October 2017 Newsletter

Principal’s Awards

Congratulations Wooseong Seo, Room 20 for the compassion and care he has for his peers and showing initiative on many occasions.

Congratulations Cara Chan, Room 6 for high levels of engagement in literacy and an outstanding piece of poetry titled ‘Rubble and Ruin for Riches’.

Congratulations Danny Johnston, Room 7 for his excellent spoken word poem.


Principal’s News

Welcome back to term four, we hope you had a good break and are ready for a few very busy final weeks of 2017.  As you can see from the list of term events included in today’s newsletter there are a number of whole school activities to be aware of in addition to class and/or team activities. Be sure to check the team newsletters (link below) in addition to the weekly emails we send home on Fridays.

Year 8 Study Skills
This term we commence a special programme for our Year 8 students which will be taught by New Zealand Secondary School teacher Ms Juls Reilly. The programme focuses on study skills, exam technique and secondary school preparation. We have used feedback from past students and Year 9 Deans at local secondary schools to develop the content of these lessons highlighting how to study for an exam, how to strategically unpack and approach each question and how to remain focussed and calm throughout tests or exams.

Ms Reilly will take each class for two 45 minute sessions every week this term and these lessons are timetabled for when the class would normally have Mandarin. With Mrs Emily Hemstapat (Mandarin teacher) now teaching full time in Room 8 these periods have become available for a focus on secondary school preparation. Mandarin will still continue with class teachers taking lessons under the direction and guidance of Mrs Hemstapat.

We had always intended offering an intensive study skills programme as a new initiative this year and being able to secure the full time services of a Year 9 and 10 teacher to teach the programme has enabled us to offer it on a regular basis to students. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call the Year 8 Dean, Megan Hughes or any member of the Senior Leadership Team.

New Deputy Principal
On Monday 30 October we welcome our new Deputy Principal Mr Bryce Mills to ANI. There will be a whole school powhiri as members of his current school Murrays Bay Intermediate hand him over. If you are available on this date please join us.

What: Whole School Powhiri
Where: ANI School Hall
When: 10:00am – 10:30am, Monday 30 October (morning tea to follow)
Why: Welcoming our new Deputy Principal

Bryce is looking forward to meeting our students on this occasion and also getting to know as many parents as he can between 30 October and the end of the year.

School Payments and Donations for 2018
Yes it’s that time of year again where we ask parents of our Year 7 students to pay their:

a) 2018 donation
b) class trips/activity fee
c) take home materials

Paying it now will not only be a saving for you but it will also mean one less bill at the start of the year when there are so many other school related expenses to pay. So what are we offering if you make the three payments above before 14 December?

  • No credit card fee if you pay before 14 December
  • A discount of 5% on activity fee and take home materials (note we cannot offer a discount on school donations as you can get a tax credit
  • Go into a draw to win one of these great family prizes if you make all three payments (donation, activity fee and take home materials).
    – Two uniform top up packs consisting of: One sun hat and one short sleeved polo or one sunhat and one pair of culottes or shorts
    – A stationery pack (4 prizes)
    – Education Perfect Subscription (4 prizes)

Be in to win!

Click here to download a payment form or you can pay online.

Thank you, we appreciate your financial support of the school which enables us to provide high quality education for your sons and daughters.

Have a great week.

