31 May 2018 – Term 2: Week 5

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

With five weeks remaining in Term 2 and the first day of winter upon us, Allandale School is keeping warm with a variety of activities!  Our students in the Middle and Senior teams have been very busy with Cross-Country training and competitions.  Other upcoming events include the Rippa Rugby World Cup, 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, June 1st), Allandale School will become a place where wishes come true!  Students are invited to dress up as whatever they wish to be, and bring along a gold coin so the Make a Wish Foundation can fulfill the 200 magical wishes they will be granting this year to local children living with critical illnesses.


One of the primary external agencies that Allandale School relies on to assist our students and their families is the Social Workers in Schools programme provided by Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa.  We are pleased to welcome a new member to the SWIS team, Yvonne McLean.  Yvonne has over 20 years of experience as a social worker which has been varied and extensive, and we are pleased to have access to her skills!

The vision of the Social Workers in Schools service is to “enhance life outcomes for children whose social and family circumstances place at risk their chances of achieving good education, social and health outcomes.”

The SWIS Service operates under these core values:

  • Children have a right to have their wellbeing and safety protected and promoted to achieve their full potential.
  • The existing strengths within families/whānau are acknowledged and enhanced though the application of a strengths-based practice social work philosophy.
  • The wellbeing and safety of children is a responsibility to be shared by the entire community, including parents, extended family/whānau, and the school.

Allandale’s Social Workers in Schools work in partnership with children and families/whānau in a voluntary (non-statutory) relationship which respects the right of each family/whānau to participate fully in all aspects of service delivery.

If you would like more information about the Social Workers in Schools programme, please contact the school office or your child’s teacher.


Allandale School is desperately in need of parent and whānau help with our Road Patrol programme. Our Year 6 Road Patrollers are a key part of Allandale School’s Safe Arrivals system, but we require adult supervision at the crossings before and after school.  Without the support of our parents and whānau we will be unable to continue to ensure our children can cross the busy streets around the school safely.  If you are able to give a few minutes of your time even once a week, your assistance would be most appreciated!  Anyone interested in assisting is asked to please contact Teresa Hoefsloot through the school office.  Thank you!


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.

Sports Reports

SOCCER   – We have had so many eager soccer stars this year that we have now entered a second 7th grade team, so now we have the Allandale Kickers and the Allandale Foxes. Both teams had a great morning of soccer with parents and children all really enjoying the game. Jack Bonne was the Player of the day for the Foxes and Quinn Howard was the Player of the day for the Kickers. The 8th grade Strikers had their first big win this week against Ohope Beach 7-5. The children showed great determination with Ezrah Ohlson being the Player of the day.


The middle school hockey team had a tough game against Apanui drawing 2-2. Phoebe Jones being the Player of the day.


Allandale travelled to Tarawera Park in Kawerau this week with 2 senior teams and 1 middle school team representing our school. Both the middle school and one of the senior teams qualified through to the next round which will be played in Paengaroa on the 13th June. The 2nd senior team were placed in the plate division and then made the final to place 2nd. A fabulous day out with fantastic results. THANKS to all the whanau who came to support us with transport and cheerleading. A special thanks to Claire House who took on the management of the middle school team on the day and also for the fabulous Photos.

Our teams played brilliantly at Kawerau on Tuesday – focus, skill, teamwork and great sportspersonship on show. 

I especially loved how the senior team would check in with our middle school team about their games and encourage them. 

I was with the middle school team for the day which was fabulous and they are understandably very excited about getting through to the next round (I’m pretty sure they’re all planning their trip to Wellington already!).    Claire House


Good luck to all the middle school this Thursday, who will be running the Cross Country around Sullivan’s Lake. I’m sure all the training will pay off. 🙂