Term 1, Week 5 2017

Principal’s News

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Student Safety
As we take student safety seriously, we have a few requirements around students leaving school during the day. We are not trying to delay you when you pick them up or cause any inconvenience but we do ask that you adhere to the following:

  • Meet your son/daughter at reception
  • Get them to sign out
  • Do not ask them to meet you at Poronui Street or Disraeli Street gates (they will not be permitted to leave the school grounds without you)
  • Call office staff if you are held up or running late (children worry if you’re not there at the arranged time)
  • Students sign back in once they return from the appointment

Thank you for your support. Please be aware that these procedures are to ensure the safety of your children – we want to know where every student is and that they are accounted for at all times.

Community of Learning
This week our three In-School leaders for the Community of Learning (CoL) Alicia England, Ben Griffiths and Clara Kim held staff meetings to go over how we will support students in setting learning goals for this term.

The explained how learning maps will be used to gather information about how students learn, who helps them learn and where they learn best. By analysing this information together (parent, student and teacher) during the upcoming interviews we hope to set some meaningful and achievable goals for students. This is the first time we have used learning maps to help us construct the students goals and we would value your feedback. The goals will be framed up at the interview and then reviewed by the student and teacher prior to being sent home on 15 March.

Timeline as follows:
27 February – 3 March
Students construct learning map using four prompts:

  • who are the people involved in my learning
  • what tools am I using to learn
  • where are the places I learn
  • what are the interactions between the people and the tools

Peer conferences take place to analyse learning maps.

6 – 8 March
Students identify a change priority (or next step) around what they are going to do differently (based on learning map)

8 March
Parent Interviews
Discussion about how parents can support their son/daughter make this change takes place during the parent interview. Teacher takes notes and supports student with ideas during the interview.

9 – 15 March
(After the interview)
Teachers conference with students and goals are formally set.

15 March
Goal sheets sent home to parents

Good interactions
Students today spend a considerable amount of time in heads down activities, whether it is on a computer, or another electronic device it’s often hard for them to learn to interact appropriately with other people. They might feel more comfortable sending a text, email or message on social media however interacting with others is a skill they will need now and in the future particularly when developing new relationships.

What we do at school to help them
Through our health and wellness progress we teach the students some simple meet and greet techniques and social skills. e.g.

  • Posture: standing up straight, shoulders back, conveying confidence and awareness.
  • Eye contact: looking the other person in the eye during the entire interaction.
  • Introduce yourself: saying “Hi, I’m ___” gets the ball rolling.
  • Asking a question: begins a conversation and shows interest in the other person.
  • Listen attentively: without invading the person’s space, getting a little closer signals engagement and helps you listen and respond appropriately.

We think it is important to teach children to introduce themselves, start a conversation, look people in the eye and answer politely. By the end of intermediate school, students should be able to start a good conversation with a stranger and mingle in a crowd.

How can you help at home: Teach your children to:

  • Greet people by name and expect them to do the same to you.
  • Shake hands so they learn how to do it naturally.
  • Stand up and greet visitors and look after their comfort by offering a seat or refreshments.
  • Use polite interactions at the meal table and in family groups.
  • Use literature, current events and TV programmes to encourage conversation, engage with genuine curiosity about other people and what makes them tick.

At ANI we gauge student progress in a variety of ways – through observations, discussions, interviews, self-assessment and standardised tests. The purpose of assessment is not simply to measure, it’s meant to fuel learning for our students, to advance it, inform innovation and give direction for next steps. When we develop assessment tasks we:

  • Go beyond standard checklists about teaching and learning.
  • Ensure students are not alone in the process (they are scaffolded)
  • Understand that failing and risk taking is part of the learning.

Because the school year has just started students have participated in only one or two assessments so far. However, as the year continues students will experience more summative tasks (formal styles of assessment e.g. tests) and more formative tasks (informal styles e.g. observations self-assessment) to support their learning. These elements of assessment are used by the students and teachers to identify gaps, set learning pathways and evaluate how well progress is happening.

We will be having an assessment evening in term two where additional information and examples of assessment tools and tasks are shared. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact the SLT  or Emma Madgwick who is leading assessment this year.

Have a great week.

Kind regards

Jill Farquharson


Upcoming Events


Monday 6 MarchYear 8 Girls Soccer Trials #1, 12:30pm
Susan Rope Netball Programme, 3:10pm
PTA AGM/Meeting, 7:00pm in the library
Tuesday 7 MarchCentral Zone Boys Cricket @ Auckland Domain
Table Tennis Programme @ Gillies Avenue, 3:40pm
Wednesday 8 MarchCentral Zone Swimming
Goal Setting Interviews, 12:30pm – 4:00pm and 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Thursday 9 MarchYear 8 Girls Soccer Trials #2, 12:30pm
Friday 10 MarchGirls Cricket @ Remuera Intermediate
HPV Consent Talk


All events are put on our school website and can be found by clicking here.


