2022 Term 3 Week 2

Albury School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Literacy Meeting

Many thanks to Heather and Hannah for running the Literacy parent meetings on Wednesday night. We had twelve attendees over the two sessions, and it was very exciting for us to share how the literacy programmes are taught and supported with the emphasis on using the science of literacy acquisition for young learners being a focus for our programmes.

Board Elections

It is fabulous to hear that we have had great interest from parents to be on the school board. There is information in this newsletter about the next stage of the election process. Our Returning Officer (CES) will be managing the next stage.

Student Achievement

At mid-year, we had a schoolwide reflection on how our students are progressing and how their achievement links to the current levels within the New Zealand Curriculum. As we are a small school, any public reporting must meet the requirements of the Privacy Act, so it is not possible for us to publicly report on individuals or year groups, but we can give you a general overview of achievement throughout the school.

The most important reporting is to you as parents, and we really value the time you take to connect with your child’s teacher to keep in touch with us on their learning journey. This partnership is always an open door and parents are always encouraged to meet up with staff to talk about all manner of learning topics!

Schoolwide Data

When we look at our student achievement, we are cognisant that the New Zealand Curriculum doesn’t break down expectations at midyear alone. There is also expected progressions between the achievement levels to account for individual student learning profiles. So, it is not a success/fail model, it is based on PROGRESSION.

Our school numbers are also low, so using a % reporting tool can be misleading so I have included student numbers to help you with your understanding.

In writing:

80 % (28/35) students are achieving and progressing well within and above the NZC curriculum levels. These curriculum levels are based on time at school.

20% (7/35) students are making great progress working towards the end of year expected level.

Writing also includes spelling, punctuation, sequencing ideas, use of appropriate vocabulary (this depends on what the writing is about and some writing within the curriculum e.g. using the language of Science. Teachers observe students daily in all their writing tasks and there is deliberate teaching of fundamental writing skills to support their progress.


83 % (29/35) students are achieving and progressing well within and above the NZC curriculum levels.

17% (6/35) students are making great progress working towards the end of year expected level.

Our classrooms are rich in literacy with Reading and Writing being closely linked. We are thrilled to see the difference between reading and writing results being close together as Writing has been a focus for us this year. We are seeing the impacts of deliberate teaching of spelling and word knowledge being used by our students when they are reading and writing.

This is a wonderful success for all of us to celebrate!


71 % (25/35) students are achieving and progressing well within and above the NZC curriculum levels.

29 % (10/35) students are making great progress working towards the end of year expected level.

This is pleasing data however it is an area to look at for improvement. This is a national trend due to NZ wide data showing that the impacts of the Numeracy Project didn’t produce the desired improvements in maths. The Maths curriculum is currently be refreshed and is expected to be released later this year. Maths is a multi-dimensional area, and we will be looking to upskill staff as the new curriculum is phased in.

On that note – the whole Education system from Primary to Secondary is having a refresh. This includes NCEA (Secondary), so there is extensive alignment and changes happening in the curriculum space. If you are interested, more information can be located on the website:





Along with the fundamental curriculum areas of learning in Reading, Writing and Maths there are other learning areas that also have their own unique set of achievement expectations:

  • English (reading and writing)
  • The arts (Dance, Drama, Art)
  • Health and physical education
  • Learning languages
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Science
  • Social sciences
  • Technology

Albury School has a strong focus on positive relationships to enable students to feel safe and secure in an environment where they are supported by caring, experienced staff. Our determination and commitment to our Albury Kids is a true service to our Albury school community and we take pride to ensure that all students are successful.

We really value the strong family support we receive, and we would like to acknowledge the

wonderful work you all do as parents! You are all truly remarkable!! Thanks for sending your

awesome kids to us – we thoroughly enjoy teaching them.

Parent Interviews

We are looking forward to catching up 1—1 at parent interviews on the 16th and 17th August. It is unfortunate that it is "limited time interview", and we are not always comfortable with having to rush you through – in fact we don’t like rushing you through! Please feel free to make additional time to catch up if you feel the need to.

Changes to the Decile System

You may be aware that the DECILE system is being fully replaced. It was always intended as a way to fund schools to support the higher levels of learner needs in schools, however over time the decile of schools became a way for schools to market themselves, and many educational initiatives available to schools were also based on the school decile.

The new system uses the terms EQUITY funding and ISOLATION index. With the increase in system data from Statistics NZ, there are 37 data inputs that are being used by the Ministry of Education funding systems to generate new funding levels for schools. There is no direct correlation between the old decile system and the new system as the data being used for the new system is far more complex.

Part of a school's funding for operational purposes is also based on the decile rating, so the new system will continue to provide us with operational funding to allocate to learning needs. The decile funding was only used for a few funding components - not the main funding and the new system (Equity and Isolation Index) will also be used to factor a few funding components.

So we are still being funded - but the term Decile will no longer be used and the new funding model is not in any way a measure of a school's success. (Actually deciles were never set up either as a marker of school success but overtime there was a generalized misconception that this was the case).

I just thought that this explanation may help you to understand, as you will no doubt be hearing these new terms in the media as it is a major funding change for schools.

Principal Appreciation Week

The last week of the term was the first ever National “principal appreciation week”. This is instigated by the NZEI (our union) and I was humbled to have staff surprise me with a morning tea, and the students made a fabulous video (shared at celebration assembly) and I was presented with the most magnificent card of “Thanks” from the students and staff.

As I had no idea this was going on - I commend the Albury Kids for keeping this “good secret” about what they were planning! It was a lovely surprise. Thank you!

