Stanley Avenue School Newsletter
Term 4, Week 8, 2023
Hello, Kia ora, Chomreabsour, Mālo ni, Ni hao, Kia orāna, Talofa lava, Namaste, Hola, Hallo, Chào bạn, Bula Vinaka, Kumusta, Guten Tag, Mālō e lelei , An-nyeong-ha-se-yo, greetings to all our School Families
From the Principal's desk...
Tena koutou katoa,
Robbin Durbin Caretaker Retirement
Today as a school we said farewell to Mr Robbin Durbin at Assembly as he officially retires from his caretaking duties next Wednesday. Mr Durbin has been a caretaker at Stanley Avenue School since 2016.
Below is an extract from my farewell speech to Mr Durbin.
On behalf of Stanley Avenue School I’d like to thank Mr Durbin for his efforts since 2016 in his caretaker role. Mr Durbin started in a job share 3 days a week and then from 2017 moved to his full time role.
If you know Mr Durbin he is a musical man and whether it's playing the guitar or his country singing it’s there where you will find him in his happy place.
Mr Durbin has a friendly demeanor and likes a joke, I know he has a lot of pride in Stanley Avenue School, but it’s time for him now to put the lawn mower, the leaf blower and the other tools away, and spend some quality time with his wife Jenny, as they travel around the country.
Mr Durbin, once again thank you for your efforts and we wish you all the best with your new adventures.
‘Whaia kia u’- Strive to Succeed
New Caretaker Appointment
We are excited to announce that Mr Alan Meyler has won the new Caretaker position and will start his duties next Thursday. Alan is well known to the school and has filled in as Caretaker admirably over the last two years when Mr Durbin was recovering from his hand operations. Additionally, he has assisted with a number of sporting teams. We wish Alan all the best and know that he will do a great job.
We are fortunate again to have a strong and stable teaching team taking our student’s learning forward in 2024. Please see below the team, year level, and class information for 2024. A reminder that class lists will be on display on the afternoon of 8th December 2023.
Year Level Changes
Debbie Hamilton, who has been Tui Acting Leader and Year 5/6 Teacher, will move to Ruru in 2024 and teach in Room 3. Debbie is an exceptional teacher and will complement a strong Year 7/8 teaching team.
We welcome back Sally Findlay, after her year of travel, to her Team Tui Leader role and as the Year 5/6 classroom teacher in Room 4.
Within Team Pukeko, the teaching personnel remain the same, however Hayley Williams will move to Room 6, teaching a Year 3/4 class. Additionally, Jess Roycroft will move to Room 7, teaching a Year 2/3 class.
Donnis Harrison, who has taught in Ruru for the past four years, will carry out release teaching across Tui and Ruru. Donnis will implement the important Digital Technologies Curriculum. We are fortunate to have Donnis’ Digital Technologies expertise within our school.
Teachers leaving our school
Miss Lyndsay Oldham- We thank Lyndsay for her efforts at Stanley Avenue School since joining us in 2020. During that time Miss Oldham has worked one day a week in Room 3 with Mrs Harrison. Miss Oldham will continue to work at Morrinsville Intermediate School. Ngā mihi nui, Lyndsay.
Teams and Year Levels for 2024
Please note the following:
Mrs Kate Corrigan will continue to cover Management and Junior CRT release across the school.
Mrs Donnis Harrison will cover Tui and Ruru CRT release implementing the required Digital Technology Curriculum
Miss Jacquii Malone will provide second year Beginning Teacher release to Sammi Dearnley
Meet the Teacher Afternoon
On Monday 11th December, from 2- 2.30 pm students will get the chance to meet their new teacher for 2024.
This meeting time allows students the chance to build initial relationships with their teacher and 2024 class peers, as well as familiarising themselves with their new class space.
