12 September 2019  –  Term 3  –  Week 8

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

Allandale School is a hive of activity as we move into the last few weeks of Term 3!  The whole kura is busy preparing for the official opening celebrations of Te Puna Taiao and Open Day 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)


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!


Any members of the Allandale community who are able to help us prepare kai and host the individuals and organisations that supported Te Puna Taiao at our wonderful school are invited to attend a meeting in the Staffroom at 6:00pm on Monday, 16 September.

Whānau support is essential to ensuring that our Taiao Opening celebrations and Open Day go well!  All are welcome. Thank you!


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.


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. 


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 –                                                     

TOUCH RUGBY                                                                  

Touch Rugby Starts Touch Rugby starts next week, Wednesday 18th September after school at Rex Morpeth Park.                                                                                


September     16 Community meeting at 6:00pm

September     18       Touch Rugby Starts after School

September 24 Te Puna Taiao Opening Celebrations and Open Day

September     27       Last day Term 3

October         14        First Day Term 4



Focus Assemblies are held on a Monday morning at 9am in Te Kaitiaki ō Motueka (school hall).

Everyone is welcome to attend.


As a major sponsor of Touch NZ Bunnings would like to show their support for our local modules by holding a Touch Awareness day at Bunnings Whakatane on Saturday 14th September from 10am – 12pm.

Registrations start at 9.45 for families who wish to participate in our Amazing Race which begins at 10.15am. This will be followed by activities catered for all ages, run by representatives form some of our local modules. If you’re interested in the sport, or want more info come down and check it out! Giveaways throughout the day so don’t miss out.