Donna Donnelly





  • Wednesday 10th: School Ski Day Roundhill
  • Friday 12th: Ski optional Roundhill
  • Tuesday 16th: Speech and Poetry Day
  • Tuesday 16th: Parent Interviews
  • Wednesday 17th: Parent Interviews
  • Tuesday 23rd: Mackenzie District Speech Competition
  • Thursday 25th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm
  • Friday 26th: Ski optional Roundhill


  • Thursday 1st: Ski optional Roundhill (tbc)
  • Tuesday 6th: School Photos
  • Wednesday 7th: School Board Parent Election- Vote closes 4pm
  • Friday 9th: Ski optional Roundhill
  • Friday 16th: Ski optional Roundhill
  • Thursday 29th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm
  • Friday 30th: End of Term 3


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


  • Thursday 3rd: Top Team (Years 3-6)
  • Thursday 24th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm


  • Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th: Senior Camp Aoraki Mount Cook
  • Tuesday 13th: End of Term 4
  • Thursday 15th: Board meeting, school library 6.30pm

Piwakawaka Classroom

Kia ora Whanau

It was great to start the new term with everyone well rested and full of enthusiasm for the term ahead. We enjoyed having a full class in the first week before sickness once again took a hold of Piwakawaka Kids in week 2.

We have begun the term learning about the Commonwealth Games and making connections between the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the Royal Family. We have looked on the world map where all the Commonwealth countries are and are keeping a medal tally for New Zealand and Australia. We think the Australians are amazing swimmers! We also made connections with sports we are familiar with and have been viewing the ones we didn’t know about like beach volleyball and track cycling. We think the athletes are great Albury Kids!

We have been busy learning poems for the annual speech event in week 4. Homework books went home on Thursday with the poems stuck in to get some extra practice at home.

We are excited to be going skiing on Wednesday. Fingers crossed for good weather.

Nga mihi

Heather van der Heyden

TUi Classroom

Welcome back everyone.

The first two weeks have flown by. We have started the term by learning about the Commonwealth games. Students have learnt what a commonwealth is, some sports they didn’t know about, the countries participating and have been keeping a medal tally of ten countries. It has been great to watch some of the events and learn the rules of the sport. Next week we will be holding our own mini commonwealth games on Thursday, which will involve an opening ceremony and Gold, Silver, Bronze medals.

We are in the midst of speech writing. Everyone has chosen their topic and has been working hard to develop their ideas and write their speech.

Speeches will begin to come home so they can be practiced with a loud, clear voice and also using their hands and body to add actions.

Olivia and Azayah kicked us off this week with our PALs programme. We will be alternating house groups each week. This week Benmore played two fantastic games that Olivia and Azayah chose. The first was called Traffic Lights and the second was Dragon Eggs. The girls did a fantastic job at leading the games and ensuring that Benmore were having a great time. Next week on Tuesday, Hayley and Tilly will be organising games for Opuha.

Last week I was lucky enough to hang out with the students on Canopy Day. We had a great day of fort building, painting, games and also trying out the new cable wheels. This took a lot of patience and resilience. Students found themselves taking a while to find their balance, but after a while they were walking forwards and backwards.

Nga mihi nui

Hannah Beynon

Assembly Thursday, 4th August 2022

Congratulations to all recipients of awards at assembly. Well done!

Albury School Board Parent Election 2022

Nominations are closed now

The candidates for our 2022 School Board parent election are:

Bray, Sam

Eaves, Laura

Fisher, Nicholas

McGregor, Rachel

McKerchar, Georgina

Ratahi, Jeremy.

On the 10th of August our Returning Officer CES will send out an email with voting papers and directions on how to vote.

(If you don't receive the email, please check your spam folder)

Votes will close on Wednesday, 7th September 2022 at 4pm.

Albury School Ski Trip Roundhill 2022

We have sent out a google form to complete for our annual ski trip, thank you for everyone who has returned the form.

We are booked in to Roundhill Ski Area at Tekapo on Wednesday 10th August 2022.

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.
All children must have a lesson with the Ski School regardless of whether they have skied before.

Parents/caregivers are responsible for transporting their children to and from the ski field. As a safety precaution and the nature of being on a ski field, we ask that at least one parent/caregiver from each family attends the trip with their children.

To ensure your child/ren get/s the most out of their day, can you please ensure they have the following:
Water proof pants
Water proof jacket
Thermals (top and bottoms)
Hoodie/warm long sleeved top
Goggles or sunglasses
Long woolen socks or stockings
Full change of clothes
Drink bottle

Costs for ski equipment (ski/boots/poles/helmets) hired from Roundhill as well as lift tickets and lessons are covered for all Albury School students.

Ski equipment hired from other sources is not covered by the school and must be paid for by parent/caregiver. Any other gear that children require (pants, gloves, googles etc.) will need to be organised prior to the day.

There are picnic tables to use if you wish to bring your own lunch and snacks for the day.

The Cafe offers a range of food and beverage options and has indoor seating.

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

Scholastic Lucky Book club

Issue 5 is out now!


Every child deserves access to quality and affordable books, and Scholastic Book Club offers great prices with Value Books as low as $3.50 on every issue of Book Club. Best of all, if you order on Issue 5 you can select FREE BOOKS!

Place your Issue 5 order on LOOP to select up to 3 FREE BOOKS. To qualify all you have to do is spend over $30 and you can select 1 FREE book, or spend over $50 and you can select 2 FREE books or over $70 and you can select 3 FREE titles from a special online list. The list will display after you create your order and head to the checkout. See https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx for more information.

Did you know that 20% of your Book Club order goes back to our school in Scholastic Rewards? These Rewards are redeemed on Books and Educational Resources which helps stretch our budget further.
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Ymca South and mid Canterbury: free parenting programme in Fairlie

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Local Elections 2022

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Police Vet Checks

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

For some parents their PVCs are expiring this year (Kathrin will email you to let you know).

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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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