28 June 2018

 Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

Wow!  Term 2 has been a very busy one, and I can hardly believe that the weeks have flown by so quickly!  Next week will be the last week of the Term, and the holidays are just around the corner.

I have always found that holidays in schools come just when you need them most, so I hope everyone is able to take full advantage of the opportunity and re-charge.  The next Term holds new challenges and new opportunities for us all, and I am very enthusiastic about meeting them together.  I sincerely wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, and I look forward to seeing our tamariki again in Term 3!


Week 7, students of Allandale School participated in a wide variety of activities to celebrate Matariki — songs, stories, art, and drama. At the end of the week, we gathered as a kura to share all of the learning we have been doing around this important occasion. Tau kē, tamariki ma! Special thanks to Whāea Aroha and Whāea Cilla for organising this week for us!


In addition to the new staff joining the Allandale whānau in Room 13 and Room 5, Term 3 will also see us welcome a new face into Room 14!

Mrs. Sharon Theobald, classroom teacher of Māwhititi Room 14, has decided to take a year’s refreshment leave starting at the beginning of next Term.  She will still be in school from time to time in a guest teaching role, but during her leave Māwhitiwhiti 14 will be staffed by Julie Callagher.  Ms. Callagher is well known to the staff and students of Allandale School, and she is very excited to take on Mrs. Theobald’s class throughout the rest of the year.

While she is not leaving us, we will all miss seeing Mrs. T in school every day.  We wish her a happy and rejuvenating break, and look forward to having her back with us again next year.


Tomorrow (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.

SPORTS REPORT – by Ms Giordano

BOP Cross Country Competition

The 9 competitors who qualified for the BOP Cross Country Competition are in Kaharoa, Rotorua today. It has been a gruelling month for these highly trained endurance runners. They started this journey with the Allandale School Competition then on to Ohope Beach Interschools. Next was Woodlands School in Opotiki and finally Kaharoa. A huge effort and congratulations to all of you. Fingers are crossed for the following students – Phoebe & Sean Jones,  Oliver & Xavier Christie, Korbyn Watson, Tuihimareikura Apanui, Miley Whitely and Kaylee Lawlor.

EBOP Gymnastics

A troup of keen gymnasts walked to the Eastern Bay Gymnastics Club last Friday to compete against many other schools in the district. The golden swarm was clearly evident on the podium with our year 5 team earning themselves medals for 2nd place in the team’s event. Well done Ninni Hyotynen, Andie Martin and Lily Hayward. The year 3 and 4 boys’ team also took home medals coming 2nd in their event. Congratulations to Ezrah Ohlson, Luca Goodman and Ryan Baker.  Ezrah Ohlson also came 3rd in the individual competition with Luca Goodman close on his heels, coming 4th. Ninni Hyotynen came 3rd with Andie Martin 4th in the individual girl’s competition.

A great sporting month here at Allandale and watch this space, rugby is starting soon.  A huge thanks from me to all the very committed whanau of our tamariki who transport us and are there to support our children in their exciting sporting journey.  We could not do it without you. A special thanks to the Bluelight organiser Kevin Raynes. You made my life so much easier this very busy term. Arohanui. Janene Giordano


July      6          Last day Term 2

July      23         First day Term 3

TRIPLE TREAT DAY – 29th June 2018

This Friday is Triple Treat Day at Allandale School. We are fundraising for our Senior Team Camp to Tui Ridge Park next Term.

Junior Team Students

Rms 19, 18, 17, 16, 14, 13

Middle Team Students

Rms 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 6

Senior Team Students

Rms 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

For $3 you’ll get:

A sausage sizzle


A Disco

(12 – 12.30)

For $3 you’ll get:

A sausage sizzle


A Disco

(12 – 12.30)

For $3 you’ll get:

A sausage sizzle


A movie afternoon