Auckland Normal Intermediate

Term 4, Week 7 2015

Principal’s News

Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP)
This week we have a number of high level educators visiting our school. They are part of an international conference for global leaders in education hosted by the Minister of Education Hon Hekia Parata. Delegates from around the world will come together in Auckland to experience first hand the leading edge work New Zealand is doing to transform its education system to meet the needs of young people in a rapidly changing world.

We have been asked to provide a site visit for delegates at the conclusion of the conference. The theme for the visit to ANI is:

  • The shared responsibility for learning: co-ownership of learning outcomes through collaboration of education systems, local communities and new partners.
  • Innovative learning environments: new models for learning, new pedagogies, digital learning and the educator workforce for the future.

We will provide opportunities for our guests to hear from the students about their involvement in learning, the shared responsibility they take in leading the school and invite them to take a tour of our innovative learning environments.

Delegates come from 12 different education jurisdictions and include a number of OECD officials. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to have an international profile – they certainly deserve it.

Community Consultation – Parent Survey
Thank you to those parents and friends of ANI that have taken the time to complete our online survey providing feedback on how we can improve. This information will assist us as we develop our future strategy. The board of trustees are heading into a new planning phase for the period 2016-2020, so your input is a vital element to ensure we reflect the communities priorities and aspirations.

If you haven’t had a chance to complete it please spare a quick ten minutes as we really do value your comments. The information you supply is totally confidential and the responses are anonymous. The school can not access email sources from this survey. Please click here to take the survey.

Head Boys and Girls
With the end of the year not too far away we asked our Head Boys and Girls to reflect on their experiences in this role. Here is what they had to say:

“As Head Boys and Girls for 2015 we were part of a number of events that occurred during the year. Our overall role was to be a representative for the student body and a role model along with being a mentor for the students of ANI. We were also involved with hosting and organising school events.

A new initiative we introduced this year was speaking at the End of Term Awards Assembly. The purpose of this was to reflect on the term from a student’s’ point of view. This was effective because students are able to relate to the speaker and the experiences we shared.

We helped organise the ANZAC ceremony where we invited a RSA member and members of the community to pay tribute to New Zealands’ history and those who fought for our country. This was extremely meaningful and was a good way to build our relationship with our community.

We were also involved with creating a new process to select future Head Students for ANI. We created a role description including attributes and qualities a Head Student would possess. We enjoyed running the assembly to announce the Year 7 Head Boys and Girls as we could give them advice and explain what to expect having this new found responsibility.

Throughout the year we were encouraged to mentor other students. Our first mentoring role was to led a small group of student councillors and gain sponsorship for our school production. Once the Year 7 Head Students were selected, we buddied up so we could take them under our wing and work together for the school open day and prepare speeches for the End of Term Awards Assembly.

Through all the events we hosted, organised and were part of – we were able to grow our leadership and social skills which helped us grow as students and leaders. We also learnt how to manage our time effectively and develop speech writing and public speaking skills. Being a Head Student meant we had to set an example for the rest of the school, allowing us to become principled learners and influence our peers in a positive way.

The best part about being a head student was being an active member of the ANI community. We were able to network with teachers, students and parents to share our ideas and to have them be heard. We had numerous opportunities to introduce new initiatives and develop skills and confidence so we can become future leaders for our generation.”

By Neve Petherbridge, Scarlett Wright, George Pearson and Theo Steele

 

Well done to the four of you – I have been impressed with your enthusiasm, energy and drive to make ANI a better place for students. You have been great ambassadors.

Have a great week.

Jill Farquharson
Principal

 

Important Dates

 Thursday 26 November Central Zone Athletics
PTA Year 7 Social, 6:30pm – 8:30pm School Hall
Monday 30 November Central Zone Golf – please note this event has been cancelled
  Year 8 Dancesport
Wednesday 2 December Interzone Athletics
Monday 7 December Year 8 Dancesport
Wednesday 9 December Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm staffroom – all welcome
Thursday 10 December Helpers Morning Tea, 10:30am Staffroom
  Service to School Awards Assembly, 11:00am
  Year 8 Graduation Assembly
Year 8 Graduation, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday 11 December Whole School Picnic, Parnell Baths
Monday 14 December Reports go home
Year 7 End of Year Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Year 8 End of Year Awards Assembly, 1:30pm
Tuesday 15 December Term Four Ends, 12:00pm

 

For more school events, click here.

 

ANI Kapa Haka

On Friday 20 November the Kapa Haka group performed for the Eden Playcentre. We started with a powhiri followed by our song and poi and then in return the preschool performed two items for us.

After the powhiri we had a morning tea together and got to meet and demonstrate some items to the children and their parents. Overall it was a fun time to connect and make new friends. For some of our year eights it was their last performance so we also celebrated their service to school for two years.

By Nia Cherrington-Thomas, Terewai Majurey and Hiwa Majurey

Kapa Haka Playcentre

 

Enviro Group trip to Rotoroa Island

Beaches, birds and brilliance, Rotoroa island had it all! On Tuesday 17 November the enviro group embarked on a journey to Rotoroa island in order to learn more about conserving our beautiful land of the long white cloud for the future. When we first got onto the island, we got to work right away. Learning about keeping island pest free and how they preserve the island, then we walked a cross the vast green lands and learnt about the gorgeous animals that live upon the island. At lunch we stopped at a glorious beach with a few mischievous, uninvited guests; the Weka bird. After that was learning about tag and release, very soon we were tagging our own birds! (Fake of course.) The beautiful day soon came to a holt, as we hopped onto to the ferry to end our journey. This trip has taught me so much, and had inspired me to make a difference for the future!

