29 November 2018:  Term 4 – Week 7

Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

With just two weeks remaining in the fourth Term, Allandale School continues to be a very busy place! Next Monday, Allandale School will be holding our annual Prizegiving celebrations, and next Friday we will be sending home End-of-Year Learning Journey 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



Over the past few weeks, students, classes, and whānau from across the school have been working hard to complete their Flash Trash projects!  As a school that is Kind to the Environment, we have been using items that would have been heading for the landfill and creating amazing pieces of art and clothing with them.

Tomorrow at 11:00am, our Flash Trash Expo kicks off, with tamariki from all classes sharing and displaying their beautiful creations.  Whānau are invited to come along to Te Kaitiki o Motueka – our school Hall – to check out the amazing work and celebrate our Flash Trash!


Allandale School’s 2018 Prizegiving celebrations will be held in the auditorium of Trident High School on Monday, 3 December at 10:00am.  All parents, caregivers and whānau are invited to come along to help us celebrate the achievements of our wonderful students!


This is scheduled for Monday 10 December.  Look out for all the details in next week’s newsletter


The last day of school for 2018 will be Friday, Dec. 14th.  Please note that school ends at 12:30pm on the last day.  There will be a final assembly in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka beginning at 12:00pm.


Despite the crazy weather that’s been going on, the Eastern Bay of Plenty Athletic Champs went ahead.  20 of the 400 children that took part in the annual event were Allandale representatives, participated in several events. There were awesome performances all around the track and field events with High Jump always pleasing the onlookers.  The Track was so competitive this year that our line judges waited for the video footage before deciding placings. Thank you to everyone that had a hand in making the event a success.   Congratulations to all competitors, win or lose you are all amazing athletes. A special mention must go to Makere Smith who won the EBOP Shotput event for the 2nd year in a row and Caleb Rapana who won the EBOP high jump event. We are all very proud of you both. The qualifiers for the Bay of Plenty Championships next Tuesday the 4th December are:

9 year olds                                                                                        10 year olds

Tuihi Apanui – 800m Run                                                                   Ali Cole  – 100m sprint

Sean Jones – 800m Run                                                                    Alizae Tahu  –  Discus

Asaiah Kinghazel-Connelly – 60m sprint                                           Darrchell Rahipere-Taitapanui  –  Vortex

-100m sprint                                           Caleb Rapana  –  high jump

Kiritahanga Kahaki-Ratana -shotput

Rony-Matina Rangiheuea-Akuhata – discus                                      11 year olds

Conrad House- high jump                                                                  Kaylee Lawlor  – 400 m

Kyle Hanlen-long jump                                                                       Makere Smith  –  shotput


The Board of Trustees would like our community to be aware that Allandale School is always open to feedback from parents, caregivers, whānau and members of our community.  If you would like to talk about staff, the school’s curriculum, students, or any other aspect of your child’s education, please bring it to our attention.  Conversations should initially be held with your child’s teacher.  If you are unsatisfied with the results of this discussion, you are welcome to talk to the Principal.  If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of this meeting, you are then invited to speak with the Board of Trustees of the school.

Unfortunately, social media can appear to be an easier way for people to vent their frustrations.  This presents a real problem for the school, as we are unable to engage or participate in online forums in a professional capacity.  For this reason, while taking concerns and complaints to social media may provide an opportunity to vent and may garner online support, it does nothing to alleviate the problem and may, in fact, serve to make things worse.

Every staff member and Trustee of Allandale School is dedicated to providing a great school for all of our students.  We are committed to doing everything we can within the constraints of the education system to work with our parents, caregivers and whānau to ensure that this happens.  We look forward to hearing from you!


With spring upon us, this is just a reminder that all students are required to have a navy blue bucket hat or baseball cap at school at all times.

These hats may have an Allandale School logo on them, but no other colours or logos will be permitted.  Students are now expected to have acceptable hats with them throughout Terms 1 and 4, 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.


Just a reminder that the Ministry of Education requires all school activities to be smoke-free.  This includes events that take place outside of the school (sports, camps, class trips, etc), and also includes transport to and from these activities.  Allandale whānau are reminded to please refrain from smoking around students at school events, and in cars when transporting our tamariki.  Thank you!