19 September 2019  –  Term 3  –  Week 9

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

As hard as it is to believe, we will soon be entering our last week of school for Term 3!  This week has been very busy for students at all levels of the school, as we prepare to welcome community leaders, kaumatua, and a wide range of other guests to the opening celebrations of Te Puna Taiao at Allandale School, and our own whānau to an Open Day next Tuesday afternoon.

The third Term will conclude next Friday with a final Assembly at 2:00pm on September 27th.  All are welcome to join us!

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.

We would also like to use this opportunity to invite parents and whānau of Allandale School to come and see how this important project has affected teaching and learning in our classrooms.  Tamariki will be dismissed at 2:40 as usual but have been encouraged to bring their families back to the school at 3:00 as we open our classrooms and learning spaces to the community.  At the end of the afternoon, we will all gather in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka (the school Hall) to share some food and watch our talented children perform!

The programme for the day will run as follows:

1:00pm            Pōwhiri & Whakatūwhera

1:40pm            Afternoon Tea

1:50pm            Tour of Te Puna Taiao at Allandale School

2:40pm            Students Dismissed

3:00pm            Students and Whānau Invited to Return to School

3:00pm            Open Classrooms and Teaching Spaces

4:00pm            Hākari

4:15pm            Performances from Allandale students

5:30pm            Celebrations conclude

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


Whānau support is essential to ensuring that our Taiao Opening celebrations and Open Day go well.  We are still keen to enlist the skills of any Allandale community members who would be keen to help on the day. 

All whānau 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 final prep meeting in the Staffroom at 4:00pm on Monday, 23 September.

All are welcome!


Just a reminder that the wearing of the school uniform at Allandale is compulsory.  Students wearing non-uniform jumpers and hats will be asked to remove them.  Families of students without Allandale shirts, shorts, etc. will be asked to bring appropriate uniform so that their child(ren) can change.  If your child is unable to wear their uniform for any reason, please provide us with a note. 

All items on the uniform list can be purchased from NZ Uniforms, 89 The Strand, Whakatāne. Our uniforms are in blue and gold and are in a range of summer and winter garments. Children are expected to remove non-uniform clothing when they get to school.  The wearing of jewellery is not encouraged, e.g. no ‘dangly’ earrings. Studs and sleepers are acceptable.

We are very proud of our Allandale blue and gold!  Thank you for your cooperation!


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, 14 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.


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.


September     27        Last day Term 3

October          14        First day Term 4



Soccer and Hockey prizegiving Thursday 26 September at 5.30pm in the School Hall. Please bring a plate.


We have just had an amazing hockey season. Thanks to the students for their effort and the parents for the support!

To celebrate the good achievements of both the junior and senior teams, we will have a shared afternoon tea/dinner on Thursday 26 September at 5.30 pm in the school hall. All welcome!

Junior Team Allandale Strikers got the Most Improved Team Award for their good season. Awesome effort everyone! Parent coaches Pirre Hyotynen, Fiona Cleghorn and Renee Mallasch were very impressed to see such great development in this team.

Senior Team Allandale Gold placed as one of the top teams in the end of season tournament. This is an outstanding result from a team with no subs, and everyone giving their 110% for the team. Parent coaches Tikei Paul and Pirre Hyotynen are super proud!


Candoo art . Term 4 children’s art classes 

10 weeks of Creating Art, Wednesday afternoon

3 – 5 pm, starting 16th October

During Term 4 we will be working with clay, wool, printmaking, drawing and painting.  Each week we will complete a small project looking at a little of the history behind each of the medium used.  We will consider other artists and how they have used these in the expression of their works.  Children will then be encouraged to consider their own interpretation and have the freedom to experiment and explore in their own creating and learning.

$150 for full term includes all materials.  50 Alexander Avenue, Whakatane,  For information or to book, phone 021 2628211 or candooart.com


Sports BOP’s “Explore your Backyard” – 4 October at Mahy Reserve, Ohope from 10am to 2pm. Fun activities for the whole family including games, story telling, make your own wind instrument plus explore the local tracks with DOC Ranger guided walks through the Fairbrother Loop at 10.30am and the Tauwhare Pa site at 1.30pm. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. Every family who registers for the guided walks/activities goes in the draw to win an adult and child pass to Moutohora Island (sponsored by White Island Tours) and a family entry to the Tough Bugga Challenge on the 30 November (sponsored by Soaked in Adventure.