01 November 2018 – Term 4 – Week 3

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

With Labour Day behind us, the students and staff of Allandale School are all working hard to ensure that these last few weeks of 2018 are engaging and productive.  At the moment, the school is abuzz with activity – preparing for upcoming athletics competitions and various trips out and around our community.  Parents and caregivers are advised to keep an eye out for permission forms as these activities ramp up over the next few weeks!

Kia tau te rangimarie,

Drew Manning

Principal

 SAILING

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Allandale’s School Leaders had the opportunity to try sailing out on Ohiwa Harbour.

The weather was quite squally, but Allandale’s sailors picked up the skills quickly and had a fantastic time!

Thanks to Justin from Yachting New Zealand and the Volvo “Have a Go” sailing programme, and to Graham from the Ohope Yacht Club for two amazing days on the water!

PRINCE OF THE MOUNTAIN

Congratulations to Allandale students Oliver and Xavier Christie, who ran in last weekend’s Prince of the Mountain race to the top of Putauaki in Kawerau.  Oliver placed 3rd out of the field, and his brother Xavier came in 1st, claiming the title of Prince of the Mountain for 2018!  Allandale School is very proud of this outstanding result for both boys!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEXT YEAR

We are in the process of organising our classes for 2019.  We need your co-operation to ensure things run smoothly.

Bilingual (English – Te Reo Māori) Classes

An ‘Expression of Interest’ notice was enclosed with last week’s newsletter.  Placements in our Bilingual Classes are expected to be very competitive for 2019, and spots will be allocated on a “first come – first served” basis.  While these are to be returned no later than 9th November, all interested families are encouraged to get their forms in as soon as possible!

2019 Class Placement Information

If you would like us to consider anything about the placement of your child for next year please complete the form below.  We will be doing our best to ensure your child is in a class where they are happy and learning.  The goal is for all of our classes is to have a sensible balance of gender, ethnicity, and with manageable ability groups. It’s a tricky job!  Please note that this is not an opportunity to request a particular teacher. All of our teachers are experts in what they do.

Time Frames

As mentioned above, organising our classes is tricky. Please return the ‘Expression of Interest’ for the bilingual classes and ‘Class Placement’ forms by 9th November. Once the classes are organised it becomes very difficult to make adjustments.  Please help us by following the process now.

TRANSITION TO WHAKATĀNE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Here are some important dates for our students and their families transitioning to Whakatāne Intermediate School in 2019:

Tuesday, 27 November:  Year 6 Parents Evening at WIS (7:00pm)

Wednesday, 28 November:  Year 6 students visit for Orientation Day (9:30am)

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING

In 2016, Allandale School joined hundreds of primary, intermediate and secondary schools across New Zealand in the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme. Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau, teachers and schools address problem behaviour, improve children’s well-being, and increase educational achievement.

PB4L is a tiered approach to creating a positive and healthy school culture. With the “Allandale Kind of Kid” expectations and positive rewards system in place, our next step was to work with external experts and teachers to create a behaviour management flowchart.  This flowchart guided teachers in supporting students to make positive choices, and established a consistent procedure to follow in the event that these supports were not effective.  Over the past two years, this flowchart has evolved as staff have identified trends and new areas of concern.

Through this flowchart process, Allandale School has been able to create a clear and consistent approach to setting expectations and reinforcing positive behaviour.

SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL:

How can we work together to ensure our tamariki have SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL? The Whakatāne District

Council would like to hear your feedback on how they can support SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL. Fill in the link here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WhakataneTravel  and your child’s class could be in to win a pool party!

NETSAFE LIVE

Netsafe LIVE is a free event for parents and whānau about keeping young people safe online. Netsafe’s Education Advisor Pauline Spence will be talking about the risks, challenges and opportunities of digital technology, and the practical ways we can all help young people to be safe online.

The session will look at how parents/ whānau can support and enable children and young people to navigate online opportunities, challenges and complexities.

Time: 7:00pm –8:30pm

For more information and to register visit netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/stay-connected/

SPORTS REPORT:

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the BOP Touch Rugby Team:

U10 Girls:      Asaiah Kinghazel-Connelly                                               U10 Mixed:              Kyle Hanlen

Ella Marie Karikari                                                                                             Grace Turner

Tasmin Clay                                                                      U12 Boys:                Traize Jobe

U12 Mixed:    Tekaumarua Christie

Tuihi Apanui

Kaedyn Thrupp

Mania Wallace

Matiaha Raynes-Turnbull

Senior School Athletics:

Friday 9th November (Postponement Date 12th November)

(Some of our elite athletes in Year 4 will also attend.)

Parent helpers needed to ensure this event runs smoothly.  Please send your notice back to your teacher if you can help at all or text

Mrs G on 027 2908219.

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 RETURN SLIPPlease return to school by 9th November at the very latest.

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2019 Preferred Classroom: ……………………………………………………………..

Please consider these things when placing my child in 2019:

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