13 September 2018  –  Term 3  –  Week 8

 Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

Allandale School is a hive of activity as we move into the last two weeks of Term 3!  Students at all levels of the school are busily preparing for next Friday’s Grandparents Day celebrations.  We hope to see the kaumatua of our community out to share in the wide variety of work from all of our talented tamariki!

Kia tau te rangimārie,

Drew Manning (Principal)


On Friday, September 21st, Allandale School invites everyone to join us at the school as we celebrate the grandparents and kaumatua of our community!

The event will begin at 10:00am with a pōwhiri and special morning tea to welcome our guests, followed by a play break with the children.  Grandparents and kaumatua will then be invited to either join tamariki in their classrooms, or help with the blessing of the school grounds as work begins on Te Puna Taiao – The Community Oasis project at 11:00am.  At 11:45, tamariki from all levels of the school will be presenting a short concert in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka – the school Hall – to share their talents and their learning with our manuhiri.

We look forward to seeing everyone here!  Nau mai, haere mai!


The Board of Trustees regretfully announce the resignation of Matt Bullen.  Matt has served on the Board as a parent representative for three years now, but has decided to cut back on his additional responsibilities in order to devote more time to his family and his upcoming performance in the Life Education Trust’s Dancing with the Stars.

The Board would like to thank Matt for his hard work and dedication to the children of our school over the past three years.  As a Trustee, he has given his time to ensure that the students of Allandale School have every opportunity to succeed and the evidence of his commitment to the school is clearly visible in all of the positive changes that have taken place here throughout that time.


Softball and T-Ball are making a comeback in Whakatāne!  Our first “Have a Go” day for the new season will be held on Sunday, 23 September at 1:00pm at Rex Morpeth Park!  In addition to coaching, training and pick-up games at all levels, we will be 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

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.



Last Friday was an exciting day for Allandale girls, with the first ever BOP girls Rugby 7’s Tournament. We travelled to Papamoa where 16 year 5/6 teams from all over the Bay of Plenty were participating. Their many hours of training paid off thanks to Jason Christie. The girls made us very proud coming 2nd, winning 4 out of 5 of their games. They took many hard tackles but Grace Turner was definitely Player of the Day with expert tackles, quick steps and amazing power, steaming over the try line many times.

The girls were Tuihimareikura Apanui, Alizae Tahu, Maddy Cochrane, Tasmin Clay, Ella-Marie Karikari, Mania Wallace, Portia Clay, Jaya Wipaki-Kameta, Makayla Wood, Jazmine Black and Grace Turner.


The middle school have the annual Winter Sports event this Friday. There has been a change of timing for this. It starts at 11.45 and will finish approx 2.15pm. Please be at school at 11.15 if you are walking down with us. Thanks.

SOCCER and HOCKEY – Prize giving

Prize giving for soccer and hockey is tonight in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka. It begins at 5pm, Please remember to bring a plate of nibbles to share.


Touch teams have been created and practises are beginning this week for middle school. The senior teams will be practising at Rex Morpeth Park on Monday and Tuesday at 3.30pm with games beginning next Wednesday after school. The draw will be on the EBOP Touch Rugby Website or I will pass it to coaches as soon as I receive it.


The middle School’s inquiry unit is on birds so we have been learning all about the kiwi bird. During this unit we have had the experts in to show us skeletons, eggs and predators such as stoats and ferrets. It has been an exciting journey which finished with us exploring the hills of Burmar Road over to Ohope Beach in which many kiwi are breeding at present. A huge thanks to The Kiwi Experience guides and our Allandale whanau who have helped us with transportation.


September       14         Winter Sports – Middle School

September       19         EBOP T Ball for Yr 1 – 4

September       19         Touch commences

September       25         Rooms 8, 9 & 12 Rainbow Fairy Springs Trip

September       26         Rooms 6, 10 & 11 Rainbow Fairy Springs Trip

September       28         Last day Term 3

October            15         Term 4 starts