22 February 2018  –  Term 1  –  Week 4

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

With this evening’s Meet the Staff BBQ, a variety of sports kicking off, and upcoming camp activities for our Junior students, 2018 is ramping up!  Our Year 5 and 6 students participated in yesterday’s Cycle Challenge with their peers from other schools around the region, and the weather couldn’t have been better!

Meet the Staff Barbecue

Just a reminder of this evening’s BBQ at the school. The weather is looking much more promising today than it was last week!  Everyone is invited to fill up your picnic baskets and come out to the school starting at 5.30pm to meet our staff for 2018. BBQs will be available to cook your food and we will have music, games and cycling. This is an important opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to get to know the rest of the Allandale Community.  All are encouraged to attend.


For the past few years, Allandale School has hosted a Mandarin Language tutor from China to share Mandarin language lessons with our Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 students.  This year we welcome Chen Song from Beijing.  Chen has been a teacher of English back in China, and is working hard to learn everything she can about our beautiful country while she is here.  We are very pleased that she has chosen to join us!

Swimming Success

Congratulations to Allandale Year 6 student, Kaylee Lawlor, who competed in the 2018 NZ Junior Swimming Festival this past weekend.  The competition hosts over 350 competitors from across the North Island.  Kaylee swam in 9 events over the three days and finished in the top 5 in six of those events!  She took out Gold in the 200m backstroke, Silver in the 100m backstroke, and Bronze in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke.  Well done Kaylee!

 Allandale Graduates

Allandale School is proud to recognise one of our graduates who have just been named as a Prefect at Whakatāne High School.  Congratulations to Emily Lory on this important role.

Congratulations also go out to a number of Allandale graduates who have been appointed to class leadership roles at Whakatāne Intermediate School.

It is always heartening to see Allandale students continuing to be recognised as leaders after they leave us.  Kia kaha, kia ū, kia maia i o koutou mahi!

Upcoming Events

February          28         EBOP Touch Rugby Competition – postponement date 1 March

March              2         School Photo Day

5         Allandale Swimming Sports – postponement date 7 March

16         Interschools Swimming Sports – postponement date 19 March

21         EBOP Swimming Sports – postponement date 22 March

27         EBOP Festival of cricket – postponement date 28 March

29         Teacher Only Day

30         Easter – Good Friday

April                  2-3        Easter Monday and Tuesday – school closed

10         Ki O Rahi Competition

13         Last day Term 1

Sport Report – from Ms Giordano


Netball begins on 3 March. Fees should be paid no later than tomorrow Friday 23 February. No pay, no play!

See Ms G if you have any problems with this.


The Allandale Cricket team began their season on Tuesday and had a great game against Waiotahi School. We had several big hitters and won the game comfortably. Well done guys.

Bike Day

Allandale hosted the Whakatane Bike Challenge on Wednesday for the first time this year. 6 schools participated in this day and the sun shone for us. It was a great day with bike, road and bus safety activities. Thanks to Richard Hamer for organising the event with Sport BOP and also Uzabus for the use of their bus.

Story Writing from Prerehua 18

Dad’s Truck

This is a Tegasaus truck

By – Tyler Wood

My Racing Car

Zoom! My car has turbo boosters. It can go super fast.

By – Jayden Fox

Monster Truck

The Shark Monster truck is doing jumps and back flips.

It is cool because it has big wheels.

By – William Feek