2022 Term 1 Week 4

Albury School Newsletter

Principal's Message

OMICRON – well Phase 2 didn’t last long (only a few days) and now we are in Phase 3. This is the most contagious and high risk stage for all of us now as the previous restrictions were a containment of sorts. As you are aware schools across the country are now being affected by the virus. We have schools in South Canterbury also managing positive cases.

We have a very vulnerable workforce here at school and it is important to keep our staff as safe as possible so that school can remain open. If staff members get sick or need to isolate (due to a household member being positive), the board will make the decision as to whether the school can meet the H&S requirements and remain open.

We are now at the stage of reaching out to our community to seek your support to eliminate onsite contact with staff unless there is urgency. This is not a position we are taking lightly, and we value the interactions we have with you, but this is a delicate time for us to manoeuvre through and this is the best way to do this, and hopefully this will be for a short period of time.


Please continue to be vigilant and keep students at home if they are unwell, or if they are showing any signs of a sore throat, coughing, fever etc. They can return to school when they do not have symptoms.

Our position is to work towards keeping our Albury Kids and Staff safe and for the school to remain open.

If a teacher is away sick or isolating, we will attempt to get a relief teacher, however if that is not possible, we may employ our distance learning programme or close the school for instruction depending on the circumstances. As mentioned in previous communication, we will work with you should that happen. The board cannot ask a teacher who is sick, to run online programmes but if isolating there may be that option. There are numerous scenarios, and our responses are quite limited due to the nature of our small school.

Thank you for your understanding and help. Hopefully we all get through this unscathed but as there is LIFE going on all around us, there is a high chance that we may be impacted at some stage. It is what it is at the moment and our pragmatic, sensible approach is a response that we hope is accepted and respected by our community.

Please contact me should you have any queries, and at the present time a reminder to:

· Contact the school if your child is positive for Covid-19

· Keep students at home if they are sick. They can return when they are symptom free

· No onsite contact with staff unless urgent

· If you are on site (under urgency) – a mask must be worn


· Only confirmed positive cases and their household contacts must isolate (the close contact tracing no longer applies).


Donna Donnelly


Albury School




  • Thursday 3rd: Sushi
  • Thursday 17th: Sushi
  • Thursday 24th: BOT meeting 6.30pm, School Library
  • Friday 25th: Teacher only Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday 31st: Sushi


  • Sunday 3rd: Daylight savings ends
  • Thursday 14th: Sushi
  • 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 are all settling well into our Piwakawaka Class routine. We have started literacy activities and are proud of the work that we are doing as you can see by the photos.

Since school began we have made the most of our incredible swimming pool and everyone has made amazing progress. We were very excited to wear life jackets in the pool and test out how it felt. We are learning how to be safe in and around water and how we can help in an emergency.

Learning about the Olympic Games has been fun and we liked watching the different events. We are super proud of our Zoe and Nico for winning gold medals. It was exciting watching them compete.

Nga Mihi

Heather van der Heyden

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Tui Classroom

Over the last few weeks we have been completing a self portrait. We have drawn our face, with pencil sketching on one side and colour on the other.

On the colourful side we got to draw our favourite things. Some of us have drawn a rattlesnake, a dog, pencil, water, surf board, stars and a donut. The most enjoyable part of this art work, voted by a majority of our class, was drawing with pencil and researching how to shade a face.

'My favourite part of the art was colouring because I got to see my personality come to life.'

  • Scarlett and Ana

'I loved drawing the pictures on my art because it gave me an insight to what I liked and researching how to draw things. This improved my drawing and I am very proud of my art work.'

  • Dan

During swimming time we have been looking at water safety. On Tuesday we wore life jackets and tested out the different types. We made a whirlpool which meant we could float on our backs in a current. We tried to beat the buoyancy by sitting on the bottom, doing flips and handstands.

We practiced putting our life jackets on in the water without touching the bottom. This turned out to be quite a challenge.

Last week, we took turns to throw a rope and rescue Ben. Thank you Ben for your excellent acting.

Tui Class

Assembly Friday 18th February

Welcome to Albury School, we are happy to have you here:

Charlie, Azayah, Mackenzie, Murphy, Ava, Harry, Georgie, and Miss B!

We already had a few birthdays to celebrate this year.

Happy Birthday Olivia M, Sophie, Olivia Mc, Meila and Georgie!

Congratulations to all the recipients of an award at assembly, well done!
Having fun at assembly with the 'Let's get fit- count to 100' -song.
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We held our Albury School Triathlon on Thursday 24th February.

Our Albury Kids had been training for this event and were very excited to finally showcase their skills.

It was great to see that every single one of them gave their absolute best and pushed through to the finish line. The atmosphere was great and when they weren't competing they were supporting and cheering on their friends.

Stationery 2022

Students have been issued with their stationery items.

The annual payment of $40.00 per student will cover the full year.

It would be appreciated if this could be paid by the end of March if you haven't paid already.

Bank account: Albury School Board of Trustees, 12-3159-0137213-00 (Reference: Stationery 2022 and your last name).


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!

Children's day 2022

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Hockey Registrations open

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North Canterbury Basketball

SIPT Tournament Invitation Letter

Kia Ora Koutou

As a registered Association or club of 2021 we would like to offer you first registration to our 2022 SIPT Tournament.

We are proud of what our SIPT Tournament represents to both you our invitational teams and to our own NCBA tamariki. We run musters of all age groups where tamariki come together from all over North Canterbury to meet each other and make new friends while having a basketball in their hands. Last year was the first time we delivered 3x3 to our years 5/6 grade and it was with great success, music was playing and the smiles were bright however most importantly we had a high level of touches to the ball via passing, shooting and team work. So everyone gets to learn skills while having fun and enjoying the game. After this tournament and then the integration of 3x3 into our Friday Night Basketball Program (FNBB) we have found the skills level and confidence of our tamariki has improved and especially noticed in our girls.

DATES: This is our 31st time this event has run!
April 22rd – 25th (Friday – Monday)
Middle weekend of the school holidays, please note that we are aiming to make this now a yearly date, so everyone can have it in their calendars.

Due to the middle weekend in 2022 being ANZAC weekend, we have to compensate for games not being played Sunday morning. Therefore games will be played on Friday night for local NC/ChCh teams only. Any travelling teams will still play first games on Saturday morning to allow for same day travel if required.

Our 2022 Tournament is to be held at the following venues:
*Mainpower Stadium - 289 Coldstream Road, Rangiora 7473
*New Life School - 2 Denchs Road, Rangiora 7400

Teams in Year 7/8 Grades will play 5v5 and
Teams in Year 5/6 Grades will play 3x3. Year 5/6 Grades will play sessions, similar to NBL 3X3, with 3-4 games in each session, and a couple sessions per day, depending on draw/team entries.

Masks are compulsory for everyone as you enter both of our venues along with vaccination passes & covid tracer app. We recommend them for inside the stadium.
With the RED traffic light system we will need to manage our internal numbers but will keep you up to date with the rules around this re spectators.

Registration link & Tournament Cost will be send soon.


We look forward to welcoming you back to our fabulous community and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. Nicky Simpson – admin@northcanterbury.basketball

Ngā mihi nui

NCBA Staff & Committee


Nga mihi

Matt Cunninghame

Operations Manager

M: 027 627 4800

E: ops@northcanterbury.basketball

289 Coldstream Road

Rangiora, 7473

School Policies

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

Health and Safety Management and Emergency, Disaster, and Crisis Management

Albury School Policies are located online at School Docs.


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Concerns and Complaints Process