Stanley Primary School News

The last couple of months have seen our enthusiastic students busy as ever, and with plenty more happening this term.

Probably the biggest highlight was the participation in our school’s cluster athletics day, with the students all trying their hardest and cheering each other on.

Their team spirit was shown by the students putting together a 10-person relay team, including all the preps, 1’s and 2’s, to run against the 10 and 11 year olds who were in the other schools’ teams.


Stanley obviously has some talented young athletes as the students won the competition and took the trophy home again!  Having followed the Olympics early this year this was a great way to have some ‘real life’ sports fun.



Special mention goes to Seth Black, who broke the 7 year old boy’s long jump record, previously held since the 1970’s!

The students have also become a regular attraction at the Acacia and Stringybark lodges at the Aged Care facility in Beechworth, where they have again visited, with students reading their ‘readers’ to an attentive audience.

They will again visit on the 22nd November with their ukuleles for another performance as the ‘Stanley Strummers’. They will also have a full dress rehearsal of their marionette performance.


Back at school they have been building ‘solar powered boats’, getting the vegie patch going for the season, cooking a healthy lunch each week and experimenting with woodwork projects (and somehow fitting in the “three R’s”)!

Do we have anybody in the community who could help us make some woodwork items for Christmas presents? We could buy the wood, but need some assistance with skills…….? Give the school a ring, or drop in…….

The students have also been making marionette puppets and would appreciate any donations of sparkling, glittery items they could incorporate into their creations – these can be dropped off at the school during school hours.

The next two months will see the students off to Melbourne to do all the things they can’t do in Stanley,(visit Polly Woodside, the Control tower at the docklands, IMAX 3D theatre, the Vic market, and the museum, not to mention Fish and Chips for tea and a romp on the beach!) to a December Flying Fruit Fly circus performance in Albury, and keep your diaries free for the inaugural Stanley puppet show, at the end of year concert  (20th December – more details to come)!

Our fantastic teaching principal Gayle Cameron has also been recently recognised by her progress to the ‘finals’ of the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEITA) – out of 1372 teachers nominated.  Go Gayle and go Stanley!

And at this time of year I must say that Stanley Primary is currently taking enrolments for 2013 – if your family or a family you know is in the process of deciding ‘where to go’ next year, then be sure to come and check out our wonderful local school. The school is up there with the best of them on so many levels and offers a supportive, happy environment for the students and a diverse and comprehensive curriculum.  The students’ spirit and their results say it all.

Just call the school during school hours to make an appointment to come in and have a proper look on 5728 6522.  Help us make our great school even more vibrant.

Steve Oke, Stanley Primary School Council President

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