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Year 7 Totara Team
Tēnā koutou katoa. I am so excited to continue teaching year 7 students the skills to be lifelong learners. I was travelling the world for some time where I discovered just how important it is for all of us to be global learners and to soak in the knowledge of the wider world. Social studies is my favourite subject which fits well with the schools International Baccalaureate program. I have a huge focus on building strong relationships with my students, their families and the relationship between the students in my class. I believe with a strong foundation of surrounding relationships, it creates an inclusive and safe classroom environment that exhibits students who are empathetic, confident, creative, innovative, willing to take risks and many more positive outcomes as a result.
In my spare time I love to travel, cook, bake, explore new places, spend time with family and friends and also being a lifelong learner. This year, I personally have a big focus on pushing myself outside my comfort zone and trying new things. I hope my students will follow as an example and try something different this year.
Year 7 Kauri Team
Kia Ora and Konnichiwa! My name is Yasuko Okamura from Japan! I obtained a Bachelor of Education in Japan and studied in Australia majoring in Master of Teaching and Master of Applied Linguistics. I have 10 years of teaching experience in a range of year levels at international schools. I joined ANI in 2020, however, I could not come to NZ due to Covid restrictions. I am so grateful to be back at ANI and finally get to meet all the lovely students! I believe it is important to establish trust and strong relationships with my students and their parents so that they feel safe and happy in an inclusive environment.
Apart from teaching, I am passionate about running and drawing. The longest distance I have run is 80km a day. I have participated in 10 full distance marathon races. I also love travelling by myself to experience different cultures and meet new people. I have been to 30 countries; which country is next? I always want to share my experiences with my students so I can help to inspire and motivate them!
I hope we have a great experience during our time together!
Year 8 Matai Team
Year 8 Rimu Team
Kowhai Team (Specialists)
I come from a family of teachers, having 2 sisters currently teaching at high schools and a mother who taught primary school, (she was even unfortunate enough to teach me). I grew up in the South Island on a farm just outside of Timaru where I spent most of my spare time outside riding my bike, herding sheep, playing cricket, and building huts. I worked as a Land Surveyor in Timaru for 8 years before heading to London where I ended up working in a school for autistic children. This encouraged me to study and brought me to Auckland where I slaved in the hot sun as a landscaper while studying for a Primary Education Bachelor's degree.
I was fortunate enough to do my final placement at ANI where I have remained since. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy skateboarding, walking, biking, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to the fun and challenges of the year ahead.
Thomas is the name, PE is the game. I am in my 4th year of PE teaching at ANI and loving my time at the school. The teachers are supportive. The students are engaged, energetic and passionate and the facilities are great.
I am very passionate about a number of sports. When not at school, I can be found around the pool where I both play and coach Waterpolo, at the beach learning to surf, in a shady hammock reading a book or at the park kicking a ball around.
Having worked as a personal trainer for a few years prior to teaching, I used that as a foot in the door to New Zealand Waterpolo where I both played and currently a coach at the National level. Sport has taken me all over the world including Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Kuwait, Australia.
My goals for 2022 include continuing my French language learning, to train for and compete in the Auckland Marathon in 2023 and to read 15 books in 2022.
Part-time Support Staff
I work with our young teachers, mentoring them and being their ' mum' at school !! I feel extremely privileged to have this opportunity - the beginning teachers keep me young and I love their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I have taught for many years at ANI. I am passionate about the intermediate school model and find this age group exciting and motivating to engage with. Previously I have taught at Remuera Intermediate, AwakeriSchool and I was a Team Leader at Rangeview Intermediate.
I have two children - a girl and a boy who are in their mid twenties.
I have a number of interests including travel, the gym and motor racing.. I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Teacher Aide/Special Project ‘Garden to the Table’ and Lab Teaching Assistant
Kia ora, my name is Bruce Banbury and I assist with ANI students’ lab experiments during their science lessons. My experience with science/technology is primarily in the commercial world where I have used my chemistry background to carve out an interesting career, formulating and selling chemical-based products (in NZ, Australia, UK, Middle East and SEA), running laboratories as well as keeping abreast of environmental considerations and international standards of compliance.
Along the way I enjoyed training commercial lab staff and now thoroughly enjoy helping ANI Year 7 and 8 students with their investigative and creative lab work.
I have a long association with ANI, having had three children enjoy their education while forming long term friendships with fellow students at the school.
Outside of work hours I play guitar, listen to music, attend nearly every Warriors NRL home game and spend time with friends.
Nikau Team (Specialist Support)
Tihei Mauri Ora!
Ko Whakatere te maunga
Ko Waima te awa
Ko Tuhirangi te marae
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Te Mahurehure te hapu
Ko Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu te iwi
Ko wai ahau? Ko Mauri Hohepa tenei e mihi kau atu ana ki a koutou, otirā, tātou katoa.
Kia ora rā, my name is Mauri, Matua Mauri if you will.
I've been a part of ANI since Term 3 of last year and I am very excited to be a part of the team again this year and to see everyone grow in 2021.
I've been learning and living my sacred cultural customs, traditions and language since birth, growing up totally immersed in te reo Māori through Kohanga Reo & Kura Kaupapa. That being said, I am honoured to be able to share these through te reo Māori here at ANI again this year. It is a privilege for me to teach in all 24 classrooms in our school. Aside from te reo Māori, I also tutor our school Kapa Haka group, where we engage in physical Māori activities and Māori performing arts. I am a staunch supporter in the growth and development of our young people, and I highly focus on social well-being and having everyone engage with each other, after all that is what language and performing is. Therefore, with me, our students will be bringing to life the quote that is engraved just outside our school reception.
“Mā te tuakana, te teina e tōtika, Mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika.”
“The older will lead the younger, and the younger will lead the older.”
Outside of school, I am a Kapa Haka enthusiast, and an aspiring pro wrestler (yes, fake or stunt fighting). These hobbies both require a heap of energy and a high level of fitness (not that I am the fittest person). I have performed on many regional and national Kapa Haka stages at primary, secondary, tertiary and even adult levels. I currently teach the art at three schools as well.
Ngā mihi nunui ki a koe, ki a koutou, ā, ki a tātou katoa.