Goal Setting Interviews

Wednesday 8 March – School closes at 12:00pm
The second opportunity you will have this year to meet with your child’s teacher will be the upcoming triadic interviews on Wednesday 8 March, 12:30pm – 6:30pm.

At these interviews teachers, parents and students work together to create learning goals for the year ahead. Students lead the interviews and will talk about their progress, the changes they would like to make to their learning and how you as parents can help.

Following the interview, students will use the notes taken during the interview by the teacher to write their goals which will then be emailed to you so you can support your child in their learning.

Being part of the process shows your child that you support them in their learning.

Each interview is 10 minutes long. Please ensure you arrive on time to each interview.

Booking your interviews:
The booking website is now open, and will close Wednesday 8 March 9:00am

  1. Go to parentinterviews.co.nz, enter the event code 4SBRY and click Go.
  2. Enter your name, email address and the names of the students you wish to make bookings for.
  3. Select the teachers you’d like to book by ticking the checkbox beside their name, and then click the Book Interviews button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Using the timetable, click the Book button beside the time slot you’d like to book for the teacher. You’ll be asked to confirm your booking.
  5. Continue until you’ve booked all teachers.

Once you’re finished, you can view your timetable by clicking My Interviews at the top of the page. You can also print a PDF timetable to take to your interviews.

Before your interviews, you’ll receive an email reminder containing your timetable. If you need to cancel any interviews, you can do so by following the link in the email you received when you first signed up.

School closes at 12 noon on Wednesday 8 March. Unfortunately we have no supervision at school as all the teachers are involved in the interviews. Please make arrangements for your son/daughter so they can leave school safely at 12:00pm.

Interviews will be 10 minutes and held in the following learning commons:

Matai Team (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8)
Including Melissa Lee, Jodie Faircloth, Jack Potaka, Lucy Naylor
Interviews will take place in Rooms 1, 2 and 3

Kauri Team (Rooms 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
Including, Kate Shin, Shane Devery, Emily Hemstapat
Interviews will take place in Rooms 15 and 16

Rimu Team (Rooms 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12)
Including Greg Berry, Marie Guinibert, Dani Biddle, Tracey Hughes
Interviews will take place in Rooms 4 and 5

Totara Team (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24)
Including Dani Biddle, Graeme Smith, Linton Rathgen, Bill Holland, Jill Farquharson
Interviews will take place in Rooms 23 and 24



IB Parent Evening

Wednesday 15 March, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
We are holding an IB parent information evening in the library on Wednesday 15 March at 6:00pm.

Come along to find out more information about the International Baccalaureate Programme and how it is implemented at ANI.  Topics that will be covered at this meeting are:

  • What is IB?
  • What is PYP?
  • The Learner Profile
  • The five essential elements of PYP: Concepts, Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, Action
  • The six IB themes
  • Understanding thorough inquiry
  • ANI Inquiry Process
  • How IB aligns to the NZ curriculum
  • Your chance to ask questions.

We look forward to seeing you all there. This evening is suitable for parents only.


Polyfest – Whole School Event

On Friday 17 March the students and teachers of ANI will be visiting the ASB Polyfest at Manukau. This is a very important trip for many cultural and educational reasons. The students will get to experience various performances from Pasifika groups, such as Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoan and Tongan. There will also be performances from other groups on the diversity stage, including Fijian, Tokelau, Chinese, Korean and Indian nations. Students can also sample traditional food and visit various stalls selling traditional goods.

The Polyfest experience links very closely with the two IB Themes students are currently investigating. During the How We Organise Ourselves theme, the students can investigate and appreciate the organisation and well run event that is provided for them and also identify different cultural traditions. During How the World Works theme they will link the key concepts of how cultures interact with each other and how they have changed over time.


Year 8 Camps

This year we have our two year 8 teams Matai and Rimu attending camp in the second term.  Rimu will be the first team to leave on Monday 1 and return on Friday 8 May followed by Matai leaving on Monday 8 and Returning on Friday 12 May.

The two teams will be heading down to Tui Ridge Park in Rotorua and will be set some simple tasks to complete in addition to some more challenging activities during their stay.  The activities include: high ropes course, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, the flying fox, high ropes swing, an overnight camp in tents and orienteering to name a few.

The aim of the camp is to:

  • Develop leadership, self-management, risk taking, cooperation and independence
  • Provide an opportunity to work towards meeting personal and group goals
  • Provide all participants with challenging educational opportunities in an outdoor setting.

As with any camp parents are a necessary component and are required to stay overnight to support the teachers and students during the week. If you are able to support your child on camp please let your classroom teacher know.

We have scheduled a camp information evening on Thursday 16 March at 6.30 pm in the library.  The evening will go over the many activities the students will cover, expectations of parents who can come to camp, information about the camp and also provide a question and answer time at the end of the discussion.

We are all looking forward to another great camping experience in 2017.


Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

Our Year 7 students will be attending their first EOTC experience at Birkenhead Leisure Centre this term.  Because of our large student population rooms 13, 14, 15 & 16 will be the first to attend form Monday 20 – 23 March, followed by rooms 17, 18 & 21, Monday 27 – 30 March, and finally rooms 19, 20, 23 & 24, on Monday 3 -6 April.

