Kia Ora, 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 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 life long learners’ is as relevant now as it was when we established it. With the challenges our learners experienced last year during COVID-19 we lived through international change, we gathered new knowledge about what a world pandemic means and we all grew in resilience and confidence.As educators we know the importance of preparing our young people for a new future, a future that will be coupled with an ever changing educational landscape. The knowledge and experience we gained from lockdown will help us develop deeper learning pathways which in turn will provide greater personalisation of education and extend learning opportunities for all students. One of my goals this year is to meet the needs of every single one of our emerging adolescents and I intend to work closely with students and their teachers to achieve this goal. I want to ensure 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 watching two building projects that we have planned for later this year unfold. Staff, students and the board are looking forward to construction commencing around June/July on a multi purpose space (or as you may know it , a school hall and gym) and a two storied teaching block of ten classrooms. Exciting times ahead and we all can’t wait to get them underway. We will keep you updated on our progress as we move through the year via school apps and newsletters. You won’t miss out 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.