29 August 2019  –  Term 3  –  Week 6

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

With the first day of Spring just around the corner, we are hopeful that it will bring some warmer weather with it as the coming weeks continue to be very busy.  Tamariki have been practicing their dance moves for this afternoon’s Disco, working on their performances for Te Puna Taiao’s official opening celebrations, me mahi i tō rātau reo mo Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori!

Kia tau te rangimārie,

Drew Manning (Principal)

TE PUNA TAIAO OPENING CELEBRATIONS

The past 18 months have seen a dramatic change in the learning environments and community spaces at Allandale School.  Through Te Puna Taiao, our school now boasts some of the most innovative and engaging outdoor spaces in New Zealand!  We invite all Allandale parents, whānau and caregivers to join us on Tuesday, 24 September, as we celebrate the completion of the construction phase of this ambitious project.

The day will start with a pōwhiri and tour for all of the funding and supporting individuals and organisations who have made Te Puna Taiao – The Community Oasis possible.  At the end of the school day, students and whānau will be invited to return to the kura to see how the project has affected teaching and learning at Allandale.  The day will conclude with performances by our tamariki in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka – our school Hall.

All are invited to participate throughout this important celebration!  Nau mai, haere mai whānau!

IMMUNISATION RECORDS

Measles cases have risen to over 600 in Auckland, and it was announced this morning that a school in Manurewa has had to close its doors as a result of the disease.  As a result, schools across the country have been contacted by the Ministry of Education and local District Health Boards to ensure that 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.  As we have learned from Manurewa, 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).  A notice has gone 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.

DISCO  –   TONIGHT THURSDAY 29 AUGUST

Juniors:  4.00pm  –  5.00pm

Seniors:  5.30pm to 7.00pm

Entry old coin donations

We will also have for sale smoothies popcorn and much more goodies!

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

PUNA KŌRERO – POP-UP IMMERSION SPACES

To kickstart Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Project Tohu are bringing Puna Kōrero into public places.  These are full immersion Te Reo Māori spaces that are free, whānau-friendly and inclusive.

Speakers of all levels and abilities are encouraged to participate or observe.  With various pop-ups scheduled throughout the week and a range of fun activities included, we will be launching the first event at Te Puna Taiao Park at Allandale School on Monday, 9 September from 3:30-5:30pm.

More info can be found on the Project Tohu Facebook page.  All are welcome!

SPORTS REPORT –

Hockey

Last game for juniors this weekend.

Year 3 & 4    Parents vs kids  –   9.30am  –  10.30am  – then prizegiving

Year 5 & 6    Games begin at 11am and Parent vs kids after 1st game. 12.30 prizegivng

Winter Sports

Winter sports is on next week on Wednesday 4 September. If you can help walk children to Rex Morpeth park please see your child’s teacher.

Senior School – Room 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12.  Group 1 – 5    9.00 – 11.45.    Group 6 – 10    11.45 – 2.30.

Thursday 5 September postponement day for seniors

Friday 6 September 11.30  – 2.30 at Rex Morpeth Park for Middle School (Rooms 5, 6, 9, 11 and only Year 3’s out of Room 10).

PAROA U9’s

Congratulations to Jesse Rawiri, Quinn Charteris and Kauri Wasley who were part of the Paroa U9’s team that won the ‘Champion of Champions EBOP Rugby’ title.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August             29         Disco tonight  –  Juniors: 4.00pm – 5.00pm       Seniors: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

September       5         Interschool Winter Sports Senior School        

September       18         Touch Rugby starts after school

September       27         Last day Term 3

October            14         First Day Term 4