4 May 2018 – 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 sincerely hope that all Allandale family, friends and whānau had a safe and happy holiday. With winter sports, Matariki celebrations, and much more coming up over the next ten weeks, this is shaping up to be a very busy Term at Allandale.  And as with any challenge, it also brings new opportunities for our students, our staff, and our community.  I am really looking forward to taking advantage of these opportunities and continuing to grow our fantastic school!

The start of a new Term is a good time to share important information with our new families, and remind whānau of how they can best support Allandale School in your child’s learning partnership.

We ask that you please ensure:

  • that your child has correct school uniform – our blue and gold is a source of pride, and is compulsory at Allandale School;
  • that, if your child/ren are going to be absent from school for any reason, you please phone 3087645 and report the absence on the answer phone before 9:00am – alternatively, you can text the school on 021 02501768;
  • that your child has breakfast every school morning – remember we do have a breakfast club available;
  • that your child has a healthy snack for morning tea (from 10.30 – 10.40am) each morning children have ‘brain food’ in their classrooms – if they forget their morning tea, classroom teachers have snacks available supplied by Kids Can Trust and the Fruit in Schools programme);
  • that your child has water to drink at school (1/3 fill a drink bottle and put it in the freezer over night for a refreshing drink the next day). We have chilled water available from the Central Wonderland drinking fountain;
  • that the school has correct, up-to- date contact information;
  • that your child has a healthy lunch and a bag or lunch box to carry it in (a bread bag or ice cream container is just fine);
  • that, if you require the school to medicate your child/children, the appropriate authorising form is completed at the office so that office staff can administer;
    and just a reminder that there is a:
  • Staff meeting Tuesday after school. Teachers will not be available at this time to meet at this time;
  • Leadership team meeting Monday after school, involving Mrs Tania Doherty, Mrs Adrianne McAllister, Mrs Ashton Thrupp, Ms Wendy Adamson, Ms Katrina Black, and the principal, 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.

Planting Day!
Allandale School has been the recipient of a very generous donation of trees! Over the holidays, a shipment of 15 mature trees and 400 Pohutukawa saplings arrived at the school as a contribution to our Te Puna Taiao – Community Oasis project. This project intends to transform our outdoor environment into an engaging and exciting place for students and the whole community. More information on this initiative can be found on the school’s website: https://allandale.school.nz/our-school/te- puna-taiao/.

A huge thank you to Geoff Canham of Tauranga for his kind donation of the trees, to Dave Fretwell of Metal Solutions BOP Ltd. on White Pine Bush Road in Awakeri for donating the freight and transport, and to Matt and Dennis for giving their time to pick up and deliver everything!

In order to ensure that everyone can participate in our first steps towards Te Puna Taiao, Allandale School will be holding a planting day next Friday (May 11 th ). Students from all classes will be responsible for planting one of the mature trees, and each student will be able to bring home a Pohutukawa sapling to plant and care for. Whānau are welcome to come along at 11:00am to help out!

In order to ensure that everyone is able to participate, Planting Day – Friday, May 11th – will be a mufti day (at no charge). Students are also asked to please bring in 2 plastic bags before the day so that they can take their Pohutukawa sapling home with them.

Sore Throats
If a child has a sore throat, please get it checked every time! Streptococcal A (strep throat) can go on to cause Rheumatic Fever, which can be life-threatening, and have a permanent, life-long impact on your child.
Free throat swabbing is available at Adamson’s Pharmacy and Kope Pharmacy on King Street, Kopeopeo or contact the Rheumatic Fever team on (021) 897 093 / (021) 849 523 or (07) 306-2344.

Lateness and Absenteeism
A reminder to families that at Allandale School, our classes begin at 8:45am.  Parents, caregivers and whānau are strongly encouraged to please ensure that your children are at school on time and ready to learn.  Students arriving after 8:45 create a disruption for teachers and the other students in the class.  Students arriving late are also missing out on socialization time with their friends before classes begin and, more importantly, are missing out on what has been proven to be some of the most valuable learning time of the day.  Thank you for your co-operation.

A further reminder to families of our Junior classes: attendance every day is an expectation at Allandale School.  It is a common misconception that school is not compulsory until a child turns 6 years of age.  This is not the case.  While a child does not have to be enrolled at school until they are 6, as soon as a child is enrolled (even 5 year olds) their attendance is compulsory.  Regular attendance, particularly in the first few years of school, is closely tied to a student’s long-term success at school.  Once again, thank you for your co-operation.

SPORTS REPORT – From Ms. Giordano
Bay Day starts the soccer season this Saturday with a mini tournament. If your child is in the 8th Grade they will be playing at Rex Morpeth Park and is expected to be outside the soccer clubrooms at 8.30am.
If your child is in 6th and 7th grade your child is playing at the Athletics Fields beside the Aquatic Centre and will need to be there at 9.30am.

Hockey begins this Saturday at the Hockey Turf on Eivers Road.  The middle school team is to meet at 8.30am and the seniors meet at 11.30am.

This term Cross Country is the focus in sport so get training and remember Never Give Up.

EBOP Rippa Rugby Competition is on the 29th of May with a pp date of 31st May. Please get your registration forms in a.s.a.p. as we will be taking the first children to register.

EBOP Gymnastics competition is on the 22nd June, entry forms are due back Friday the 11th May. The cost of this competition is $5.00 per child.

Sports uniforms will be handed out and MUST BE returned to Mrs G – not the office or other staff.

NETBALL DRAW: Saturday 5 th May
Year 1 / 2 8.15 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Allandale Motueka 9.45 a.m.
Allandale Matariki 10.30 a.m.

May 9       Rm 13, 18 and 19 trip to Rose Gardens – 10.30 – 12.30
May 10     Rm 14, 16 and 17 trip to Rose Gardens – 10.30 – 12.30
May 10     EPRO8 Challenge (5-7pm)
May 14     Young Leaders Day – Hamilton
May 15     Board of Trustees Meeting