Kia Ora I am Xavier Rice, the teacher of room 21 in the Totara team this year. I am fortunate to be a part of such a talented, hardworking, caring and future-focused team that endeavours to provide the greatest intermediate experience possible.

I had a wonderful upbringing living by the beach with my 3 older siblings Jacob, Lucy and Adam and am the son of Mark and Nancy Rice. A six-year gap between my siblings and I meant I had great role models who challenged me, inspired me and took care of me. Being the youngest also meant they were like the test dummies and I got away with everything (mum’s favourite).

My education career began at Red Beach Primary, before moving to Orewa college for my junior years and finishing at St. Paul’s College (Ponsonby). For as long as I can remember I have wanted to teach, I never really knew why, I was just drawn to it. Therefore, I undertook a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at AUT majoring in Health and Physical Education and Physical Activity and Nutrition (2016-2018). Upon completion, I followed my childhood dream and chased a Rugby League contract in England. While in Europe I had a chance to see a small chunk of the world where I learnt a huge amount and grew as a person.

Coming home, I undertook my Masters in Teaching and Learning at AUT in 2020. Now here I am at ANI with the wonderful room 21 today! I currently play for the Northcote Rugby League and North Shore Tigers (Aussie Rules Football).  I am passionate about sport, developing children’s hauora (mental, emotional, physical & spiritual well-being) and seeking new learning experiences. I look forward to taking another year on and WINNING the house competition with Ahi for 2022!’