11 April 2019  –  Term 1  –  Week 11

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

Wow!  It has been a busy 11 weeks, and I can hardly believe that the first Term of 2019 has flown by so quickly!  I have always found that holidays in schools come just when you need them most, so I hope everyone is able to take full advantage of the opportunity and re-charge.

I sincerely wish everyone a happy and safe holiday, and I look forward to seeing our tamariki again on April 29th!

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING

At the end of last year, the Board of Trustees of Allandale School surveyed our community to find out what we were doing well, and where we needed to improve.  A number of our families expressed concern about the safety of their children, and the number of serious behavioural incidents that they experienced at our school.  In response to this, Allandale has put a number of initiatives in place to curb bullying and abusive behaviour, and to boost the resilience and emotional health of our tamariki.  These include changes to the school’s policies and procedures around serious behavioural incidents, the implementation of Te Puna Taiao and Play-Based learning initiatives, increased supervision during morning tea and lunch times, and a review of the school’s Positive Behaviour for Learning programme.

These changes have led to a dramatic shift in the social dynamics of Allandale School.  Term 1 of this year has seen the number of serious behavioural incidents cut in half when compared to Term 1 of 2018.  Teachers, students and whānau can see the difference, and have described the school environment – particularly during morning tea and lunch time – as “friendly”, “peaceful” and “wonderful”.  We are very proud of the positive change we have seen at Allandale School, and will continue to work to support our continued improvement.

The health and safety of students is our number one priority, and the staff and Trustees of Allandale School are committed to ensuring that we live up to that obligation.  To that end, the policies, procedures, and initiatives that we put in place to support these kaupapa are constantly evolving, and we welcome your input and your support in this process.  If you have any questions or concerns about Positive Behaviour for Learning at Allandale School, please do not hesitate to contact us!  

DISCO!

Allandale School will be hosting our first disco of the year this evening (Thursday, April 11th) in our school hall! Admission is by gold coin, and there will be food, treats, and glo sticks for sale.  So put on your dancing shoes and come on down, tamariki ma!

Juniors – Years 1-3 from 4pm to 5pm

Seniors – Years 4-6 from 5pm to 6.30pm

Admission by Gold coin

There will be glo sticks, smoothies and lollies for sale on the night.

BIBLE IN SCHOOLS

As mentioned last week, the Board of Trustees of Allandale School has decided to move to an “opt-in” system for the Bible In Schools programme as recommended by the Ministry of Education.

Included in last week’s newsletter was a permission slip for parents, caregivers and whānau.  If you would like your Year 5/6 child to participate in Bible In Schools when it resumes next Term, please complete this permission form and return it to the school.  New enrolments to the school will be able to give permission at the time of enrolment.

Bible In Schools is set to resume on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:30am for our Year 5/6 classes on May 2nd.  Parents, caregivers and whānau are reminded of your right to opt into or out of this programme at any time by providing written notice to the school.  Class programmes continue as normal for all students whose families choose to opt out.

If you would like further information about the Bible In Schools programme, you are invited to contact the school or come out to one of the Thursday morning sessions!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION

With the 2019 Board of Trustees election in May of this year, all members of our community are encouraged to “make a difference for our school” and become a trustee.  Trustees are active leaders in our school and we need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of our tamariki.  Trustees have an important role supporting strong professional leadership and effective teaching for all students through informed governance.  If you are interested in putting your name forward for the 2019 Board of Trustees election, I encourage you to go to www.nzsta.org.nz for more information and to watch for School Trustee Election notices over the next few weeks.

                               SCHOOL TRUSTEE ELECTIONS:

The timeline for the election is:

Nomination forms will be posted by 10 May 2019

Nominations close at noon on 24 May 2019.

A voting paper will be posted to you by 29 May 2019.

Voting closes at noon on 7 June 2019.

Votes are counted on 13 June 2019.

                               Kleesha Camburn, Returning Officer

LIBRARY BOOKS

Last year, Allandale School lost more than $5000 worth of books from our school library.  In an effort to ensure that our funding can be better used for the education of our tamariki, we are asking all Allandale families to please have a look and see if you have any of our books around your house and bring them back to school.  There is no penalty for the late return of our library books, and they should all be well-marked as belonging to the school.  If you aren’t sure whether or not your child has an overdue book checked out, please contact the school, or look for a note from Mrs. Searle our librarian.  Thank you!

ALLANDALE FRONT GATE

Just a reminder that the chain on the driveway is up from 8:15 to 8:45am, and from 2:40 to 3:00pm each day.  The chain is up to prevent all vehicles from moving through the parking lot while our tamariki are travelling to and from school, and it will not be opened under any circumstances during these times.   This procedure has been established for the safety of our children, and all staff, whānau, external agencies, contractors, and visitors to the school are expected to comply.  Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

MIDDLE CAMP FEES ARE DUE NOW

Camp Fees are due in this week, our camp is in the first week of Term 2 so please get your camp fees paid as soon as possible.  

Teachers also need the medical and emergency contact information sent back to school as soon as possible so we can make the necessary adjustments to our camp menu or sleeping/car arrangements.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April     12         Kio Rahi – Opotiki

April     12         Last Day Term 1

April     29         First Day Term 2

COMMUNITY NOTICES

BADMINTON

Badminton for all students starts in the Whakatane Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7th May and 6pm. All fees to be paid by end of May. Contact J. Jones 07 3087101.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMME  – DANCE CREATE PERFORM – 15 to 18 April  – Where    Allandale School Hall        

From 9am to 3pm/4pm/5pm Supervision at all times.   Limited spaces.

Contact Susan Nel Phone -021 2105119   Email dancecreateperform@gmail.com  for Cost per session etc.