Term 4, Week 9 2016

Principal’s Awards

Congratulations John O’Malley (Room 5), for his open minded attitude to learning, always challenging himself to excel within technology.

Congratulations Carina Lu (Room 21) for working with passion and determination to create an artwork that reflects both her level of ability and the connection between humans and the natural world.

Principal’s News

It is hard to believe that I am writing the final newsletter for the year – how time flies.

As we look back on 2016 there are so many areas to celebrate, however before we recognise and acknowledge these achievements it is important to take a moment to think about our fellow New Zealanders who were directly affected by the recent earthquakes. If you have friends or family who experienced the quake and are now living with the consequences I am sure you know only too well the long term effects an event like this has on their wellbeing. As a school we have taken action to support in any way we can and have encouraged students to continue to look for ways to help out the relief effort no matter how small this action might be. Christmas and the holiday break will be a difficult time for those families as they come to grips with the enormity of the situation. Over the break please encourage your sons/daughters to keep thinking of them and continue to support the cause.

In the next few days we farewell our Year 8 students and wish them well as they move on to the next stage of their education. It has been a pleasure to be associated with each and every one of you – all the very best for many successes I know you will have in the years to come. We can’t wait to hear about them.

To our Year 7 students returning in the new year we look forward to the exciting events and activities we have planned for you and know you will embrace every opportunity to extend and challenge yourself.

At ANI we are fortunate to have competent and committed staff who engage positively with our students. Sadly at the end of every year we always say farewell to some of them. Permanent teachers that are moving on are:

Mr Glen Vartha – moving to teach in Tauranga
Ms Chantel Hair – moving overseas to do her OE
Mr Daniel Robertson – moving to teach in Tauranga
Mrs Kirsten Russell – moving to teach in Christchurch
Mrs Kate Harland – moving to teach closer to home in Waiwera
Miss Caylee Dyer – moving to teach in Palmerston North

To other part time or fixed term staff whose contract positions have come to an end we wish you well and thank you for your support and encouragement of our students.

We have some talented new teachers joining the staff in 2017 and we will introduce them to you in our first newsletter of the new year. Thanks also must go to the rest of the staff, teaching and non teaching for their energy and commitment to the school.

Our Board of Trustees and PTA play a significant role in the life of the school – whether it be setting strategic direction, fundraising or encouraging us to pursue future focused initiatives they are right behind us. Thank you for your support and encouragement. To both Chairs Dr Richard Sullivan (BOT) and Sue Normanton (PTA) thank you for your strong leadership, guidance and support.

To Sue who is standing down as PTA Chair we appreciate your many contributions and to Richard Sullivan who is continuing as Chair of our Board of Trustees we look forward to another year with you at the helm providing highly effective leadership.

If this is your last child to leave ANI the staff would like to thank you for the guidance you have provided for your child(ren) and we look forward to hearing about how they get on at secondary school and beyond.

What a great year we have had – some amazing academic results, success with many sports, an entertaining cultural festival, fantastic progress in the arts and two very complimentary external reviews (ERO and International Baccalaureate). The school is in good heart with a positive culture and strong focus on developing learners who know how to learn. Throughout their time at ANI we know students will have gained a firm foundation for their future.

National Standards – End of Year Report
Every year we collate our National Standards data, analyse it and make recommendations for the following year. The Year 7 information is passed to the year 8 teachers at ANI and the Year 8 information to Year 9 teachers at the request of the secondary school.

We are pleased to be able to share some positive results along with specific courses of action to continue this upward trajectory. We do acknowledge that while there are positive gains there are also areas that we must make a priority in 2017 and these have been added as a focus in our annual plan. Click here to view.

Farewell comments from the students:

Room 1: “2016 has been a valuable year for Room 1 with new friendships, teachers, learning and expectations. The students in Room 1 have stepped up to the responsibilities of being ANI students with enthusiasm and dedication. I have been humbled by the maturity of our future leaders and wish everyone in ANI a most rewarding future. Stay on the path to your dreams and never stop learning.”

Room 2: “This year, Room 2 has grown to be responsible leaders by displaying the learner profile attributes of communicator and caring. We have become closer as a class and now we are like one big family. The inquiry process has been used to guide us through our learning.”