Jill Farquharson


Upcoming Events

Thursday 19 OctoberVision Testing
Friday 20 OctoberFull School Choir Rehearsal (Edendale School)
Tuesday 24 OctoberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
Wednesday 25 OctoberYear 8 EGGS Testing, 8:45am – 10:15am (Hall)
Thursday 26 OctoberY7 & 8 Water Polo North Island (Thur – Sun)
Friday 27 OctoberAssembly to announce Head Boys/Girls, 1:30pm (Hall)
Monday 30 OctoberWhole School Powhiri to welcome new Deputy Principal, 10:00am (Hall)
 PTA meeting, 7:00pm – all welcome (Library)
Tuesday 31 OctoberCentral Zone Girls Touch
 Student Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
Wednesday 1 NovemberEntrance Test for Year 6 students (other schools), 9:00am (Library)
 Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm – all welcome (staff room)
Thursday 2 NovemberCentral Zone Boys and Mixed Touch
 AIMS Prize Giving, 5:30pm (Hall)
Friday 3 November
Monday 6 NovemberPTA Mufti Week (Monday – Friday)
 AGS Testing @ Auckland Grammar, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 7 NovemberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
Wednesday 8 NovemberHPV and Boostrix Catchups
 Entrance Test for Year 6 students (late enrolments), 9:00am (Library)
Thursday 9 NovemberWhole School Athletics Day @ Mount Smart Stadium
Friday 10 November
Monday 13 November2018 Year 7 Student Interviews with SLT, 9:00am – 12:30pm (Library)
Tuesday 14 NovemberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
 School Choir Dress Rehearsal at Town Hall, 9:30am – 1:00pm
 2018 Year 7 Student Interviews with SLT, 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Library)
Wednesday 15 NovemberCentral Zone Badminton
 2018 Year 7 Student Interviews with SLT, 9:00am – 12:30pm (Library)
 School Choir Performance at Town Hall, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 16 November2018 Year 7 Student Interviews with SLT, 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Library)
 Parent Hui, 5:30pm (Library)
Friday 17 November2018 Year 7 Student Interviews with SLT, 9:00am – 12:30pm (Library)
Monday 20 November 
Tuesday 21 NovemberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
Wednesday 22 November
Thursday 23 NovemberCentral Zone Athletics
 PTA Year 7 and Year 8 Social, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Hall)
Friday 24 NovemberAGS Orientation Day
Monday 27 NovemberPTA Meeting, 7:00pm – all welcome (Library)
Tuesday 28 NovemberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
Wednesday 29 NovemberIB Exhibition, 2:00pm – 6:00pm (Hall)
 John Parsons Cyber Safety Parent Evening, 6:00pm (Library)
Thursday 30 NovemberIB Exhibition, 9:00am – 12:30pm (Hall)
 Interzone Athletics
 Carols by Candlelight, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
 (In the hall to commence and then outdoors weather permitting for a bbq and picnic
Friday 1 December
Monday 4 DecemberCentral Zone Golf
Tuesday 5 DecemberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
Wednesday 6 DecemberBoard of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm – all welcome (staff room)
Thursday 7 DecemberThank You Morning Tea for Parents, 10:30am (Library)
 Service to School Awards Assembly (students only), 11:00am
 Year 8 Graduation Practice Assembly (students only), 1:30pm
 Year 8 Graduation, 6:30pm – 9:00pm (Hall)
Friday 8 December
Monday 11 DecemberWhole School Picnic Day at Lagoon Leisure and Fitness, Panmure
Tuesday 12 DecemberStudent Yoga, 8:00am (Library)
 Reports go home
Wednesday 13 DecemberYear 7 Awards Assembly, 11:00am (Hall)
 Year 8 Awards Assembly, 1:30pm (Hall)
Thursday 14 DecemberEND OF TERM FOUR, SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12:00PM


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End of Year Reports

The end of year reports will be handed out to all students during the last week of school, (12 December 2017). The report will provide an overview of where your child is performing in relation National Standards, their overall effort and current curriculum level in literacy, maths, PE, science, languages and the specialist programme. Reports also indicate areas where improvement can be made looking ahead to 2018.

The process that teachers go through when preparing the report is very thorough and includes the following:

  • Teacher moderation of student work
    Teachers work together in teams and across year levels to discuss students work so there is consistency in what a level 4 or 5 looks like for each curriculum area.
  • Overall Teacher Judgements (OTJ’s)
    The class teacher uses data from different sources such as work books, NZ curriculum level guidelines and results of tests undertaken (e-asTTle, class tests)
  • Student reflections and assessments
    Ongoing discussions with students regarding their work and what they think they have learnt related to the learning intentions
  • Observations of student when working individually or in a group situation

One of the key factors that the ANI reporting process provides is an opportunity for students to reflect on their own learning and what they have accomplished over the last two terms. We believe this is a strength of our reporting system as it adds honest feedback from the perspective of the students.

