2022 Term 3 Week 10

Albury School Newsletter

Principal's Message

My congratulations to all the students and our hard working team for their great effort this term. Albury Kids have been involved in broad curriculum activities as well as building on their foundational skills in literacy and numeracy.

Some highlights for me were our Annual Speeches and how brave all of our students were standing up on stage and delivering their poem/speech. They were all entertaining and showed great resilience to overcome their nerves.

Another highlight was the winter skiing day – I just love seeing our kids out there just making things happen- and skiing with such skill, while supporting each other. For those who have been participating in the optional programme, this certainly adds a great deal of depth to their skills and enables our students to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

Thank you to all of our parents who help us on a day-to-day basis; sending your kids to school well prepared for their school day, ensuring you keep us informed about absences, filling in the “google forms!” Some of these tasks may seem mundane, but for schoolwide organisational purposes they go along way to helping us a smooth ship! Thank you.

Property – Sewerage Upgrade *HAZARD*

This is now confirmed and work will be starting on Saturday! The school grounds will be CLOSED during the holidays so please keep all kids away during the term break. If you have visitors or know of others in the area, please feel free to let them know. There will be signs and some additional safety fencing erected. There will be open trenches as part of the ground work, hence the additional care and vigilance required.


Wow – I think I underestimated just how much time and energy is required to put on a production in a small school. Lots and lots of extra things to do – but with a small staff, it adds to the workload incredibly. Thanks to parents who have come forward to offer assistance. Huge thanks to the team who are co-ordinating practices, etc. Miss Beynon is the Production Manager and she is doing a sterling job.

We intend to have our Production Night on Thursday 10th November at 6.00pm. During next term, students will be popping over to the Albury Hall for practices etc. If your child has a speaking role, please ensure they keep up with their practise in the holidays as we need to return to school fully ready to progress our rehearsals.

Principal’s Conference

I was thrilled to attend a conference after the last few years of things being cancelled due to Covid. Over 850 principals attended and the venue Te Pae in Christchurch was absolutely amazing. It was a wonderful opportunity to have time to reflect on how we support students and staff and to refresh professional relationships and build new ones. I was thrilled that Albury School won the Autex Award - $5000!!! We are looking for to using this product in the Library space.

Pet Day

Don’t forget to fill in your google form – so that planning can be confirmed. The students will also be receiving the Pet Day information poster to complete and return prior to the 20th October. This is a fabulous holiday activity. The form will also be email out.

Wishing you all a great holiday and we have a very busy T4 planned as the summer weather provides more outdoor activity opportunities. Term 4 is a short term. Our last day is Wednesday 14th December.

Donna Donnelly


Albury School Board Election 2022


We would like to thank the outgoing Board for their commitment and hard work over the last 3 years.

Congratulations and all the best to the newly elected Board, that has taken office on Wednesday, 14th September 2022.

Positions within the Board have been filled:

Presiding Member: Nick Fisher (co-opted on)

Deputy Presiding Member: Laura Eaves

Finance: Georgina McKerchar and Rachel McGregor

Property: Sam Bray

Health and Safety: Jeremy Ratahi (co-opted on)

Staff Representative: Heather van der Heyden

Principal: Donna Donnelly

On the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Phillip came to me today,
and said it was time to go.
I looked at him and smiled,
as I whispered that “I know”.

I then turned and looked behind me,
and seen I was asleep.
All my Family were around me,
and I could hear them weep.

I gently touched each shoulder,
with Phillip by my side.
Then I turned away and walked,
with My Angel guide.

Phillip held my hand,
as he led the way,
to a world where Kings and Queens,
are Monarch’s every day.

I was given a crown to wear
or a Halo known by some.
The difference is up here,
they are worn by everyone.

I felt a sense of peace,
my reign had seen its end.
70 years I had served my Country,
as the people's friend.

Thank you for the years,
for all your time and love.
Now I am one of two again,
in our Palace up above.

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  • Monday 17th: Start of Term 4
  • Thursday 20th: Pet Day
  • Monday 24th: Labour Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday 27th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm


  • Thursday 3rd: Top Team (Years 3-6)
  • Thursday 10th: Production
  • Friday 11th: South Canterbury Anniversary Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Tuesday 15th: Teacher only day
  • Tuesday 22nd: Interschool Athletics at Fairlie Primary School
  • Thursday 24th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm


  • Tuesday 6th: SC Athletics at Aorangi Stadium
  • Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th: Senior Camp Aoraki Mount Cook
  • Monday, 12th: Agricultural Day
  • Tuesday 13th: End of Year Celebration Assembly
  • Wednesday 14th: End of Term 4
  • Thursday 15th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm

Piwakawaka Classroom

Kia ora Whanau,

Crikey it is hard to believe it is the end of term, where have those 10 weeks gone?

We have been learning about the seasons and what happens in each season. We have had a particular interest in spring and have enjoyed walks and taking photos of signs of spring. We planted some bean seeds and have set up some experiments to see what happens if a planted seed doesn’t have light or soil. Our hypothesis is that they won’t grow but we will wait and see.

