Sunday, 17 September 2017

Stanley Olympics

During Week 6 a wonderful group of 49 Year 6, 7 and 8's participated in Stanley Olympics. While the Stanley Avenue Winter Olympics Team was away at Totara Springs competing in a wide variety of sporting events, the remaining students stayed back at school and participated in a range of fun events.

The week started off on Monday morning with an Amazing Race around Te Aroha. The weather was not looking promising and there was a lot of running around on Monday morning to organise a back-up plan, but when 9am rolled around the skies were fairly clear and we decided to go ahead. Everyone had a great time running around town, completing tasks, taking photos and trying to decipher clues. A huge thank you to the parents who gave up their time to lead groups, the businesses for letting us into their stores and giving us a range of activities to complete. It was a lot of fun and extremely tiring (we think each group walked between 9-13km over a 3 hour period).

 Over the next 3 days we completed a range of different T.V inspired activities - Hottest Home Baker, Masterchef, Survivor, Whose Line Is It Anyway, American Ninja Warrior, Minute to Win It, and Family Feud. Each activity was a lot of fun, and proved crucial to work together as a group, be creative and inventive. Each group successfully completed all the activities and it was amazing to see all the cooking efforts come together. The judges had a wonderful time tasting them all to determine a winner of each section. 

Thursday afternoon wrapped up our Stanley Olympics Competition with a Wall Ball Tournament, Skits Showcase and Prize Giving. After all the points had been tallied it was the Super Unicorns who came out the victorious winners, only 1 point ahead of the Spinner Winners.

Our fantastic week came to a finale with an amazing week away in Tauranga going to Rocktopia and a short walk around the Karangahake Gorge. Everyone had a blast tackling different rock climbing walls, giving the Leap of Faith a go, and braving the Vertical Slide. Unfortunately the rain came in over lunch and we were unable to walk around the Mount, instead changing the plans for a quick picnic (to finish off the Hottest Home Baker Slices) and a quick walk in the Gorge, on the way back over to school.



A huge thank you to all parents/caregivers who provided transport, guidance and support throughout our week. We also want to thank Mrs Moleni, Miss Malone, Lynn, and Kat for all their efforts and support throughout the week, we couldn't of done it without you. However our biggest thanks must go to Mrs Horan - we honestly wouldn't of had this week without you and we cannot thank you enough for your efforts.

We have had a great week and cannot wait for next years Stanley Olympics. Keep a look out in the coming weeks for a video from the Winter Olympics Team.


This term all Room 3 students have been working hard to write and present fantastic speeches. Everyone successfully presented their speech, with a wide range of topics being selected. Topics ranged from Pukeko's to How To Get Fit, Rugby, Cricket, Money, Space and even the Tarantula Hawk.

It was hard to select only 4 speeches to go forward to the School Speech finals, but in the end Jacob, Charlie, Rico and Charli were selected to represent Room 3. All four worked extremely hard to perfect their speeches and did an amazing job of presenting to a large audience. It was great to see their confidence presenting in front of others, and to see their improvement from when they presented to the class till the speech finals. It really showed how much they have taken on board advice and worked hard to perfect their speech and performances. A huge congratulations to all four of them for having the courage to represent themselves and our classroom so well.

We had great success with Rico winning the Year 6 group and Jacob placing third in the Year 7 division. A fantastic achievement for both boys. Unfortunately Rico is away next week and is unable to present his winning speech at the Rotary Speech Finals, instead the two runners up (Jessica and Anna from Room 4) will represent Stanley Avenue School as the Year 6 speakers and we wish them all the very best.

Here is Rico's winning speech. Note that this is his classroom presentation, as we did not record speeches at the School Finals.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Cross-Country 2017

Loud bursts of cheering echoed along Stanley Avenue on Thursday 17th August as the whole of Stanley Avenue School chanted house songs and cheered on their team mates at the school cross-country.

Runners had optimum racing conditions with the weather holding off for all races, creating an overcast and slightly chilly day, but with no rain. With these peak conditions came amazing races. It was fantastic to see so many flushed faces at the finish line, evidence that everyone had given their very best effort. There was a lot of tight finishes and a number of personal bests!

Well done to all participants, place getters and those who have been selected for the Stanley Avenue School District Cross-Country Team - we wish you all the best.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Term 3

Term 3 has started back with a bang!

We were extremely lucky to have Mrs Horan teaching us during Week 1 while Mrs Knyvett was away. Throughout the week we worked in groups to complete the Survivor Shake-Out Challenge. From working through the challenges we have strengthened our team work skills, and thought creatively to problem solve.
(Keep checking back in over the next few days to see excerpts from our work and the final team standings.)

Things to note this term:
Stanley Avenue School Cross-Country is in Week 4. To help prepare for the event and increase our fitness we are training around the cross-country track (around the Wetlands) every Tuesday and Thursday. It has been fantastic to see the effort everyone has been putting in, and to most students remembering their change of clothes and running shoes.

Winter Olympics Lunches
This week the Winter Olympics Team are selling hot Chicken rolls for $2.50. Please support the team and get your orders in by Wednesday. It is important that orders are in by Wednesday as Mrs Hayes needs to buy the ingredients on Wednesday afternoon.

The School Speech Finals are set to be held during Week 8 of this term. All Year 6-8 students are required to write and preform their speech to their class, where the top speeches will be selected to represent their class at the School Speech Final.
During the past week we have been looking at Informative and Persuasive Speeches and the important components of each. We have brainstormed a list of topics that interest us and have begun planning our speeches. Over the next few weeks we will be busy writing, editing and rehearsing our speeches.
Year 6 speeches must be between 2-3 minutes and Year 7/8 speeches must be between 3-4 minutes.

Stanley/Winter Olympics
Please make sure that you have received a notice home recently about what to expect during Week 6 with Stanley and Winter Olympics. If you have any questions please contact Mrs Knyvett.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Science Fair

Today Room 3 opened the doors to our amazing Science Fair and showcased our incredible animal creations. 

It was fantastic to have so many excited visitors come through and ask in-depth questions that challenged our knowledge of our animals. We were blown away by the questioning of some of the junior classes, and were particularly excited to show around our family members. 

A huge thank you to all the visitors who came in and admired our animals today. It really was fantastic to see so many classes, teachers, parents, caregivers and other family members. 

Check out some of the photos from our Science Fair today.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Room 3 Science Fair

This terms inquiry has nearly come to a end and Room 3 are wanting to showcase our amazing creations.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Winter and Stanley Olympics

The 2017 Stanley Avenue School Winter Olympics Team was announced at the beginning of this term. They have all been flat out training for their nominated sports, improving their fitness and selling chocolate bars!

You can support their fundraising efforts by purchasing chocolate bars directly from a Winter Olympics Team Member, or by purchasing a lunch item from school on Thursdays. Each Thursday this term will be a hot meal option - which is advertised the week before. Please get your orders in by Wednesday to allow for ease of food preparation, and to make sure you don't miss out. The food on sale for Week 8 is American Hot Dogs!

While the Winter Olympics Team is off busy preparing their Chant, learning about Teamwork and practising their sports the rest of Rooms 1, 2 and 3 are busy preparing for the very exciting Stanley Olympics. Over the past few weeks it has been fantastic to see the teamwork developing, as everyone looks to prepare their team for our action packed week!

Check out some of the photos of our fun team building activities...