Term 1: Week 5, 27 February 2020

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

Term one is racing by extremely quickly. Your teachers, support staff and I are focusing on strengthening our school systems and procedures. In our classrooms reinforcing school routines and developing a collective understanding and classroom culture is providing our children with a stable foundation. This is a great time of the year to help your children develop great home – school routines also. Getting children to unpack their bags, lunch boxes, change out of their uniform are easy routines to establish now.

We are busy strengthening our communication systems and are now using web platforms more regularly. Our Facebook is regularly updated with events and celebrations so make sure you follow and share our Facebook. We are also a SEESAW school. This is a platform where your child’s teacher will share their learning and messages with you. Over the next few weeks please look out for an invitation to join this.

Thank you

Adrianne McAllister


Over the next few weeks we are focusing on being Kind to Myself. Having a healthy lunch,  plenty of water and a hat are essential for these hot summer days. Being ready to learn by having enough sleep and family time is also important for our wellbeing.


Mr Warwick Patterson and Maia Connor are the leaders for our Hauora team. In the past this team supported the development of our Allandale Kind of Kids, I’m KIND to myself, I’m KIND to others, I’m KIND to the environment, I’m the learning KIND, I’m the Achieving KIND, I’m the community KIND.

Warwick  and Maia focus for 2020 is to continue developing the Positive Behaviour 4 Learning programme and provide more ownership across the school. Every week a team will run our Monday morning virtue assembly. Each assembly focuses on a specific value. Over the past 3 weeks room 5 has been sharing how important Being KIND to Myself is.

Next Room 1 will be sharing how we value being KIND to others and how this can make a difference in someone’s life.


We are looking for volunteers for our morning road patrols. We believe that it is important that our teachers are in their classrooms in the mornings however we need your support in patrolling our crossings. We currently only have two parent volunteers helping with road patrol.  If you are free in the mornings from 8.00am to 8.40am please contact the office and Teresa Hoefsloot will be in contact with you.


ALLANDALE SENIOR SWIMMING SPORTS is taking place next Tuesday the 3 March  at the Whakatane Aquatic centre.  The competitive swimmers will be walking down to the  Aquatic Centre as soon as school begins at 8.45am. There will be some elite swimmers from the middle school joining us. Notices for these swimmers will be sent home on Friday. The  non-competitive swimmers will be joining us at 11.30am for some fun events. Parents please come down and support your tamariki in whichever events they choose to take part in!  It will be a fun-filled day. If you like, bring your swimming gear and show our kids how a bomb is really done!  

MIDDLE SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS will be held at the Allandale school swimming pool on Friday the 13th of March. All events will be non-competitive and there will be noodle races and many more fun activities for all. Please come and support your tamariki in this fun time from 11am to 12.30ish. If you’d like to join in at the end for a swim with the children, please bring your swimming gear. See you there! 


Top School trials will be next week and we will be looking for children with a positive attitude, who are keen problem solvers with an aptitude for physical fitness and who are team players showing commitment and pride in their Allandale colours. Year 6 children only please. This is YOUR time to shine.

Now touch rugby has finished, cricket, softball and kiorahi are next on the sporting calendar so look out for notices and Face Book for more information on these. 


Netballhas already registered for this season. 

Soccer and hockey registration forms will be sent out next Monday. If your child is keen to play either of these sports in term 2, please make sure your registration fee and notice is returned to the school office asap. 

We NEED YOU!!   If you would like to help in any way(coaching, managing or even if you can lend a hand on certain days please text Ms G on 0272908219. See notices for more information.

Thank you to all our teachers Whaea Hailey, Whaea Dee and Matua Trent,  and parents who went along to support our children at the EBOP Touch Tournament yesterday. We were lucky enough to have 5 amazing coaches, Tegan Butler, Dale Jones, Alex McFarland-Ratu, Melville Clay and Ange Tuari-Hape, who guided our children throughout the day. We also had many parents playing a smaller, but important role such as walking alongside children to the event, organising substitutes and scoring. Please don’t underestimate the importance each of these roles have on our children participating in the events.

Thank you to our teams that went down and participated in the day. Your sportsmanship was noted and it was a fabulous time refining your skills on the field. Our parents commented how students had a positive, supportive attitude. 


6v6 and 7v7 (Y5,6) on Sat 7th March, 4v4 (Y1,2’s) on Monday 9th March, 5v5 (y3,4’s) on Tues 10th March. 



Friday               28 February                   Fun 4 u Yr 1 – 2

Monday             3 March                        Allandale Senior Swimming Sports

Tuesday            10 March                       Inter-School Swimming Sports

Wednesday       18 March                       EBOP Swimming Sports

Thursday          19 March                       Gate Pa Top School – Year 6 Students only

Sunday             22 March                       Awakeri Top School – Year 6 Students only

Tuesday            24 March                       EBOP Cricket

Thursday            9 April                         Kiorahi

Thursday            9 April                         Last day Term 1

Tuesday            28 April                         Term 2 starts



Marist Rugby Club invites all kids who love to play rugby and have fun with their team mates and develop their skills to our muster from 4.30-6.30pm on Monday 9 March. Come along and meet our coaches, managers & players, grab a ball and run around, and enjoy the sausage sizzle.  

 Marist Rugby Club Junior Rugby Muster                                4.30 – 6.30pm Monday 9 March 2020

Free sausage sizzle                                                              Marist: Red Conway Park, Arawa Road


“Learn an instrument! EBOP Children’s Music Education are offering music lessons again this year for flute, fife, brass, drums, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard and violin.

Enrolment day is on Saturday 29th February from 9am-11am at the Whakatane Intermediate School auditorium. $60 for the year. More information can be found at facebook.com/whkmusicschool.”