2 May  2019  –  Term 2  –  Week 1

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

Nau mai, haere mai ki te wāhanga tuarua o te tau!  Welcome back to Term 2 at Allandale School!

We opened the Term with a pōwhiri for new students on Monday morning in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka — our school Hall — followed by the blessing and opening of two new spaces.  The latest elements of Te Puna Taiao, our Community Oasis project, include the central courtyard, our papakāinga, and a treehouse and climbing area.  Tamariki joined Allandale staff and our kaumatua Matua Julian and Whāea Hine as they blessed these beautiful spaces and opened them for our use.

So welcome back! We are all looking forward to an enjoyable and educational Term 2!


  • the gate at the front of the school will be chained from 8:15-8:45 each morning and from 2:30-3:00 each afternoon. The gate is closed in order to ensure the safety of our students coming and going from school and will not be opened for anyone during these times;
  • Allandale School rules require all students with wheels under themselves (scooters, bikes, skateboards, heelies, rollerskates, etc) during school hours to have a helmet on their head. Students without a helmet will be asked to put their wheels away while they are at school;
  • there is a Staff meeting Tuesday after school. Teachers will not be available at this time to meet at this time;
  • there is a Leadership Team meeting Monday after school, involving Mrs Tania Doherty, Ms Katrina Black, Whāea Ashton Thrupp, Mrs Wendy Adamson, Mrs Adrianne McAllister, Whāea Deanna Gulliver, and Mr Drew Manning. At this time these staff members will not be available to meet. The best idea is to phone the school office and make an appointment.


Next Tuesday (May 7th), 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 by 12:30pm on Tuesday, May 7thThank you for your co-operation.


As mentioned last Term, the Board of Trustees of Allandale School has decided to move to an “opt-in” system for the Bible In Schools programme as recommended by the Ministry of Education.

If you would like your Year 5/6 child to participate in Bible In Schools when it resumes, please complete the permission form. If you have mislaid the form just put something in writing and return it to the school.  New enrolments to the school will be able to give permission at the time of enrolment.

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!


Next Friday (May 10th), Allandale School will be holding a special mufti day to help raise funds to support Riding for the Disabled.  This worthwhile organisation offers therapeutic horseback riding sessions for tamariki living with physical, emotional, intellectual and social challenges.  Tamariki are asked to please bring in a gold coin donation.  The class that raises the most money will win a free horseback riding experience!


With the 2019 Board of Trustees election at the end of the month, 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.


The timeline for the election is:

Nomination forms will be posted by 10 May 2019

Nominations close at noon on 24 May 2019.

A voting paper will be posted to you by 29 May 2019.

Voting closes at noon on 7 June 2019.

Votes are counted on 13 June 2019.

                               Kleesha Camburn, Returning Officer

Huge thanks to Sistema Plasticts NZ LTD who have donated amazing lunch boxes for all our New Entrants this year.

Pepeke 19 students have been putting them to good use.


We LOVE our Duffy books. Our Mums and Dads read them to us at bedtime.


May 7              NZEI Teachers Union Meeting. School closes at 12.30pm
May 10           Mufti Day – Riding for the Disabled. Gold Coin Donation