24 May 2018  – Term 2 – Week 4

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

As we near the mid-point 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.


With the repeal of National Standards comes a change in the way schools report to parents, caregivers and whānau.  Instead of reporting on student achievement in relation to National Standards on anniversaries of the dates children started school, we are now reporting on student progress at regular intervals.

On Friday, June 29th and again at the end of the year, all Allandale families will receive a written report on the progress that your children have made since the beginning of the year.  These reports will focus on the steps that they have achieved in Numeracy and Literacy, and on the progress they have made in all other areas of the curriculum, including Key Competencies like Managing Self, Relating to Others, and Critical Thinking.  Parents of 5-year olds who have just started school will also receive a written report on how your child has transitioned into their new classroom after their first Term.

At least twice during the year, classroom teachers will also be in touch with whānau to arrange convenient times to sit down and discuss the progress your tamariki have made, their next steps, and how you can help at home.  These meetings are in addition to all of the regular contact classroom teachers make throughout the year.

Despite the repeal of National Standards, Allandale School still has benchmarks for progress and achievement.  Instead of focusing on whether or not students have met that benchmark, however, we are now focused on next steps for all of our children, and on ensuring that everyone makes steady progress throughout the year.  For more information on this shift in priority, you are encouraged to speak with your child’s teacher.

Whakangahau Kapahaka Roopu

Student voice from Kōkako 6

I like kapahaka because my friends are there to support me every time I get shy.  I like leading the haka!

Kaziah O’Brien Lawson

I like kapahaka because my mum used to do Kapahaka. I can’t wait to go to the Rangitaiki Festival. By Navarah Almond-Mataafa

We start kapahaka with a karakia and we learn Te Reo Maori me nga waiata. By Kayleigh-Rose Morris

I am learning to be a confident leader in front of the group.  I say “kia mau, ki raro, kia mau!” By Manaia Fell


May       29          EBOP World Cup Rippa Rugby at Tarawera Park, Kawerau

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

June      4            Queen’s birthday holiday

June      7            Senior Cross Country – pp date Friday 8 June


The year 1 and 2 team are excited about providing our tamariki with lots of fun things to explore and play with in our classrooms and the playground. We are hoping that some things you have lying around at home, that you are no longer using, could be used at school to help create wonderful learning opportunities for children as they play. We have compiled a list of the types of items we would love to have.

Tyres, ropes, buckets, sheets, bamboo poles ,bicycle Inner tubes, material, pots and pans, cooking utensils, baking and muffin trays, cake tins, teapots, cups and saucers ,stones/pebbles, cardboard tubes, pegs, cardboard boxes/small and large, crates, wood cut offs, wool, string, hoses ,marbles, cable reels, sponges, plastic cups, milk crates, plastic spouting, tubes, buttons, old sinks, wooden pallets, wooden planks, toy cars, tools-screwdrivers, hand drills, screws, nuts and bolts, nails, scarves, hats, handbags,

If you think you have something we could use but aren’t sure, leave a message at the office or see Wendy or Andrea in rooms 19 and 17. Thank you. 

SPORTS REPORT – From Ms. Giordano


The 6th and 7th grade players have been having great fun every Saturday morning at Warren Park. They are learning new skills and meeting lots of new friends within their teams. In the 7th Grade Kupai displayed a flare for attacking and Mahu was a fantastic defender which created some great games.

The 8th Grade played an tough game losing 3-2 with a few very unlucky goals. Ryvil Pickford was player of the day showing great footwork.


The middle school hockey team had a fantastic win on Saturday against Apanui Strikers. Ashlee Richards was the player of the day. Congratulations to you all.

The senior hockey team were courageous in defeat against Ohope Mako’s. Zac Mather was exceptionally good at keeping calm and working really hard, using all his skills under extreme pressure. Well done team!


EBOP Rippa Rugby competition is next Tuesday at Tarawera Park in Kawerau. Thanks to all the parents who are helping with transport.  Our three participating teams really appreciate it.


Well done to all our tamariki who are training hard for the cross country events. Middle school is next Thursday so remember   ‘Never Give Up!’   is our motto and parents please see your teachers if you are able to help on the day.

Thanks again, Janene Giordano.


EBOP Tri & Multisport Club holds its monthly events on the first Sunday of each month.  Our next one is Sunday 3rd June and over the winter months it is a duathlon which is run, bike, run.  We cater for all ages from tiny tots right thru to adults, with varied distances for the ages groups.  For non members it is $4.00 for kids and $7.00 for adults. Start times are for kids 10.00am with everyone to be registered by 9.45am no later and for adults 11am start and to be registered by 10.45am no later. Come along and have a go.  It is all about participation and giving it a go and having fun.  On crossing the finishing line the kids are given a little treat. Everybody is a winner for just starting and finishing.

For any more info please contact Tracy Sisson at deanandtracy@xtra.co.nz.  We look forward to seeing you there.