- 7 Dec Year 7/8 Graduation Social, 7pm in the Rec Centre
- 11 Dec Prizegiving Assembly 9.30am
- 13 Dec Whole School Picnic at Matamata Pools $10 per child
- 14 Dec Last Day of School for 2023
- 30 January 2024 First day of Term 1
Out of Zone Enrolments
Stanley Avenue School Enrolment Scheme
Details of pre-enrolment procedures and subsequent balloting
procedures for the period
The board advises that five spaces for Years 1-8 students are likely to be available for the period of 30th January to 1st March 2024.
Applications close 9 am, 30th January 2024. If the number of out of zone applications exceeds
the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone
places is required, it will be held at 10 am, 30th January 2024.
Application forms are available from our school office.
Phone 07 8848 479 or alternatively contact John Byers (Principal) on 021 138 1983
Thames Valley Athletics 2023 - Results
Congratulations to all of our athletes who travelled to Paeroa to compete as part of the Te Aroha Cluster. Thank you to all of the supporters and taxi drivers. We know this a busy time of year and having you take time for our students is much appreciated. Thank you also to Mrs Meyler for al the behind the scenes organisation and support on the day.
Stanley Ave School RESULTS:
8 Yrs: 2nd - Kaylee Kaumoana
9 Yrs: 2nd - Leah Mold
8 Yrs: 3rd - Kaylee Kaumoana
10 Yrs: 1st - Tyela van Kuijk
10 Yrs: 4th - Laura Hogan
11 Yrs: 1st - Isabella Fairnie
12 Yrs: 1st - Sophie Holder
10 Yrs: 1st - Tyela van Kuijk
11 Yrs: 2nd - Isabella Fairnie
10 Yrs: 1st - Tyela van Kuijk
11 Yrs: 1st - Jayden Stockley
8 Yrs: 2nd - Patrick Norman
12 Yrs: 2nd - Erik Pollock
12 Yrs: 2nd - Connor Wood
8 Yrs: 4th - Patrick Norman
11 Yrs: 3rd - Jesse Sutherland
12 Yrs: 1st - Connor Wood, 3rd - Erik Pollock
11 Yrs: 3rd - Loclan Watts
12 Yrs: 1st - Connor Wood
11 Yrs: 3rd - Loclan Watts, 4th - Xavier Van Kuijk
Stanley Ave at the Community Gardens
On Wednesday, Flynn (Room 13), Sophie (Room 5) and Ivy (Room 4) visited the Community Gardens with Mrs Hamilton. They took a tour with one of the volunteers, Greta Dromgool. She answered our questions and explained how the gardens serve the community. The students reported back to their classes about the Community Gardens and how they can benefit from what the gardens provide. Visiting the gardens was a way to connect Team Tui's Inquiry Unit this term - "Growing Us". We have explored healthy eating options as well as learning about growing strawberry plants.
If you want to enjoy free fruit and vegetables from the Community Gardens, visit between 1-4pm on a Sunday and see what the 'Sharing Table' has available.
End of Year Whole school pool trip
Permission and payment is due for the whole school trip to Matamata Pools asap.
Please ask your child, if you haven't seen this notice. Copies have been sent home with your children or are available at the office. The cost is $10 per child which includes the bus fare and pool entry and is payable online to
03 1573 0009816 00 or with cash/eftpos at the office.
Purchase your Own New SAS Sports Shirt!
We have gone live on DirectGroup Uniforms with our new Sports Shirts that you are able to purchase. We feel moving forward this is a great option and will save a lot of time issuing and collecting sports shirts. At this time we still have our other sports shirts for anyone that is playing and has not purchased their own yet. Check them out at:
You can purchase the sport shirts and they arrive directly to your address and they even have Afterpay so that it makes it possible to budget. We are looking forward to seeing these appearing on our sports fields.
Change of day ---- Uniform room is open Thursday Mornings 8.30am - 9.30am
Come along and join us for a fun family event.
Stanley Ave School Bank Account Details
Contact Us - Whakapā mai
Location: Stanley Avenue School Stanley Avenue, Te Aroha 3320, New Zealand
Phone: +64 7-884 8479