6 November 2018  –  Term 4  –  Week 8


Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

As difficult as it is to believe, this will be our last school newsletter for 2018!  I am extremely proud of all of the hard work our students and staff have put in this year in order to make it such a success.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

And of course, thanks also go out to you, the Allandale School community, for the support you have shown your children throughout the year.  Education is a partnership, and we could not do our job without your help.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi tino nui o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa!

Kia tau te rangimarie,

Drew Manning



Each year our Principal, Drew Manning, sets a theme for the year.  A few years ago, we were CHAMPIONS – champions in the classroom, on the field, and champions for our tamariki.  This year Allandale School was all about WHAKAPAPA – connections: recognising how we are all connected to our families, our school, our place, and to one another.  Normally the announcement of the kaupapa for the year is saved until the first day of school, but next year’s theme is especially important, and we want to make sure everyone has time to prepare.

Next year, Allandale School will be focused on MANA – the specialness, and uniqueness possessed by  every person, every place, and every thing.  That mana is very important, and is deserving of respect.  We will be concentrating on respecting ourselves, our peers, and our place – Kind to Myself, Kind to Others and Kind to the Environment.  Obviously we will still strive to be the Learning Kind, the Achieving Kind and the Community Kind, but with these first three in place the last three will come much more easily.

So to our tamariki, enjoy your last two weeks of school for 2018.  Spend your summer thinking about what being Kind to Yourself, Others and your Environment means, and come back to school ready to be an Allandale Kind of Kid.  Kia kaha, kia u, kia maia tamariki ma!


The Board of Trustees is currently in the process of planning for 2019.  In order to help guide this process, the Board would like to invite feedback from our community.  What would you like to see the Board focus on next year?  What are we doing well?  What do we need to improve?  Is there anything you would like to see added to our school or our curriculum  in 2019?  Feedback of any sort is welcomed!

This feedback is intended to be anonymous, and can come in a variety of forms.  Whānau are invited to fill in a form online (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSZGLZ8), email the Board directly at boardoftrustees@allandale.school.nz, or drop off written feedback to the school office.

Thank you for your participation!


End-of-year and Anniversary Learning Journey reports will be sent home to parents, caregivers, and whānau tomorrow (Friday, December 7th).  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report, you are invited to contact their teacher next week.


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.


The end of the year is always a time of change in schools.  This year, we need to farewell a number of our staff and thank them for everything they have done for our school over the course of 2018.

We wish all the best to Chen Song.  Whāea Chen has been visiting Aotearoa from China, and has been kind and generous enough to share her skills, experience and culture with the students of Allandale School.

We would also like to thank Jason Christie, Julie Callagher, Niwha Irwin, Jo Collyer, Lena Cassidy-Clark, Sure Herbst, and Karla Ferguson for their time and dedication to the tamariki of our school over the past year.  While their contracts with the school are coming to an end, we are very hopeful that we will see them back with us again next year!

And finally, we regret to announce that we will soon be saying an emotional farewell to Sara Thomas, Cilla Gray and Ally Manktelow.  Over their years with the school, these outstanding teachers have helped to establish the foundation for many young people.  On behalf of our students, staff and whānau, I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the tamariki of Allandale School, and to wish them the very best as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.

All parents and whānau are welcome to come out and help us celebrate the contributions of each of these special people at a special farewell assembly being held in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka (the school Hall) on next Wednesday December 12th at 12:00pm.


As part of their regular meetings throughout the year, the Board of Trustees of Allandale School work to review and amend the school’s policy and governance documents.  This past week, the Board considered Allandale’s Behaviour Management Policy and Procedure.  These documents have been amended, and copies of the new versions are available on the school’s website (allandale.school.nz/charter/policies/).

The Board welcomes feedback on these or any of Allandale School’s governance documents.


December        7          Beach clean-up day – Year 3 & 4 students

December        11         Rose garden, train and playground trip -Year 1 & 2     

December        12         Staff Farewells Assembly in Te Kaitiaki o Motueka at 12.00pm

December        13         Juniors water fun day at school

December        14         Last day Term 4 – Final Assembly at 12.00pm – School closes at 12.30pm