The ANI Guild: Issue #4

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In today’s ANI Guild we have the following:

The Great Upset!

Camp was definitely one of the best highlights for (some of) Totara in term 1. 

But… what even happened there? Beyond personal growth, the Totara camp also created lots of amazing memories and friendships that could last a lifetime. Camp could be more than a mere getaway.

For starters, we needed to take the bus which was roughly one hour and forty minutes, and everyone was already having a blast on the bus. When we arrived, it soon became a very different experience to gazing at the beautiful countryside.

After filing out of the bus, we sat through a briefing and had lunch (a delicious burger with an optional ham, cheese, lettuce), –  you know, the usual –  also with an optional fruit and snack bar. After stuffing ourselves, we went to set up our sleeping area. We soon found out which tent we were in.

There were four main activities: surfing, beach games such as Tug-Of-War, kayaking, paddle boarding, and a hike that eventually led to some exhilarating steep dune sandboarding!

The food was very delicious – thanks to Big D BBQ. We even watched a movie called Surf’s Up – all about surfing from a Penguin News Programme perspective.


Everyone belonged to a tent group and activity group.

Each activity was enjoyed by a group, with each coach leading a group and by the end of camp all groups should have done all of the awesome activities.



The hubs had a blast at the breathtaking camp with the great people at the campsite! 

The camp helped people get along with the ability of self-care, and they got to also make friends through those team activities — TEAMWORK and COLLABORATION!



The first night we had wasn’t the best. This was because we were not quite adjusted with the ‘sleeping in tent’ environment.

Yet a few people had the nerve to even stay up the whole night to talk. Unluckily for them, they were strongly advised by the teachers to go to sleep.




The second night was pretty much the complete opposite of the first night. We all slept really well. We only woke up at 5am once – only because it was cold.

The third day was the last day, but it was also the happiest, full of activities and also because we had a perfect night and were ready to leave.  


Actually, we didn’t want to leave because on the first day we didn’t quite get along with ‘camp life’ yet. 

However, the main purpose of going to camp is to HAVE FUN! 

And I’d say that yes, we did have fun.

Alright, what about the great upset? Fine, here we go. Unfortunately, Hub Rua wasn’t as lucky. As they arrived and started their first activity, it became clear that the weather was not going to hold up. The winds became stronger, and ominous clouds loomed over Mangawhai.

It didn’t get any better over dinner – the meeting tent was flapping violently and lifting slightly off the ground. Until finally, the weather cracked down. Quiz night was in full swing, laughing and shouting filling the huge tent, and lightbulb chains dimly illuminating the space. All while the wind howled, and the tent walls swayed and smacked against chairs.

Suddenly, the space was plunged into darkness. Naturally, everyone (well, most people) screamed at the colossal jumpscare – but some people’s reflexes amazed me, as within the first half second torches flicked on!

Mr Wilson soon calmed everyone down, but…as soon as that happened, there was an awful bang, and the central tent support pole was toppling towards the tables. CRASH! The pole fell precariously between 2 students. Luckily no one was hurt that night and everyone was fine, albeit being quite startled.

The next day, all water-based activities were cancelled, as heavy rain was pouring down, and the campground was riddled with giant puddles, some even leaking into tents!

Everyone was ushered into the Mangawhai Heads Fishing Club building, while the camp instructors brought indoor games and pinned down the main dining tent. 

An indoor activity day fell ahead for Hub Rua, but we buried any hard feelings over not surfing that day.

Soon it was told that there was a high chance that water activities would be given the all clear for the last day, and everyone’s hopes were visibly raised by this.

The next day, the rain soon cleared and people changed into their togs. But hopes fell as the instructors soon came back to the camp with some very disturbing news.

The beach was completely covered in water with almost no sand to walk on. This meant that again, water activities were halted and we could not get into the water. 

We compensated for this though by walking to the Mangawhai Activity Zone, which was basically a giant playground.. and a really rad skatepark!


Hub Rua ended their time at camp without surfing, but we all had a great time nevertheless! 

Totara Camp was a time with twists and turns, but we all found a way to get through them. We had a great experience, a fun time, and of course – unforgettable memories.

By Snowey, Amarah, Cici, Avni, Selene, Griffin and Leo

ANI’s Sea of PINK, PINK and PINK!

Have you ever thought about why everyone wears pink on the 17th of May? It’s because people across the globe come together to stand up and raise awareness against bullying. Pink shirt day is an international anti-bullying day. Wearing the color pink shows support and that we are there for them. 

