Stanley Avenue School Newsletter

Term 2 Week 8


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.

Upcoming Events

  • 2 July Matariki Breakfast 7.45am start in the Rec Centre
  • 5 July BOT Meeting Staffroom 6 pm
  • 8 July Reports home
  • 9 July Last day of Term 2
  • 26 July Term 3 starts
  • 28 and 29 July Pact Conferences

ERO (Education Review office) Update

Our school is currently into the second term of working with our ERO- Evaluative Partner, Julie Earl. As mentioned back in Term 1, ERO now appoint an Evaluative Partner to work alongside all schools in the form of a longitudinal review, rather than the traditional ‘one- week’ snap shot. Since the beginning of the year Julie has built up strong relationships with our Lead Team, and in the future those relationships will extend to the wider staff, students, community and whānau.

Last week we introduced the focus of our Internal Evaluation Plan that we will be working on for the remainder of the year. Today our ERO blurb will focus on the rationale for choosing this evaluation focus.


  • Acceleration data shows effective acceleration for Māori in Writing and the school wants to build on this.
  • There is concern about achievement rates in Written Language with the disparity for Boys and Māori.
  • There is disparity with whole school data in Written Language compared to Reading and Maths.
  • The SAS learning progressions have been developed however the school wants to know how effectively they are being used across the school. (Pedagogies and practices).
  • Student agency has been identified as a tool to lift achievement and is a strategic goal. The school wants a more informed understanding of practices across the school to ensure consistency and improved transitions.

Keep posted: Next week we will discuss the specific purposes of the Internal Evaluation

John Byers

Rotary Essay Competition

This year Stanley Avenue Year 8 students took part in an essay writing competition run in conjunction with Te Aroha Rotary Club. The students were to produce a handwritten essay of no more than 2 pages to present to the Rotary club members. Our 3 finalists were then invited along with a parent to attend a Rotary dinner on Wednesday evening to present their essays. Congratulations to Casey Masters - 1st place and awarded the Lawrence Cup, Imogen Clewlow - 2nd place and Aurora Christey - 3rd place. These ladies all did a wonderful job sharing their writing. We are super proud of you all.

Angela Valencia

Book Fair week at Stanley Ave

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped this week, from the creative minds that transformed the library into an out-of-this-world space experience, to the parents and teachers that have manned the fair each day. Also to the wonderful children who coaxed their parents, grandparents, neighbours, and friends along to support us. You know who you are. Thank you so much, your support is appreciated. A special mention to Mrs Corrigan who has taken the lead and been busy organising and putting the finishing touches in place so we have been able to enjoy a wonderful week.

The bookfair has raised over $1100.00 to go towards our library and as always was a wonderful way to encourage our children to make the most of our library and have fun reading.

Thank you all again!

Wednesday..... Book Character Dress up day

Celebrating Matariki at Stanley Avenue School

Friday 2nd July from 7.45 till 8.45 a.m. in the Recreation Centre

Come and help us celebrate the Māori New Year

Who can come: All family members are welcome to attend, including siblings (pre-school and college) and parents.

Current students can attend without family, with parental permission.

Breakfast will include: Weet-bix, cornflakes, fruit, toast and spreads, waffles, sausages, spaghetti and baked beans.

Tea, coffee, milo, milk and juice will also be available.

Koha: In order to help us out with costs we would appreciate a gold coin donation per family.

Please bring: To reduce our costs and our environmental waste impact, we encourage as many families as possible to bring their own plates and cutlery. Cups will be available.

Numbers: We need to know numbers for catering purposes. Please contact the office if you haven't already sent in your form.

Ngā mihi nui-Thank you!

Rippa Rugby Finals in Paeroa

The Year 5-6 Steamers and the Year 7-8 Stags ventured off to Paeroa to take on the might of the Thames Valley at the 2021 Thames Valley Rippa Rugby Tournament. Sunny and warm conditions greeted the teams with both sides making it through the playoff rounds with a 2- 1 record. Some quality Rippa Rugby was on display with fast determined running, slick passing and determined defence. The Year 7-8 team fought gallantly against a tough Waihi College team in their quarter final but came up short against suffocating defence. The Year 5-6 team played a strong passing game to put away a plucky Moanatairi team to progress through to the final four of the competition against Waihi East. Unfortunately, the result didn’t go our way, but the team took pride in making the Valley Top 4!

I would like to acknowledge Dave Wood and Fiona Knight for their effort with coaching and managing the Year 5/6 team and Henare McLaren for coaching the Year 7/8 team. A big thank you must also go to our wonderful support team on the sideline and to all of the parents who helped out with transport. We look forward to the 2022 Rippa Rugby season.

Thank you

John Byers

Congratulations Ariana Parker. 1st place!

On Thursday Ariana competed in the Waikato Regional Gymsport Festival for Competitive gymnasts.

She is a Step 5 gymnast and competed in the floor, bar, beam, and vault in the Open Junior Advanced division for up to Year 6, coming away with 1st place. This is an amazing achievement Ariana and we are very proud of you. Congratulations. A huge thank you to her coach Stacey Eagle for the many hours of work building up to the competition as well as guidance on the day.

Enrolment Zone

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 6th July 2021 to 2nd August 2021.

Applications close 9am, 6th July 2021. 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 10am, 6th July 2021.

Application forms are available from our school office.

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


Thank you

John Byers


Room 5 and Room 8 Book Fair/Matariki Collaboration

Over the last two weeks Room 5 and Room 8 have been buddy classes. To help Mrs Corrigan with the Book Fair, we made decorations (Bottle rockets and pom pom aliens). First Room 8 came to Room 5, we buddied up and planned our rockets. Then the following week we painted, decorated and made our pom poms. Hopefully you saw our awesome creations hiding in the bookfair. Stay tuned for next week when we launch our rockets on the back field for Matariki.

Room 8 and Room 5 hope you have a happy Matariki.

By Trilese Large


Winter Olympics Fundraising - Sausage sizzle $2 each. Order in class by Thursday please.

Saturday Netball 26th June 2021

Junior Umpires 9.15am in the Pavillion

10am Court 5 and 6 Year1-4 Future Ferns

10am Court 2 Stanley Ave Year 5/6 vs St Mana

11am Court 3 Stanley Ave Year 7/8 vs St TAPs

Free confidential counselling for Whanau and Students.

Te Aroha Kaahui Ako has acquired funding to provide counselling for our Tamariki and their whanau. All sessions are confidential and are available in Waitoa on Wednesdays. Please call to book a session. 07 846 6907