피트니스, 게임 등이 포함됩니다. 아이들과 소통하며 배움의 기회를 놓치지 마세요.
  3. 학생 리더십: 초기 지원 단계가 완료되었습니다. 이번 학기 1차 면접에는 다음 148명의 학생들이 참여하게 됩니다. 행운을 빕니다.
  4. 원칙, 정직 및 자기 훈련을 준수합니다. 학교에서는 학생들이 원칙을 준수하고 정직하고 자기 훈련을 하는 방법을 배울 것을 요구합니다. 부모님들이 자녀들과 더 많은 응원과 소통을 해주시기를 바랍니다. 학생들에게 올바른 교복을 입고, 학교에 지각하지 말고, 전자 기기를 합리적이고 적절하게 사용하도록 상기시켜 주십시오.

Please see below a summary in Chinese:


  1. 新校长:9月12日11点半学校举行特别仪式Pōwhiri正式欢迎新校长Jason Pocock先生。欢迎家长及学校社区参加此仪式。有兴趣的家长请填写此邀请函
  2. AIMS体育比赛:下个星期学校130名运动小将经过努力训练后将在Tauranga参加AIMS比赛。我们希望同学们互相照顾配合,充满信心,努力拼搏,争取更上一层楼,取得好成绩。
  3. 下周选修课:下个星期由于130名学生运动员和15各教职工将参加AIMS比赛,学校将在中间时段上课时间开展20个选修项目,学生们可以自己选择感兴趣的项目。选修课有艺术,音乐,文化,历史,健身,游戏等等。请与孩子们交流,不要错过学习机会。

      4. 学生领导:最初的申请阶段已完成。接下来148名学生将于这学期参加第一轮面  试。这学期最后一天公布进入第二轮的候选名单。祝孩子们好运。

  1. 坚持原则,诚实和自律:学校要求同学们学会坚持原则,做个诚实并自律的学生。希望家长们支持,多与孩子们沟通。提醒同学们着装正确的校服,上学不要迟到,合理并适当使用电子设备。

Upcoming Events for Term 3, 2022

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AIMS Games

Monday 4 – Friday 8 September

Miniball Practice

Monday 4 Sept – 12:30 – 1:30am

Miniball Practice

Tuesday 5 Sept – 7:30am – 8:30am

Japanese Club

Tuesday 5 Sept – 12:45pm – 1:30pm

Chess Club

Tuesday 5 Sept – 12:45pm – 1:30pm


Wednesday 6 Sept – 7:30am – 8:30am

Miniball Practice 2

Wednesday 6 Sept – 12:30 – 1:30am

Japanese Club

Wednesday 6 Sept – 12:45pm – 1:30pm

ANI Choir

Wednesday 6 Sept – 1:30pm – 2:15pm

Chess Club

Thursday 7 Sept – 12:45pm – 1:30pm

Miniball Practice 3

Friday 8 Sept – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Chess Intermediate Schools National Finals

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September

Chess Power ONSITE Team National Finals

Saturday 21 October

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Week11 – 15 September
Term 3 ENDS – School Closes 2pmFriday 22 September

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