Term One, Week 10 2016

​Principal’s News

2016 Board of Trustees Triennial Elections
3 June 2016 is the common date for the election of school board of trustee members across the country. At ANI we operate a staggered election system which means only three positions will become vacant in June. The remaining three members of our Board are still completing their term of office. In 18 months time when they finish we will hold a mid-term election for another three members. Three on, three off every 18 months. This works well in an Intermediate School where students are with us for two years.

If you are interested in becoming a board member or want to find out more about the roles, responsibilities and time commitment please feel free to call our chairman (via Kristy Hulme, Board Secretary) or myself on 630 1109. You are also most welcome to come and sit in on our meeting tonight 6 April in the staffroom at 6:00pm.

This year we have an Education Review Office (ERO) review from 7 to 10 June. During the visit ERO will look at the progress and achievement of our students and discuss the actions we are taking to support their learning. While onsite the review team will talk to students, meet with teachers, leaders and interact with parents. We are looking forward to sharing with the reviewers the great things that are happening in classes at ANI and the strong focus our students have on learning and agency.

Strategic Plan and Internal Targets
A group of seven Year 8 students helped write the schools strategic plan (2016 – 2018). Within the plan are a number of goals and targets for 2016 (click here for a copy). The targets we have set relate to student achievement, engagement in learning and participation by parents and the wider community. These are called internal targets. The seven students involved (they are called the Strategic Planning Group) will be monitoring our progress toward achievement of the targets and will report regularly to the Board of Trustees and the community.

Community of Schools (CoS) and External Targets
We also have a number of external targets we are working towards as part of the community of schools work. These are around reading, writing, NCEA and parental engagement. Across the community we intend getting:

90% of students to at or above standard by 2017 in writing
95% of students to at or above standard by 2017 in reading
98% of school leavers with NCEA Level 2 by 2017
90% of parents across our community reporting there is a strategic focus to collaboration about learning.

These targets will be managed through close monitoring of specific students and targeted actions. Further details in our next newsletter.

At a recent assembly the students from rooms 9/10 did a great presentation about how the badge system works. A summary is below.

There are five types of badges that students can work toward gaining. These should be sewn on the left sleeve of student’s hoodie or jumper.

ANI badge, with blue lettering awarded for:

  • Gaining two ANI certificates from the class or specialist teacher
  • Outstanding academic achievement, e.g. high distinction or distinction in Australasian Competitions, Science Fair, Mathex, etc.
  • School Councillor Peer Mediator or School Librarian for the year

Sport badge, with green lettering awarded for:

  • Being a regular, committed member of a school team playing in a weekly tournament, eg netball, waterpolo, etc for the duration of one year
  • Being a member of a Central Zone team that is placed first or second at a zone tournament
  • An individual or team who goes forward to the Interzone Championships and is placed
  • Outstanding achievement in other competitions entered as a school team or an individual entrant.

Note: Sports Participation certificates are given to teams that take part in Central Zone events and do not get 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Five sports participation certificates earns a sports badge.

Cultural badge, with red lettering awarded for:

  • Cultural group member for whole year
  • Orchestra member for the year
  • Choir member for the year
  • Production cast or other suitable school groups

Principal’s badge, with gold lettering awarded for:

  • Gaining two Principal’s award certificates. These certificates are issued for outstanding work or achievement

International Baccalaureate badge, with orange lettering awarded for:

  • Gaining three learner profile certificates. These certificates are issued for outstanding work or achievement related to IB

Any two badges of the same type = shield. Once you have collected ANY three of the five shields you are entitled to a Premier Badge.

A-Z terminology
Recently we were provided with a document from the Education Review Office that explains quite clearly some of the jargon used in the sector. The link to this information is here.

We have also added it to our website for your future reference. If you have any further questions about the terms used please don’t hesitate to call or email us and we can assist with an explanation in ‘parent speak’.  I think it is really helpful and will assist you making sense of the terminology used in schools today.

After School Children’s Programme
It has come to our attention that a number of students are staying on after school waiting for their music or leisure class to commence.