Sit down for a little story about the origins of Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt Day is an annual event observed in many countries around the world, primarily as a day to stand against bullying and to promote kindness and inclusivity.

It typically takes place on the last Wednesday of February. The origins of Pink Shirt Day can be traced back to a specific incident in Canada in 2007. In Nova Scotia, a ninth-grade student named David Shepherd and his friend Travis Price witnessed a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

In response, David and Travis decided to take action. They bought and distributed pink shirts to their classmates to wear the next day as a way to show support for the student who had been bullied and to stand against bullying in general.

The gesture caught on quickly and received widespread attention and support. Since then, Pink Shirt Day has grown into a global movement. Schools, workplaces, and communities are now participating and supporting by wearing pink shirts. Organizing events to raise awareness about bullying prevention and promote kindness, empathy, and respect. Pink Shirt Day serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up to bullying in all its forms and fostering a culture of acceptance and support.

This year ANI we were lucky enough to have a photo booth for everyone to show off and make unforgettable memories with our pinky outfits.

We also had the annual “pinkest outfit” competition. It was the most competitive year by far.  Everyone had amazing outfits and superb enthusiasm for spreading awareness.

Positive affirmation stickers were handed out for positive attitude students.

Rest assured the day went by successfully and everyone left school feeling pleased.

Awais and Aariz  awarded  Kathryn and Sebastian from year 8 and Sapphorone and Aila from year 7 for wearing the best and the pinkest outfit by giving these people chocolates. For the teachers, the winners were Mr Rice and Mrs Dillon.

Written by Selene and Ayesha

Edited by Fatima


The Sweaty Day

The Dilworth sports exchange happened on week 8 of term 1! Our school took 2 rippa rugby teams, 1 basketball team and 2 football teams down to Dilworth.

Our rippa teams came 6th and 8th place, the basketball team came 4th and our two amazing football teams came 1st and 5th! Every participant played well, displayed amazing sportsmanship and pride towards the sport they were competing in. The competition between schools was very intense and everyone was trying their very best.


It was a magnificent opportunity for our students to compete with other people their age.

Our rippa teams won 6th and 8th place , the basketball team won 4th and ANI’s football teams came 1st and 5th.

Our teams were led by our amazing teachers: Mr Carruthers, Mr Ng, and Mr Rice.  

By Snowey, Saisha and Zachary

Edited by Selene

Surf's Up


From April 29th to May 3rd, the Kauri team had an amazing experience at Aotearoa surf camp where they learned to ride the waves, brave the ocean, and have fun!

Located further up north, the Aotearoa surf camp resided in a quiet, peaceful town called Mangawhai, sharing the site with a beach resort company. Sitting right next to camp was the gulf where we would spend the majority of our stay kayaking, paddle boarding, and playing fun beach games. However, you’re probably wondering about surfing.

Well, wonder no more! A 20 minute walk from the campsite was the beach, where we could catch the waves and ride surfboards! A well placed campsite, beautiful scenery, and the bay were all open to exploration and enjoyment, just a short walk away.


Now, moving on from the scenery, I’m going to talk about the accommodation. Our campsite consisted of ten full-sized glamping tents, complete with stretchers for the most comfortable night’s sleep. With a convenient amount of space, these tents did not disappoint. Merely seconds away from the tents lay the mess hall, a giant combination of the same tents we sleep in. The mess hall was also where we were served delicious meals for our stay. These meals included burgers, hot dogs, and nachos. Plus, we had an extra amount of lawn space, free for sports, games, and relaxation.

Overall, our 3 day stay proved to be a wonderful experience, providing us with the very best, and giving us an amazing time.

By Kushaell R P

Eid Extravaganza!

Imagine not eating food for 15+ hours every day, for 30 days straight. Wouldn’t you love to have a day off and enjoy the gift of eating food? Well, Eid ul Fitr is one of the two main festivals celebrated by Muslims, and this festival marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It begins with the sighting of the new moon, signalling the end of Ramadan’s fasting period ) the gifted day of eating as much food as you want.
The word “Fitr” means breaking the fast. It is a day of celebration and thanksgiving to God for giving Muslims the strength and patience to complete 30 days of fasting. However the fasting period may vary depending on the moon from 29 to 30 days.
The history of Eid al-Fitr can be traced back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. He began this celebration after the first Ramadan fast in 624 CE in Medina. The Prophet himself celebrated Eid al-Fitr with prayers and a special sermon. He encouraged Muslims to give charity (Zakat al-Fitr) to the less fortunate so that they too could partake in the festivities.