Room 3: “Room 3 was a very engaging environment for our learning. All students were keen to help each other and we loved the inquiry process. The teachers were very supportive and helped us and extend our knowledge.”

Room 4: “This year has flown by! Camp was great, exhibition was better. ANI has been amazing! Bring on 2017!”

Room 5: “Room 5 has had a fun, exciting, crazy year, that included plenty of fun experiences involving exhibition, camp, school trips and many more awesome events. Miss Hawksworth has prepared us well for next year and even though it is hard to say goodbye, we are looking forward to our time at high school.”

Room 6: “We have all really enjoyed being a part of room 6 this year. We have had loads of opportunities and we have grown to be more knowledgeable towards being an IB student. We have all become more principled and open minded over the course of the year. We all cannot wait for all the fun we will have next year.”

Room 7: “It has been an amazing year in Room 7, filled with fun, laughter and love for learning. We have enjoyed working collaboratively with rooms 6 and 8 and have made a lot of fun memories that we will cherish forever.”

Room 8: “Everyone in Room 8 has been quite supportive throughout the year. We’ve been risk takers and cheered each other on. We’d describe each other as caring, easy to talk to and willing to help when needed. Our class is full of happy people, and when someone was down, we always had lots of comedians to cheer them up. We’ve made some great friendship this year.”

Room 9: “This year we’ve made new friends, learnt a lot about the world and had a laugh along the way. We will always remember the good times we have had this year and are excited to be heading into Year 8.”

Room 10: “Room 10’s year has been full of awesome activities that have helped us grow and learn. We’ve formed close friendships and made heaps of memories. Year 7 is one to remember!”

Room 11: “Life in Room 11 has been an amazing roller-coaster of fun around each new bend. Mr. Metzger has taught us so much about life as well as new concepts that I had no idea about before. Between the dad jokes and soccer we have made new friends and created so many awesome memories. We will miss Room 11 as we have become one big family but look forward to being even bigger risk-takers next year in year 8. Long live Tweleven!”

Room 12: “We have had an amazing year with Miss Mackrell. We have learnt all about the inquiry process and the IB learner attitudes and attributes. We have done lots of exciting activities and been on numerous trips. Miss Mackrell has been very supportive all year and has made learning fun and enjoyable – she is the best book art teacher in the world!”

Room 13: “Spending this year in Room 13 has been more than awesome. We have all really embraced and enjoyed finding out about the IB learner profiles. We’ve also really enjoyed the special visitors we’ve met and the great experiences we’ve had as provocations and learning opportunities. We can’t wait for Year 8!”

Room 14: “Life in Room 14 this year has been fun and amazing. We have become great IB learners, learning about ourselves and how we work and new ways of learning. Also, we have taken and met many challenges which have developed us as risk takers and made us understand how to be balanced.”

Room 15: “This year in Room 15 we developed a range of skills from being inquirers, reflective and balanced with our class work and extra curricula activities, to being leaders and role models for the year 7s. Throughout the year we have created a tight bond together and that’s one of the special things that makes Room 15 the oddest but coolest class of all. Miss Lewis has made year 8 the best and has been caring towards all the students in Room 15.”

Room 16: “This year in Room 16 we have become great leaders within our school and community. We have been open minded to one and another, and through Exhibition have become reflective, balanced and inquirers. We have all learnt many new things, from communication skills to mathematics skills. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Miss Kim at ANI and can’t wait for the new experiences next year.”

Room 17: “Room 17 has bonded closely as a family this year. We have learnt a lot academically and socially and have become better people for it. We have really enjoyed camp and Exhibition and look forward to the new challenges that face us at high school.”

Room 18: “Room 18 has enjoyed an adventurous year, particularly at camp in Rotorua and in our sports participation. We have many different personalities and we rose to the challenge of Exhibition and were creative in our approach to our learning.”

Room 19: “This year in Room 19 we’ve accomplished many things. We’ve all completed our Exhibitions to a high standard and used our creativity to make it enjoyable. We have had so many opportunities and memories that we will treasure and cherish for the rest of our lives.”