As there are no teachers on duty (they usually have meetings after school) we ask students to go home at the end of the school day and return when classes start. At times we have had students hanging around school unsupervised for up to an hour and a half which is not safe practice. Please ensure you make arrangements for them to go home and return again. (The one exception to this rule are classes that start at 3:30pm. We do allow students to stay at school for the period 3:00pm to 3:30pm ONLY).

The same rule applies at the conclusion of the class, you must make arrangements to collect your son/daughter or organise for them to walk/bus home as soon as it is over. On occasions we have had students waiting around the office area on their own until after 5:00pm which is just not safe.

We appreciate your support with this request.

Use of Devices
A few parents have asked us to consider not allowing students to use their devices during lunchtimes and at whole school events such as swimming sports or athletics day. If you would prefer you son or daughter not to take their device to events such as these or use them during lunchtime we will support that individual decision. However many students use them at these times to take photographs of the event, communicate with mum or dad about pick up time and other important uses. If we were to initiate a ban it would be a very difficult rule for staff to monitor. I would prefer staff spend time playing games and interacting with students during their lunch hours and at whole school events than confiscating devices.

We are very happy to offer an option where students hand the item to their teacher during lunchtime or prior to a whole school event to be locked away.

 And to finish a quote I thought was worth sharing

“Every time we rescue, hover or otherwise save our children from a challenge, we send a very clear message: that they are incompetent, incapable, and unworthy of our trust. Further, we teach them to be dependent on us and thereby deny them the very education in competence we are here as parents and educators to hand down”

Jessica Lahey in The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

On Monday 21 March the school joined Kohia Terrace school in a practice lockdown (drill). Both schools decided that doing this together would be an advantage as it gave us the ability to freely pass on information and develop a coordinated approach to an event.

I’m pleased to say that ANI carried out the exercise very efficiently and all students and staff did a good job following the lockdown procedures. We had a whole school debrief once the all clear was given and students were provided with details about why the lockdown was initiated.

There were a couple of areas we can improve on (one of them was a text to advise parents a practice drill was to take place) and more regular updates should be posted on the website. If you have any other suggestions we would welcome your feedback as often parents identify things we overlook.

If you did not get any information about the lockdown practice (drill) held on Monday 21 March, this means we DO NOT have your correct email on file. If this is the case please forward details as soon as possible to Megan Brookman by clicking here.

We will practice these drills regularly (at least once a term) in addition to fire and earthquake drills to ensure all students know what to do in any emergency situation. Security and safety are very important to us and we have engaged the services of a company called Harrison Tew who are experts in this field to help us update and improve our practices. Their advice has been invaluable.

Have a great week.

Jill Farquharson


Important Dates: Weeks 10/11

Monday 4 April Green Team Camp (Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
  EOTC Rooms 2, 3, 13 and 14
  Susan Rope Netball Programme for Coaches
Tuesday 5 April Green Team Camp (Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
  EOTC Rooms 9, 10, 11 and 12
  Central Zone Orienteering
  Table Tennis Programme, Gillies Ave 3:40pm
Wednesday 6 April Green Team Camp (Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
  EOTC Rooms 9, 10, 11 and 12
  Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm – all welcome
Thursday 7 April Green Team Camp (Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
  EOTC Rooms 9, 10, 11 and 12
  Futsal Trials, 3:00pm – 3:40pm
Friday 8 April Green Team Camp (Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
EOTC Rooms 9, 10, 11 and 12
Monday 11 April Orange Team Camp (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24)
Tuesday 12 April Orange Team Camp (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24)
  Central Zone Rugby 7s
  Table Tennis Programme, 3:40pm
Wednesday 13 April Orange Team Camp (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24)
Thursday 14 April Orange Team Camp (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24)
  Otago Problem Solving #1
Friday 15 April Orange Team Camp (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24)
  Year 7 Awards Assembly, 11:00am
  Year 8 Awards Assembly, 1:30pm (Green Team only)


What are our targets for 2016?

