23 May 2019  –  Term 2  –  Week 4

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

As we head into the middle of Term 2, things are getting very busy at Allandale School!  Next week will be an unusual one, with the national teacher strike taking place on Wednesday (May 29th), the launch of House Teams on Thursday (May 30th), and a town-wide Teacher Only Day on Friday (May 31st) going into the Queen’s Birthday weekend.  Parents and caregivers are asked to please keep an eye open for notices coming home over the next few days.


The Board of Trustees have decided to close Allandale School on Wednesday, May 29th as Teacher and Principal members of the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) have voted to strike.

This is not a decision that has been made lightly. Media conversation about the strike will be ongoing, and you will hear a range of perspectives. For our Teachers, this strike is not just about money. The Teachers will not be paid for the day of the strike, so there will be a direct impact on their own income and on their whānau.

Significant issues include:

  • A Teacher shortage. A lack of pay, long work hours, and a dramatic increase in paperwork and Ministry of Education requirements have resulted in many Teachers leaving the profession, 40% fewer enrolments in Teacher training programmes, and fewer relief Teachers available for schools.
  • A pay jolt. The Beginning Teacher salary for a primary school Teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching (3 year degree) is $47,980 per annum. Of interest – in 1979, Backbench MPs and Teachers both earned around $18,000. In 2018, the average Backbench MP earns $164,000, while the top Teacher scale is $78,000.
  • Time to teach and time to lead. For example, the provision of time for each school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). There is currently no release provided for a Teacher working in this role to meet with parents, undertake additional assessments, meet with outside agencies, and to support Teachers and children with modifications to regular classroom programmes.
  • Career pathways. To develop a range of clear pathways for Teachers to move into management.

We know that this strike will be inconvenient for parents and students alike. However, this is ultimately about putting the best people in front of every child, and having the support to provide every child with a quality education. We need the government to understand the important role that Teachers play in our country’s future. Aotearoa New Zealand requires quality Teachers to be working with all of our children.

We thank you for your support.


Next Friday (May 31st), Allandale School’s staff will be joining our colleagues from across the Whakatāne Community of Learning in a professional development conference being held at Trident High School.  For this reason, Allandale School will be closed for instruction all day. 

Thank you all for your co-operation, and enjoy this extra-long Queen’s Birthday weekend with your tamariki!


Thanks to all of our students, staff and whānau who wore pink last Friday in support of worldwide Pink Shirt Day.  By wearing a pink shirt, we identify ourselves as an ally and show that we recognise and celebrate our differences.  Particular thanks to all of the brave boys who stood up for themselves and others and donned their pink shirts on the day.  As one boy’s shirt read: “Real men wear pink!”


With nominations for the 2019 Board of Trustees election closing at mid-day tomorrow (Friday, 24 May), 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 election, you are encouraged to go to www.nzsta.org.nz for more information.  

Information about nominees and voting papers will be mailed out next week.  Voting closes at noon on Friday, 7 June 2019. 


This year, we are re-introducing School Houses back to Allandale School! This is intended to be a fun, team-building initiative that helps encourage positive behaviour and active participation in school events. All students will be able to earn house points by demonstrating our Allandale Kinds and participating in school events such as cross country, athletics, and cultural performances.

Of course, to help motivate us all, there is an element of competition to our School Houses. The House trophy will be awarded each term to the House with the most points. We will also hold termly House events and competitions such as Tug-o-War, Spelling bees and other fun activities.

Students have all been placed into a House. Their House will remain the same during their entire schooling at Allandale. We have also placed siblings into the same House. This enables whānau to dress up in House colours and actively support their children also.

We are launching our School Houses with our first event on Thursday 30th of May, starting at 11.30am. Students are asked to wear their House colours to school on this day in celebration. There will be prizes (extra house points) awarded for the best dressed and the House with the most colour. Please support your child’s active participation in this launch and you are most welcome to join us in launching our School Houses.

Our School House names and colours are detailed below. A pānui will be coming home with your child(ren) this week which highlights their assigned House.

House Name                       House Colour
Putauaki                                Pink
Tarawera                               Green
Moutohora                             Purple
Whakaari                               Orange

We look forward to seeing everyone in their House colours next Thursday 30 May.


Recent changes in the education sector have led to the establishment of Communities of Learning,where schools, early childhood and other educational institutes work together to improve educational outcomes for children within a community of learners.  

The Whakatane Community of Learners or Kahui Ako’ consists of the following schools; Allandale, Apanui, James Street, Nukuhou North, Ohope Beach, Paroa , St Joseph’s Whakatane, Trident, Whakatane High and Whakatane Intermediate; and also involves numerous early childhood centres.

The Whakatane Kahui Ako works with all member schools and organisations to ‘Enrich partnerships, grow capability and strengthen engagement for equitable outcomes and success for our community’.

In order that the Kahui Ako works from an evidence base, schools and organisations are sharing information, this includes attendance, student achievement and learning needs information.  Information shared is non-identifiable data and is used help determine patterns and trends across the community of learning in order to inform needs, supports, funding and possible professional development for schools.


Rippa Rugby is next Tuesday 28 May, postponement date 30 May.

We will be leaving the school hall for Kawerau at 8.15 sharp! Please make sure your child is here before 8.15 as we cannot wait!!

Thanks, Janene.


May        29           NZEI Teacher Strike Day

May        30           House colour launch

May        31           Teacher Only Day – School closed

June      3              Queens Birthday Holiday

July        5              Term 2 ends

July        22           Term 3 starts