18 October 2018  –  Term 4  –  Week 1

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

Nau mai, haere mai ki te wāhanga tuawhā o te tau rua mano tekau mā waru!

Unbelievable as it is, we are into the last 9 weeks of school for 2018. Spring is a time for growth, and strawberries and flowers aren’t the only things growing around the kura. Work on the flying fox and netball court elements of Te Puna Taiao have commenced over the holidays, and our Community Garden is almost complete!  In addition, we have also welcomed a number of new students to Allandale School!

So welcome to our new students, new whānau, and to welcome back koutou katoa!

 POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING

In 2016, Allandale School joined hundreds of primary, intermediate and secondary schools across New Zealand in the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme.  Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau, teachers and schools address problem behaviour, improve children’s well-being, and increase educational achievement.

PB4L is a tiered approach to creating a positive and healthy school culture.  The first tier involves developing a consistent set of behavioural expectations across the school.

The expectation we have put in place across the school is to be an “Allandale Kind of Kid”.  An Allandale Kind of Kid is:

  • Kind to Myself
  • Kind to Others
  • Kind to the Environment
  • The Learning Kind
  • The Achieving Kind
  • The Community Kind

In order to ensure that there is a consistent understanding of these values, teachers spend time modelling and unpacking them with students, and one kaupapa is selected as a focus for each week.  All of our tamariki strive to be an Allandale Kind of Kid!

SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL

How can we work together to ensure our tamariki have SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL? The Whakatāne District Council would like to hear your feedback on how they can support SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL. Fill in the link here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WhakataneTravel  and your child’s class could be in to win a pool party!

SUNSMART

With spring upon us, this is just a reminder that all students are required to have a navy blue bucket hat or baseball cap at school at all times.

These hats may have an Allandale School logo on them, but no other colours or logos will be permitted.  Students are now expected to have acceptable hats with them throughout Terms 1 and 4, and will not be permitted to wear hats that do not match the uniform.  If students do not have acceptable hats, they will be directed to the shaded areas, where they will remain until the end of play time.

NON-SMOKING

Just a reminder that the Ministry of Education requires all school activities to be smoke-free.  This includes events that take place outside of the school (sports, camps, class trips, etc), and also includes transport to and from these activities.  Allandale whānau are reminded to please refrain from smoking around students at school events, and in cars when transporting our tamariki.  Thank you!

 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!

SORE THROATS

If a child has a sore throat, please get it checked every time!  Streptococcal A (strep throat) can go on to cause Rheumatic Fever, which can be life-threatening, and have a permanent, life-long impact on your child.

Free throat swabbing is available at Adamson’s Pharmacy and Kope Pharmacy on King Street, Kopeopeo or contact the Rheumatic Fever team on (021) 897 093 / (021) 849 523 or (07) 306-2344.

 LATENESS AND ABSENTEEISM

A reminder to families that at Allandale School, our classes begin at 8:45am.  Parents, caregivers and whānau are strongly encouraged to please ensure that your children are at school on time and ready to learn.  Students arriving after 8:45 create a disruption for teachers and the other students in the class.  Students arriving late are also missing out on socialization time with their friends before classes begin and, more importantly, are missing out on what has been proven to be some of the most valuable learning time of the day.  Thank you for your co-operation.

A further reminder to families of our Junior classes: attendance every day is an expectation at Allandale School.  It is a common misconception that school is not compulsory until a child turns 6 years of age.  This is not the case.  While a child does not have to be enrolled at school until they are 6, as soon as a child is enrolled (even 5 year olds) their attendance is compulsory.  Regular attendance, particularly in the first few years of school, is closely tied to a student’s long-term success at school.  Once again, thank you for your co-operation.

Upcoming Events

October            29-30    School Leaders Trips

November        9          Senior School Athletics

November        12         Postponement Date for Senior School Athletics

December        3          End of Year Prizegiving

December        14         Last day Term 4 

THE LIGHT PARTY

A fun, local community event on the night of 31 October  from 5.30 – 7.45pm, Games, prizes, local entertainers, food, bouncy castles, dress-ups, fun, fun, fun! This year the LIGHT PARTY is to be held at the Whakatane War Memorial Hall.

Gold Coin Entry – Free Food for Children.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Every Friday the school has a Sausage Sizzle. Student’s orders are taken in the classroom.  Cost $1.50 each.