Every year we set goals and targets to make sure that our school meets new expectations for what today’s students need to learn. We maintain a strong focus on the learners, te aho tapu,  and continually seek ways in which we can raise achievement.

At ANI we have external and internal achievement targets.

The external targets reflect the challenges we face in our Community of Schools. The 2016 targets focus on;

  • Raising achievement in writing
  • Raising achievement in reading
  • Extend parent engagement and participation in learning

The external targets inform our internal targets. The internal targets reflect specific groups of students and their needs. We have three goals for 2016;

Goal 1: Achievment – Tutuki
We want all akongā (learners) to achieve educational success. We expect students to take a leadership role to develop assessment tools and strategies that will accelerate their learning. This is called student agency.

The targets for Goal 1 focus on;

  • Raising achievement in reading
  • Raising achievement in writing
  • Developing assessment tools
  • Improving transition

Goal 2: Engagement – Parekareka
We want all akongā (learners) to have the skills and knowledge for work and life. We expect teachers to take a leadership role in reflecting and refining their practice to engage students. This is called teacher agency.

The targets for Goal 2 focus on;

  • Engagement of learners
  • Designing a student led curriculum
  • The impact of lateness and absences on learning

Goal 3: Participation –Whakaruru
We want all akongā (learners) to make meaningful connections with whanau, community and other networks. We expect the community to be an integral and inclusive part of our ecosystem. This is called community agency.

The targets for Goal 2 focus on;

  • Improving whanau and community partnerships
  • Improving partnerships with local community groups and businesses
  • Enhancing connections with schools around the world

How we will achieve the targets and measure our success is detailed on the ANI Strategic and Annual Plan, which can be found in our strategic plan.

Lucy Naylor
Deputy Principal

Green Team Camp

This week we said goodbye to Green Team (Rooms 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 and 18) as they headed off to Tui Ridge camp in Rotorua.  We hope they have a fantastic experience.  Orange Team (Rooms 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24) will head off next week.

Student absence during school term

While ANI prefers all travel is within the school holiday period only, we accept that this cannot always be arranged.

The procedure for a student who will be absent from school during term time is for parents of the student to forward a formal request in writing to the Principal for consideration. The request would include the dates of absence, the students return date to school and the reason for the absence.  A letter would be forwarded to the parents of the student advising the outcome of the requested student absence.

To assist all parents the school term and holiday dates are on the Auckland Normal Intermediate site at https://ani.school.nz/our-school/#term

Megan Brookman
Administration Officer


Late to school, appointments and early release

Students who arrive at school after the school bell has rung are required to sign in at reception advising their full name, room number, time they arrived and the reason why they are late.

If a student needs to attend an appointment during school, parents are required to notify the school of their child’s absence and this can be done via the online absences notification at https://ani.school.nz/contact-us/#report-an-absence

If a student needs to be released early from school, parents are required to notify the school at https://ani.school.nz/contact-us/#report-an-absence  that their child needs to be released from school advising the reason, the time your child will be collected from the school office and when they will be returning to school.

Please note that students are not permitted to leave school during the school day unaccompanied. All students are to be collected from the school office.

Megan Brookman
Administration Officer


Rooms 17 – 22 Project Update

The school has embarked on the completion of the last six classrooms (17 – 22) to be developed into Innovative Learning Environments.

We have had a structural engineer and quantity surveyor to look at the existing building to price this final stage and have engaged an architect and project manager to develop working drawings before we go to tender.

The Board of Trustees will use their 5 year property funding from the Ministry of Education to pay for this project. As we cannot access this funding until 2017 we will be taking out a loan so the work can be completed in 2016. The school is currently working with the Ministry of Education in order to complete the necessary forms in order for the preparations and building to commence.

Regular updates will be provided on start dates and building progress throughout the next few months.

Shane Devery
Deputy Principal


Financial Statements

We will be sending out financial statements soon.  At the beginning of the year we transitioned from one Student Management system to another.  As a result we are experiencing some minor issues relating to payments received in 2015 for the 2016 year.

