Term 2: Week 6, 21. 05. 2020

Principal’s Message Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira, Thank you to all our whānau for supporting the school while we were responding to Covid 19. Shona and Davis have been working hard to get our school looking fabulous again. We have had about 80% of our students safely returned to school this week. All our teachers and staff are back on board and enjoying all our students. We are focusing our teaching and learning programmes on building relationships and the wellbeing of our students, whānau and communities. Our classrooms are vibrant spaces where we are re-establishing classroom routines and introducing rich learning activities. Covid 19 response provided our school with opportunities to learn, reflect and plan for special projects around our school. We have many property projects organised such as new toilet blocks, improvement of outdoor spaces, decks and sliding doors, upgrade playgrounds, heat pumps, carpet and musical instruments. Many staff members were upskilled in their digital abilities and we are now looking at applying for a Grant to improve our ICT equipment. The BoT and staff have also been working hard on developing strong policy and procedures around Covid 19 and throughout other areas of our school. We will be asking for whānau feedback for these. The school has been identified as a school to receive the trial Free and Healthy School Lunches Programme. There is more information below about this exciting programme. Thank you everyone, be well, be safe, be kind.
Free and Healthy School Lunches Programme The Government is currently trialling a free, healthy, daily school lunch in some schools for all Year 1 to 8 students. We are really excited to let you know that our school will be joining the free lunch trial later in the year. All parents want to provide their children with a lunch every day, but, as you will know, there are many reasons parents can struggle, often through no fault of their own. Offering a free lunch for all our children who need it will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and tamariki. This is why we have joined the trial. Lunches will cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of our students, and we will work with suppliers and the Ministry of Education to make sure they are healthy and nutritious. All suppliers will be required to meet New Zealand food safety standards. The lunches will be available for all our students. While we know there are hungry children in every community, we do not always know who they are. Providing a lunch to every child means we do not need to single-out those who need it more than others. However, lunches are not compulsory, and you can continue to provide your child’s own lunch if you wish. Right now, we are working with the Ministry of Education on the best way to meet our school’s needs.
The trial will run until the end of 2021 and will be evaluated whilst it is running. This will include feedback from schools, students and suppliers about what the lunches are like, how they are delivered, and if they have an impact on students’ learning and achievement.
Allandale School Community Notice Kia Ora our Allandale Community.
We hope everyone is doing well, keeping healthy and safe in such an unprecedented time. It is wonderful to have the children back at school and eager to learn.
Wanting to do more for our community, we recognise that lock down has provided some challenges. To support our families, we are in the process of starting an Allandale Food Bank.
If you have any canned/non perishable goods surplus to your requirement we would appreciate it if you could donate them to our food bank. All goods can be dropped off at Katrina Black’s Office.
We will redistribute all donations to families who would appreciate it. If you have any ideas on how we can support our community better, please let us know. Thank you and stay safe. ​Aroha nui. All the Staff at Allandale School.
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Student Journalists As students we are excited to be back to school and thought that you might want to hear what other students thought about lockdown.
Jacob’s interview
Jacob is a year six student in room two.
Jacob’s hobbies : Jacob enjoys reading, sports, surfing and going for plenty of walks. ( Jacob has broken 7 bones throughout his life so far. )
What he felt like: He kind of enjoyed being in lockdown as he could take a break and go to the beach to play. He also enjoyed being able to bond with his family more often.
Stopping boredom: Jacob reads a book or plays outside on his scooter. Jacob ended up reading 3 novel stories by the end of lockdown.
Jacob in the classroom: His favourite subject is reading.
Jacob’s family: Have coped well with lockdown and enjoyed it heaps but is glad about getting back to school. He knows this because his Mum has adapted well to working from home.
Peter’s interview
Peter is a year six student in room three.
Peter’s hobbies: He enjoys playing for his club Whakatane Marist. He also enjoys playing guitar. He has been playing for two years now.
What he felt: He felt a mixture of feelings including happiness, upset and anxiety, because he was missing everyone else but also enjoyed spending time with his family.
Stopping boredom: Peter climbed to the very top branches of his humongous tree and back down.
Peter’s family: They took the advantage wisely and had a lot of time on their hands and decided to use it partly to get lots of jobs done around the house.
In conclusion
We thought that everybody coped well throughout lockdown and are looking forward to getting stuck back in school.
By Quinn & Conrad
Covid 19 Response with school ●  No Credit Union school banking until term 3. Feel free to take it in to Credit Union on the Strand. ●  We have the mobile dental clinic on site. Please contact them on 0212448925. Scheduled appointments only. ●  Please remember if you child is feeling unwell keep them home. ●  Drink Bottles​: With water fountains closed due to Covid 19, all students need to bring their own named drink bottles daily.Allandale KIND of kids As we settle back into school this week, teachers have been reinforcing an important message: What it means to be an Allandale Kid ★ Kind to Myself
★ Kind to Others
★ Kind to the Environment ★ The Learning Kind
★ The Achieving Kind
★ The Community Kind The buckets are filling up with entries as we eagerly await the Allandale Kind of Kid prize draw on Monday morning!