7 March 2019  –  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 this past week has been a busy one!  Between the school’s Swimming Sports competition, the opening of our new pātaka kai (food storehouse), a visit to the beach for our Junior students, and Fun4U Day Allandale tamariki have been amongst it all!

And with Interschool swimming, Top School competitions, and the opening of our new Papakāinga, things don’t show any signs of slowing down!  Kia kaha, tamariki ma!


Yesterday, Allandale’s school leaders were joined by Matua Abraham Akuhata Rangi from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and carver Lawrence Hohua as we blessed our new pātaka kai (food storehouse) and officially opened it for use by our tamariki and our community.  Matua Abraham explained the history behind pātaka kai, and led our students in karakia which imbued the structure and its beautiful carvings by local artists Lawrence Hohua and Danny McRoberts with the mauri (lifeforce) that passes to the food placed within it, and on to the people it feeds.

The purpose of the latest addition to Allandale School’s Te Puna Taiao project is to provide a place for us all to put extra food that can be used by anyone in our community.  Even Māori Television were in attendance, broadcasting a piece about the initiative on Te Ao last night (https://www.maoritelevision.com/shows/te-ao-maori-news/S16E247/te-ao-maori-news)!

While our tamariki make good use of almost all of the fruit that we receive from the Fruit in Schools programme, there is occasionally some extra on Mondays and Wednesdays when our new deliveries arrive. This fruit will now be placed in the pātaka for anyone who wants some. Once our veggie gardens are planted and ready to harvest, we will likely have more to contribute.

Any members of the community are welcome to leave extra food, or take what they wish. We only ask that everyone take only what they need at that time. No doubt more will be available soon!

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.  With your food basket and my food basket, the community will thrive.


Allandale School has been approached by 3P Learning, distributors of learning software including Mathletics, Reading Eggs, WordFlyers, and Spellodrome with an opportunity for our families.  If we have 20 or more students interested in purchasing any of these titles to support their learning at home, we will be able to pass along the special pricing that 3P Learning offers to schools.  Instead of $99, Allandale families will be able to buy any or all of these apps for $29.50.  More information about these products, including free trials, can be found at www.3plearning.com

If you are interested in purchasing Mathletics, Reading Eggs, WordFlyers, Spellodrome, or any of 3P Learning’s products for your child, please place your order with the school office no later than Friday, 22 March.  At that time, we will process the orders or refund your payment if we have not secured enough interest.


Whakatāne District Council has asked the school to remind our families to please remember to keep your vehicle off the dashed yellow lines on King and Alexander Streets, and off of the school driveway when dropping off and picking up children from the school.  You are also reminded that the disability parking spots near the school are reserved for whānau with appropriate placards.  Parking Wardens continue to be out on these streets in order to ensure that our families are complying with these restrictions.

Parents, caregivers and whānau are also asked to remind your children to use the crosswalks on King St., Bridge St. and Alexander Ave.  Over the past few weeks we have noticed a rise in the number of students running across the road.  The crosswalks are there to ensure that our tamariki are safe on these busy streets, and it is very important that they are used.  Thank you!

Allandale Swimming sports

What a great day! The Allandale swimming sports changed the usual line up this year, holding the competitive component first, followed by a fun swim sports in the afternoon. Please have a look at the Allandale Facebook page where the very talented Claire House has her latest photos of our awesome tamariki. Congratulations to the 23 children who qualified for the next stage which is the Whakatane Cluster event or Interschools Swimming Sports to be held at the Whakatane Aquatic Centre on Monday 11th March with a pp date of the 13th March.  Phoebe Jones, Luca Goodman, Trev Otto, Mila Scott and Sean Jones were top qualifiers of the day placing in 3 or more events.


Hockey fees and registrations are due in NOW. The cut off for this is next Monday so please make sure your entries are in so I can make up teams.


Soccer fees and registrations are due in by next Friday.

Top School

The TOP SCHOOL team who will compete in Gate Pa, Tauranga and Awakeri Top Schools will be announced this Friday. Well done to all the children who trialled, it was tough competition.


There is a SOFTBALL competition in week 10 this term, so get out there and have a go!  

Anyone interested in helping train a team for any of these sports, please see Ms G in Kereru 9.


FUN4U Sports Day

Last Friday the year 1 and 2 classes went to Rex Morpeth Park to participate in a sports activity day with lots of other schools.

We had a fabulous time learning fundamental skills for netball, soccer and rugby. We learnt how to throw a ball over and under arm, how to dribble a soccer ball and how to kick a rugby ball along the ground.


Photo envelopes have been sent home today, these need to be returned by the 29 March 2019.


With the cooler weather approaching soon please make sure all School Uniforms are named, so we are able to return to your child/ren. Thank you.



March               11         Inter-School Swimming Sports

March               12         Kiorahi Tournament

March               13         Inter-School swimming sports
Postponement day

March               19         Teachers Paid Union Meeting – School closes at 12.30pm

March               20         EBOP Swimming Sports

April                3         School Photos – Lazer Photos