If you believe that the balance showing as outstanding on your statement is incorrect please contact jcaldwell@ani.school.nz with details of your payment i.e. date, method and if payment was made through our online portal, directly into our bank account or at reception.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Jen Caldwell
Executive Officer



The first of our three EOTC groups ventured out to Birkenhead Leisure Centre for EOTC to undertake a week of challenges. These challenges included: orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes course, kayaking, raft building and an Amazing Race. It was great to see the kids having an amazing time with their friends and taking risks.  Thank you to the parents who attended during the week without your support it would not have been possible.

Our whole class really enjoyed EOTC and all of the activities. On the first day we were not sure what to expect but we really enjoyed the rock climbing and archery we did on that day. The next day we went kayaking, orienteering and chariot building at Milford beach. On Wednesday we did high ropes, which was really frightening for most people but it was really fun. Our favourite activity was the amazing race which we did on Thursday because we got to do lots of activities that we had done on other days plus fun games. Overall EOTC was a really awesome experience for all of us.

By Sam Rackham, Danny Johnston, Taylah Harris and Grace Qin

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KidsCan Mufti Day

For my ‘How We Express Ourselves’ inquiry last year, I used photography to express my ideas about child poverty in New Zealand and found out that 260,000 Kiwi kids live in hardship, which means that roughly 1 in 4 kids are living in poverty. These children are more likely to drop out of school, have poorer health and will continue to live in poverty when they are adults. A useful action for my inquiry was to convince the Student Council to have a Mufti Day with all money collected going to KidsCan, a charity that sponsor children living in poverty. For $15 a month a child will receive:

  •   Food at school
  •   A waterproof, fleece-lined raincoat
  •   A pair of shoes
  •   Two pairs of socks
  •   Basic health and hygiene items

On Thursday 17 March 2016, the school managed to raise $1,012.20, which means that we will be able to sponsor at least five kids for a year, which is more than I thought. The school should be really proud that we have reached out to the community and helped make a difference.

For more information visit:

Thank you to all the people that took part because together we can make change.

By Alex Ogilvie, Room 15

Kids Voting

From Monday 7 March to Wednesday 16 March, the Kids Voting Flag Referendum ran in our school, and over two hundred  students voted on the flag they liked the most. The results are as follows:

Current flag: 151 votes
New flag: 121 votes

These have been sent to the Electoral Commission and will be added to the rest of the votes students placed in schools around New Zealand. Thank you to everyone that voted.

By Jenna Parkin, Room 16


Sports News

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The whole school embarked in the festivities of the annual Poly Fest held in Manukau on Friday 18 March. 750 teachers, students and parents had a great day enjoying the amazing food and cultural performances in what can only be described as a fantastic learning experience. You can view some photos of the day on our Facebook page.


International News

On Wednesday 6 and Wednesday 13 April we are very excited to be hosting a group of 13 students from Thailand. They are here on a tour of New Zealand with a company called Kiwi English Academy and are from various schools in Thailand. The students are excited to share a ‘Kiwi’ learning experience with our students at ANI. This is a fabulous opportunity for the students to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures.


End of term Awards Assemblies

Friday 15 April

Parents/Caregivers will be notified by email on Friday 8 April if their child is receiving a certificate at our end of term assemblies.

We hold separate awards assemblies at the end of each term 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.

YEAR 8 ORANGE TEAM (ROOMS 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)
As Orange team will be at camp on this date, their certificates will be handed out at the first assembly of term two, Friday 8 May. This is a combined Year 7 and 8 assembly at 1:30pm. Parents please make your way to the Information Centre.


PTA Update

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the SLT team, staff, students, families and the wider community for their support of our ANI PTA events over the years. I have been on the PTA for seven years and three of those as chairperson. I would like to thank Julia Baker, our secretary and Sue Normanton our treasurer along with Sally Meikle for their time and support over the years with our fundraising events.  I am standing down this year and wish Sue Normanton, incoming Chair/treasurer along with our new PTA members all the best for the future.

