Albury School Newsletter

11th June 2021 Term 2 Week 6


We welcome Mr Kent Murray to Albury School. Kent’s two boys Jack and Soren are joining us as well. We also extend our congratulations to Nikita, Kent and family on the new arrival of baby Blake. This week Kent has been settling into his new environment and getting to know the Albury Kids.

BOT Change of Membership

At the meeting of the Board held on the 27th May, the Board ratified to change the number

of parent elects from 5 to 4. This will come into effect in the triennial elections for 2022.

The smaller board member number better reflects the size of the school and still provides

the Board with flexibility to co-opt up to another 3 members. The four board members are

in addition to the principal and staff board member.

Teacher Only Day – 24th September 2021

The school will be closed on the 24th September for a teacher only day. Staff will be analysing student achievement data and planning the curriculum for Term 4. This early notice may be helpful for your plans as it is the long weekend of South Canterbury Anniversary Day (Monday 27th September).

Grant from the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury

We are grateful to have received a generous $1200 grant from the Trust to support Albury School for the provisioning of resources for our students. This annual grant is offered to schools throughout our district, and we are especially thankful as our government funding levels are always a financial challenge.

I formally acknowledge this grant and express our sincere gratitude to the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury.

Albury School Strategic Areas 2021-2023

Last year we gathered information from our community around school development areas in the form of an image survey. The Board worked with an external facilitator and considered a range of information coupled with the requirements of Ministry of Education to deliver the NELPS (National Education Learning Priorities).

The following broad goals are guiding our decisions and school development projects:

1. Teaching and Learning

a. The delivery of cohesive teaching and learning which enables learners to participate in a range of experiences where they learn about themselves and others and are supported to be happy and engaged learners with inquisitive minds.

2. Communication

a. The establishment and ongoing maintenance of positive reciprocal partnerships and engagements that further the status of Albury School as a community school.

3. Environment

a. The inclusion of the environment and natural sustainability in the curriculum and upkeep of a physical space that sets Albury School apart as a school with a strong environmental focus.

4. Ongoing Sustainability

a. Albury School has a vision to be a sustainable and thriving two-teacher school and a school of choice for families.

Donna Donnelly


Albury School



  • Friday 18th: SC Cross Country Waihi - new date -
  • Wednesday 23rd: Fledgling Fours 2.30pm
  • Thursday 24th: Sushi
  • Thursday 24th: Assembly 2.45pm
  • Friday 25th: Ice Skating Day Tekapo Springs


  • Thursday 1st July: BOT Meeting 6.30pm school library
  • Thursday 8th: Sushi
  • Thursday 8th: Celebration Assembly 2.30pm
  • Friday 9th: Last Day of Term 2

  • Monday 26th: First Day of Term 3


  • Friday 24th : SCHOOL CLOSED Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 27th: SCHOOL CLOSED South Canterbury Anniversary Day

Introducing - Kent Murray

Hello Albury School, it certainly is great to be here!

I am looking forward to getting to know all the

students and their families.

But for now, I have been invited to write a little

about myself - in general.

I have been an educator for over 20 years, as an outdoor

education instructor, university tutor, and primary teacher.

I have over seven years of experience teaching a range of levels at schools in Papamoa, Te Puke and Whitianga.

For the last three years, I taught a highly successful boys’ class

at Mercury Bay Area School.

Outside of school, I love family adventures in the outdoors, practising Natural Movement® and coaching the MovNat® physical education system. I also like playing sports, especially football, archery, sailing, kayaking, swimming and athletics. I am looking forward to getting back into skiing again!

I have a keen interest in food and nutrition, human development, people and places. I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, drawing and photography.

My wife is a high school teacher, and we have four boys.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all and becoming part of the Albury School community!

- Kent Murray

Canopy Classroom

We have enjoyed our last week together as a whole group - hard to believe we have done a term and a half together already. I am so proud of the students and their progress with reading

and maths especially, and how they have gelled together as a little wee family. We really have had a great time together.

The first week as separate classes has been a smooth transition - many thanks to Di for being able to step in for Tui class. I know they are really enjoying being together as seniors and have completed some great work already!

Piwakawaka are enjoying the space in their classroom. We are working hard on statistics and learning about grouping things so we can graph them easily. We are enjoying reading big books and being able to do some plays and enjoy the dress ups too!

It has been exciting to welcome Jack and Lennox for their school visits this week. We are excited for them to join our class in a few weeks.

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Congratulations to the recipients of awards at assembly this week:

National Young Leaders Day

Due to the flooding we were unable to travel through to Christchurch to attend the National Young Leaders Day on 1st June, so we connected with the Live Stream and had a great day participating in the event.

There were some great learnings from the day:

Olivia: To believe in myself - if you believe in yourself other people will believe in you.

Kayde: Do what you do best - because that is what you like to do.

River: You can do anything you believe and never give up your dreams, and never let yourself down.

Ted: If you want to go places you have to put your work out there and if people say no - then keep on trying and you'll get there.

Lachie: You can't make other people believe in you if you don't believe in yourself.

Mia: Be an everyday hero so you can help others in need.

Cross Country Year 4 - 6

Unfortunately we had to cancel our event for the Mackenzie Schools annual Cross Country because of flooding. However, Fairlie Primary was running a "mini" event later in the week in which some of our Year 4-6 students competed.

We are very proud of our Albury Kids!

Our Rippa Rugby Team:

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Cross Country- South Canterbury Championship Representatives

This event is being held at Waihi School on Friday 18th June.

We wish our school representative team of Hayley, Ted, Lachie and River all the very best.

We are proud of your achievements and hope you have a wonderful time.

Ice Skating Day

This year's Ice Skating Day is on Friday 25th June at Tekapo Springs.

We are asking parents to attend this fun day and help with transport like in previous years.

There are no costs for our students (food not included), parents and others will need to cover

their own costs if they are wishing to go ice skating.

We will send out a form and further information closer to the day.

Senior Camp 2021- Living Springs

The Board has approved the senior camp to Living Springs later in the year.

The dates booked are Wednesday 24th November to Friday 26th November. We will be attending the camp with St Joseph’s School, Fairlie. The approximate cost is $120.00. You can start payments for the camp at any stage through online banking into the school’s account:

ALBURY SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES – 123- 159 0137213-00.

Please put NAME/CAMP in the reference line.

Wheelers E-Platform Books

Albury School Kids now have access to free online books and audio books through the Services 2 Schools platform.

Go to:

Students have their own log ins and passwords. If they wish to access their books from home devices, they can do this. If they have forgotten their passwords contact us and we will send log in information to you.

Student Clothing

It is really helpful if all student uniforms can be named as this reduces the ”hunt and find exercise” of whose is who’s at the end of the day. Many thanks.

Please help us win a $10,000 sports grant

Only 8 days to go...

AA Insurance is giving one North Island and one South Island primary school the chance

to win one of two $10,000 grants to spend it on whatever will help the kids tackle their

sporting dreams. It's game on!

Winning takes teamwork!

Please nominate our school and tell AA Insurance why we need the support.

To enter go to

Entries close Saturday 19 June 2021.

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School Policies

The following policies are being reviewed by the Board this term:

Protected Disclosures

Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement

Albury School Policies are located online at School Docs.

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