Term 4, Week 2 2015

Principal’s Awards
Congratulations Chenhuan Liu (Room 17) for being an inspirational student in all aspects of schooling, showing the qualities of an IB learner and being an exceptional role model to  her peers.

Principal’s News
Welcome back
On Monday  we welcomed home students and staff who have been in Japan visiting our sister school. It was great to see happy faces and listen to exciting stories about their time over there – memories that will last a life time I’m sure.

Athletics Day
What a great day we had at Mt Smart Stadium taking part in a variety of athletics events. A big thanks to Mr Berry who coordinated a well planned and organised day. Results can be found further in today’s newsletter.

A reminder that all students must wear a school hat or cap during lunch time. Other styles of hats will not be permitted (i.e no Nike, baseball or basketball). The SLT are out in the playground this week monitoring this sun safe practice. No hat – no play.

School Uniform
This week we are also having a blitz on school uniform. At this stage of the year students tend to get a bit relaxed on uniform standards and the SLT are hot on their heels. We are doing gate duty every day to ensure ANI students look smart on their way to and from school. Remember ankle socks for girls (no low cuts) and knee high socks for boys if wearing shoes. PE gear must not be worn too or from school (unless you are in the running club or attending a sporting event and have been given permission).

Being Nice Matters
During end of year activities and with the prospect of changing schools it can often put a strain on friendships and relationships. Our school counsellor Mr Graeme Smith (click here to email) is available on Mondays and Thursdays to help students during these difficult periods and will offer appropriate support. A quick email will put you in contact with him.

There are also a number of simple things that parents and teachers can do if things are not going too well:

  • Be mindful of your peers. Listen to each other, help each other, share and cooperate
  • Be kind to your peers – have empathy for them as you never know what they might be going through
  • Help resolve conflicts not start them or escalate them with unnecessary gossip

Talking to a teacher or a parent can make a difference and  influence the social and emotional skills that help students cope during these stormy times. It also adds to an enjoyable end of year for all concerned.

PTA Upcoming Events
Mufti Week – Monday 9 November – Friday 13 November
Year 7 Social – Thursday 26 November, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (last one for the year!)
Year 8 Graduation Evening – Thursday 10 December, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Staffing News
Over the holiday break Mrs Jackson (Room 4 part time teacher) resigned and we welcomed Mrs Cassidy who job shares with her into a full time position to the end of the year.

New staff who will be joining us in 2016:
Jennie Tiers (currently at Otahuhu Intermediate)
Kim Mackrell (currently at Murrays Bay Intermediate)
Nathan Metzger (currently studying at Auckland University)

Staff who will be leaving us at the end of the year will be farewelled in a newsletter later this term.

Have a great week.

Jill Farquharson


Important Dates

Friday 23 OctoberEpsom Normal Placement Test
Tuesday 27 OctoberCentral Zone Touch Tournament
Wednesday 28 OctoberNewmarket Primary Placement Test
Thursday 29 OctoberBoys and Mixed Team Touch Rugby
Mt Eden Normal Placement Test
Friday 30 OctoberY6 Parents and Students Open Morning, 10:00am
(Only for families that missed our Open Mornings on 30 July and 4 August)

For more school events, click here.



We will be having a ‘Shakeout’ practice on Tuesday 27 October at 10:25am. This date change is due to the fact that we had athletics day on National Shake Out Day.


Sports News

ANI Athletics Day
Auckland Normal Intermediate held its annual athletics day at Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday 15 October. The sun came out making for ideal conditions for the heats and finals. The day started with 740 students travelling by bus to Mt Smart. Students were dressed in their team colours with many shades of blue, red, orange and green. We commenced with the 1500 metres and a large group of students testing themselves over this long distance event. Once completed the students moved through the field events including shot put, high jump discus and the track events which included 100m, 200m 800m and 400m. The events that the students competed in allowed them to gain a participation certificate as part of their achievement. Some students attempted a new event for the first time and were successful in accomplishing new personal bests. The competition for the top student in each age category was fierce and every student was attempting to be part of the finals programme. The day finished with relays with rooms 11, 1, 15 and 23 winning their respective relay events in their teams. The event was made more successful with the support and contributions from all our teachers.

The 2015 ANI Athletics event was a tremendous success and we look forward to continued support with of over 50 athletes representing Auckland Normal Intermediate at the Central Zone Athletics to be held at Mt Smart on Thursday 26 November. The following students were the top ANI athletes for 2015.

Year 7 BoysYear 7 GirlsYear 8 BoysYear 8 Girls
Joel Naufahu (R7)Kate Duncan (R2)Jaylen Rodwell (R15)Ella Wyllie (R4)
Becca Knight (R5)


2015 Athletics

Greg Berry
PE Teacher/Sport Coordinator


Student Achievement

Congratulations Elijah Thomas (Room 17) who won his 3rd national boys squash in the school holidays at ( no caps ) the  national champs in Invercargill.  He is the first junior boy in 9 years to have won three national individual titles in a row while still under 13.

Congratulations Mathew Zhou (Room 22) who placed first in the Auckland Primary and Intermediate Schools Karate Championship.


Community News

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