Albury School Newsletter

14th May 2021 Term 2 Week 2


We have had a wonderful start to the term and it is exciting as we see our new group of students entering school. We have welcomed Digby this term and we look forward to Edward starting in a few weeks. After Queen’s Birthday we will start our senior class and they will be located up in the top block. We will move the cluster flies out and move the students in!

Mr Kent Murray will join our team from the 8th June. We are very fortunate to have Mr Murray who is relocating with his family from Mercury Bay Area School. School is closed on Tuesday 8th June as we are having a Teacher Only Day and will be using the day to assist Mr Murray with the class set up and to familiarise him with the happenings of Albury School. Mr Murray will be travelling down from the North Island over Queen’s birthday weekend so he will certainly be having a few busy weeks.

We had a terrific night at the Albury Hall and our thanks to you all for your support.

The raffle was amazing – and the winner was very appreciative of the wonderful treats and goodies. (Mr Donnelly selected his “special” number for his raffle ticket and it was quite a surprise for him to have his number drawn!).

It is a pleasure to have Kathrin Burgert supporting the school in the office for a few hours per week. We extend our thanks to Kathrin for this time. We are trialling a fresh newsletter with the hope that this new template will provide us with a user-friendly way to get newsletters out to our community. It is set up to be able to be embedded into other platforms with ease.

Student Achievement Reporting

We are continuing with mid point reporting for our Year 1-3 students. This mid point is based roughly on age.

A 5 year old will receive a written report at 5.6 years (mid point) and at 6 (end of year point)

A 6 year old will receive a written report at 6.6 years (mid point) and at 7 (end of year point)

A 7 year old receive a written report at 7.6 years (mid point) and at 8 (end of year point)

If a student is in year 4-6, they receive written reports around mid year (End of T2) and end of year (End of T4).

There can be a 9 month difference in ages for students in a year group and therefore we look at individual progress based on time at school for the first 3 years. These are the fundamental years for most students.

From Year 4, most students are able to progress through the expected curriculum level using the fundamental skills they have developed.

We value all opportunities to talk with you about your child and their progress, so feel free at any time to catch up with us if you would like to.

ERO Visits (Education Review Office)

ERO are in the process of developing a new partnership system when they are working with schools. They have moved away from a “Compliance” model to one of professional partnership, holding us accountable for our learning programmes through the local decisions that we make. This year we have had two meetings with our ERO partner and we have another meeting in a few weeks. It is valuable to be able to share the high standard of achievement of our students alongside the challenges of meeting the Ministry requirements with a limited budget. ERO are not able to provide us with our resourcing needs, however we know our voice is being heard and that along this journey we hope the needs of small schools is recognised.


Donna Donnelly


Albury School



  • Wednesday 19th: Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby Tournament
  • Thursday 20th: Pink Shirt Day
  • Thursday 20th: Assembly 2.45pm
  • Thursday 20th: BOT Meeting
  • Wednesday 26th: Fledgling Fours 2.30pm
  • Thursday 27th: Sushi
  • Monday 31st: Cross Country 11.00am


  • Tuesday 1st: Young Leaders Day
  • Thursday 3rd: Assembly 2.45pm
  • Monday 7th: SCHOOL CLOSED Queens Birthday
  • Tuesday 8th: SCHOOL CLOSED Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 9th: Fledgling Fours 2.30pm
  • Thursday 10th: Sushi
  • Monday 14th: SC Cross Country Waiti
  • Thursday 17th: Assembly 2.45pm
  • Thursday 17th: BOT Meeting
  • Wednesday 23rd: Fledgling Fours 2.30pm
  • Thursday 24th: Sushi
  • Friday 25th: Ice Skating Day


  • Thursday 8th: Sushi
  • Thursday 8th: Celebration Assembly 2.30pm
  • Friday 9th: Last Day of Term 2

  • Monday 26th: First Day of Term 3

End of Term 1- Principal's Awards

Congratulations to Natalie and River who were awarded the Principal’s Awards for Citizenship, and Pippa(absent in picture) and Ted for the Principal’s Academic Awards.

It is such a pleasure to award our students for their effort.

We are very proud of all of our Albury Kids.

Rippa Rugby

Thanks to Aaron and Jeremy for their coaching session with the Year 5/6 students.

We wish them well for the tournament next week.

Student Clothing

It is really helpful if student clothing could be clearly named. We have layers worn in the morning and as the day warms up, the layers get peeled off. Many thanks.

Adverse Weather

Last year we updated your emergency contacts and information relating to responses to adverse weather situations. If your plan has changed from last year, please let us know.


Smokefree now includes No-Vaping


All schools are now SMOKE FREE and VAPING FREE.

Vaping has now been added to the Smokefree Act and it is illegal to Vape on school grounds.

Signage is being changed to reflect this addition.

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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