Best part of the term from Piwakawaka Kids:

Lennox – Going on Blues bus for a whole school trip

Max – Playing soccer at break time with the Tui kids

Harry – Playing soccer at break time and playing maths games at maths time

Paige- Playing soccer and writing stories

Edward – Building flying machines with the lego

Fergus – Building sheds with the blocks

Meila – Learning fancy handwriting and playing maths games – I love everything about school

Georgie – Learning new things at maths time and doing basic facts

Ava – Learning the Lion Dance

Alice – Eating jellybeans and playing on the flying fox

Matilda – Going on the bus trip to Skipton Animal Park

Natalie – Playing soccer at break time

Murphy- Building on the carpentry table

Jack – Building with wood hammer and nails in our outdoor area.

Digby – Moving to level six reading books

I hope everyone has a relaxing two week break and enjoy the days getting warmer and longer daylight time.

Na mihi


TUi Classroom

We are very lucky to have students visiting from Mackenzie College and teaching us the Mackenzie College Haka, waiatas and rakau sticks. There are a lot of new words to learn and actions to remember. Albury showed excellent resilience and respect towards the Mackenzie students and I look forward to seeing what they learn over the next few lessons.

The other week, I noticed the fire truck was parked outside opposite the school. I couldn’t miss the golden opportunity. We were fortunate that our local firefighters showed us all the features and equipment that are needed on a fire truck. We also got to experience lifting and carrying the hose bags. We soon found out they are quite heavy. Thank you so much to our Albury Volunteers Fireservice for taking the time to show us around the truck. There may even be some future firefighters in Tui class.

Here is Tui's favourite moments from Term 3:

Olivia M: My favourite part about Term 3 was skiing because I enjoyed my lesson. My instructor was very funny and nice.

Olivia Mc: My absolute favourite part about Term 3 was skiing because my instructor was the funniest person I had ever met. We were chasing him around with the biggest snowballs in our hands! I wished it didn't stop. He even called it the third world war because it was so extreme!

Amy: I had fun with my maths test. It was because I got one thing wrong. One more thing I did was art. We had to make an animal picture. I really enjoyed colouring the eyes with lots of different colours.

Hayley: My absolute favourite thing about this term was skiing because I went up a level and my instructor let me throw snowballs at him. It was good to see so many people coming and my friends and family enjoying it. I really hope I can join you all next year.

Gizelle: My favourite thing about Term 3 was going on the school trip to Temuka mini golfing. I liked it because I accidentally hit it too hard and it went over the side. I have a lot of practice to do.

Maggie: My favourite part of Term 3 was going to the Skipton Animal Park and holding the bunnies. They were so fluffy and soft. We got to feed them.

Charli: My favourite part of term 3 was novel study. My book is called Wonder. One of my activities was to write a song called Wonder by Natalie Merchant.

Dan: My favourite part of term 3 was novel study because of minecraft. I made a radiation machine. My book is called Wink and is about a boy called Rob, who has an eye tumour. It does not affect his guitar playing. He is great

Charlie: My favourite part of term 3 was playing on Minecraft because we could go on survival and go and mine diamonds.

My other favourite part was going skiing because you could go up the t-bar. But first you had to go up the Pommer, then you had to get to the T Bar.

Blake: My favourite part of term 3 was skiing, and I learnt so much! My second favourite thing was Sushi Days every second Thursday.

Scarlett: My favourite part of term 3 was skiing. I loved how every time I went there was not a lot of queues. Going up every Friday was a treat. I’m glad it wasn’t a 5 hour drive.

Sophie: My favourite part was going to the Skipton Animal Park because I got to hold a baby bunny and also doing the production.

Tilly: My favourite part was skiing. I was kinda scared at first but then I got better. My other favourite thing was doing art and going on school trips.

Ben: I liked skiing the most because we got to go up every Friday. I also liked the school trip to Skipton Animal Park, and mini golf.

Jack: My favourite thing of term 3 was skiing because I got to get out of school and I got to see my friends from Rolleston.

Pippa: My favourite part was ice skating and skiing. My second favourite part was MATHS because Miss B does heaps of cool things.

Mackenzie: My favourite part of term three was going to the Animal Park and playing Mini golf. I also enjoyed going to Geraldine School. Their playground is really big. I liked doing the animal artwork.

Azayah: My favourite part of term three was going to the animal park, holding a bunny and when Wilj came to our school. He helped us with minecraft and we are doing some animal art.

Maddie: My favourite part of term 3 was skiing. It was awesome because Gizelle and I had races down the cat track. When we went to Geraldine School they had a giant playground.

Ana: My favourite part of term 3 was going to the Skipton Animal Park because I got to feed, pet and hold animals. My favourite animal was the bunnies.

Fergus: My favourite part of term 3 was going skiing and the Skipton Animal Park. I enjoyed sliding on the snow.

