27 September 2018 – Term 3  –  Week 10

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

Well, it has been a very busy 10 weeks, and I can hardly believe that they have flown by so quickly!  I hope everyone is able to take full advantage of the opportunity to re-charge over the holidays.  Term 4 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 students again on October 15th!

Kia tau te rangimārie,

Drew Manning (Principal)


Tomorrow (Friday, September 28th) is the last day of Term 3. We will be holding a special assembly to finish off the Term at 2:00pm on Friday afternoon. Parents, caregivers and whānau are most welcome!

To start our final Term of 2018 off right, we will be welcoming new students to the Allandale whānau with a pōwhiri beginning at 9:00am on Monday, Oct. 15th (the first day of next Term).  Again, all are most welcome!


To celebrate the end of an amazing Term, tomorrow Friday (28 Sept.) will be a mufti day. A gold coin donation is requested. All funds raised will go to support Education Outside the Classroom experiences for all of our tamariki.


Thanks to all who came out last week to help us celebrate Grandparents/Kaumatua Day and to join in the blessing ceremonies for Te Puna Taiao – our community oasis project.  The turnout from our community was overwhelming, and our tamariki were thrilled to be able to learn from and to share their learning with such a wonderful group.


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.

By strengthening relationships and creating more positive home and school environments the programme seeks to remove barriers to engagement and improve students’ chances to achieve at school and beyond.

PB4L is a long-term, systemic approach involving initiatives that include whole-school change, targeted group programmes, and individual student support services.

Throughout Term 4, it is our intention to share Allandale School’s PB4L journey thus far, and to outline our plans for the future well-being of our tamariki.


Softball and T-Ball are making a comeback in Whakatāne!  Our first “Have a Go” day for the new season last Sunday was a tremendous success, and we are pleased to announce that we have the numbers to make at least two teams at each age/skill level.

This Saturday, 29 September at 10:00am we will be joined by the Western Bay Softball Association as we hold our second “Have a Go” day at Rex Morpeth Park.  In addition to coaching, training and pick-up games at all levels, we will continue taking registrations the 2018/2019 season.

Sign-ups will be available for the following grades:

Under 8 – T-Ball

Under 10 – Slow-Pitch Softball (pitching machine)

Under 13 – Slow-Pitch Softball (pitching machine/pitcher)

Under 15 –Softball (pitcher)

Under 18 –Softball (pitcher)

Senior – Social Softball

Following Saturday’s event, there will be a final “Have a Go” and registration day on Sunday, 14 October at 1:00pm at Rex Morpeth Park.

T-Ball and Softball are free for all players this season!  Games will be played on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00-5:30 at venues throughout Whakatāne from Oct. 30th to Dec. 4th and then resuming for 6 weeks in February, 2019.


Just a final reminder that all students will be required to have a navy blue bucket hat or baseball cap at school at all times from the beginning of Term 4 through to the end of the year.

These hats may have an Allandale School logo on them, but no other colours or logos will be permitted.  From Monday, 15 October, students will be expected to have acceptable hats with them, 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.


This year Allandale School has seen an amazing flood of new entrant students to our Year 1 classrooms!  Thank you all for the faith and trust you place in us as staff of Allandale School!

If you or your family have a child turning five, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our Transition to School programme.  This programme generally starts about 4 weeks before a child’s 5th birthday and involves weekly visits with a carer to our new entrant classrooms.  This process serves to ease the child’s transition from Kōhanga, Kindergarten, or Early Childhood Centre to school, and gives the teacher time to familiarise them with the routines of the classroom so that they are more comfortable and happy on their first day.

If you have any questions, or are interested in taking advantage of our Transition to School for your child, please contact the school office.


September       28         Mufti Day – Gold coin donation

September       28         Last day Term 3

October            15         Term 4 starts