Term 3, Week 3, 8 August 2019

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

As we come to the end of the third week of Term 3, students and teachers have made the shift back into their classroom routines.  This has been an exciting week, with Allandale students participating in local soccer, netball and rugby 7s tournaments, and making a trip to the Little Theatre to watch Thornton School’s wonderful production of “Shrek”.  We are all very enthusiastic about the coming weeks and can’t wait for all of the other exciting events just around the corner!

Kia tau te rangimārie,

Drew Manning (Principal)

IMMUNISATION RECORDS

With the number of measles cases in Aotearoa New Zealand on the rise, schools have been contacted by the Ministry of Education and the local District Health Board to ensure that our immunisation registers are up to date.

In the event that a student or staff member of the school is diagnosed with measles or other communicable disease, the school would follow instructions from the Chief Medical Officer of the Eastern Bay.  We have been advised that the likely outcome would be the stand down of all staff and students who have not been immunised or for whom we have no information until such time as symptoms would have a chance to show.  At the moment, we have incomplete immunisation information on almost 200 students.

We are asking that all parents, caregivers and whānau ensure that Allandale School has up-to-date immunisation information for your child(ren).  Earlier this week, a notice went home to the families of all students with unknown immunisation status.  Please note that New Zealand does not require immunisation in order to attend state schools.  We just need to ensure that our records are up to date in the event that we need to know.

If you have any questions about Allandale School’s immunisation policy, please contact the office.

KEEPING OURSELVES SAFE

Keeping Ourselves Safe is a comprehensive child protection programme developed for students at all levels of schooling.  This Term, in co-operation with the New Zealand Police, Allandale School will be delivering this programme to students at all levels of the school. 

Parents, whānau and caregivers of all Allandale students are encouraged to attend an information session in Te Kaitiaki o Mōtueka (the school hall) on Thursday 15th AUGUST starting at 2:45pm.

BREAD TAGS FOR WHEELCHAIRS NZ

Mrs Ferguson would like Allandale School to get behind her in supporting this cause. Please save your bread tags and put them in the container at the school office. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs has been recycling bread tags in South Africa since 2006. They currently collect about 500kg/month which funds 2/3 wheelchairs. For more information go to: nzbreadtags@xtra.co.nz or Facebook – Bread tags for wheelchairs NZ

WATTIE’S “CANS FOR GOOD” CAN DRIVE

With all of the wonderful bread and buns they have been supplying for our tamariki and whānau, Allandale School is excited to support Wattie’s “Cans for Good” as we help stock our local Salvation Army Foodbanks.

“Cans for Good” will be running through to the end of next week (August 16th).  During this time, tamariki are asked to please bring donations of canned goods in to the school office.  Together we can make a difference!

Last year Wattie’s Cans for Good collected 62,000 cans and Wattie’s generously donated additional cans taking the number to over 90,000. This significant contribution helps to make up food parcels for those Kiwis who need food assistance, dealing with New Zealand’s rising living costs.  Thanks to Allandale whānau for being The Community Kind!

National Day of Support for Principals

The teachers and support staff of Allandale are joining with their colleagues all over the country on 9 August to call on the government to give primary and intermediate principals a fair deal. And we need your support as we stand up for our principal, and all principals.

Teachers recently won pay parity with their secondary colleagues, because a teacher is a teacher, regardless of the age of their students. But the government refused to give primary and intermediate principals parity with principals of comparably sized secondary schools, or any support for growing workloads. In small schools, principals are doing a complex job but often without any extra support, and while teaching as well. And these principals are often paid less than some teachers in large schools.

We’re calling on the Government to do the right thing by principals. It’s only fair.

On 9 August, we’ll be putting up a display of work showing how much the children appreciate their principal. Please come in, check it out and show your support by signing the petition at www.change.org/p/we-back-the-principals 

An Acrostic Poem by Jaime, Kokako 5

Makes kids happy

RX8 driver

Mathematics genius

Awesome

Neat and tidy

Not mean

Ice hockey collector

Nice and peaceful

Graceful

SPORTS REPORT

TOUCH RUGBY Teams are being put together this weekend.  Registrations & payment are due in NOW.

EBOP  7’s Competition

One of the most rewarding and successful days I have seen in sports for years at Allandale. The tamariki in the 6 teams played in 3 sports, football, netball and rugby. The attitudes of the children, teamwork and drive to succeed was amazing to watch. A huge thank you to all the parents who helped on the day. 

Football: The senior and middle school football teams both endured up to 8 games over the day. They went through the first round and the semi-finals unbeaten, to lose by only 1 goal in the finals coming out with second place in the championship. 

Rugby: The senior team won the plate final which was a great result. Thanks to Trent and Jason for coaching.

Netball: As part of the EBOP 7s tournament, Allandale School had two netball teams participate down at the Nita Shannon netball courts. Both teams had lots of fun and worked extremely hard, playing a total of seven games. The Yr 3&4 team came away winning the

Championship and the Yr 5&6 team came away winning the Plate. This is an excellent achievement for both teams and we are very proud of their efforts. 

Year 5 & 6 Netball Team:                                                                             

Taylah Biddle, Asaiah King-Hazel, Alieta Whaanga, Miley Whitley, Tasmin Clay, Dekotta Henderson, Jeaneda Ohlson, Rony Rangihuea-Akuhata                                        

Year 3 & 4 Netball Team:      

Kayleigh Morris, Alyssa Taipeti, Mariekura Wirangi-Williams              Jaymii-Lee Moeke, Ngahipora Epiha-Aupouri, Riley-Breeze Clay, Pititi Savage