Stanley Avenue School Newsletter

Term 1 Week 6 2022


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.


Over the last week Omicron has become widespread in Te Aroha. I would like to thank our Stanley Ave Community for their communication, support, and cooperation during these times. Like across New Zealand a number of our school families are self- isolating due to household cases. I realise that this can’t be easy, please know we are thinking of you all.

A reminder that as of 11.59 pm Friday 11th March, the self isolation time frame changes from 10 days to 7 days. If your children have been self- isolating, they must return a negative RAT test after 7 days.

Kia Kaha

John Byers

Upcoming Events

  • 13 April Last day of Term 1
  • 14 April Teacher only day (School is closed for students)
  • 15 April Good Friday
  • 2 May First day of Term 2

Mr Byers Principal Sabbatical- Term 2, 2022

As part of our Primary Principals Collective Agreement, every five years NZ Principals are entitled to apply for a term of Sabbatical Leave. The purpose of this is for Principals to carry out study and/ or an inquiry as well as have some rejuvenation time. The statistics of Principals leaving the profession due to burn out is alarming and has been reported on in the media recently.

Towards the end of 2021 I was awarded Sabbatical Leave for Term 2 this year. I will be carrying out an inquiry focusing on ‘Whānau Engagement’. This inquiry will see me visit a range of schools, observing effective practice and generating new ideas that I can bring back to Stanley Avenue School.

Additionally, it will allow me more quality family time, where I can be a more present husband and father.

Di Meyler, will be Acting Principal in my absence and Chris Finucane will be Acting Deputy Principal. Angela Valencia, will be the Team Ruru leader for the term. I am excited for Di, Chris and Angela to be given the opportunity to further their leadership experience. This will only enhance Stanley Avenue School’s leadership capability and capacity moving forward.

I am grateful to the Stanley Avenue Board of Trustees for allowing me this opportunity and to the Stanley Avenue staff for their support and encouragement.

Ngā mihi nui

Thank you

John Byers


Sorry....No Juicies again next week!

Due to the everchanging COVID situation and fluctuating attendance, we will not be selling Juicies next week.

Fingers crossed, these will be on sale again in Week 8.

Thank you for your patience.


Unfortunately there will be No Basketball for our Year 5-8 teams next week 14/16th March) Thank you for your understanding and patience. We hope to be back playing again the week of 21/23rd March.

At this stage we also hope to be able there will be Year 3/4 miniball next Friday 18th March.

Please keep an eye on the Te Aroha Basketball Facebook page and the Stanley Ave School App for updates.

No Technology for Year 7/8 students Next Week ( 15th March 2022 )

Room 8's Fabulicious Self Portraits

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Potae - Hats

As part of our Sun Smart policy, it is compulsory for students to wear a Stanley Avenue Bucket hat. These can either be the royal blue toggle bucket hat or the new navy blue bucket hat with our logo on it (New addition to our uniform this year). If your child does not have a hat they can be purchased from the office for $12

Room 10..hanging out in the pool!

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Dental Unit is on site at Te Aroha Primary School

The Dental team have moved back to Te Aroha Primary school and will be there for the next 2 weeks. Should you need your child to be seen, please call Jaimee on 021 356294
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Stanley Avenue School Enrolment Scheme

Details of pre-enrolment procedures and subsequent balloting procedures

The board advises that five spaces for new entrant students and five spaces for Years 1-8 students are likely to be available for the period of 2nd April 2022 to 2nd May 2022.

Applications close at 9 am, 2nd April 2022. 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 on the 2nd April 2022.

Application forms are available from our school office.

Phone 07 8848 479 or alternatively contact John Byers (Principal) on 021 138 1983


Te Aroha Kindergarten

Te Aroha Kindergarten- A place where children and families experience:

A warm welcome.

A spacious well resourced environment.

100% qualified teachers.

Practice based on Aroha and kindness.

Support and encouragement of interests, strengths and holistic development.

Strong links with the community and local schools.

A play based curriculum.

Sessions run Monday- Friday 8.30am-2.30pm (one 6 hour session daily)

We are licensed for ages 2-5 years old.

"Spaces available now”! Please call us on 07 884 8749

Stanley Avenue School App

Our School App provides our community with many important updates. I strongly encourage you if you haven’t already to download the App either through Google Play or the App Store.