The students will attend a four day rotation including activities such as team problem solving activities, low and high ropes challenges, confidence course, kayaking, raft building, rock climbing, archery and the amazing race in teams.

Birkenhead Leisure Centre have a number of trained instructors to provide expert advice and teaching for your child however to make this experience more enjoyable we require parent support each day for each class.  Without parent support we will not be able to attend this unique learning experience.  Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if you can make it for the whole week or only for one day as every little bit counts.

The aim of attending EOTC is to develop personal and physical skills and provide students with opportunities to take part in activities and events that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

We hope the students’, parents and teachers have some great experiences at EOTC to will equip them well for camp in 2018.


Overseas Trips Timeline

As you may already know the school is offering two overseas trips in 2017, one to Japan (cultural exchange) and the second to Cairns (ecological/sustainability focus). These trips are open to all students attending ANI.  The students were provided with application forms last week and these need to be returned on Friday 3 March. The following timeline highlights the key dates for both trips.

Friday 3 MarchStudent applications returned to school
Friday 10 MarchConfirmation trip will proceed and successful applicants notified
Friday 24 MarchDeposits required $500.  First trip meeting with students
Thursday 8 JuneParent evening #1 (6:00pm in the library)
Thursday 6 JulyFinal payments due
Wednesday 16 AugustParent evening #2 (6:00pm in the library)


We are looking forward to providing two exciting overseas experiences for the students this year.


2017 Academies

We have a number of academies up and running already this year. Academies are interest groups that children can choose to be part of.

Academies usually last for 45 minutes to one hour and children can participate in a maximum of two academies each term.  Academies run for the term then children can to re-sign into a new one for the following term to try something different.

The academies we have on offer this term are Soccer, Cricket, and Performing Arts, Robotics and Kapa haka, Ukulele, and Guitar.

These academies are taken by specialist tutors who have strength’s and passion in a given area. We encourage children who are beginners to have a go and those that are experts to develop their skills in an area even further.

If your child has missed out on signing up for and academy this term they will be given the opportunity to sign up next term. All academies are free of charge to students of ANI.


Sports News

2017 Sports Codes
The 2017 Auckland Normal Intermediate sports codes is a comprehensive list of sports that Auckland Normal Intermediate enters across the year and includes competition dates and staff responsible for the following:

  • Central Zone Sports (one day events)
  • Short term and Long term sports (Sports that carry across a week, month or term)
  • Interzone Sports for Swimming, Cross Country, Orienteering and Athletics Sports

Please note:  not all Interzone events are listed as these require qualification from Central Zone events.

The first staff member allocated to each sport are the first point of contact for each sport otherwise contact can be made through the sports coordinator Greg Berry.

Click here to view.


PTA News

Chocolate Fundraiser
The ANI Chocolate fundraiser is wrapping up and the final day for having money back was Monday 27 February.  The PTA would like to announce at this Friday’s assembly (3 March) the amount raised and to hand out prizes to the students and thank them for their participation in our biggest fundraiser for the year.

Students with boxes outstanding had a reminder notice sent home on Monday 27 February (apologies if you have paid by internet banking after the notice went out).  Payment can be made by cash or cheque to the office, or into the PTA’s bank account 123048-0259939-00.  Please use your child’s name and room number as a reference.

All students will directly benefit from the chocolate fundraiser.  This has been running for the last 10 years and the money has provided invaluable equipment that isn’t funded by the MOE.  Microscopes and other science equipment, sports uniforms and equipment, technology, Kapa Haka and Pasifika uniforms, leadership courses, the school garden, the library and more have all received funding for items they would otherwise not be able to have under current Government funding guidelines.

We thank you for your support of our children’s school and the PTA’s fundraising.

ANI PTA Annual General Meeting
The ANI PTA AGM will be held on Monday 6 March, 7:00pm in the library.  The position of Chairperson will be vacant.  Any queries please contact Sue Normanton sue_normanton@hotmail.com

The AGM will be followed by a regular meeting – all welcome.

Year 7 & 8 Social
Thursday 16 March, 6:30pm – 8:30 in the school hall

The PTA and teachers are planning a fun evening full of music, entertainment and dance for the students.

Permission slips will be sent home on Wednesday 8 March and need to be brought along with your child on the night of the Social with $6.00 entry fee (note: door sales ONLY)

All children must be collected at 8:30pm from inside the SCHOOL HALL. No child will be allowed to leave the hall or walk to a car park without a parent. We would appreciate prompt pick up.

Mufti Day
Friday 31 March, $2.00


Community News

St Cuthbert’s College Open Afternoon
Saturday 18 March, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Register Online at www.stcuthberts.school.nz

Diocesan School for Girls
Diocesan School for Girls is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 18 March, 10am – 12pm.
Visit www.diocesan.school.nz to find out more and register.

Click here to view more community news.