Stanley Avenue School Newsletter

Term 3 Week 10 2021

WELCOME - Nau mai haere mai

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

  • 1 Oct Term 3 ends
  • 18 Oct Term 4 starts
  • 21 Oct School Photos
  • 25 Oct Labour day School closed
  • 29 Oct Harcourts Sausage Sizzle Whole School
  • 1 Nov BOT Meeting 6.00pm Staffroom
  • 3 Nov Stanley Ave Athletics day 8+ Herries Park
  • 10 Nov District Athletics Herries Park

Message from our Principal

I would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to the Stanley Avenue School Community for your continued support and cooperation during Term 3. With the uncertainty around Covid- 19, it has made for a challenging time. As a teaching team, we endeavoured to provide the best opportunities for your children. Our fantastic students have continued to have many exciting events this term postponed or cancelled much to their disappointment. I have been blown away by how they have bounced back strongly and refocused successfully on school life. Whilst a lot of the decisions were made at regional or national level, as a Board of Trustees, we have had to make some tough decisions around certain events. At all times the students' health and safety was and is our first priority. Let’s hope we can enjoy a relatively normal Term 4 Schedule.

I wish you and your family/ whānau a safe and happy holiday period.

Ngā mihi nui,

John Byers

Stanley Ave Cross Country 2021

This year, due to covid limitations, we only ran a small group of students who wanted to take part for age groups 10, 11 & 12+ years, Girls and Boys.

10 Year Old Girls: 1st Oceane Opie, 2nd Trilese Large, 3rd Sophie Holder

10 Year Old Boys: 1st Xavier van Kuijk, 2nd Lucas Gamble, 3rd Charlie Knight

11 Year Old Girls: 1st Charlotte Ryan, 2nd Sahara Gardner-Walker, 3rd Joanna Glenn

11 Year Old Boys: 1st Connor Wood, 2nd Blake Watts, 3rd Jerry Collier-Tilsley

12 Year Old Girls: 1st Greer Gemmell, 2nd Taranpreet Singh-Mahal, 3rd Sophie Ryan

12 Year Old Boys: 1st Jake Horan 2nd Denzel Grace, 3rd Gaebriel Gamble

Waka Points: 1st Hauraki, 2nd Waihou, 3rd Mokena, & 4th Te Aroha

Congratulations to our Cross Country Champions for 2021 Greer Gemmell and Jake Horan.

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Shaw Cup and Fleming Shield prize winners

Shaw Cup and Fleming Shield are long standing Rugby competitions within the Thames Valley region. Shaw Cup is up to Year 7 and Fleming Shield is up to Year 8.

Our Te Aroha players join with Paeroa to compete as the Southern Team. We played 2 weekends of competition against teams from Peninsula, Central Coast and Western.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

Shaw Cup Most Valuable Player - Gaeb Gamble

Fleming Shield Most Improved Player - Jake Andersen

Fleming Shield Most Outstanding Player - Jake Horan

Well done Boys. You have had an outstanding season. We are very proud of you all!

Stanley Avenue School Speech finals

On Thursday we held the school speech finals. In past years we have had Ruru and Tui teams, as well as parents and family members of the speakers, attend, but this year due to COVID Level 2 we were unable to have a big audience and visitors in the school.

Our 11 finalists (unfortunately Jake Andersen was absent) delivered well-rehearsed speeches about their chosen topics varying from Trees to Centipedes, Introverts to Minecraft and Why you shouldn't vape to a Day in the life of a 10-year-old boy, in front of the other 10 finalists, Mr Byers and Mrs Meyler and our wonderful judges, Mr Spencer, Mrs O'Connor and Miss Forrest. Thank you to Rita Sophorn and Chloe Forsman for their help on the day as MC and Photographer.

Delivering a speech is a very nerve-racking experience and it takes courage to speak in public, so we congratulate all our finalists on a job well done.

We are extremely excited to announce that the winners of each year group are as follows:

Year 6 1st Jack Masters, 2nd Xavier Van Kuijk, 3rd Oceane Opie

Year 7 1st Trinity Lawrence, 2nd Wynn Williams, 3rd Gaebriel Gamble

Year 8 1st Imogen Clewlow, 2nd Casey Masters, 3rd Reeve Grant

Congratulations to Imogen Clewlow, who is the winner of the McLeod Cup for Excellence in Public Speaking. Imogen spoke very passionately about Indoor Plants and has given everyone a lot to think about.

Thank you to our judges for being a part of our 2021 speech competition. It is a very difficult job and we appreciate your time and the thoughtfulness and careful consideration that it takes to judge speeches.

To see all of our wonderful speeches, please visit the school Facebook page.


A huge congratulations to Jake Horan who is the winner of the Presidents Cup. This is a very special trophy and is awarded to the Junior Rugby player who shows the most promise out of all the Year 8 players within Te Aroha Junior Rugby. This is a wonderful achievement Jake, one you should be very proud of!

Touch Managers and Referees Needed

We have had a massive response from our boys and girls of all ages wanting to play touch this summer season. This year we will be fielding nine teams to incorporate 100 players!!! Whilst this is a great turnout we are desperately short of the Managers and Referees. Please note the managing of the teams will only involve coordinating game information to team members and running subs during the games. Parents on the sideline may also be able to assist with this.

Currently we need the following:


Under 13’s: one

Under 9’s: two

Under 7’s: two


Under 11’s: one

Under 9’s: one

Under 7’s: one

Waihou Rugby will be running refereeing sessions prior to the start of the tournament. If you are willing to manage or referee a team please contact John Byers at

Thank you for your support in order to get all students playing touch this year.

Thank you

John Byers

Homai te pakipaki Mr Byers

Last weekend Mr Byers competed in the Blue Lake Challenge. John ran a total of 19 laps (110km) and is stoked to have beaten last year's time by 45 minutes, crossing the finish line in 16 hours 30 Minutes. He was supported superbly throughout the day by his family and Miss Klein was also there to take photos and cheer him on. We are once again super proud of this amazing accomplishment which is an awesome example of 'Striving to Succeed' Well done Mr B!!!

School Photos 2021

This year School Photos are to be taken on Thursday 21st October. Photos will be taken of classes and then of every child individually. If you wish to have a photo of all of your children together (siblings, school age only) you must fill in a sibling photo form at the office. Approximately two weeks later your child will come home with a unique shoot keycode which then allows you to go online and view any photos taken and place an order if you wish. Please check out the flyer below for any more details.
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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 26 October 2021 to 15th November 2021.

Applications close 9am, 26 October 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, 26 October 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


Hats - Potae

In line with our sun shade policy, hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4.

Students without hats during break and lunchtime will be asked to remain in a designated shaded area.

Hats can be purchased from the Uniform Room or the School Office for $12.

First Credit Union Banking will restart in Term 4

First Credit Union offers a School Banking service to schools. This will restart in Term 4 for our students who currently have accounts.

If you wish for your child to take part, they can collect a starter pack from Mrs Hayes at the school office, which contains an application form that you can fill out and return. Banking will be collected from the school on the Thursday of each week.

First Credit Union will monitor the situation and be in touch with us when the time is right, to confirm a start date.

Uniform Room is open on Wednesday Mornings 8.30am - 9.30pm. Eftpos available


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Te Aroha Basketball Association 75th Reunion - Nov. 6

Plans are well underway and include Guest Speaker Dillon Boucher who is a past NZ representative and is the newly appointed Chief Executive of NZ Basketball.

We look forward to catching up with past players, coaches, and interested others. To register log onto Te Aroha Basketball Association then go to Events. Click on the reunion details to the registration page, OR go through Facebook.

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