Karen Humberstone
PTA Chairperson

Chocolate Presentation for 2016
Students have been highly motivated with their support for our major fundraising event, raising a total of $28,400.00 for their school which is truly an outstanding result.

The 50 students who took the challenge to sell five boxes or more were presented their ANI school badge by Mrs Farquharson and the winner of this extra draw for the Go Pro camera was Raj Mohanan, Room 12.

Between them these students sold an amazing 296 boxes of chocolates contributing $7,100.00 towards the total amount raised for the school.

Our top individual sellers were;
Rico Page, Room 9 selling 18 boxes of chocolates
Finn Duvander, Room 20 selling 14 boxes
Finbar O Carroll, Room 19, Hugo Swinson, Room 19 and Aidan Bishop, Room 23 each selling 11 boxes
Kevin Lathigara, Room 18 and Raj Mohanan, Room 12 selling 10 boxes
Carter Edwards, Room 8 selling 9 boxes
Amina Biu, Room 18 selling 8 boxes
Lulu Hurley, Room 4 and Jack Wang, Room 14 selling 7 boxes 

These ten students between them have sold 105 boxes of chocolates fantastic effort and got to choose a prize.

Class Pizza lunches went to the following classes;
Two classes both selling 58 boxes of chocolates: Room 1, Mr Vartha and Room 18, Mrs Rawlinson.

A very close second class selling 57 boxes Room 11 Mr Metzger

Bonus Class prize went to Room 4 Mr Griffiths for the class that had all boxes of chocolates paid for by the due date.

Then we continued with the spot draws with close to sixty students getting a prize.

On behalf of the PTA I would like to thank all those involved in helping to make this event the success that it was. To Jacob Hiko and all the students who helped to unload the four pallets of chocolates on day one, the class runners, students and the wonderful group of parent helpers who gave their time every morning. Thank you to Megan Brookman and Hobyn Ashworth-Paia for their support with this event and also for selling boxes of chocolates, much appreciated.

The SLT team, support staff, teaching staff, Mrs Russell, the wider community and of course the wonderful parents, caregivers and families for supporting this event.

But mostly on behalf of the PTA I would like to thank, the students of ANI, who have been polite, friendly and very supportive of this event. You should all be very proud of your efforts. It has been a pleasure to coordinate this event again my fourth and final year and you have made it a truly successful event again this year, with another significant amount raised for your school.

Karen Humberstone
PTA Chairperson

Epsom Girls Grammar Open Morning

Tuesday 12 April
Epsom Girls Grammar School would like to invite prospective students and their parents to an Open Morning on Tuesday 12 April 2016. There will be guided tours at 8:45am and 10:45am. The tours are designed to show the school at work, so you will have the opportunity to observe what happens on an ordinary school day. To minimise disruption to their learning programme, we ask that students from Auckland Normal Intermediate attend the 8:45am session.

Extra school tours will be organised in term two for students who will be away on camp. We encourage all parents to attend the Open Morning. To successfully register, you will need to enter your daughter’s name and school on the online form.

Online bookings for tours can be made on our website www.eggs.school.nz  or by following this link: http://www.eggs.school.nz/events_news/tour_booking.aspx

If you have any questions please contact the Enrolment Manager, Mrs Wendy Smith phone 9706710 or email enrolments@eggs.school.nz


Mount Albert Grammar School 2017 Enrolments

Open: 1 April 2016
Out of Zone: Close 4:00pm, Wednesday 7 September 2016 (Ballot conducted 14 September)
In Zone: to assist with planning for 2017 it would be appreciated if in zone applications were submitted by 30 November 2016.

Please submit your child’s 2017 application once you have received his/her 2016 mid year school report.

Where: Mount Albert Grammar School Hall
Time: 7:00pm
Monday 1 August: Balmoral Intermediate School
Tuesday 2 August: ANI, Kowhai and Ponsonby Intermediate
Wednesday 3 August: Blockhouse Bay, Glen Eden, and Pasadena Intermediate

Year 8 Girls:
 Wednesday 2 November 2016
Year 8 Boys: Thursday 3 November 2016​