Kia Ora I am Xavier Rice and I have joined this amazing team and community and Auckland Normal Intermediate. It is of great privilege and fortune to join 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 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 (mums 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). 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 19 today!
I am passionate about sport, mental well-being and development of the whole self. I currently still play for the Northcote and North Shore Tigers (Rugby League & Aussie Rules respectively). I engage in any physical activity and appreciate the benefits it can have for every human being. I endeavour to learn and include mindfulness practice for myself and students continuously.