Albury School Newsletter

9th July 2021 Term 2 Week 10


We have worked hard to get to the end of the term and it is surprising that we are

now half way through the 2021 year! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun!!

I would like to thank all of our Albury School Whānau for your support this term and acknowledge how friendly and caring you all are. We really value your feedback and encouragement and it is a pleasure to contribute to your lives as professional educators

for the people you care deeply about.

We have had 9 enrolments this year and although roll growth was anticipated, we had a reorganisation of staffing to meet the Ministry of Education staffing entitlement profile. That being said, it has been a privilege working alongside Mrs Greenwood, and recently Mr Murray. We have an awesome team and I’m very proud to be the principal of Albury School.

We have recently welcomed Jack McG and Lennox F to the junior class. It is awesome to welcome new families as well as siblings of current students.

Congratulations to our Albury Kids who really step up when asked, and they represent their families with pride. Enjoy a fabulous holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back next term.

Donna Donnelly


Albury School

Playgroup moving to albury school

We are excited to be extending our service to our local community with the relocation of the Albury Playgroup onto Albury school site next term. Discussions have been happening for a while and we are delighted to be able to provide a space for them. They will be developing some specific site areas for their use when they are here, so there will be some additional gates and a fence erected outside the junior block. The design will still permit access to all areas when needed. The initial stage may be temporary while more permanent structures are put in place. I congratulate the Play Group Committee for their work that has gone in behind the scenes to make this happen. Haere Mai!

transition to year 7-8 programmes - Mackenzie college

Mr Murray and I visited Mackenzie College to look at the transition to school programme. This is a key transition point for students. We did not have Year 6 students transitioning last year, so the Mackenzie College process is new to myself and Mr Murray. There will be more information coming out, but one of the key takeouts for us was the fact that students are required to supply their OWN DIGITAL DEVICE at Year 7. This is either a Chromebook or a Laptop. NO APPLE DEVICES. I thought earlier notice of this may be helpful. The College may have a few devices left for sale if you make contact with them directly. I will keep you posted on open days etc. as soon as I receive the information.

home and school donation - thank you!

We are extremely fortunate to have an active Home and School Committee who organise events that generate funding to support Albury School. We have recently received a donation of $3854.

This funding is being used to fund some annual events (Ice Skating and Skiing Day) as well as a TV stand for one class (the school purchased the other stand), some classroom resources and some school trips.

We use the funds to make a difference to all of our students and encourage everyone to get in behind the H&S, have some fun and help us to provide these activities and resources.

Sun hats

We are currently getting prices to update the set of school sunhats. You may have noticed that our current ones have been well loved and are in need of replacement. We are not sure how we will go about purchasing these, so I’m really happy for you to have a think about options.

I thinking there are a few:

1. Purchase an individual one as part of the school uniform

2. Fundraise for a school set

3. Parents donate the funds for a hat that then becomes a school set

4. Always a 4th possibility that I haven’t thought of!

We are just confirming prices and will come back to you next term with more detail.

Albury school house shield

This week Mrs Scott paid us a visit (and brought us some beautiful pikelet treats!), and presented Benmore House Leader Ted S, (from the winning 2020 house), a special shield that Mrs Scott has donated to the school. This will be presented annually at the end of the year to the winning house. It has been beautifully made by Mrs Greenwood’s mother.

Albury School Ski Day - Roundhill

Our annual ski trip is coming up in the first week of Term 3.

We are booked in to Roundhill Ski Area at Tekapo on Wednesday 28 July.

The lessons with the Ski School start at 10.30am

It is advised that we arrive at the ski field by 9.00am, so Roundhill staff have plenty of time to sort the children with lift passes and the correct gear.

We look forward to a fun day on the snow!

donation from wet&forget - timaru branch

I would like to acknowledge the generous donation of a Titan Back Pack 12l Sprayer

for Albury School.