Room 20: “This year Room 20 have enjoyed many new experiences such as camp, Exhibition and having our classroom turned into an ILE. We’ve had a fantastic year with lots of fun activities and are sad to be going our separate ways.”

Room 21: “Room 21 has had a great 2016. The class has always been filled with friendly banter, and strong friendships have formed over the course of the year. We have had an eventful last term because of the classroom renovations, but are now settled comfortably in our new room. Mr Turnbull has been a great teacher, and has supported us throughout the year. Thanks to everyone for being a great class.”

Room 22: “What a year, it has been filled with many great experiences and amazing people. Year 8 has been a blast and I couldn’t have asked for better people to spend it with. With the help of many teachers and peers, our ideas and IB expertise has grown so much. Not only has our confidence sprouted, but the work we produce thanks to the guidance of those around us”

Room 23: “Year 8 was about working on previous gaps that we had in our knowledge and exploring our boundaries with new friends and knowledge. This last year at intermediate school we have enjoyed ourselves and we have been prepared for the years ahead.”

Room 24: “As a class, we have grown into dependable and practicable adolescents. Our intermediate education has been one full of joyous experiences and achievements. We have all brought to Room 24, a sense of youthful exuberance that has ignited our passion for school and learning. Our teacher, Miss Major, has prepared us for our future years of education.”

Specialisation: “Specialisation has helped us so much this year because we developed new skills from a wide range of activities; the new skills we have learnt will help us in the future at high school.  In specialisation we were risk takers and had creative and broad ideas within a wide range of activities. The different programmes, within the year have helped us to be stronger and more independent learners.”

Mandarin: “Mandarin this year has been filled with fun, interactive and engaging lessons. We have learnt how to write in Pinyin and Chinese Characters. Mrs Hemstapat has been a great teacher and we enjoy listening to her stories very much. We hope that the year 8’s next year enjoy Mandarin as much as we did.”

Visual Art: ”For the last term in the Visual Arts, we have created may artworks reflecting our understanding of ‘Sharing the Planet’ (created through paint and photography). In Music, have created pieces of music to promote and create change. They have either chosen to write lyrics to convey a message or compose instrumental music with visuals. We enjoyed having the opportunity to explore the different arts.”

PE: “This year I have enjoyed being a leader in my PE games and encouraging others. I have also enjoyed the opportunities I have had in making sports teams and focusing on different skillsets”


To finish with…

In closing I’d like to share a piece of writing by Susan Bonifant which is quite relevant for this time of year when our emerging adolescents get a little bigger, a lot bolder and start to challenging or question the authority of parents. Parenting is as hard as life itself. Watching our children face social issues that would have flattened us is hard. Being unable to provide proper food, clothing or the latest gadget is hard. Second-guessing ourselves and being judged by other parents is hard. Giving our best to growing children, only to find ourselves wondering how to start a conversation with them is extremely difficult.

Being a lifelong ally, however, is not hard.

Many children work through daily struggles that others don’t face. The relationships they need most are the ones they may appear to value the least.

And yet, they say:
“My mum’s my best friend’
“I don’t know what I’d do without my dad”

If we can’t possess the knowledge of experts, or the peace of the experienced, we should remember that we probably do still rise in the morning with the tools to make the biggest difference: all-weather love, unfailing presence and a steady flashlight to guide them out of the darkness.

Happy Holidays.

Jill Farquharson


Important Events

Thursday 8 DecemberService to School Assembly (students only), 9:00am
Helpers Morning Tea, 10:30am
Year 8 Graduation, 6:30pm – 9:00am
Friday 9 DecemberWhole School Picnic Day @ Lagoon Pools and Leisure Centre
Wednesday 14 DecemberYear 7 Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Year 8 Awards Assembly, 1:30pm
Thursday 15 DecemberEND OF TERM FOUR, 12:00PM
Tuesday 31 January 2017Term One begins, Y7 start @ 9:00am and Y8 start @ 11:00am


Year 8 Graduation

Final preparations are underway for our Year 8 Graduation and we are looking forward to celebrating with students, whanau and community. Don’t forget to be in the hall by 6.30pm on Thursday 8 December ready for the festivities to begin. Students should be dressed in a semi-formal manner with boys wearing long pants and a collared shirt and girls wearing either a dress or skirt to the knee or long pants and a nice top. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Whole School Picnic Day – Friday 9 December

Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre, 9:00am – 2:45pm
Students can wear mufti and need to bring an appropriate hat. Lagoon Pool stipulates that students do not wear t-shirts, singlets, boxers or undergarments in the pool.