I am confident in our process – it is robust, well thought out and evidence based. It also provides timely and an accurate description of student progress and achievement.

Shane Devery
Deputy Principal



Wow, we are already into our last term at school for 2017.  It is an exciting time of the year for our students as they anticipate what lies ahead for them next year, our Year 7’s become Year 8’s and our Year 8’s head off to various secondary schools. For many this is an exciting time in their lives, one which they have been anticipating for months, but for some it can be very daunting. Year 7’s anxiously waiting to hear who their teacher will be next year and which of their friends they will be with, or more worryingly for them who they won’t be with.  When doing class lists we take into account many factors; such as students strengths and areas of learning needs, social needs and extra curricula interests, then try to match the child  with a teacher who will further support them through their learning journey.

The transition process for students heading into Year 9 has also began. Our major feeder schools are testing to get data about where our student are at. We meet with the Year 9 deans from the secondary schools to provide them with information on each child around academic, social and emotional wellbeing.

We have already begun the transition process for those students who will be joining us in 2018.  We have been going to the contributing primary schools where we gather data about the students from a number of sources in order to make the transition as smooth as possible for these children.  They all sit an entrance test and we talk to the key teachers at the primary school. In term four (13 – 17 November) Year 6 students and their parents will be able to book in a time with a member of the SLT to talk about their learning needs. We take all this information and use it to place the Year 6 students in a class with a teacher that we think best meets their needs.

Should you wish to discuss your child’s transition from one year group to another please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us to assist you.

I hope all of the current students enjoy their final term at school and make the most of all the exciting opportunities that come their way in the next few weeks.

Best wishes.

Tracey Hughes
Associate Principal


PTA Mufti Week

The PTA will be running their mufti-week fundraiser this term in week four, Monday 6 – Friday 10 November. In order for the students to wear mufti during the week, they will need to purchase either day passes ($2.00), week passes ($5.00) and additional “extra passes” ($5.00) for jewellery, nail polish, hair colour etc. Passes will be sold in week three, 30 October – 3 November in classrooms. Students will need to bring their money into school during that week.



Thursday 9 November (previously Thursday 2 November) @ Mt Smart Stadium
Recently we received a request from a local Intermediate School to swap our athletics date with them. This was due to unforeseen circumstances their end. As a collaborative and good will gesture we have agreed to change our date to Thursday 9 November. We hope this doesn’t inconvenience parents who might be coming along to watch.

The focus of the day is on participation and students will be competing within their year group for both boys and girls. Students will also be attempting to gain qualification for the ANI Central Zone Athletics event which is held on Thursday 23 November. Students can come to school wearing their PE gear.

Students will need to bring:

  • Morning tea, lunch, snacks (chocolate, barley sugars etc)
  • Juice/water bottle – no fizzy drinks allowed
  • Trainers or track shoes (students must wear their shoes throughout the day). Please Note: Students that are wearing spikes are not permitted to wear these types of shoes in the stands or on chairs within the seating area. These types of shoes can only be worn in lane events.
  • Hat/cap and jacket/raincoat
  • Sun block

Parents and caregivers are more than welcome to come to our Athletics Day and cheer our students on.

Patrick Kennelly
PE/Sports Coordinator


John Parsons Cyber Safety Parent Evening

Wednesday 29 November, 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the School Library
ANI invites you to a presentation on the issues and dangers associated with the inappropriate use of computers, mobile phones and the internet, presented by John Parsons NZ Cyber security expert.

The aim of the evening is to inform parents and educate our community to understand the value of identity is the first step to using ICT safely.

Cybercrime is a very real issue facing families in NZ, but there are easy practical steps to help prevent it. Topics covered on the night include: Cyber bullying, online grooming, learning to repel and report and many more.

You will leave the session on Wednesday 29 November with the knowledge to help support and protect your family.

Please note families new to ANI will also be invited (current Year 6 parents at local contributing schools), along with schools in our Community of Learning.



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