5 March 2020 – Term 1 – Week 6

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

If you’ve been following Allandale School’s Facebook page or have visited our website, you will know that these past few weeks have been busy!  Between showcasing classrooms, learning programmes, the school’s Swimming Sports competition, Fun4U Day and a planned trip to the beach for our Junior Students. Allandale tamariki have been amongst it all!

And with Interschool swimming, Top School competitions, and up and coming community events, things don’t show any signs of slowing down!  Kia kaha, tamariki ma!

Thank you

Adrianne McAllister


Tania Doherty and Katrina Black are our Deputy Principals –  Tania and Katrina are supporting staff to navigate school processes and systems ensuring staff have access to the tools they need to be successful in their roles. They are also providing mentorship and leadership development to support excellence in teaching.

Ashton Thrupp is our senior team leader – Our 2020 goals as a team are to deepen our students’ levels of independence and sense of responsibility for their own learning and to provide a range of meaningful, engaging and authentic learning opportunities that grow critical and creative thinking skills, are interactive and to support students to develop a sense of belonging and connection to the communities in which they are a part of. 

Deanna Gulliver is our bilingual leader – Promote and encourage Te Reo Māori as a common language heard in school.

Mamta Naik is our middle team leader – To implement and develop holistic practices to enhance student well-being and remove barriers to learning.

Wendy Adamson is our junior team leader – To foster positive relationships with our tamariki so they can see themselves as confident, successful learners, problem solvers and risk takers.


Allandale School is focused on making our school an important part of our community. We are creating this by developing our school into a shared space for us all to enjoy with family and friends in and outside of school hours. Our hall can be hired for special events. We have BBQ’s and a hangi pit for friends and families to use. We have a healthy pātaka kai (food storehouse). Contact the office for further information.


Ms Wendy Adamson and Mrs Charlotte Swan are the leaders for our Learning Through Play team this year. Over the past three years our team has been supporting the growth of Learning Through Play across our entire school. Learning Through Play involves providing children with opportunities to explore the curriculum in multiple ways while looking at students’ urges. Urges such as construction, deconstruction, messy play, role play, enclosure,  transformation, connection, orientation, trajectory and rotation.  Our teachers create situations (provocations) where students can explore and problem solve. This year the team will be focusing on continuing to build rich learning through play environments across our school.


We are looking for volunteers for our morning road patrols. We believe that it is important that our teachers are in their classrooms in the mornings however we need your support in patrolling our crossings. We currently only have two parent volunteers helping with road patrol.  If you are free in the mornings from 8.00am to 8.40am please contact the office and Teresa Hoefsloot will be in contact with you.


Myself – Johnson McGaffin16

Others – Atalya Gerrard-Collier 13

Environment – Jaedee Perrott-Ngawhika 13

Learning – Ngataria Wallace 17

Achieving – Tiiana-Pounamu Moeke 13

Community – Jacob Goodfellow 2



Here is the information for this Saturday 7th March 2020. For the 7v7’s

7:45am – The draw will be made available from Control when your team has checked in. 

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8:30am – Karakia and Welcome. 

9.00am – First round begins

Starting Dates –

The 4v4’s begin Mon 9th March at 4 pm.

The 5v5 begins Tues 10th March at 4 pm.  

The 6v6 begins on Saturday 14th March.

Allandale Swimming Sports

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Tuesday 3rd was a great day of both non-competitive fun and competitive swimming. Well done to all the children who participated in this fun-filled event.  I hope you enjoyed the day. A huge thanks to all staff and whanau who supported our tamariki during this event. 

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Congratulations to these amazing swimmers who have now qualified for the Interschool swimming competition, held at the Whakatane Aquatic Centre next Tuesday the 10th March. Asaiah Kinghazel-Connelly, Ella Armstrong,

Kase Ireton, Luca Goodman, Phoebe Jones, Kyle Hanlen, Nasa Dewes,

Kazaiah O’Brien-Lawson, Emily Dalgity, Lachlan Mackay, Theos Tuari-Hape, Caleb O’Neil, Kimiora Smith, Manea Rani, Tasmin Clay, Autumn Camburn,   Ngahipora Epiha-Aupouri and Quinn Charteris.

Allandale hosts this event so if you are able to help in any way please text me on 0272908219. Janene Giordano.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS will be held at the Allandale school swimming pool on Friday the 13th of March. All events will be non-competitive and there will be noodle races and many more fun activities for all. Please come and support your tamariki in this fun time from 11am to 12.30ish. If you’d like to join in at the end for a swim with the children, please bring your swimming gear. See you there! 


The EBOP cricket competition is taking place at Rex Morpeth Park on Tuesday 24th Feb, notices are out so if you missed out please see the office for a replacement. These need to be in asap to secure your place in the team. 

The Top School team is trialing at the moment and will be announced at assembly on Monday. Good luck year 6’s.


                                    Friday               6 March                         Beach Day Rooms 15, 16 17, 18 and 19

Tuesday            10 March                       Inter-School Swimming Sports

Tuesday            17 March                       School Photos Taken

Wednesday       18 March                       EBOP Swimming Sports

Thursday          19 March                       Gate Pa Top School – Year 6 Students only

Sunday             22 March                       Awakeri Top School – Year 6 Students only

Tuesday            24 March                       EBOP Cricket

Thursday            9 April                         Kiorahi

Thursday            9 April                         Last day Term 1

Tuesday            28 April                         Term 2 starts