21 February 2019 – Term 4 – Week 4

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

Once again, welcome back to another exciting year at Allandale School!  We have had a strong start to the year, as everyone adapts smoothly to the routines and challenges of school life.  We are really looking forward to a positive year for all of our children, as well as the staff and Allandale community!


Despite the welcome watering for our new gardens, it would have been nice if the rain had held off for just one more day!

Even if the rain stops, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be picnic weather this evening, so Allandale’s Meet the Staff BBQ has been postponed to next Thursday (Feb. 28th) starting at 5:30pm. Our new BBQs in the Community Garden will be available to cook your food, and we will have games and swimming. 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 Yunzhe (Iris) Wang from Beijing.  Yunzhe 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!

This week also saw another new staff member join Allandale School’s team!  We are pleased to welcome our new gardener, Shona Ferguson.  Whāea Shona is an experienced horticulturalist, who brings a wealth of skills and initiative to Allandale’s new Taiao spaces.  The kura’s staff and students are looking forward to working with her throughout the year as our beautiful gardens become even more amazing!


Allandale School is proud to recognise some of our graduates who have just been named as Prefects at Whakatāne High School.  Congratulations to Erena van der Aa (Prefect), Jean-Daniel Rosset (Deputy Head Boy), and Surbjit Singh (Prefect) on their appointments to these important roles.

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!


Please let the school know as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns. We are committed to ensuring that all of our students, staff, and whānau are safe and happy in our school environment, so please keep the lines of communication open. You are encouraged to contact Teachers, Team Leaders, Deputy Principals, or the Principal so that we can work together. 

In addition, the Board of Trustees is always open to feedback from our community.  Whānau are invited to email the Board at BOT@allandale.school.nz, or drop off written feedback to the school Office.


Allandale School is one of many schools in the Eastern Bay that host the Bible In Schools programme for our Year 5 and 6 students.  The focus of this programme is to reinforce school and community values through Christian Bible stories. 

Bible in Schools is set to resume on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:30am for our Year 5/6 classes on March 14th.  Parents, caregivers and whānau are reminded of your right to opt 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!


Parents and caregivers are reminded that the Board of Trustees and Staff of Allandale School accept no responsibility in the case of loss or damage to toys, valuables or other personal articles brought to school.  While all reasonable care is taken and efforts are made to find lost property, the responsibility rests with the owner.  The school is well-equipped with toys, games, and sports gear, and we ask that personal valuables remain at home.  Many are alike, they are often unnamed, can be easily lost, and present a distraction to other students.  Thank you for your co-operation.


Whakatane Cycle Challenge

It was a steaming hot day for this event at Apanui School yesterday. The Allandale ducklings made their way by bike to Apanui School, showing off their road safety skills along the way. They performed a variety of tricky cycling challenges throughout the day and came 2nd overall. Mararauia was the star or the day, helping SDA school who had a shortage of numbers. This, team, made up of SDA, Apanui and Allandale, came 1st and each took home the prize bag. Congratulation to you for being a great sport!! A great day was had by everyone. A big thankyou to Linda Redmond for being the tail of the duckling line moving through Whakatane and Claire House photography for some amazing photos of our squad. Please check out the Allandale Facebook page for more of these photos. 

Touch Rugby

EBOP Touch Rugby takes place next Wednesday and the teams have been training hard. Thanks to Jason Christie who is training the 2 senior teams for this event and Rio Grey for her fabulous work with our middle school team.


The elite swimmers are still training hard with the help of Mason Pickering from Swim Club. The final week for training is next week so please make sure you has your togs. The Allandale Swimming Sports for year 5/6 and elite swimmers from year 3/4 will be held at the Aquatic centre on Monday the 4th March. If you can help us on this day please let your child’s teacher know asap. WE NEED YOU to make this event successful. 


Netball is due to begin on the 12th March and Whaea Hailey has been working hard putting teams together with coaches. Good luck to all you eager netballers this season.

Top School

Top School trials are taking place this Friday at lunch time so please encourage your year 6 children to have a go!!

This is a really fun event using a variety of strength and agility with the most important component being team work. 


February          27         EBOP Touch Rugby Competition

March                4         Allandale Swimming Sports

March                 8         Postponement day for Swimming Sports

March                 11         Inter-School Swimming Sports

March                 2         Kiorahi Tournament

March                 13         Postponement day for Inter-School Swimming Sports

March                 20         EBOP Swimming Sports