21 November 2019  –  Term 4  –  Week 6

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

With Week 6 of the fourth Term coming to a close, Allandale School continues to be a very busy place! Athletics and touch have been the focus of sports in and out of the school, plans are underway for our Prizegiving celebrations, and soon we will be sending home final reports.  Please make sure that you take the time to talk with your tamariki about their learning and speak with their teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Kia tau te rangimarie,

Drew Manning



As you may be aware, the Ministry of Education has awarded our Principal, Drew Manning, a study leave scholarship for 32 weeks next year.  Mr. Manning will be undertaking distance learning to complete his Master’s degree in Education.  From March 2nd to November 22nd, 2020, he will be visiting schools and researching best practice implementation of Learning Through Play, MakerSpaces, and Inquiry and Project Based Learning. 

In his absence, The Board of Trustees of Allandale School would like to announce the appointment of Adrianne McAllister as Acting Principal during Mr. Manning’s absence.  The Board has discussed this appointment at length, and through a rigorous process of due diligence is confident that Mrs. McAllister is the right choice for this role.  Under her leadership the mission and vision of Allandale will remain at the forefront, and our kura will continue to work to fulfill these aspirations.

As always, you are reminded of a standing invitation to contact the Board with your questions or feedback directly at any time through our dedicated email address – boardoftrustees@allandale.school.nz.


Here are some important dates for our students and their families transitioning to Whakatāne Intermediate School in 2020:

Tuesday, 26 November:  Year 6 Parents Evening at WIS (6:30-8:00pm)

Wednesday, 27 November:  Year 6 students visit for Orientation Day (9:30am)


We are very excited to announce some major changes to the structure and organisation of our School Prizegiving and Year 6 Graduation. Over the past few years, we have struggled with the timing of Prizegiving and the need for our younger students to sit for such long periods of time.  Furthermore, we really want to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work, time and effort our Year 6 students have put into their primary schooling.

So, this year, we will hold one formal evening event on Monday, Dec. 16th to celebrate and award our major prizes and trophies, our Year 6 graduation certificates and announce and award our 18 School Leaders for 2020. This particular event is focused on our Year 5 and 6 students.  Over and above this event – in a more child-friendly manner – each team will hold their own assemblies during school time to award special certificates to their selected students acknowledging their individual strengths. These special ceremonies will be held over the next few weeks, so parents of tamariki in Years 1 to 4 are asked to please watch for notices from your child’s teacher and/or team leader for more details on these events.



Earlier this year, a new Board of Trustees for Allandale School was elected.  With a few meetings under their belts, the new Board would like to take the opportunity to introduce themselves over the next few weeks.  They would also like to remind the Allandale community that they welcome questions, feedback, or ideas of any kind.  Everyone is encouraged to contact the Board through the school office, or directly by email at boardoftrustees@allandale.school.nz.


Tēnā tātou katoa. I tipu mai ahau i Piopio. Ināianei, ko Whakatāne taku wā kāinga noho i te taha o tōku hoa tane a Che. Ko Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti  Whaoa te iwi o tōku hoa tane, aku tamariki hoki.

Kia ora e te whānau, my name is Erin Green and my partner Che and I have two children at Te Kura o Motueka / Allandale, Quinn (9 years) and Cole (7 years), as well as two pre-schoolers, Lu’isa and Arlo, who will join their big brothers here over the next year or so.

In my short time on the board so far I am really enjoying working with other board members and senior management and putting to use my skills in science, governance, policy and community development to support good governance.

I think we have a great school and together with other Board members and staff I welcome feedback from all whānau and stakeholders in the school to continue to improve opportunities and outcomes for all our tamariki and their whānau. 


E aku kāhui kura o Te Kura o Motueka, tēnā tātou katoa.

Ko Mauao te maunga

Ko Tauranga te moana

Ko Ngai Te Rangi te iwi

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Waikari te marae

Ko Ngāti Tapu te hapū

My name is Kahukura Epiha, I have a daughter attending Allandale School, Ngahipora (8 years) old, who is currently in the bilingual unit and loves all her kaiako.

During my time as a Board member I have thoroughly enjoyed working with other members, staff and whānau. I am part of the Whānau Engagement and Strategic Planning and policy portfolios and have learned a lot in terms of how we can contribute to the overall strategic direction of our kura. I also look forward to engaging more with our whānau to allow opportunities for a whānau voice to flourish and contribute to positive and effective change for our tamariki.


December        3          BOP Athletics

December        18         Last day Term 4 – School closes at 12 noon


Ice Blocks for Sale tomorrow 22nd November 2019 – Fundraiser for Middle Team

Cost:    $1

When:   12.30 – 1.15

Where:  Hall Kitchen


Tuesday, Nov. 19th was a fantastic day for all Allandale students and whānau involved in the annual Interschool Athletics event. It was a nail-biting end to the day with a three-school draw. The final result was determined by the mad dash team relay, where 2 girls and 2 boys of each age range ran 100m. The excitement was immense, and Allandale successfully took out 2nd place! Well done, everyone! 

Good luck and kia kaha to all tamariki representing Allandale and Whakatāne at the Eastern Bay competition on Tuesday, Nov. 26th (unfortunately, the vortex is not part of the EBOP competition sorry).  Congratulations to all competitors! We are very proud of you!

Sean Jones                                          1st  800m 11 yr old boys 

3rd Long Jump 

3rd  400m 

Kaia Hiki                                              4th Discus  11yr old girls      

Reign Patangata                               1st discus 9 yr old boys 

Rony-Matina Rangiheuea- Akuhata 1st discus  10 yr old girls      

1st shotput 

Chase Wipaki-Kameta                   2nd discus  10 yr old boys            

Charles Dorrans                                1st discus    11 yr od boys

1st shotput        

Kiamarni Ngaheu                             2nd discus   11 yr old boys

Rony-Matina Rangiheuea-Akuhata 1st Shotput  10 yr old girls

Taylah Biddle                                    2nd Shotput 11 yr old girls

Kase Ireton                                         3rd Vortex    9 yr old boys

                                                                4th Long Jump  9 yr old boys

Dekotta Henderson                        1st Vortex   10 yr old girls

Manawa Mahaki                              4th Vortex 10 yr old girls

Luca Goodman                                 2nd Vortex  10 yr old boys

Conrad House                                   3rd Long Jump 9 yr old boys

                                                                1st High Jump

                                                                1st 60 m 

                                                                1st 100m

Jake Turner                                        1st High Jump 10 yr old boys

Caleb O’Neill                                     3rd 200m             9 yr old boys

Kyle Hanlen                                       2nd  200m 10 yr old boys

                                                                1st  100m

Ninni Hyotynen                                3rd  200m  11 yr old girls

Asaiah Kinghazel-Connelly          1st 60 m 9 yr old girls

                                                                2nd 100m

                                                                4th 200 m