Term 4, Week 8 2015

Principal’s News

The ‘Great ANI Quiz’
Many thanks to parents and community members for your contributions to our recent Quiz. Top effort also by our students for getting the questions correct and sourcing sponsors. Your donations will be put to good use for additional shaded seating areas around the school.

Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival
What outstanding performances from our students on Saturday at the local cultural festival held at Rocket Park, Mt Albert. Well done to members of the school choir (and choir trainer Daisy Henderson) and our Bollywood dance troupe (choreographed by Neelam Mangabhai).


Rocket Park


Teachers leaving
At the end of the school year we farewell the following permanent members of teaching staff:

Ms Holly Brock (Room 16 teacher)
Ms Jessie Peat (Room 12 teacher)
Daisy Henderson (The Arts teacher)
Alex Tiley (part time teacher)

We wish them all the best as they move into new positions in South Auckland, North Shore and Dunedin.

Special mention and congratulations to Matt Aukett who has won a promotion to Meadowbank School. Our very best wishes to you Matt.

Long standing staff leaving:
Sally Patston, Receptionist – 15 years service
Dalwyn Luckman, ESOL/International Students – 20 years service

Sally is retiring and Dalwyn has moved out of Auckland. We thank you for your valuable contribution to ANI and wish you all the best.

New staff joining us
Next week in our last newsletter for the year we will share with you the dynamic and talented staff we have appointed to join us next year.

Thank you to parents/caregivers who have contributed to our recent school satisfaction survey. The information supplied will help us make improvements in organisation and management next year.

We did note that a couple of parents had not heard back from the school after making contact with us. As the survey was totally anonymous we cannot reply to you. Our apologies if we have missed an email. Please if you do not get a response resend your email, it could be that we are having server delivery issues or an email may go astray. We make a concerted effort to reply to all parents within 24 hours as we know how important it is you receive a response. If for some reason you don’t get one – send again. Many thanks.

Students Success and Values
Optimising your sons/daughters success is something that is very important to the staff at ANI. It is also the reason we spend considerate time reinforcing school values, the IB learner profile and NZ curriculum key competencies. There are also a number of things parents can do at home to help ensure children grow up to be healthy, responsible, successful adults. Holiday time when children are faced with more formal occasions, large family events and lots of socialising are valuable times to reinforce the following values (courtesy of lifehack.org)

1. Teach respect
Instil a sense of respect. Not just respect for all human beings and living things (although this is obviously important), but respect for everything in the world.  Showing children the value of respect as well; you earn respect by giving it out unconditionally.

2. Teach tolerance
Children need to learn how to tolerate all other human beings on the planet. It does no good to look down on others; rather children should learn to help their fellow man when in need – since they may find themselves in need of help one day

3. Teach responsibility
Teaching children how to be responsible for their actions. It’s important for them to understand that what they do or say has far-reaching consequences, and whether or not these consequences are positive or negative is up to them.

4. Teach self-control
Children who learn how to control themselves will quickly become independent adults. Children who constantly have to be told to do their homework or clean their room rather than doing it on their own will eventually get lost when they find themselves living alone for the first time.

5. Teach honesty
Children need to learn to be honest, with others and with themselves. An honest child will grow into a trustworthy adult whose career will flourish. It’s incredibly important to instil in children the idea that, even if they do something they weren’t supposed to, it’s better to tell the truth about it rather than lie to avoid punishment.

6. Teach integrity
Children also need to learn to have integrity; they must always do what’s right, even when no one’s around and learn the difference between society’s vision of success and their own.

7. Teach perseverance
Many children are so scared of not doing well that they never try. This applies to homework, tests, new hobbies, asking girls out, applying for a first job… your sons and daughters are scared of the world a lot more than you think. Teach your children that it’s totally okay to fail. What isn’t okay is letting life pass you by without ever trying.

8. Teach gratitude
Teach your children to be grateful each and every day, for the things they have, and the people who care about them. Show them how to give thanks, such as doing chores without being asked, spending time with a relative, or writing a thank you note to a teacher for no special reason other than to give them credit for the hard work they do.

9. Teach life skills
In between instilling values and teaching life lessons, parents also must remember to teach life skills to their children. Teach them how to wash dishes, clean the bathroom, mow the lawn, or babysit. Make them do it, so they aren’t hit with the shock of having to do it all when they (finally!) move out.

10. Be a role model
Absolutely none of this can be done if you, as the parent, don’t model it for them. “Do as I say, not as I do” does not work (because the second you’re not around, they’ll be doing whatever they want). Be the person you want your child to be.

Have a great week.

Jill Farquharson


Important Dates

Monday 7 DecemberYear 8 Dancesport
Wednesday 9 DecemberBoard of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm Staffroom
Thursday 10 DecemberHelpers Morning Tea, 10:30am Staffroom
Service to School Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Year 8 Graduation, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Friday 11 DecemberWhole School Picnic Day, Parnell Baths
Monday 14 DecemberReports go home
Year 7 End of Year Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Year 8 End of Year Awards Assembly, 1:30pm
Tuesday 15 DecemberTERM FOUR ENDS, 12:00PM


For more school events, click here.


Sports News

Auckland Normal Intermediate had over 35 students attend the Central Zone Athletics competition held at Mount Smart Stadium on Thursday 26 November. The team was organised by Daniel Robertson and Jessie Peat who did an amazing job of preparing the team. The school would also like to thank parents that attended and also the students for their conduct, participation and competitive spirit. Results follow:

All students have qualified for Interzone Athletics that is being held on Thursday 3 December at Mt Smart Stadium.

 1500m1stOliver O’Donoghue5.10
800m1stOliver O’Donoghue2.36
 200m 2ndJole Naufahu27.38
100m1stJole Naufahu13.46
Long Jump1stTarin Love4.53
Discus1stJoshua Tepai – NEW CZ RECORD36.48
ANI Relay1stANI Relay: Jole Naufahu, Tarin Love, Henry Drillen, Jake Liu55.08
 800m3rdKate Duncan2.48.16
Discus3rdVika Aho27.18
15002ndJaylen Rodwell4.47.75
800m3rdJaylen Rodwell2.26.84
400m1stChristopher U’Ren58.33
Long jump1stJamie Chambers Steward5.18
Discus1stTamatoa Tepai – NEW CZ RECORD42.18
Discus3rdJaylen Rodwell27.34
Shotput1stXilun Feng10.14


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

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 2016 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  at the school office with cash, cheque and visa. Please note this offer is not available in the online school shop.


After School Music and Leisure Classes

2016 Brochure is now available, click here for more information and bookings.


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 this 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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