17 May 2018  –  Term 2  –  Week 3

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

As we head into the fourth week of Term 2, things are getting very busy at Allandale School!  Upcoming events include the Rippa Rugby World Cup, Cross Country competitions, our Matariki celebrations, and much more.  Parents and caregivers are asked to please keep an eye open for notices and permission slips coming home over the next few weeks.


Tomorrow (Friday, May 18th), Allandale School invites our students and staff to join schools around the world and wear a pink shirt in place of their Allandale gold in support of Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt Day began in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. A group of students stood up to defend a kid who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and Pink Shirt Day was born. By wearing a pink shirt, we identify ourselves as an ally. The pink shirt is a way of showing those being bullied that there are many people around who care.

Please note that Pink Shirt Day is not a mufti day, and that no gold coin donation is required. Students who choose not to wear a pink shirt are expected to come to school in uniform.


Last Friday’s tree planting event was a huge success! Every student in the school got involved in transporting the trees, digging the holes, putting the trees in the holes, and moving the mulch!  As a result of the day’s efforts, Allandale School is now home to fourteen new Pohutukawa trees and one maple tree. The impact on our back field is already noticeable!

This event is the first step in 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/.

Once again, a huge thank you to Geoff Canham of Tauranga for his kind donation of the trees, to Anderson Tree Services for their donation of mulch, 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! Thanks also to all the parents and whānau who came out to help today, especially the young men who brought some much-needed muscle: Kaiarahi, Jackson, Ford, and Christian.


On Monday, our School Leaders travelled to Hamilton to attend the National Young Leaders Conference with more than 2000 other school students. It was a very inspiring day. We heard key leadership lessons from a range of New Zealand Leaders. Guest Speakers were Amanda Wilson (from Keeping up with the Kaimanawas), Lisa Tamati (an Ultra-Marathon Runner), Jono Naylor (Ex-Mayor of Palmerston North and Ex-Member of Parliament), Riley Hathaway (Co-creator of Young Ocean Explorers Website), Vince Harder (A Singer and Dancer) and Willie Wairua  (An entertainer).

The key message for the day was: Me Whakaaro Rangatira – Think Like a Leader. We cannot wait to implement our new learning from the conference here at school.

The hall was HUMONGOUS.Thousands of children waiting to be inspired by inspirational speakers. The speakers talked about  their lives and how they became amazing leaders. My favourite speaker was Riley Hathaway. She talked about keeping our environment clean and tidy and if everyone in our country picked up one piece of rubbish a day then 4.5 million pieces would  be gone everyday. That inspired me to pick up more rubbish to keep sea life safe from harm and have a cleaner ocean and land.

By Stella Hunter-Keno          

My favourite speaker was Amanda Wilson .She was inspiring. Her speech was about me (kupu maori) – you can .She talked about her childhood and how she grew up. When she was little she was very poor and had nothing, but, she always kept aiming high and aspiring to reach her goals. Listening to Amanda, I learnt that it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t have, you can achieve anything if you never give up.

By Kaedyn Thrupp


The staff of Allandale School would like to thank all of our parents, caregivers, and whānau who are coming out after school and on Saturday mornings to support their children during our winter sports season!  It is absolutely awesome to see so many mums, dads, aunties, uncles, nannies and koros cheering their young sportsmen and women.  Tūmeke, te whānau!

 SPORTS REPORT – From Ms. Giordano


Allandale’s Senior Hockey team had an amazing day last Saturday winning 10-0 against Ohope Beach School. Well done people. The two wings, Zac Mather and Oliver Christie, did a great job working their positions.

The middle school team played Awakeri Attack and lost 3-2 in a nail bitter. Lucy Cleghorn was player of the day getting both goals. Well done.


7th grade Foxy Fox had a great Saturday with massive improvement seen by the coach. Most of these players are first timers to the game (including the coach, Colin Rampling) and their confidence and soccer skills are really improving. Kupai Jones and Kayleigh-Rose Morris were players of the day.

The 8th Grade Strikers lost 2-0 against the very professional St Josephs, however the Allandale team played well, showing off their really positive attitudes, so well done you guys and keep up the great work.


On Monday two senior basketball team played two games. Allandale All Stars played against Seventh Day Adventist and lost 10-2. The our Motueka team played Matata and lost 12-2. Basketball is a great game and our Y5 & Y6 students are beginning to learn the skills of dribbling, shooting and the indoor basketball rules.

The Draw is out for the Term and all Basketball players should have their own copy.

Next week we are playing 3.45pm Motueka v Seventh Day Adventist and 4.00pm Allandale All Stars v Waimana

 GIRLS RUGBY 7’s FUTURE FERNS is this Friday at Rex Morpeth Park.


Allandale Aces Year 3/4  8:15 – 9:30      Allandale Motueka Year 5/6  Round 2 9:45        Allandale Matariki Year 5/6 Round 3 10:30


Cross Country is coming up soon, so whanau please see your children’s teachers if you are able to help on the practise day or the event day. We Need Your Help!

Senior Cross Country is on Thursday 7th June with pp date Friday 8th June

Middle School Cross Country is Thursday the 31st May with pp date of 1st June at 11.00 -12.30. The practise run will be on Tuesday the 29th May, weather permitting. Kids get training – Remember… Never Give Up!


The Rangitaiki Kapa Haka (Primary/Intermediate) Festival is fast approaching and to date we have a lot of tamariki who have shown an interest in performing at this significant event.  Therefore we will be holding a Hui (meeting) for all parents of children who are in the Novice (Yr 5/6) and Whakangahau (Yr 2-4) groups on Monday the 21st of May in Te Kaitiaki ō Motueka (School Hall), commencing at 5pm.

Nā reira nau mai, haere mai ki te tautoko te kaupapa tino whakahirahira mo a tātou kura.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Ngā pouako o ngā rōpu kapa haka


May        18           Girls Rugby 7’s Future Ferns

May        24           EPRO8 Competition in Rotorua

May        31           Middle School Cross Country 11.00 – 12.30 (pp date 1 June)

June      7              Senior Cross Country (pp date Friday 8 June)

Morning Road Patrol Volunteers – Urgently needed to help our students cross the road safely. Are you able to help out on ONE morning a week?    8.10am    –    8.40am.     Please contact the school office on 3087645 – your help will be greatly appreciated.