Albury School Newsletter

2021 Term 4 Week 8

Principal's Message

Staffing 2022

We wish Mr Murray all the very best with his move to Nelson and we extend our thanks to him for the contribution he has made to Albury School.

Miss Hannah Beynon has been appointed for 2022 and will be teaching Tui class. We are also delighted to have Mrs van der Heyden continuing in Piwakawaka. We have a wonderful team supporting our Albury Kids with Tracey Roughton and Kathrin Burgert continuing to bring their care and expertise in our important support staff roles.

Stationery 2022.

As with this year, we will be requesting a set stationery fee of $40 for the full year and we will supply all equipment. This payment can be made at anytime from now on and it would be helpful to have this payment made by the end of February 2022.

My thanks to the Home and School team for their ongoing support and effort with fundraising for the extra things we can’t cover. We recently received a donation of $2000 and this has been used to subsidise the senior camp to Living Springs. For a small team – you make a huge difference!! Thank you.

The Albury Board has had a year of navigating complex issues regarding legislation and changing requirements. My thanks to you all for providing your governance and ongoing support for the staffing team and our Albury Kids. It is a pleasure to be working for an employer who not only recognises the complexities of our positions, but who also take the time to care and value the contribution the staffing team make to supporting our wonderful students. Thank you.

To our wonderful Year 6 students who are heading off to Year 7 – we wish you all the very best. It has been a pleasure and an honour supporting you all through your primary school years and we take heart knowing that you are well prepared and ready to fly. To our families of many of our Year 6 students, we acknowledge that your eldest child is leaving for their next learning journey. We also acknowledge the amazing support you have provided and wish you all the very best as you navigate the College setting. We all look forward to following our Albury Kids into the next setting and celebrate that they have been, and will always be, an “Albury Kid!”.

It is hard to believe the end of the school year is today!

Hoping all of your holiday or staycation plans will enable you to have some special time with your family.

School starts for students on Monday 31st January. Buses will be operating this day.

Ngā mihi nui

Donna Donnelly


Albury School




  • Monday 31st: Start Term 1


  • Monday 7th: Waitangi Day (observed) - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday 10th: Spud in a bucket night


  • 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


  • Tuesday 6th: School Photos
  • 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

We have had a great last couple of weeks.

Ag Day was a big hit with students in teams participating in connecting Prattley gates, putting up an electric fence, grading sheep, farmer relay, plant ID and Movnat.

Wheelies week was a big hit, we all loved riding our bikes, scooters and skateboards. So much fun was had by all.

We were sorry to farewell Soren last week. He has been a kind friend and definitely the maths

expert of the class. We will miss him and we wish him and all The Murray Family all the best in Nelson.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone. See you Next Year!

Heather van der Heyden

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Tui Classroom

Kia ora Albury School whanau,

We all had a blast at Living Springs camp. We lucked in with the weather, which was great for activities like orienteering, archery, shooting air rifles, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire. The students had 'Rec' time where they played on trampolines, and swung from giant Tarzan ropes. They went on a zipline, a gut-wrenching monorail down a hill, swam in the pool and navigated a Burma trail through the deep dark woods. Days were long, the food was good, and the accommodation - Bellbird Heights - abounded with bird-life. Other activities included initiatives, carried out in the bush, which was a series of challenges that tested both the social, physical and mental capabilities of our students. We also went on a bush walk and learned about native flora and fauna. The visit to the Christchurch museum was the highlight of our camp for some students, we could have spent a whole day there. We had a lot of laughs and new friendships were forged. What a fantastic experience for these Albury kids, one that will be remembered for years to come.

Wheels Week was great fun, as well as good for developing skills. I noticed many of our tamariki getting noticeably better at riding their bikes, skateboards and scooters over the course of the week. Ag Day was also educational and interesting, with a wide range of activities on rotation. The fine weather and community support made the day a real success.

The end of the school year reports have been sent home with your children. Thank you all for your work and support as a community. Wishing you all health, happiness, peace and prosperity this Christmas and in the coming New Year.

Ngā mihi,

Kent Murray

Living Springs Camp

End of Year Assembly...

...followed by BBQ lunch

Congratulations to our Award Winners 2021:

Irving Academic Cup

(Donated by Adair Irving) - Ted

Awarded to the student who gains the highest total throughout the year in the main learning areas.

Stanger Speech Cup

(Donated by Ms. Stanger) - River

Awarded to the child with the highest total point received in the Albury Speech and Poetry Competition.

Anderson Sport Cup

(Donated by the Anderson Family) - River

For outstanding effort and results in sport.

Brown Citizenship Cup

(Donated by Lucy Brown) - Olivia M

Awarded to the Albury Kid who demonstrated the Albury School Values throughout the year.

Casben Cup

(Donated by the Everett Family) - Kayde

For significant effort and progress throughout the year.

JHM Simpson Cup

(Donated by the Simpson Family) - Hayley

Cross Country Award.

Nicklee Cup

(Donated by Fran Darling) - Pippa

Awarded to a Year 3 student for effort and attitude throughout the year.

Albury Kid of the Year Trophy

(Donated by Sheralyn Scott-McD) - Hayley

For the student with the most Albury Value Slips.

The winning house for 2021 and winner

of the Albury School House Shield is


Class Awards for 2021

2021 Leavers

Farewell and all the best for the next step of your journey Mia, River, Lachie, Ted and Kayde!

Keep being awesome!

Join the Summer Book Club

This summer The Mackenzie Community Library is planning a Summer Book Club for children aged from 4 years – 16 years old. to encourage reading over the 6-week break and avoid the ‘Summer Slump’ in reading ability over the long break. Each child who signs up will receive a bag filled with 10 books personally chosen for them by the library team, based on their age, interests, and reading ability. The books will be issued until the end of the holidays, so they can be taken away to the bach or camping or just read at leisure at home. These packs are designed to encourage reading for pleasure, and there is no pressure to read ALL the books (unless you want to!), write reviews or complete any tasks.

Just come to the library and fill in an application form. We will prepare the packs for each child and they will be ready for collection from Monday the 20th December. Please get behind this new initiative and show your support by encouraging your child/ren to sign up, and spend the summer engaged in BOOK TALK with the whole family!

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 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 (closed between 25th December and 10th January). If your child requires dental care during the time we are closed contact your family dentist.

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

· Hillmorton Clinic, Sylvan Street, Christchurch – from Monday 10th January

· Aranui Clinic, 240 Breezes Road, Aranui – on 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th January

· Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby - from Monday 10th January

· Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru – from Monday 10th January

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

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