The lichen and moss growing on the hard surfaces was creating a slip hazard and this generous donation was well used last weekend as the hard surfaces were sprayed with Wet and Forget Lichen and Moss remover. It is fantastic to receive support from local business. If you are popping into the store to get your supplies please mention to the Store Manager Rachel Laird that you are from Albury School and how much we appreciate their support.

Dental Care during School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer check-ups, treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only. To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays.

The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

· Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children. If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.

To book an appointment at one of our clinics please:

call 0800 846 983

or email



  • Monday 26th: First Day of Term 3
  • Wednesday 28th: School Ski Day, Roundhill


  • Wednesday 18th August: Albury School Speech and Poetry Day 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 25th August: Mackenzie Schools District Speech Competition 11.00am

(representative students)


  • Thursday 2nd: Timaru District Schools Speech Competition (Lions Club of Timaru)
  • Friday 24th : SCHOOL CLOSED Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 27th: SCHOOL CLOSED South Canterbury Anniversary Day


  • Wednesday 24th November to Friday 26th November Senior Camp Living Springs

Piwakawaka Classroom

Ki ora whanau, the term has flown by as usual.

Piwakawaka students have been incredibly supportive of all our new students as they start school. You should be very proud of the Albury Kid values they display on a daily basis. This week we welcome Lennox to school, and wish him very happy school days with us!

We have really been enjoying our creative writing mini topic on magic eggs these last few weeks. The students have learnt to paper mache, with mixed reactions to putting their hands in the glue! Some loved it, and some hated it!
We then looked at patterns and shapes and colours that go together and made a plan to paint our eggs. The delight of using glitter glue at the end to finish off the magic of the eggs was very cute.

For maths the tamariki have been working hard to learn their number knowledge. Place value of numbers, reading, writing and counting numbers up to 1000, basic facts to 20.

Keep up the great mahi!

This week we have been learning some Maori phrases. You might hear your child say "kei te pehea koe?" which means "how are you?" and "kei te aha koe?" which means "what are you doing?"

Enjoy a well earned rest over the holidays everyone.

See you all in term 3 for a busy term with science fair and speech and poetry!

Elsie Greenwood

Piwakawaka Teacher

Tui Classroom

It has been a big couple of weeks in the Tui room, with a few special activities to enliven the end of term.

Over the last two weeks, we have established our guided reading programme and learned new literacy games. We are now writing to our Piwakawaka buddies (and vice versa) penpal style. We call the initiative ‘Writing Heroes’. We have also started learning how to write scientifically, starting with an explanation of why beavers build dams.

Building huts under trees has been a popular activity for the boys during lunchtime. The huts have been getting larger and more elaborate, satisfying their construction and enclosure urges. A less physical, but equally popular, pastime has been knitting. Girls and boys hustle for the best wool before school, while listening to audiobooks and during playtime - even their novice teacher has observed marked developments in their skills.

It was fun to team up with the Piwakawaka class for some physical house challenges, such as beanbag noughts and crosses, tag bull-rush and capture the flag. Our trip to Tekapo for ice skating was a highlight for many; it was fantastic to see so many children getting stuck in and showing improvements over the course of the day. Demolishing Dan’s diplodocus birthday cake capped off an epic day trip to Cannington School, meeting with kids nearby and making connections.

Next term, we will be taking on the Wonder Project Rocket Challenge with a special visitor. More details to follow... but for now we need to collect 1.5l L&P bottles. The L&P bottle has a straighter profile so is better suited than a coke bottle (and yes, the system is designed for 1.5l). We will be doing this in four small teams, and we are going to need at least two bottles per team. Thanks in advance, it’ll be grand!

Kent Murray

Tui Teacher

Congratulations to the recipients of awards at assembly this week:

Citizenship Award:

Tui: Jack F.

Piwakawaka: Maddison

Academic Award:

Tui: Olivia M.

Piwakawaka: Sophie

Ice Skating

Our annual Ice Skating Day was once again a highlight for our students. I’m really pleased our second date had favourable weather conditions. The students are amazing with their grit, determination and resilience as they grew in confidence over the day.

