5 September 2019  –  Term 3  –  Week 7

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

Allandale School is a hive of activity as we move into the last few weeks of Term 3!  Students at all levels of the school are busily preparing for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, as well as the official opening celebrations of Te Puna Taiao which are rapidly approaching.  We hope to see our whole community out to share in this important occasion, and to see how it has changed teaching and learning at our wonderful school!

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.

Starting at 1:00pm, the day will begin 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 2:40, tamariki will be dismissed as usual, but all students and whānau are invited to return to the kura to see how the project has affected teaching and learning at Allandale.  At 4:00, everyone will gather in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka – our school Hall – for a special celebration, and from 4:45-5:30 the day will conclude with performances by our tamariki.

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 last week that a school in Manurewa has had to close its doors as a result of the disease.  In response, 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 a large number of our 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.

BREAD TAGS FOR WHEELCHAIRS NZ

Allandale School has been doing an amazing job getting behind Mrs. Ferguson in supporting this cause.  Please continue to 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 each month which funds 2 to 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!

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.

SPORTS REPORT

Unfortunately Senior Winter sports had to be cancelled owing to the weather conditions.

Middle School Winter sports will hopefully be held tomorrow Friday 6 September weather permitting at Rex Morpeth Park from 11.30 – 2.30 (Rooms5, 6, 9, 11 and only Year 3’s from Room 10)

UPCOMING EVENTS

September      6          Middle School Winter Sports

September      18        Touch Rugby starts after school

September      27        Last day Term 3

October          14        First Day Term 4