26 March 2018: Term 1 – Week 9

 Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

As the weather begins to grow a little cooler in the mornings, Allandale students remain busy with a wide variety of activities both in and out of the school.  Congratulations to our athletes who competed in the Top School competition at Awakeri School over the weekend, and best of luck to our softball players who will be representing Allandale School in the Taneatua tournament next week.

A very happy Easter weekend to everyone!  We look forward to seeing our tamariki again next Wednesday!

Teacher Only Day

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 29th), 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!

Easter Weekend

This weekend is Easter!  Over the Easter Holiday Break the school will be closed on Good Friday (March 30th), Easter Monday (April 2nd) and Easter Tuesday (April 3rd).  Please note that Tuesday, April 3rd the school is closed as required by Section 65C(1) (a) of the Education Act.

Eastern Bay Swim Sports

Kaylee Lawlor took out every race in her age group, breaking records.  Awesome work Kaylee. Your dedication and perseverance really paid off.


Phoebe Jones:                        2nd  – 3 length freestyle

1st   – 1 length breaststroke

Luca Goodman:                      2nd  – 1 length breaststroke

3rd  –  1 length freestyle

Kaylee Lawlor:                        1st  –  1 length freestyle

1st  –  1 length backstroke

1st  –  1 length breaststroke

1st  –  1 length butterfly

1st  –  4 length medley

Xavier Christie:                       3rd  –  3 lengths freestyle

3rd  –  1 length backstroke

Sean Jones:                            2nd  – 1 length freestyle

3rd  –  1 length butterfly

Rony Rangiheuea-Akuhata:   2nd  –  1 length backstroke

A huge thanks to our fabulous supporters, especially the Rangiheuea-Akuhata Whanau who would have won the cheerleading for Allandale. Another huge thanks, this for Mila Scott’s Nan who helped with Timekeeping all morning.  A great day was had by all and as always, Jolene Lawlor, without you these events would not be as successful.  Thank you from the Allandale Whanau.

Soccer & Hockey:

Teams will be announced next week.  We still need a few hockey players for the middle school team.  See Mrs G in Room 8 if you are interested.

Radio Star

Last weekend, Allandale student Kovee Pierce was given the opportunity to be a special co-host on the “Suzy and Friends” show on Radio Free FM! Kovee won this amazing chance through the Radio Star competition, and got to spend some time with the show’s host Suzy Cato.

Kovee’s radio debut was broadcast on local radio 1xx last Sunday, but for the next few weeks it can be downloaded to listen at: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ai8az6dhJdtXg0Je8Ax2dQ1o-bDz.


Congratulations to all Allandale whānau who graduated at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi’s Gowns in Town ceremony last week!  Along with our own Whāea Hailey, Whāea Deanna and Matua Niwha, a number of family members of Allandale students celebrated academic achievements at this important event.  Tau kē, whānau!  Thank you for modelling the Learning Kind and the Achieving Kind for our tamariki.

Breakfast Club

Every morning, between 10 and 20 Allandale students join Matua Anaru and Matua Jason at Breakfast Club in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka, our school hall.  Thanks to the generosity of the KidsCan Trust, Fonterra Milk in Schools, Fruit in Schools, and the Breakfast in Schools programmes, we are able to provide our learners with a good start each day.

We would be very keen to supplement our Breakfast Club with jams, fruit preserves, or any other items that the Allandale community would be willing to donate.  If you are able to help out in any way, please contact the school office.  Thank you!

 Safe Arrivals

Allandale School’s Year 6 Road Patrollers have just completed a Refresher training course provided by Constable Maree 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 off 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!

Coming Events:

March 29th:          Teacher Only Day      

March 30th           Easter – Good Friday

April 2nd & 3rd      Easter Monday & Tuesday: School Closed

April 5th                Year 3 / 4 Trip to Library, Marae & Heads

April 5th                Taneatua Softball tournament

April 13th                Last Day of Term 1

April 30th                First Day of Term 2