Eid is a very special event in Islam and is celebrated in many different Muslim countries. Some go to other houses, and some go to huge events, but today we would like to tell you how some teachers celebrated Eid from ANI.

As every family has its own way of celebrating Eid, Miss Chowdhury decided to have a little party in her house as she’s far away from her own family. She invited a couple of teachers over to her event, they shared food and discussed their naughty students. The teachers ate Samosas, Cheese platters, maple syrup pies and much more. Here are a couple of quotes from the people who attended the party.

Mr Carruthers:   

“It was a pleasure to be invited to partake in a different cultures party with a host that was so passionate and welcoming. The atmosphere was amazing seeing all the beautiful people with diverse cultures.”

Miss Striebich:

“Miss Chowdhury looked absolutely breathtaking in her traditional blue dress, and those samosas were to die for”

Mr Ng

“Being the first time I was invited to an Eid party was awesome, it was an amazing environment and it was heartwarming to see Miss Chowdhury celebrate Eid with us”.

Written By Aariz, Awais, Ayesha, Fatima

Edited By Awais,Aariz, Ayesha and Fatima

Teachers interviewed by Awais and Aariz

Pictures By Aariz – Seriously bro you just copied it from google you really shouldn’t be getting the credit.

Chicks visit ANI!

This term at ANI we were lucky to have the opportunity to take care of 11 little chicks! They left on May 17th, a Friday. We had them here for around 2 weeks. Classes got the chance to actually watch the eggs during their library time for a few days, before they hatched. 

Then we had sessions in each class’s library times so that those who wanted to had a chance to pick up one and pet it. Sadly, the last chick to hatch was a little girl that had trouble hatching. She wasn’t able to be held by the students since she was still a bit too weak to be held with inexperienced hands. But she’s fine now, happy and healthy!

Chickens are quite fascinating creatures with a variety of interesting facts about their biology, behaviour, and life cycle. Here are some facts about chickens and how they hatch. They’re interesting animals.

There’s incubation –  the eggs must be kept warm. Usually, the hen will do this, but there are artificial incubators too. For us, we had the eggs arrive at their 19-20th day so they only incubated for a couple of days, for embryo development.

First of all, eggs come in many different colours, from blue to even green. We had some cream-ish coloured eggs.

Exactly 11 of them! 4 girls, and 7 boys. Girls had a brownish colour of feathers, and the boys had a goldish-yellow.

Over a period of 21 days, the egg must be kept at a consistent temperature of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius. The eggs usually need to be turned regularly to stop the embryo from sticking to the shell. At ANI, we had to be careful with the incubation process. We couldn’t have any students tampering with the temperature. Luckily, all students understood the severity of the temperature and that it was keeping the chicks alive.

Now, near the end of incubation, the chick inside will start to break out of the shell using a small tooth on the beak. This stage is called pipping! The chick will hatch after the pipping process. Many students even got to watch the eggs for a day or two. Some students even got to witness the chickens hatching, or start to hatch.. Emerging out of their shells wet and tired, but soon it will fluff up with some warmth and care in their new, albeit temporary home. They stayed in the school library where it is usually warm and peaceful and quiet. Once they were strong enough to be introduced to the students, the baby chickens were loved and adored by all students. They, of course, certainly enjoyed running around for the first time, that’s for sure.

Understanding the process of chicken hatching can give insight into the delicate and intricate balance of nature, as well as the importance of providing proper care and conditions for the well-being of these remarkable birds. 

A thank you to those who provided this amazing opportunity for our school. It was certainly an exciting experience to get to hold the adorable chicks. 

If this happens next year, it will definitely be another adventure for the new year 7’s of next year.

Written By Avni and Ayesha 

Edited By Selene 

Photos By Leo and Fatima


ANI 8: 8 questions. 1 student. 1 staff member. Heaps of fun. – Linked here

Meet the press!

Fatima Z

Hi, my name is Fatima Z and I am currently in year 8 with Mr Houston. I have been at ANI for almost a year now. I joined at the end of year 7, and have thoroughly enjoyed myself here at this school. The school is great, the people are fantastic and the atmosphere is the one that makes me actually want to go to school.

Before I joined ANI I had studied at three different schools for almost 5 years. I was born and raised in Pakistan, my home country, and came to NZ in 2019. 

I am an interesting, fun-loving person with a good sense of humour. I joke, laugh and humour people and I also get as much as I give. I am a very kind, compassionate, and sensitive person. I am also a very principled person and stand strong on what is right and wrong, I am also a very straight and honest person.