Albury School Newsletter

2021 Term 4 Week 5

Principal's Message

All the best for our Year 4-6 students who are heading off to Living Springs Camp this week (Wednesday -Friday) with St Joseph’s Fairlie. The students are really looking forward to this adventure and I’m sure they will have a lot of fun and enjoy “memory making” as school is often remembered for these activities and not the maths lesson!

We have been fitting a lot into our short term and we delight in seeing the great learning and achievements that have been going on. Our Year 6 students are in the final stages of their transition to Year 7 at Mackenzie College. Monday next week sees them attending nearly a full day as they participate in the orientation day. We are proud of them all and although it will be very sad to see them moving on, we are thrilled that they have been Albury Kids – with fabulous Albury hearts and attitudes!

We have 3 weeks left as our final day is Tuesday 14th December. It is a time of winding down and winding up as we are also preparing for 2022. On that note, our Ice Skating Day at Tekapo Springs will be on 1st July and our Annual Ski Trip is booked in for Wednesday 10th August.

Final assembly is being held on December 9th at 5.30-7.30pm. This will be held under the new guidelines of the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system). As yet the Education Sector has not been informed as to how this will impact on schools, but I will elaborate more when the information is released.


The most important things for Albury School is:

- For students to stay home if sick (and you have all been fantastic with this – thank you)

- That rooms are well ventilated with students eating outdoors (much easier now with warmer


- That students and staff wear masks (if they wish so)

- And that cough and sneeze etiquettes be reinforced

It is a requirement, at the present time, that any parent volunteers helping at school events/activities be vaccinated. This may mean you are unable to provide support for us on trips and at events. I am required to ensure that this safety measure is implemented and I value that the intent is to keep our students as safe as possible while they are at school.

However, no matter what your vaccination status is - you can still help! There are a number of property bits and pieces that need doing around the place and Aaron McCall is sorting this, so if you can provide an hour to help out, please let him know. This property work will need to be completed when students are not on site.

Please continue to be vigilant around signing in when on site as this will make it easier to contact people if we find ourselves in the unfortunate situation of having a positive case. If we do, there is a robust plan for us to work through and as we are a small community it is likely that you may hear on the “grapevine” before the school hears anything formal. Don’t be alarmed if that is the case, as the information that the school provides to our community must be accurate and verified and this is managed through Public Health and the Ministry of Education. This takes a little bit of time, and the more information we can provide regarding contacts etc. the more accurate the response to the situation will be. There is a strong mandate for schools to remain open through the new Protection Framework guidelines, which is really encouraging, however, there are levels of responses that can be employed depending on the local situation. The plan is to move away from the “one response model” to a model that is responsive to the local situation.

With that in mind and the fact that we are having to make plans for the end of year events, just a heads up that the final assembly may look a little different (we are not sure if Santa will be paying a visit this year. I hear he has had to reorganise his timetable substantially due to the whole world situation.)

Staffing for 2022

It is fantastic to have Mrs van der Heyden continuing with Piwakawaka next year while Mrs Greenwood is on maternity leave. The class compositions will continue as they are now, with the exception of those students moving on.

However, Mr Kent Murray and his family are relocating and Mr Murray will be leaving us at the end of the year. We wish Kent and his family all the very best with their move and we thank Mr Murray for the great contribution he has made to Albury School. We have also enjoyed getting to know both Jack and Soren and we wish these two awesome kids all the very best!

Our congratulations are extended to Jaimee Hall on the recent arrival of baby Onyx. Jaimee is currently on maternity leave from her cleaning position. Thanks to Ross and Sherri for helping out during this time.

Swimming Pool

This is being filled (slowly) and we may be able to fit in some swimming before the end of the year. A reminder that the pool will not be open for keys this season.

Property Update

The plans for the interior redevelopment of the top block have been sent to Council, however there is still no definite timeframe. Covid-19 has put the trades environment into a whirl with supplies being short and difficult to source, and work piling up.

Keep well everyone and we look forward to sliding into the summer holiday with good cheer and happiness.

Ngā mihi nui

Donna Donnelly


Albury School



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


  • Thursday 9th: Sushi
  • Thursday 9th: End of Year Assembly and BBQ 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 14th: Last day of the School Year 2021



  • Monday 31st: Start Term 1


  • Monday 7th: Waitangi Day (observed) - SCHOOL CLOSED


  • 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


  • Friday 30th: End of Term 3


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


  • Tuesday 13th: End of Term 4

Piwakawaka Classroom

The weeks are going by so quickly and the end of the year is looming.

Over the last two weeks Piwakawaka have been learning and practicing skills for Run Jump Throw. We certainly have some budding athletes developing.

We are all enjoying Literacy Week with the Dress Up day being a highlight for everyone.

You will see all children are bringing home books in their Reading Packet. If your child is a new

entrant or in Year 1 these are for you to read to your child. As your child develops decoding skills, we will send home books for them to read. If you have any questions about this, please pop in and see me or email Thank you.

Heather van der Heyden

Tui Classroom

Hello Albury School community,

the last two weeks have been exciting for the Tui class. In addition to learning as usual, we have had our in-house athletics event. Students competed against students of the same age, for placing (first/second/third) and a bit of fun. (I must say, Albury School kids are superb athletes!). Some of the best all-rounders even got to represent their school at Pleasant Point Primary athletics day. Armistice Day was an educational and important event for our students, and they conducted themselves so well throughout the memorial. Literacy week was good fun, culminating in Charufti Day (character-meets-mufti) and a big book swap.

Ngā mihi,

Kent Murray

Congratulations to our Award winners

Armistice Day Service

Albury School students, staff and some parents participated in the remembrance day.

Daniel and Charli contributed beautifully to the service by reading a poem.

Literacy Week

Week 5 was 'Literacy Week'. Our teachers had organised some fun activities around reading and books. We had a book swap event, Charufti-Day (character dress up mufti day), DEAR - Drop Everything And Read and had a special guest visiting to read to our Albury Kids.

The winners of our book character dress up competition are:

Meila, Alice, Soren, Olivia Mc, Pippa and Gizelle- congratulations!

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Police Vet Check

It is a requirement for every person who provides care to children (for example helping with transport or parent help on school excursions) to pass a police vet check.

If you are kindly offering your help to school and haven't done a police vet check yet, or if your check has been more than three years ago, could you please see Donna or Kathrin so we can get the paperwork sorted and under way. You will need to fill in some forms and provide two forms of ID such as Passport, Birth Certificate and Drivers Licence or Firearm Licence.

Thank you, we appreciate all our parent and whanau helpers!

Tissue Donations, please...

We would like to ask for donations of tissue boxes for our classrooms, please.

Many thanks!


Terms 4 and 1 are SunSmart terms. Please remind your child/children to apply sunscreen before school and send a bottle of sunscreen for them to reapply during the day.

Girls only Football in Timaru

Football South is organising a girls only League in Timaru during Term 1 in 2022.
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Concerns and Complaints Process

School Policies

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


Education Success for Maori students

Albury School Policies are located online at School Docs.

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