All students will need protection from the sun. It will be the responsibility of each student to be sun safe for the day i.e. a hat, rash vest and regularly apply sunscreen.

Students will need to bring their lunch and appropriate drink or some money for the cafe. Cost for this trip is met from the activity fee. If you have not paid this and prefer to pay per trip.


End of Year School Reports

Reports go home on Wednesday 14 December, 3:00pm. Please do not request your son/daughter’s report earlier as they will not be finalised before this date. For students who are not at school on this date we will post your report to your home address.


End of Year Awards Assemblies

Wednesday 14 December
Year 7 End of Year Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Year 8 End of Year Awards Assembly, 1:30pm

Parents/Caregivers were notified by email on Friday 2 December if their child is receiving a certificate at our end of year assemblies. Please remember to RSVP if you receive an invitation.


Last Day of School

The last day of the school year is Thursday 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.


Sports News

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Class Trips/Activity Fee

At the start of each year we ask parents to pay a class trips/activity free for trips, guest speakers and whole school events. At the end of the school year we provide a breakdown of how these funds have been spent. The Class Trips/Activity fee for 2016 was $75.00.

Rooms 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
• Polyfest Trip
• Science Roadshow
• Athletics Day
• Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Musical
• Art In A Box
• Year Book
• Picnic Day at Lagoon Pools
Rooms 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8
• Polyfest Trip
• Science Roadshow
• Athletics Day
• Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Musical
• Art In A Box
• Year Book
• Picnic Day at Lagoon Pools
Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18
• Polyfest Trip
• Athletics Day
• House of Natives Trip
• Dancesport
• Year Book
• Picnic Day at Lagoon Pools
• Sharing the Planet, Amazing Race
Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24
• Polyfest Trip
• Athletics Day
• House of Natives Trip
• Dancesport
• Year Book
• Picnic Day at Lagoon Pools
• Sharing the Planet, Amazing Race


PTA Update

This year the PTA has raised nearly $38,000.  All this money has been donated back to the school to directly benefit the students.

  • $1,000 for rubbish sorting bins for the food tech area
  • $350 for the chess club to run a competition across the school
  • $300 to the enviro group to create “living walls” of herbs and vege plants
  • $1500 donation towards Year 7 EOTC and Year 8 camp
  • $5000 to set up a Robotics Programme
  • $1355 for ANI staff sports jackets
  • $1300 to buy tents for this year and future year 8 camps
  • $1000 for bean bags and board games for the library
  • $9000 for five mobile televisions to be used around the school
  • $2000 for a skeleton and torso for the Science Department
  • $400 to purchase art books
  • $2250 for a heat pump/air conditioning unit in the library
  • $1500 towards new whiteboards in the refurbished classrooms
  • $400 for new hockey tracksuits
  • $3300 for a defibrillator
  • $700 for recycling bins in the library
  • $545 for students to attend a leadership conference
  • $5000 for new kapa haka uniforms
  • $450 for staff lunches at the athletics day
  • $1500 for the year 8 graduation

This is my final year at ANI as our youngest is moving on to high school next year.  At the next AGM in March 2017, the positions of Chairperson and Treasurer will become vacant.  It doesn’t take up a lot of time and as you can see it is very rewarding to fund items for the school that they could otherwise not afford.  ANI is a decile 9 school and therefore gets the least amount of government funding available to schools.  If anyone would like to take on this role, please contact me at sue_normanton@hotmail.com

A really huge thank you to Peter Lamb and Frucor Beverages who have supplied all of the 7Up cans and Just Juice boxes that we have sold at the socials for the last four years.  With their very generous donations we have raised thousands of dollars for the school.

