28 March 2019  –  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 competitions at Gate Pā and Awakeri Schools last week, and best of luck to our softball players who will be representing Allandale School in the Taneatua tournament next week.  Kia kaha, koutou!


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. 

Last year, the Ministry of Education drafted new guidelines for schools that hosted the Bible In Schools programme.  Historically, this programme has been delivered on an “opt-out” system, where students are presumed to have permission to participate unless their parents/caregivers indicate otherwise.  The Ministry’s new guidelines recommend moving to an “opt-in” system, where the express permission of parents/caregivers is sought before children can participate.  At our Board of Trustees meeting this week, the Board debated this kaupapa and weighed the research and evidence supporting both possible systems.  As there did not seem to be any reason to operate contrary to Ministry of Education guidelines, the decision was made to move to an “opt-in” system as recommended.

Included in today’s newsletter is a permission slip for parents, caregivers and whānau.  If you would like your Year 5/6 child to participate in Bible In Schools when it resumes next Term, please complete this permission form and return it to the school.  New enrolments to the school will be able to give permission at the time of enrolment.

Bible In Schools is set to resume on Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:30am for our Year 5/6 classes on May 2nd.  Parents, caregivers and whānau are reminded of your right to opt into or 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!


With the 2019 Board of Trustees election in May of this year, all members of our community are encouraged to “make a difference for our school” and become a trustee.  Trustees are active leaders in our school and we need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of our tamariki.  Trustees have an important role supporting strong professional leadership and effective teaching for all students through informed governance.  If you are interested in putting your name forward for the 2019 Board of Trustees election, I encourage you to go to www.nzsta.org.nz for more information and to watch for School Trustee Election notices over the next few weeks.


Last year, Allandale School lost more than $5000 worth of books from our school library.  In an effort to ensure that our funding can be better used for the education of our tamariki, we are asking all Allandale families to please have a look and see if you have any of our books around your house and bring them back to school.  There is no penalty for the late return of our library books, and they should all be well-marked as belonging to the school.  If you aren’t sure whether or not your child has an overdue book checked out, please contact the school, or look for a note from Mrs. Searle our librarian.  Thank you!


Congratulations to all Allandale whānau who will be graduating at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi’s Gowns in Town ceremony tomorrow!  Along with our own Whāea Tina and Whāea Te Rumate, a number of family members of Allandale students will be celebrating academic achievements at this important event.  Tau kē, whānau!  Thank you for modelling the Learning Kind and the Achieving Kind for our tamariki!


Hockey, Soccer and Basketball registrations should be in and paid for now.


We have one junior/middle and one senior team entered in the draw for Term 2’s hockey competition. We will have a muster in the hall in week 11. I will let you know the date closer to the time.


This Thursday after school, the 5th, 6th and 7th grade muster will be held at the Allandale Fields from 2.40-3.40pm. Just bring your drink bottles, trainers/closed shoes and a smile for a fun kick around to start the year. Remember there is a boot swap at the office where you can trade your boots for free or you can purchase new (Pre-loved) boots for $5.00. Ask at the office from 3-3.30pm on Monday – Thursday afternoons. Also, if you are in 5th, 6th or 7th grades you will not need to purchase a shirt as we have some for you. If you are 8th and 9th grades or playing hockey or basketball, you must purchase a shirt from the office. They were dispatched today and we can’t wait to see our sports teams looking really flash! 


2 teams of Allandale cricketers took the fields at Rex Morpeth Park on Tuesday to challenge many other teams from all around the BOP. Teams from as far as Thornton and Matata participated in this event. The sun shone all day and we played some fabulous cricket. Ika Bush was our star bowler, winning himself a new ball to practise with. Caleb O’Neill was the star batsman of the competition winning himself a flash new bat. Thanks to Colin Rampling for helping coach the teams, and a huge thank you to Claire House for the awesome photos.


Our eleven top school competitors had a huge week last week travelling to Gate Pā Top School on Thursday, where they battled it out with some of the elite Top Schools in the EBOP.  Zooming down slippery slides with a leaking bucket, skiing to victory in the Big Foot event, and the infamous slippery bungy all needed to be mastered. We all learned a lot. Teamwork was the key, and after many hours of dedicated training with Jason Christie, Allandale had refined their skills and was ready for the new challenge of…


Ninni Hyotynen again took centre stage at the Up, Up and Away event, being hoisted into the air and having balls being thrown at her from all directions, while the brute strength of Charles Dorrans, Ika Bush and Kiamarni Ngaheu held her in place. The mystery event caused the greatest laughter as they chugged along in the buggy. In the end, Allandale competitors took home third place in their age bracket!  An outstanding result that will allow us to set our sights on first place next year!  Thanks to all the whānau who supported these awesome events. We really appreciate it. 


April     3          School Photos – Lazer Photos

April     4          Softball Tournament

April     12         Ki-o-Rahi Tournament

April     12         Last day Term 1

April     29         First day Term 2

HOLIDAY PROGRAMME  – DANCE CREATE PERFORM – 15 to 18 April  – Where    Allandale School Hall           From 9am to 3pm/4pm/5pm Supervision at all times.   Limited spaces.

Contact Susan Nel Phone – 021 2105119   Email dancecreateperform@gmail.com  for Cost per session etc.