20 September 2018  –  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 Grandparents, Kaumatua, and a wide range of other guests to a special celebration tomorrow.

The third Term will conclude next Friday with a final Assembly at 2:00pm on September 28th.  All are welcome to join us!

Kia tau te rangimārie,

Drew Manning (Principal)


Tomorrow (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 – our community oasis project – at 11:00am.  At 11:45am, 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!


Yesterday, Whāea Cilla and Whāea Dee took tamariki from Allandale School’s kapa haka groups to visit Mary Shapley and Sheaff’s rest homes in Whakatāne.  Our students shared some waiata, and spent some time with Grandparents and Kaumatua from our community.

This experience has reinforced the importance of being The Community Kind for our tamariki.  We hope to continue our relationship with these wonderful people throughout the rest of the year and into the future!


Our thoughts are with the whānau of Allandale student Daniel Liddell, whose mother Anna and stepfather Chris were killed in a car accident last Thursday.  The students, staff and trustees of Te Kura ō Motueka were terribly shocked by the sudden passing of two wonderful parents, and wish their families the strength and aroha they need to come to terms with this tragedy.

Kei te tangi te ngākau kua riro atu a Anna raua ko Chris ki ōna mātua tipuna. Haere rā, e moe i roto i te aroha ō Te Atua.


Softball and T-Ball are making a comeback in Whakatāne!  Our first “Have a Go” day for the new season will be held this 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 for 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.


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.


Soccer and Hockey prizegiving

Last Thursday was a highlight of term 3 for many of our whanau with a fantastic turnout to the Soccer and Hockey prize giving. Thanks so much to the whanau for supporting your tamariki through a much extended season of sport. We all really appreciate your commitment. Also to the amazing coaches, You Rock! The tamariki were the stars of the day and here are the results for 2018.


Senior Team                                                                                 Middle School Team   

Player of the Season       Zac Mather                                           Player of the Season        Ashlee Richards

Most Improved Player      Kaia Baty                                              Most Improved Player      Ethan Evans

Amazing Coach                Fran Van Alphen                                   Amazing Coach                Pirre Hyotynen


6th Grade Ninjas                                                                        7th Grade Kickers

Player of the Season      Zaylin Kopura                                        Player of the Season      Jack Bonne

Most Improved Player    Maia Tongariro                                       Most Improved Player    Tanya-Trinity Kopura

Amazing Coach             Paul Kirby and Kim Fraser                      Golden Boot                  Harry Rampling

Amazing Coach             Colin Rampling

7th Grade Foxes                                                                          8th Grade Strikers

Player of the Season      Brodie Dunbar                                       Player of the Season      Ezrah Ohlson

Most Improved Player    Mahu Camburn                                      Most Improved Player    Ryvil Pickford

Golden Boot                  Alexis Eyre                                              Golden Boot                  Caleb O’Neill

Amazing Coach             Paul Camburn                                         Amazing Coach             Max Mackay

Touch Rugby

Touch rugby has begun. The first day for touch was this Wednesday. Our 5 teams of tamariki were very excited. This week, thanks to Claire House there was a walking bus, but as I have meetings Wednesday, I would appreciate it if parents could take turns to lead this. Otherwise, it will be your responsibility to get your children down to Rex Morpeth Park. It is your responsibility to pick them up after the games or organise them to walk home.  The games draw will be posted on the noticeboard in the senior corridor and on Room 8 and Room 3’s windows the day before the games or as soon as I receive it. Touch rugby is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the world of team sport and fitness, so it is great to see so many excited children.


September       21         Grandparents/Kaumatua Day

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