21 June 2018  –  Term 2  –  Week 8

 Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

As we move into the last two weeks of the second term, the weather has grown colder and wetter.  At this time of year winter illnesses start to present themselves, so staying warm and getting a good night’s sleep becomes very important.

The past week has seen Allandale School well-represented at the Eastern Bay Cross-Country meet in Ōpōtiki.  Congratulations to all of our runners and thanks to our supporters for a very successful day!

 TE PUNA TAIAO – THE COMMUNITY OASIS PROJECT

Allandale School is thrilled to announce that funding has been secured for this exciting new initiative!  Last Friday, the NZ Lotteries Community Facilities Fund awarded our school with $560,000 to support the development of the school environment for the benefit of our students and our community.  Combined with contributions by the Ministry of Education, the Board of Trustees of the school, local supporters and family donations, nearly $1 million in developments are now able to proceed!

Taiao, which translates to ‘the natural world’ or ‘environment’ in te Reo Māori, is a project that aims to transform Allandale School’s outdoor areas into a place that is both a fantastic outdoor learning environment for our tamariki during school-time, and a beautiful enriched playground and gardens for the Kopeopeo community outside of school hours.

Te Puna Taiao will create a whānau-friendly space where there is something for everyone to enjoy, irrespective of age, ability or interest.  Highlights include community gardens, areas for picnics and family gatherings, twin flying foxes, tree house play areas, a performance space, and themed areas specially designed to stimulate little brains.

With funding secured, work will begin as soon as possible on this exciting project!  Everyone is also invited to visit Te Puna Taiao’s information page on the school’s website under the Our School tab, or at allandale.school.nz/our-school/te-puna-taiao/.

STAFFING

The end of each Term is always a time of change in a school, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the contributions of two of our staff members who are leaving us, and to welcome some new staff to Allandale School.

Sadly, we will soon be saying an emotional farewell to Whāea Ngamihi Moses, who will be resigning from her position as classroom teacher in Kauri Room 5 at the end of next week.  Whāea Ngamihi has decided to accept a teaching position at Whakatāne Intermediate School which will allow her to continue to share her considerable talents with our tamariki as they progress into Year 7 and 8.

We also bid farewell to Mrs. Carol Guffey who will be resigning from her position as classroom teacher in Kapokapowai Room 13 at the end of the Term.  Mrs. Guffey has decided to extend her repertoire of international teaching experience and has accepted a role – along with her husband – at a school in China.

While we will miss both of these outstanding teachers desperately, we are all very proud of Whāea Ngamihi and Mrs. Guffey for taking these next steps in their lives, and we know that they will be amazing assets to their new schools and their new students.

We are pleased to welcome Whāea Te Rumate Mahutoto, a passionate new teacher who is already well-known to the staff and students of the school.  Whāea Te Rumate has kindly agreed to take on Kauri Room 5 for the rest of the year.  We are pleased to welcome Ms. Jo Collyer, a highly experienced classroom teacher who is relocating from Whangarei to join our team.  Ms. Collyer will be putting her skills and knowledge to work in Kapokapowai Room 13 for the rest of the year.

There will be a farewell for Mrs. Carol Guffey and Whāea Ngamihi Moses here at Allandale School at 2:00pm tomorrow afternoon (Friday, 22nd June).  Over their many years with the school, Mrs. Guffey and Whāea Ngamihi have helped to establish the foundation for countless students, and all parents and whānau are welcome to come out and help us celebrate their contributions to Allandale School and our community!

On behalf of our students, staff and whānau, I would like to thank both Whāea Ngamihi and Mrs. Guffey for their hard work and dedication to the students of Allandale School, and to wish them the very best as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us at Allandale School, Term 3 holds new challenges and new opportunities for us all, and I am very enthusiastic about meeting them together.

NZEI TEACHERS’ UNION MEETING

Next Wednesday (June 27th), Allandale School’s teaching staff members of NZEI (New Zealand Education Institute unions) will be attending a union meeting.  For this reason, we are asking all parents, caregivers and whānau to please arrange to pick their child up from school at lunchtime (12:30pm).

As an employer, the Board of Trustees is obligated to allow all members to attend this meeting.  This will mean that there will not be sufficient staff at school to permit instruction to continue as usual.

Please arrange to have your tamariki picked up from school by 12:30pm on Wednesday, June 27thThank you for your co-operation.

REPORTING TO PARENTS AND WHĀNAU

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.  For more information, you are encouraged to speak with your child’s teacher.

UPDATING CONTACT INFORMATION

It is vital that the school is able to contact the parents, caregivers and whānau of each of our students in the event of an emergency.  We ask that all Allandale families please get in touch with the school office on (07) 308-7645 or at learnalot@allandale.school.nz to update contact information for your child(ren).  Thank you!

SPORTS REPORT – by Ms Giordano

On Tuesday some of our students travelled to Woodlands Opotiki and competed in the Eastern Bay of Plenty cross country.

These children qualified for the Bay of Plenty cross country to be held at Kaharoa next Tuesday 26 June.

Places in each of their different age groups were –

Oliver Christie  1st          Sean Jones  3rd             Xavier Christie   4th        Phoebe Jones  8th

Tuihimareikura Apanui   8th         Miley Whitley  10th          Korbyn Watson    10th     Kaylee Lowler    10th

Congratulations, well done.

EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY GYMNASTICS

Tomorrow Friday 22 the Eastern Bay of Plenty Gymnastics are being held at the Gymnastics Club in Lovelock Street.

Times for each group of students participating are as listed.

8.00am             Year 3, 4 & 5  Girls                                  11.30am         Year 1 & 2                                  1.00pm             Year 3, 4 & 5  Boys      Year 6 Girls                            

COMING EVENTS

June     22         Gymnastics Competition

June     26         Year 1 & 2 Parent Interviews

June     26         Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

June     26         BOP Cross country at Kaharoa

June     27         NZEI Teacher’s Union Meeting — School closes at 12.30pm

June     28         Year 1 & 2 Parent Interviews

 July      6          Last day Term 2

July     23         First day Term 3

SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Tomorrow $1.50 each — Order in you classroom

COMMUNITY NOTICE

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Ages:               7 to 12 years    When:  9  –  13 July 2018                          

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