By Nikita Lal, Room 17

Rotoroa Island was formerly run as an addiction by salvation army this closed in 2005. Following this the Plowman family established the Rotoroa island trust which has seen significant transformation 20,000 pine trees have been chipped and 400,000 native plants have been sourced and planted on the island. This is now known as the fastest growing conservation park in NZ.

Our day started at of 8:15 when everyone arrived at pier 4. Then we had to have a bio security check if we had any insects in our bag because we weren’t aloud to take any insects to the island. We also had to make sure we had no grass or mud on our shoes. At 8:45 we then left for Rotoroa island and enjoyed the ferry trip. The ferry was shaking a lot, so much that it couldn’t pick up two passengers at Waiheke island. After an hour and a quarter of cruising, we then reached Rotoroa island. After putting our bags in the lockers we went for our first activity which was about pests.

We learnt that pests were all introduced by us like deer, hedgehogs and even cats. Now we are trying to kill them by setting traps. We got to hold pest fur. The zoo educator showed us a lot of traps and demonstrated them with a toy. One of the traps could be reused because it had a bullet which was powered by gas, there was peanut butter spray from a can in a container which the pests would go and eat. Then from the side the bullet would shoot them.

After that we went for a walk around the island while the zoo instructor would explain the different types of birds and plants that were around us. Like traditional Maori medicine that can help you if you are stuck in the bush. Like, bush toilet paper, antiseptic and a natural laxative. We then had lunch at Ladies Bay among Wekas and headed back to the classroom.

We were taught how to use a GPS. We then had to find a location through the GPS and find footprints of pests. Then we had to find out what those footprints were. Next, we learnt how to put on bands on the bird’s legs and how to write what color the bands are. We had to find a location using the GPS and look for a bird in the trees with bands on its legs, after finding the bird we wrote down what color the bands were. We then headed back to Auckland on the ferry.

On this trip, we learnt a lot about how humans can cause damage to the environment but on the flip side of that, we can also make a huge difference to try and put things right.

By Harkirat Singh, Room 16

 

ANI Hip Hop Group

Congratulations to the ANI Hip Hop group who recently competed in a Auckland wide dance competition. It was a five hour competition, with 16 teams in their section. They came only 0.6 of a mark off 3rd place. Top 3 teams all had professional choreographers. There were five judges who graded the performances. Well done to this group and they did the school proud. Thanks to the students that represented this group and to Jodie Faircloth who choreographed the routines and supported the students.

Greg Berry
Sport Coordinator

 

PTA Year 7 Social – LAST ONE FOR THE YEAR!

Thursday 26 November, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Drinks and lollies and glow sticks available to purchase.
The PTA and Teachers are planning a fun evening full of music, entertainment and dance for the students.

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 carpark without a parent. We would appreciate prompt pick up.

Please note:  We need a signed permission slip and $6.00 to admit your child to the hall. Permission slips were sent home last week. Click here to download one.

 

End of Year Awards Assemblies

Monday 14 December
Parents/Caregivers will be notified by email on Monday 7 December if their child is receiving an award at our end of year assemblies. We make every effort to contact you via email to advise if an award is being presented, however if we do not have your correct or current email address it makes it very difficult for you to receive this information.

Please ensure the contact details we have for you are correct (click here to update your details)

We hold separate awards assemblies for our Year 7 and Year 8 students:
Year 7 Assembly, 11:00am (parents/caregivers please arrive at 10:55am)
Year 8 Assembly, 1:30pm (parents/caregivers please arrive at 1:25pm)

Please make your way to the Information Centre (opposite the school reception) where one of the Senior Leadership Team will greet you and escort you into the Hall at the appropriate time.

 

Last Day of School 2015

The last day of the school year is Tuesday 15 December.  School closes at 12:00pm. Please arrange to pick up your children at this time or make arrangements for them to travel home safely.

 

2016 Start Times

Year 7 students start at 9:00am and our Year 8 students at 11:00am on Tuesday 2 February.  We stagger the start times to allow our new Year 7 students an hour or so to settle in without the Year 8’s being present.  It also allows us to gather the Year 8’s in the hall to call class lists.

 

Year 8 Stationery Boxes for 2016

Year 7 students can purchase their stationery boxes for 2015 before the end of the year from Reception. Cost is $40.00 and scientific calculator $25.00. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or eftpos.

 

Early Bird Discount for 2016 Year 8 Parents

This term we are offering an incentive to 2016 Year 8 families. If you make payment of your school donation, take home items, class trips/activities which normally totals $599.00 we offer you an early bird discount of 10%. This means a saving of $60.00 if paid before the end of term four (15 December 2015). Remember paying these amounts now means one less thing to worry about in the new year.

You can pay online ASB 12 3048 0291429 00 or online at the school shop www.ani.school.nz or at the school office with cash, cheque and visa.

 

Year 7 Placement Tests

Placement tests have already been held at local schools for fully enrolled Year 7 students starting in 2016. There will be a final placement test at ANI on Friday 4 December at 9:00am for any students that have just enrolled or missed out on completing the test at their own school. Students will need to bring a pen or pencil with them.

 

2016 Uniform Shop Holiday Hours

Wednesday 20 January, 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 23 January, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday 28 January, 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 30 January, 10:00am – 4:00pm

 

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