Final Words

December 7, 2022

With two days left of the the school year, there are a couple of reminders, thank you’s and a fond farewell.

Stanley Bay Rocks

Wow! We certainly made an impact rocking around the Christmas tree at the Devonport Lions Christmas Parade. A huge thank you to Sarah Ostergard who skillfully choreographed our moves, and provided sounds, inspiration, and motivation! We certainly looked a sight, it was fantastic to see so many families joining in – a real ‘feel-good’ Sunday morning. I can’t wait to see what we can conjure up for the 2023 parade!!

2023 Information

Next year, the first full day of the school year will be Wednesday, 1 February 2023. However, on Tuesday, 31st January, you are invited to attend a short presentation that will introduce you to your child’s teacher who will share information about teaching and learning programs, class timetables, organisation and for you to ask any questions. NB: 31st January is not a full school day.

While you are welcome to bring your child to this event, as listed below. Should you require childcare on this day, sKids will operate as usual. Click here if you wish to book your child into sKids on 31 January.

Class Information – Tuesday, 31 January (not a full school day), commencing at 9am will be structured as follows:

Children and their parents are invited to presentations followed by a Q&A session in each of the rooms listed below:

R1 / R2 Room 2

R4 / R6 Room 4

R7 / R8 Room 8

R9 / R10 Room 9

R11 / R14 Room 11

In the first three weeks of term, we encourage you to connect with your child’s teacher and share any insights you may have about your child’s learning and/or social needs. Please email your child’s teacher to book a time before or after school. All teacher email addresses are on our school app.

Friday 16 December – Early Finish 

A reminder that on Friday school will finish at 1.30pm. If you require child care please contact Skids 

A Farewell Thank You 

For five and a half years, I have been the very proud principal of Stanley Bay, and now it is time to say farewell.

To our families and community,  thank you for putting your faith in me to lead the school and allowing me the privilege of educating your children. Your commitment to the school is second to none, and your passion for advocating for your children never ceases to amaze me. I genuinely value the bouquets and for the time taken to engage in constructive conversations; after all, feedback is a gift! Thank you is inadequate for your encouragement, energy and investment in the school and, ultimately, me as a leader.

When the Board took office in September, I am pretty sure principal recruitment wasn’t on their mind…and yet, three weeks into the role, there it was! Thank you for your support, openness and positivity. You have the very best interests of the students and school at heart and I wish you all the very best in nailing those work-streams next year.

Stanley Bay has a committed and talented staff, they really are a dream team. Not only are they fantastic teachers but they consistently go above and beyond to ensure the very best outcomes for the students. So to the staff, thank you for following me, leading me, enabling me to grow, taking risks and challenging the status quo in the best interests of students. 

The students are the reason I turn up every day! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each and every one. They have taught me how the power of a smile and a kind word can turn a day around – their positivity and energy are infectious. It has been a privilege to watch them learn and grow. I look forward to hearing of their many successes in the future. 

It has been an absolute privilege to lead Stanley Bay. I feel very fortunate to have been part of such a special community; leaving is easier in the knowledge that the school is in a strong place and in safe hands; an effective Board, a dream team staff, a committed community, and incredible high-performing students. What more could you want?!

Thank you Stanley Bay, you have taught me well and I am leaving as a better leader and person.

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini
Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many. 

Noho ora mai 

Lucy Naylor