6 September 2018  –  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 our rapidly approaching 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!


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.

We are also keen to recruit any interested coaches and umpires!  Training will be made available for all volunteers.

From experienced veterans to beginners, all are welcome!


With spring upon us, this is just a reminder that all students will be required to have a navy blue bucket hat or baseball cap at school at all times during Terms 1 and 4.

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.


Staff of Allandale School are becoming concerned about the number of students riding to school without a helmet.  This is a reminder to all students and their families that New Zealand law states that “a person must not ride, or be carried on, a bicycle unless the person is wearing a safety helmet of an approved standard that is securely fastened.”

It is also a rule of Allandale School that bicycles, scooters and skateboards be walked once on school property.  We have a large number of small children and their families walking our footpaths at the beginning and end of each day, and we would hate to see someone injured as a result of irresponsible behaviour.

Thank you all for your co-operation.

RoboPā Robotics Challenge 

Earlier on in the year we held our robotics scrimmage where students competed in robotics challenges to earn a place in this year’s Regional RoboPā technology challenge.

Under the guidance of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi staff – Thomas Mitai, Raha Mitai and Rochelle Rapana, our two teams had to build their robots from scratch and complete a range of activities to show how well their robot could move, lift and place objects under strict timeframes. It has certainly been an exciting time as they problem solve and decide which is the best model to choose.

Through their initiative, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi have generously enabled schools across the country to learn more about robotics through their RoboPā program. A program which is encouraging students to become involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Professor John Clayton is the mastermind behind this initiative and his vision to see students become engaged in this area has been an incredible success.

Congratulations must go to our two top teams who are representing Allandale School. They are to be commended for their team work and problem solving skills.

It was and continues to be a fantastic opportunity for our tamariki to grow and enjoy success.

Team One: Tearing Tigers

Jeaneda Ohlson

Jaden Ohlson

Stella Hunter-Keno

Matiaha Raynes-Turnbull

Team Two: Slippery Snakes

Kaedyn Thrupp

Riki Dalton

Isaiah Shelford -Tuki

Traize Jobe


New Zealand Uniforms is closed for Stocktake on 12th September 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


September       12         Winter Sports – Senior School  (postponement date is 13 Sept)

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



Dance Create Perform – 1st to 5th October

Fun Spring Holiday program where children (under guidance of Susan and Nesta) create their own Dance and Acting Production. It will involve storyline, music choice, choreography, advertising, tickets, posters and creating their own costumes. There will be an in-house performance (at Allandale School Hall) on Thursday 4th October (Gold coin admission that will go towards refreshments for our “Award Ceremony” on Friday the 5th.  No previous Dance experience needed. If you don’t want to dance: we need actors, production staff for prop making, management, refreshments, stage crew etc.

Supervision at all times. Zero tolerance for bullying.

$30 non-refundable deposit on registration

$4 per hour.   Fee for week: 9am to 3pm: $150  ($30 + $120)    9am to 4pm: $170  ($30 + $140)   9am to 5pm:$190  ($30 + $160)

10% Family Discount applies

Where: Allandale Primary School Hall            

Contact either Susan 021 2105119  or  Nesta 021 02420122   dancecreateperform@gmail.com

Dance Create Perform Facebook – Register Now.

 Our Kitchen Rules – 2nd and 3rd October

Knox Presbyterian Church, 83 Domain Road, Whakatane

Primary School Age        $15 per child per day   Limited spaces available

Phone: 308 4268 or email: maria@pressiesatwhakatane.co.nz to book now

Edventure Survivor Camp – 1st to 5th October

Awesome outdoor activities, rock climbing, archery, bush walks and bush survival skills.

Based at Aongatete lodge with pick up/drop off points in Hamilton, AKL and BOP.

OSCAR available , 8-14 yr olds, $495

Book at www.edventure.co.nz or Ph 02102241576