I wish everyone a restful holiday and enjoy spending time with your families.

Ngā mihi nui,

Hannah Beynon

Assembly Thursday, 15th September 2022

Congratulations to all the recipients of awards at assembly, ka pai!

Celebration Assembly Thursday, 29th September 2022

Congratulations to all the award winners!!

School Photos

The unique Key Codes to go online to view and purchase your children's 2022 School Photos have been emailed to you.

If you didn't receive an email containing the Key Code, please check your spam folder.

Please note: Free delivery expires Midnight Sunday, 9th October 2022.

You can still purchase photos after that date but will be charged for delivery.

New outdoor learning area

Recently we have received an extension to our sandpit/playground/outside learning area:

An amazing outdoor learning station consisting of a kitchen and a workbench.

The kitchen is equipped with a sink, stovetop, oven, pots, pans, trays and utensils! The children have already been cooking and baking up a storm, using loose parts provided by nature and their imagination.

The workbench is proving very popular with our budding builders of all age levels. There is a lot of sawing, hammering, designing and constructing to be witnessed at break times and the creations they come up with are quite impressive!

The children are thrilled to have those new outside learning opportunities and are making great use of it!

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Mr and Mrs van der Heyden, who designed, built and donated this fantastic learning station to Albury School! How lucky are our Albury Kids!

End of Term 3 School Trips

Friday, 23rd September 2022

Trip to Skipton Animal Park in Fairlie, Geraldine Primary School and Temuka Holiday Park and Domain

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Friday, 30th September 2022

Timaru: Jump-In and Movie 'DC League of Super-Pets' at Movie Max

Fish and Chips lunch with Playgroup

Pet Day 20th October 2022

Albury School Pet Day will be held on Thursday 20th October. (First week of Term 4).


10.00 - Pets to arrive at school and taken to their designated area.

10.30 - Judging will commence. Please stay with your pet and wait for the judges

Large Dog Obstacle Course

Small Dog Obstacle Course

Lamb Milk Drinking
Dress Up Competition

Grand Parade
Certificates and Awards


All dogs, lambs and ponies must come on a lead and be with their owner or tied up at all times.

Please keep spending time with your pets training them so they don't get stressed on the day.

Other pets to be in cages/tanks in the junior classroom.

Remember a water bowl for your animal.
Lamb milk drinking - competitors 200mls of milk in a bottle. Lamb teats will be provided.

Pre-Schoolers are more than welcome to come along and take part.

A google form has been emailed out and can also be found on Facebook. Please return it as soon as possible if you haven't filled it our yet.

Trophies- End of Year Celebration Assembly

Could the students who have received a trophy at the end of last year please return them. Thank you!

CAMP 2022 – December 7,8,9

A reminder that the Tui Camp is being held at Aoraki Mount Cook this year. More details will follow. The dates are December 7,8,9. The cost of the camp will be subsidised, however the per pupil cost for attendance is $160.00. This can be paid at any time or in instalments to our school account:



Reference: CAMP

Police Vet Checks

To attend camps or overnight trips you must have a current Police Vet Check.

If you wish to renew your current PVC, and for new requests, please let Kathrin know and we will get the applications underway. They take quite a long time to process, so we need to plan months ahead to get these processed.

Contact school

To contact school during school hours please ring the office: phone number 03 685 5844.

If we are unable to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

To let us know that your child is away for the day, please ring the office or send an email to office@albury.school.nz and we will pass on the information to the classroom teacher.

Please be aware that if your child is away or if there are changes to their pick up routine we are required to collect this information from a caregiver -just give us a quick call or flick us an email.

Thank you!

Albury Playgroup

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Community Dental Service during School HOlidays

We are expecting a visit from the Dental Van at the start of Term 4. More details to follow as soon we have a confirmed date for this.

Priority for Community Dental Service appointments during the school break will be for immediate dental needs at the following clinics:

Woolston Community Dental Clinic, 11 Hopkins Street, Christchurch

Hornby Community Dental Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Christchurch

Timaru Community Dental Clinic, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

To access these appointments, call our Contact Centre on 0800 846 983 noting that priority is given to children with immediate dental needs.

For any dental advice please call the Contact Centre on 0800 846 983 or email commdental@cdhb.healh.nz

Pgg Wrightson Fundraiser Fertiliser

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Pleasant Point Cricket Club- Junior Registration

There will be registration days held on Wednesday, 28 September from 3.15pm to 4.15pm and Saturday, 1 October from 10am to 11am. If you are wanting to register to play cricket for the upcoming season, please come to a registration day or contact us at pleasantpointcricket@gmail.com or call Richard on 027 614 8884.

Any players returning from last season do not need to attend registration.

Jobs that count census recruitment

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School Policies

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

Student Wellbeing and Safety and Staff Wellbeing and Safety

Albury School Policies are located online at School Docs.


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Concerns and Complaints Process