Thanks for all the parent support and it shouldn’t be taken for granted how well our school community supports all of our Albury Kids. We are very fortunate.

Cannington Fun Day

We joined with Cannington and St Joseph’s School Fairlie on Wednesday. We had a focus on fire safety as that is very relevant at this time of the year as we keep our homes warm. It was terrific to see the students from all the schools mixing and mingling and enjoying each other’s company as well as learning and experiencing some very important life skills.

Students also learnt about the finger printing process from our friendly Constable Maire Froud. Thanks to Mr Power for organising this event.

We had a fabulous time and arrived back at school to share a beautiful birthday cake to celebrate Dan’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Dan.

Albury School Winter Optional - Roundhill Ski Programme

Term 3, Friday afternoons, 30 July – 17 September 2021

A very exciting and popular optional every year, the opportunity to strengthen your child's skiing ability is available again for 2021.

Roundhill Ski Area (for those who are not familiar)

  • Large beginner’s area is perfect for learners and the intermediate slopes are wide and gentle with all trails leading back to the base lodge.
  • Sunny aspect means plenty of sunshine on the slopes.
  • Just 32km from the Tekapo Village – a 24km lakeside drive which leads to the 8km super wide gradual access road, which is great for buses.
  • A huge range of excellent quality rental equipment, the children’s safety is priority so they custom fit each child dependent on their height, weight and ability level. Helmets are included in the pricing, it is recommended that helmets are worn by all children.
  • Internationally qualified ski school instructors teaching all ranges of ability levels

Each Friday:

- Depart Albury School carpark at 11.30am. This allows for travel, ticketing and rental time.

- Each student will be assigned to a group lesson matching their skill level.

- Lesson 1.30 – 3.00pm

- 3.00 – 4.00pm free range skiing

When registering for this optional, attendance is expected every week.

NB: Each student must have a parent/caregiver attend every session.

2021 Rates:

Ticket Type Child

Lift Pass, Lesson & Rental $51.00

Lesson & Rental $42.50

Lesson & Lift Pass $42.50

Lesson only $17.00

As well as rental equipment being available on the mountain,

The Ski Shack in Fairlie offers rental equipment for the whole season.

For all questions and to register your interest, please contact Annabelle Bray.

036855743 / 0212200711

Albury School Speech and Poetry Day - Term 3

This year we have a slight change to our programme for speeches.

The Kāhui Ako discussed the topics last week and agreed that the speeches for the

District Competition (held at Albury school on the 25th August) will be in line with the

Lion’s Club topics which are set as part of their competition for Year 5/6 students,

being held on the 2nd September. This way the students can align their speeches.

Students in Years 3-6 will present speeches on one of these topics and will be supported in their writing of these through the language programme at school (and support from home!).

Students NE-Y2 will recite a poem.


What makes you happy?

Vegetables have feelings too.

The world would be a better place if …

When I grow up I want to be ……… because ……….

What my Grandparents have taught me/what they mean to me

Nap time should be a compulsory subject at school.

We know that there are some Year 3-6 students who love the poem section of the presentations and we want to encourage them to present these. However, these

will be presented at a different time to the “speech” competition and this will be on

a voluntary basis.

We have had to restructure the event as we have some time restraints because it is also SCIENCE FAIR early next term as well as the Lion’s Club Speech Competition!

Even though the days will start lengthening out, we don’t gain any more hours in the day!

So at this stage students can be thinking about Science and Speeches and we will come up with a presentation date for poems/songs at a later stage.


  • Albury School Speeches – 18th August 1.00pm start
  • Mackenzie Schools District Speech Competition - 25th August 11.00am
(representative students)
  • Timaru District Schools (Lion’s Club of Timaru) – 2nd September
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Swimming Pool Season 2021/22

With our upgrade all completed we will be able to open the

pool (weather permitting) towards the end of Term 4.

We are committed to making this wonderful facility available

for our community over the summer period and weekends.

If you are interested in managing pool operations (during out of school hours)

please let Donna know. Many thanks.

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.

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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