The curriculum of Allandale School has been developed around the belief that literacy and numeracy are of primary importance.  However, our students will also require exposure to a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities in order to nurture their individual talents so that they may find their places in our community.  As it states in our Vision, we encourage our students to fulfil their individual potential in all areas of the curriculum, including the visual and performing arts, science, health and physical education, social studies, and technology.

Of particular importance within all classrooms at Allandale School is our cultural programme, which has been designed to cultivate pride in all of our students and equip them with the knowledge of who they are and where they come from. 

Bi-Lingual Classes

Allandale School is home to four Bi-Lingual classes ranging from New Entrants to Year 6.  40% of the instruction in our Bi-Lingual classes is conducted in Te Reo Māori.  While Literacy and Numeracy instruction in our Bi-lingual classes is primarily conducted in English, waiata, karakia, performing arts, visual arts, and conversational instruction is conducted i Te Reo Māori.  These four classes work closely together to promote tuakana-teina relationships and whanaungatanga across the team.

Te Puna Taiao – our Community Oasis Project

At the end of 2017 Allandale became the first school to embrace the Te Puna Taiao kaupapa, with our “Project Taiao”.

Taiao, which translates to ‘the natural world’ or ‘environment’ in te Reo Māori, is a project that has transformed our school’s outdoor areas into a place that is both a fantastic outdoor learning environment for our tamariki during school-time, as well as a beautiful enriched playground and gardens for the Kopeopeo community outside of school hours.  

Research shows that the skills our children will need most in a changing world are creativity, teamwork and problem-solving. Our transformed grounds stimulate growth in these essential skills, provide enriched play and learning opportunities for our tamariki, connect our kids to the natural world and to Te Ao Māori, and give our teachers an amazing physical environment in which to teach.

Allandale Primary School

Allandale Primary School


167 King Street,Whakatane, 3120

Ph: (07) 308 7645

Cell: 021 025 01768

Fax: (07) 307 0868