2022 Term 1 Week 2

Albury School Newsletter

Principal's Message

It is wonderful being back at school with our Albury Learners and our wonderful teachers. It is hard to believe we are at the end of the first 2 weeks!

We are fortunate, that at this stage, the impact of Covid-19 hasn’t affected our in school learning programmes, however we are prepared to move into action for online learning should the need arise. As with previous lockdowns, we really appreciate the support of our community as we “roll with this together”.

We are all hoping this doesn’t eventuate but if it does we will work with you to ensure students and families continue to be supported.

Please ensure your contact details are all up to date in the event of the need for contract tracing. As mentioned last year, with such a small community, it may be likely that you are aware of cases before the school is formally advised. This is inevitable as the school is part of a “system” and we are unable to provide information to the community until it is verified by Public Health. I understand that you may wish to move swiftly in your response to any information prior to the school notifying you – and that is absolutely fine and we will pass onto our community formal information as we receive this.

Thank you for helping us out around the safety aspects of minimising adults on site and for wearing masks for any brief interactions with staff. We are all doing our best to operate as normally as possible with an awareness of safety protocols to help keep our students and staff well.

Our Albury Kids are really enjoying the swimming programme. Next week, staff are undertaking some additional swimming professional development to add to our repertoire of teaching skills to support our learners. I can’t say enough how fortunate we are to have our wonderful pool. At the end of the swimming season, the pool will be re-painted as the recent repaint is failing. This remedial work will have us looking spick and span for the end of the year!

Thank you to all our families who lent a hand with the property working bee. You all did an amazing job tidying up the growing vegetation. The weather has encouraged great growth (and increased the petrol mowing costs!).

We have ordered some new Albury School signs, as the previous metal ones were ripped from their poles last year in the high winds. They are currently being made by “All About Signs” who have kindly donated the cost of the design graphics. We look forward to these being put up in the near future.

Our current school roll is sitting at 35 students. It has been a pleasure to welcome our 7 new students and their families. We are looking to purchase some new/more digital devices to support this increase and to be able to further support families should we need to move into an online/learning from home programme. We are also happy for you to purchase your own Chromebook for your child/ren to be used at school and home. Let me know if you are exploring this option as we have some IT support who can suggest products.


Donna Donnelly


Albury School

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  • Thursday 17th: Sushi
  • Thursday 17th: BOT, 6.30pm School Library
  • Friday 25th: Teacher only Day- SCHOOL CLOSED


  • Thursday 3rd: Sushi
  • Thursday 17th: Sushi
  • Friday 25th: Teacher only Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday 31st: Sushi


  • Thursday 14th: Sushi
  • Thursday 14th: End of Term 1


  • Monday 2nd: Start Term 2


  • Monday 6th: Queens Birthday - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Friday 24th: Matariki- SCHOOL CLOSED


  • Friday 1st: Ice Skating Day Tekapo Springs
  • Friday 8th: End of Term 2

  • Monday 25th: Start of Term 3


  • Wednesday 10th: Ski Day Roundhill


  • Tuesday 6th: School Photos
  • Friday 30th: End of Term 3


  • Monday 17th: Start of Term 4
  • Monday 24th: Labour Day- SCHOOL CLOSED


  • Tuesday 13th: End of Term 4

Intoducing: Hannah Beynon

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Piwakawaka Classroom

Kia ora koutou,

The Piwakawaka class has had an amazing start to the year. We were all so happy to see each other again after the long break and enjoyed reconnecting in the classroom.

We were excited to welcome 4 new students. Ava, Harry and New Entrants

Georgie and Murphy. They have settled in beautifully and are well on the way to being

great Albury kids.

We are loving the beautiful swimming pool and are making the most of this invaluable resource by having 2 swims a day. Consequently, everyone is making fantastic progress. We are also learning about how to be safe in the water in pools, at the beach, in the lake and of course in the river.

We have been busy learning about Te Tiritio Waitangi and made a class treaty which we all signed.

We have also been reviewing the Albury Kid Values and have set some class rules so that we will all be happy learners in Piwakawaka Class.

Next week we are looking forward to beginning our core curriculum workshops and are excited to setting new learning goals.

Thank you to all you wonderful parents who send your tamariki to school so well prepared for the school day, well rested, and with beautiful kai in their lunchboxes. We appreciate all that you do for us.

Nga Mihi

Heather van der Heyden

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Tui Classroom

Tēnā Koutou Albury Whānau,

What a fantastic first week! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know lots of new faces and finding my feet at Albury School.

We have been enjoying our outdoor classroom and taking advantage of the hot days. This limits the amount of time we spend wearing our facemasks. I want to thank Tui students for their patience and understanding around wearing their mask. They are taking it in their stride.

