8 November 2018  –  Term 4  –  Week 4                  

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

As the weather continues to warm up, we move into the mid-point of our final Term of 2018.  As always, the students and staff of Allandale School continue to work hard to ensure that these next few weeks are engaging and productive.  Before we know it, Prizegiving and the end of the school year will be upon us!

Kia tau te rangimarie,

Drew Manning

Principal

TEACHER STRIKE

The Board of Trustees have decided to close Allandale School on Tuesday 13 November as Teacher and Principal members of the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) have voted to strike.

TE PUNA TAIAO

Contractors from EarthArt and Tracks have been working very hard to complete a number of Taiao projects around the school, including the flying fox and the community garden.  Today was spent working with tamariki and whānau of Allandale School to put almost 1000 plants into the ground in our beautiful new sensory garden!

Entrusted with the care and maintenance of these amazing space, teachers and staff have been reinforcing the idea of repect and kaitiakitanga with our students.  Te Puna Taiao does not belong to any one student or member of the community.  It belongs to everyone, and our spaces need to be treated that way.  As we move forward with this amazing project, this kaupapa will become a central focus of Allandale School’s curriculum.

Another responsibility we carry in accepting this taonga is to provide feedback on all of the positive ways our new environment is affecting our students, teachers and whānau.  To this end, Allandale School is working with the Te Puna Taiao Charitable Trust and Toi Te Ora Public Health on a new research programme.

We are keen to understand what effect the changes to Allandale School’s outdoor spaces might have on the hauora/wellbeing and academic outcomes of our tamariki.  You might be approached over the coming weeks to be asked if you or your child can participate in this important research, and we would really appreciate your support.

The results will be communicated back to you and will be used to make improvements to the outdoor spaces here and to help other schools that might want to improve their outdoor play and learning spaces too.  Plus, all participants will go into the draw to win one of two $250 Kmart vouchers, just in time for Christmas!

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 sent home previously. 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 tomorrow 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 tomorrow Friday 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.

In order to ensure that we address both positive and negative behaviours in a consistent manner, staff have worked with external experts to create a behavioural management flowchart.  This flowchart instructs staff to address minor behaviours such as disengagement, disruption of learning, or the mis-use of property with reminders, positive redirection, and time out.  More serious behaviours, such as theft, non-compliance, or the inappropriate use of technology, can involve contact with parents, caregivers or whānau, adaptation of the learning environment, or the creation of behavioural plans.  Major behaviours, including violence, the use or possession of weapons, drugs or tobacco, racism, or repeated bullying and harassment require the involvement of school management (Team Leaders, Deputy Principals or the Principal), contact with parents, caregivers or whānau, and may include the creation of a behaviour plan, support from external agencies, stand down or suspension.  These last two are used only in serious cases, and are initiated in order to provide the school with time to put supports in place which ensure the safety of all students of the school.

Allandale School’s behavioural management flowchart is an evolving document, and is currently under review.  If you have any questions or concerns about Positive Behaviour for Learning, please feel free to contact us!

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/

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!

 SPORTS REPORT

Congratulations to the following Students who made it to the Elite team for U12 BOP Touch Rugby team – Traize Jobe,

Matiaha Raynes-Turnbull and Kaedyn Thrupp.

Also to Tekaumarua Christie, Mania Wallace and Tuihi Apanui who made it into the Development Squad for the U12 Touch Rugby Team. Well done.

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RETURN SLIP:  Please return by tomorrow Friday 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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