10 May 2018  –  Term 2  –  Week 2

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

While Allandale School’s welcoming pōwhiri, and the kick off of Winter Sports have gotten Term 2 off to a busy start, classroom routines are returning to normal and students are making the most of their learning time once again.

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 tomorrow (Friday, May 11th).  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 so that they can take their Pohutukawa sapling home with them.

RoboPā Robotics Challenge

Recently we held our robotics scrimmage where students competed in robotics challenges to earn a place in this year’s Regional RoboPā technology challenge.

Students had to build their robots from scratch and in teams of four, completed a range of activities to show how well their robot could move, lift and place objects under strict timeframes.

A group of students from Years 5 and 6 have been learning about robotics under the guidance of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi staff – Thomas Mitai, Raha Mitai and Rochelle Rapana. Through their initiative, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi have generously enabled schools across the country to learn more about robotics through their RoboPā program which is encouraging students to become involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Professor John Clayton is the mastermind behind this initiative and his vision to see students become engaged in this area has been an incredible success. Recently our school, along with with Te Kura o Ōrini collaborated to extend learning and understanding, not only in robotics, but in the use of te reo Māori in this area. Next week we will have the opportunity to join Te Kura o Ōrini in their robotics scrimmage.

Congratulations must go to our two top teams on the night that will represent Allandale School later on this year.

1st Place – Tearing Tigers: Jahden, Jeaneda, Isaiah, Terina

2nd Place – Slippery Snakes: Riki, Kaedyn, Orayah, Ika

It was and continues to be a fantastic opportunity for our tamariki to grow and enjoy success.

Ngā mihi nui ki a Matua Thomas, Matua Raha and Whaea Rochelle.

SPORTS REPORT – From Ms. Giordano


Draw for Saturday 12th May.

Year 3 and 4                 –           8.15 – 9.30am

Allandale Motueka         –           9.45am

Allandale Matariki          –           10.30am

Allandale Motueka on toilet duty from 9.45 – 10.30am


A fantastic day of football was had last weekend with 3 Allandale teams participating in the Bay Day Competition. Smiles and laughter was everywhere. Thanks so much to all the fantastic whanau who came along to support our tamariki. Without you this day would not be so successful. A special thanks to our coaches Paul Kirby, Colin Rampling and Max MacKay.

This weekend the 6th grade Ninjas and the 7th grade Foxy Feet are playing at Warren Park beside the hockey turf.

Play begins at 10.00 so please be there at 9.30 to have a practice.

The 8th Grade are playing at St Josephs at 9.00. Please be at the St Jo’s field at 8.30 sharp for practice.


Hockey kicked off the season with a mini tournament last week with both the senior and middle school teams playing with skill in the 4 games. Both teams had many successes on the day, so well done children and thanks to parents for your support and coach’s Fran Van Alphen and Eden Anderson for your commitment.

Please make sure you have your fees paid to the office as invoices will be sent out next week if fees are not paid.

Rippa Rugby and Gymnastics registrations are due in to the office please.

Our tamariki are in training for the cross country events this term so please encourage them to NEVER GIVE UP!


May 10         EPRO8 Challenge                                           

May 14         Young Leaders Day – Hamilton

May 15         Board of Trustees Meeting

 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.

My child isn’t finding spelling easy  –  Free Information Meeting

Visual imaging learning strategy  

Learn about the brain and how a visual spelling strategy can help children with spelling, writing, comprehension and recall

Presenter: Andrea O’Hagan, M.Ed., Educational Coach and Change Agent

Apanui School Staffroom        –      Tuesday May 15th, 7 – 8.30 p.m.

Phone Andrea 307 9085 or 027 711 2072 to register