We have been busy in the pool learning about safety around rivers, lakes and our own school pool. This has involved learning how to safely rescue someone if they have hurt themselves in the water and need support to get to land. We have also learnt how to protect ourselves if we accidentally slip in from a bank as well as lots of twirls, twists and turns if we were to become disorientated in the ocean due to a wave.

We had a visit from police officer Constable Maire who gave us a bus safety refresher, reminding us how to take control if an accident was to occur while travelling.

I look forward to the rest of the term. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.

- hannah@albury.school.nz

Ngā mihi nui,

Hannah Beynon

Spud Day

We had to change the setting for our popular Spud in the bucket Night this year, but instead of cancelling the event we opted for a fun filled Spud Day for our students.

It was an exciting morning getting our spuds out of the buckets, measuring, weighing and counting them before we turned them into some very tasty dishes.

Mrs. van der Heyden and Piwakawaka made wedges and a potato bake, Miss B and Tui created crispy potato chips, potato salad and fries.

The results are in for our Spud in a Bucket Competition 2022:

Biggest Spud

Piwakawaka: 1st Jack Mc, 2nd Georgie, 3rd equal Meila, Natalie, Digby, Matilda

Tui: 1st Daniel, 2nd Scarlett, 3rd Olivia Mc

Greatest Number of Spuds

Piwakawaka: 1st Meila (8), 2nd equal Digby, Georgie, Murphy (7), 3rd Matilda (5)

Tui: 1st Ben (40!), 2nd Tilly (15), 3rd Olivia Mc (6)

Staff/BOT: 1st equal Laura, Georgina (11), 2nd Aaron (7), 3rd Tracey (4)

Heaviest Spud

Piwakawaka: 1st Georgie (1.102g), 2nd Jack Mc (1.012g), 3rd Meila (0.967)

Tui: 1st Ben (1.547g), 2nd Tilly (0.899g), 3rd Olivia Mc (0.888g)

Staff/BOT: 1st Laura (1.284g), 2nd Georgina (0.799g), 3rd Nick (0.778g)

Special mention to Harry and Charlie (11 spuds with a total weight of 2.935g) and Max (7 spuds with a total weight of 1.605g), who had to be judged separately due to growing the potatoes in oversized buckets.

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New Sandpit sand

We had a delivery of quite a few truck loads of sand for our sandpit!

A huge THANK YOU to the lovely people from Fulton Hogan Timaru for donating and delivering the sand, it is much appreciated and we've got some very excited Albury Kids who cannot wait to get digging!

Sushi Lunch Option

Our popular Sushi Lunch option will be available again this year every fortnight, starting next Thursday, 17th February.

We will send out a google doc order form for you to fill in, please submit your form before Tuesday evening for your Thursday sushi order.

Sushi Menu 2022:

Teriyaki Chicken (Teriyaki chicken, Avocado, Carrot, Mayonnaise)

JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken, Avocado, Carrot, Sesame seeds)

Smoked Salmon (Smoked Salmon, Avocado)

California (Crab stick, Avocado, Carrot, Mayonnaise, sesame seeds)

Tuna (Canned tuna, Avocado, Carrot, Cream cheese)

Vegetarian (Cucumber, Avocado, Carrot, Cream cheese)

Full Roll: $7.00

Half Roll: $3.50

Rice Ball: $2.00

Stationery 2022

Students have been issued with their stationery items.

The annual payment of $40.00 per student will cover the full year.

It would be appreciated if this could be paid by the end of March if you haven't paid already.

Bank account: Albury School Board of Trustees, 12-3159-0137213-00 (Reference: Stationery 2022 and your last name).


Fundraiser Home and School

Our amazing Home and School team have come up with a great fundraising idea.

We will send home an order form for each family or you can click on the link below to download it. There is a post on the Albury Home and School Facebook page for you to share on your social media if you wish to do so.

Orders back by 23rd of February, please. Payment information will be given upon order.

Please get behind this cool fundraiser and sell as many yummy Juicies as you can!

Teacher only Days


School will be closed

Friday, 25th February

Friday, 25th March

for Teacher only days.

Motorcycle Rally

We have been made aware that a motorcycle rally is being held on the weekend 18th - 20th February with Albury School as one of the checkpoints.

Riders will be finding our school sign (or other identifying location) and take a photo of their bike and the rally shirt on it.

Every year the rally theme changes and this year we are celebrating the small rural schools in the South Island - especially as I am a principal of one of them!

As the rally runs over 48 hours there could be riders arriving at times all through the day and night. They will only be there for a short time and all of the photos can be taken from the side of the road.

For more information, please click on the link below.


Concerns and Complaints Process