Kia ora tatou
Ko Jill Farquharson toku ingoa.
As a born and bred Aucklander I can’t help but feel immensely proud to be leading one of the country’s top intermediate schools right here in our own backyard. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to work in such a progressive and dynamic school. As a youngster, I grew up in West Auckland enjoying the freedom of space and open fields in addition to the many beaches Auckland has on offer. No surprise that I spend much of my spare time now at the beach or outdoors. I’m sure this is also why I’m so passionate about students at ANI having plenty of space to move, plenty of experiences to learn outside the classroom and numerous extra-curricular activities (especially sport!). I am the second daughter in a family of four girls and one boy which meant I learnt early on how important it is to collaborate with others, care for one another and value whanau. I have two wonderful grown-up sons, one in NZ and another in the UK, am married to Allan and have a very large extended family with 15 nieces and nephews many of who regularly help out at school. Out of school, I enjoy spending time with family, attending yoga classes, road cycling (very slowly), playing golf (very poorly) and going to the gym. Well, that’s enough about me – now onto what makes ANI such a special place to learn.
Our vision statement ‘To have internationally minded, inquiring, knowledgeable and confident lifelong learners’ is as relevant now as it was when we established it.
It connects well when we think about the challenges our learners have experienced over the past two years during COVID-19. They have lived through international change and gathered new knowledge around what a world pandemic brings and as a school, we have a deep appreciation of their resilience and confidence. As educators, we know the importance of preparing our young people for a future that will be coupled with an ever-changing educational landscape so the knowledge we have and gained from lockdown will help us not only provide positive learning experiences but will also provide a solid platform from which to build personalised learning programmes supporting each and every learner.
An important goal for me this year is to meet the needs of all emerging adolescents at ANI and I intend to work closely with students and their teachers to achieve this goal making sure the intermediate school experience is amazing for all our learners. Collaboration, teamwork and a focus on ‘WHY’ we do what we do drives me and I am committed to providing your children with an education that offers challenge, choice, independence and opportunity while at intermediate school.
I am also looking forward to seeing the completion of two building projects you may have noticed on the school court area. One is a two-storied teaching block of ten classrooms due for completion in September this year and the other a multi-purpose space or as you may remember from your school days a school hall and gym due for completion in November this year. They had a bit of a shaky start in July 2021 as they soon went into lockdown but I’m happy to report that things are progressing splendidly and we are on track for a grand opening at the end of the year! Exciting times are ahead and we all can’t wait to get into these spaces. We will keep you updated on our progress as we move through the year via school apps and newsletters. You won’t miss out on knowing what’s going on!
Please feel free to drop in to say hi anytime you are passing, or email me. I look forward to meeting you, having a chat and getting to know you all.