21 March 2018 – Term 1 – Week 8                                  Newsletter next week will go home on Wednesday, 28 March.

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

It has been another busy week in and around Allandale School!  Best of luck to our Inter-School swimmers who will be representing us at today’s Eastern Bay Swim Sports event.  And likewise, best wishes to our Top School athletes who did so well at the Top School competition at Gate Pā last week, and who will be participating again at Awakeri School this weekend.  Kia kaha, koutou!

Te Puna Taiao – The Community Oasis Project

Allandale School is thrilled to share an exciting new initiative with our community! Taiao, which translates to ‘the natural world’ or ‘environment’ in te Reo Māori, is a project that aims to transform Allandale School’s outdoor areas into a place that is both a fantastic outdoor learning environment for our tamariki during school-time, and a beautiful enriched playground and gardens for the Kopeopeo community outside of school hours.

Te Puna Taiao will create a whānau-friendly space where there is something for everyone to enjoy, irrespective of age, ability or interest. Highlights include community gardens, areas for picnics and family gatherings, twin flying foxes, tree house play areas, a performance space, and themed areas specially designed to stimulate little brains.

The Taiao working group will be on-site at this Saturday’s Neighbour’s Day at Allandale School to share plans, images and ideas, and to collect feedback from our community. Everyone is also invited to visit Te Puna Taiao’s information page on the school’s website under the Our School tab, or at allandale.school.nz/our-school/te- puna-taiao/.

NZEI Teachers’ Union Meeting

Tomorrow Thursday, March 22 nd , Allandale School’s teaching staff members of NZEI (New Zealand Education Institute unions) will be attending a union meeting. For this reason, we are asking all parents, caregivers and whānau to please arrange to pick their child up from school at lunchtime (12:30pm).

As an employer, the Board of Trustees is obligated to allow all members to attend this meeting. This will mean that there will not be sufficient staff at school to permit instruction to continue as usual.  Please arrange to have your tamariki picked up from school or supervised at home by 12:30pm tomorrow (Thursday, March 22nd). Thank you for your co-operation.

Bible In Schools

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 tomorrow, and runs each Thursday morning from 9:00-9:30am for our Year 5/6 classes.

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!

Neighbours’ Day

Everyone is welcome at this FREE WHĀNAU EVENT for the whole community! This month Whakatāne Ki Mua is teaming up with Neighbourhood Support, The Events Network Trust, and a bunch of other community organisations to host Neighbours Day Whakatāne 2018! It’s all about vibrant, engaged, and connected communities, and there will be something for the whole whānau at Allandale School this Saturday (March 24 th ) from 10am to 2pm! So come on down, kōrero with others from your community, have a swim in the school pool, have a jump on the bouncy castle, take the bike for a spin on the cycle track, and give the Project Taiao Team some feedback on their plans for a brand spanking new playground in the heart of Kopeopeo!

Teacher Only Day

Next Thursday (March 29 th ), Allandale School’s staff will be joining our colleagues from across the Whakatāne Community of Learning in a professional development conference being held at Trident High School. For this reason, Allandale School will be closed for instruction all day. Thank you all for your co-operation, and enjoy this extra-long Easter weekend with your tamariki!

Safe Arrivals

Allandale School’s Year 6 Road Patrollers have just completed a refresher training course provided by Constable Marie of the NZ Police. During that training, students were asked about any incidents that they had found concerning. The main issues were:

  • Children (and parents) failing to use the marked and patrolled crossings. This is of particular concern on King Street,
    which is very busy at the beginning and the end of the day.
  • Students riding their bikes or scooters across the crossing. Whānau please remind your tamariki that they need to get of
    their bike/scooter and walk across the crossing.
  • Students running across the crossing. While the Road Patrollers are careful to ensure that all is clear before the signs are
    put out, children need to take care in crossing the road and do so carefully.

If you can please have a kōrero with your children about these concerns, we would really appreciate it. Thank you!

Sports Report – By Ms G

Allandale has had a busy sporting week with netball in full swing Saturday and cricket Tuesday evening. The Interschool Swimming Sports took place last Friday and we had a bunch of swimmers qualify for EBOP Swim Champs on Wednesday. Competition is fierce so a huge Congratulations to these qualifiers:  Phoebe Jones, Rony-Matina Rangiheuea-Akuhata, Sean Jones, Kaylee Lawlor, Xavier Christie, Mila Scott, Luca Goodman and Conrad House.

SOCCER, HOCKEY and BASKETBALL teams will be announced next week based on payments of fees and registrations.

Upcoming Events

March 22      NZEI Teachers’ Union Meeting – School closes at 12.30pm
March 24      Neighbours day – Allandale School 10am – 2pm.
March 27      EBOP Festival of cricket – postponement date 28 March
March 29      Teacher Only Day
March 30      Easter – Good Friday

April 2-3       Easter Monday and Tuesday – school closed

April 10        Ki O Rahi Competition
April 13        Last day Term 1