I would like to express my thanks for the support from families, staff and Leadership Team at ANI.  We couldn’t raise this money without everyone’s help and I and the committee really appreciate this support.

2017 Chocolate Fundraiser
The annual PTA chocolate fundraiser will be held in February 2017.  This year we raised $28,000 to give back to the school.  This fundraiser has been in place for the last 10 years, and without it we could not possibly raise this amount of money.  There are big prizes up for grabs for the kids who sell the most boxes and draws for prizes as well.

This fundraiser runs for about 3 weeks (10th to 27th February) and relies on volunteer parents to come to school between 8am and 9.30am to help count the money that the students bring back.

If you are able to help do this, please email me and I will add you to the list.  In January I will send an email out with a roster. You don’t have to come every day, even one day would be great.

Sue Normanton
ANI PTA Chairperson


Early Bird Discount for 2017 Year 8 Parents

In term four we are offering an incentive to 2017 Year 8 families. If you make payment of your school donation, take home items, class trips and activity fee which normally costs $600.00 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 2016. Remember paying these amounts now means one less thing to worry about in the new year and it’s another bill to tick off before Christmas.

Parents are able to pay school activities and/or donations using POLi, an online Caregiver Portal. Your login details have been sent to the email address that we have on file. If you have not received your login details, please check your ‘junk/spam’ folder first before contacting the school (ani@ani.school.nz). A separate email has been sent with instruction details

From 1 November we will no longer be accepting payments for school activities and/or donations on the ANI school website. You will still be able to pay for school uniforms and After School Music and Leisure Classes on the website but not your donation or activity fee.

You can also pay online ASB 12 3048 0291429 00 or at the school office with cash, cheque or credit card.

Please note: There is a 10% discount on your donation, take home items and trip/activity fee up until the 15 December 2016 BUT NOT the online maths programme, stationery or scientific calculators.


Year 8 Stationery Boxes for 2017

Year 7 students can purchase their stationery boxes for 2017 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. These can also be purchased from our school website.


2017 Start Times – Tuesday 31 January

Year 7 students start at 9:00am and our Year 8 students at 11:00am on Tuesday 31 January.  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.


2017 Y8 Camp and Y7 Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

The information below is an early notice about Year 8 camp and the Year 7 Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) arrangements so parents have a little bit of time to get their son/daughter to do odd jobs around the house and start saving for some amazing experiences in 2017.

Year 8 Camp
In May, Year 8 camp will take place at Tui Ridge in Rotorua. Teaching teams attend camp together (six classes) and they are away from Monday to Friday.

The activities during the week include an overnight stay in tents, team building, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, abseiling and mountain biking, to name a few.

Camp Dates:
Rimu Team: 1 – 5 May
Matai Team: 8 – 12 May

Early in term one we will be asking for parent assistance.

Approximate cost: $380.00 (please note this cost is in addition to the activity fee you pay for class trips and visiting speakers).

Year 7 Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
In March the Year 7 EOTC experience takes place at Birkenhead Leisure Centre over a period of four days, students will experience a range of challenges and activities including: orienteering, raft building, kayaking, climbing and many more. The week will finish with the great race taking place in Devonport which encompasses a combination of all the skills the students have learnt over the week. Early in term one we will be asking for parental assistance.

Approximate cost: $185.00. Please note this cost is in addition to the activity fee you pay for class trips and visiting speakers.


2017 After School Music and Leisure Classes

Enrolments for 2017 Music and Leisure classes will open online from Monday 12 December. If you have any queries please contact Megan Brookman mbrookman@ani.school.nz


2017 School Based Immunisation Programmes

Immunisation programmes will be offered to all students in Year 7 and Year 8.

Year 7: Boostrix (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) vaccination
Year 8: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls as well as boys

The immunisation team work with the school to arrange times for vaccination, distribution of consent forms and any other administration to support the programme.

Information on the vaccine and consent forms will be sent home early in term one. If you would like more information on this please go to www.health.govt.nz/hpv

Shane Devery
Deputy Principal


Uniform Shop Holiday Hours

Friday 20 January, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 21 January, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Monday 23 January, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday 24 January, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday 25 January, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday 26 January, 9:00am – 7:00pm 2016-uniform-shop


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