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2023 Term Dates

January 23, 2023

Here are some important dates for 2023, including Teacher Only Days and Public Holidays affecting Term Time! 🗓️

Sun Protection at School

January 22, 2023

Don't forget your sunhat or drink bottle! Sunhats are a compulsory item for students in years 1-6 during Terms 1 & 4, please make sure they are named. Water bottles are also essential to make sure students can keep hydrated during the school day.

Twizel Area School Yearbook 2022

January 20, 2023

The Twizel Area School Yearbook for 2022 is available for you to view and download here! 🏫 📖

No More Passwords

January 20, 2023

As of January 2023, passwords will no longer be required to access the Parent Web Portal or SchoolBridge app. Caregivers can use the Magic Link option or the Google / Microsoft sign-in if you have registered one of those accounts with the school office.

We Need You!

January 20, 2023

For the first time in (what feels like) forever, we can seek in-school support freely. We need you! Parents, grandparents, caregivers and supporters - do you want to get involved at school?

Te Rā o Waitangi

January 20, 2023

Just a reminder that Monday, 6th February is Waitangi Day, meaning that school will be closed. Enjoy your long weekend, and let's hope for the summer weather to continue. 🌞 We will see everyone at school on Tuesday 7th!

School Stationery Lists

January 20, 2023

If you missed the cut-off to purchase your school stationery through OfficeMax MySchool, don't panic, school stationery lists for 2023 are available to download here. You can purchase online or in-store at a stationery retailer of your choice. 📝📐🎒

Back to School Survival Guide

January 20, 2023

Beginning a new school year, especially if it is for the first time, is exciting but it does come with some anxiety too. To make sure everyone is as confident and prepared as they can be, here are some practical ideas to put into practice.

2022 Prizegiving

December 19, 2022

Thank you to all the parents, caregivers, and whānau members who came to celebrate our students' achievements at last week's Prizegiving Ceremony. 🏆 You can see all the photos here. 📸

High-Fives all Round: 7 Ways to Celebrate Your Kids

December 19, 2022

Not everyone may have received a trophy at prizegiving, but every child can still feel seen and celebrated for the wonderful work they've put in this year. 🙌 🎉 🏆

BoT Parent Vacancy

December 19, 2022

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

Te Reo o te Raumati! Phrases to use at Christmas

December 8, 2022

There's never a bad time to brush up on your Te Reo Māori, and Te Rā Kirihimete | Christmas Day is as good a time as any! 🎄 🎅 Here are some Christmas phrases that everyone can use when you are surrounded by whānau and friends during the festive season.

5,4,3,2,1...Launch!

December 8, 2022

Some very excitable students, along with Mr White and Mr van M were having way too much fun building rockets this morning! 🚀 The aim...to fire them at the (Outdoor Ed Week) enemy invaders! 👾

Room 13 Antarctic Model

December 8, 2022

As part of Room 13 students' term 4 topic on Antarctica, the whole class has been involved in making a fantastic 3D papier-mâché Antarctic map. 🐧 🧊 In the final, full week of school for the year, it has been completed. Ka pai to everyone for their hard work!

M4 Share Their Goldfield Projects

December 8, 2022

M4 ākonga have completed their Goldfield Projects this week, after visiting Cromwell earlier this term to deepen their understanding of the consequences of the 1860’s gold discoveries in Otago. ⛏️ 🌟 Students shared their projects with Juniors who were very interested in a fascinating period of New Zealand history.

Juniors Hone Their Tennis Skills

December 8, 2022

Junior classes have, this week, enjoyed some tennis skills and coaching with thanks going to South Canterbury Tennis coach Steve Dries. 🎾 👟 Watch out for the next Roger Federer and Venus Williams in the making!

Outdoor Ed Week | A Great Finish to the Year

December 8, 2022

Ākonga in Year 7-10 have enjoyed their Outdoor Education Week activities so far this week. With water and tramping activities completed, it will be onto the Challenge and Expedition Days to finish the week. 👍 🥾 🛶 What an awesome end to the year once again!

BYOD Devices for 2023

December 6, 2022

A reminder that Technology company Cyclone have an online ordering portal to make it easier for parents and caregivers to purchase BYOD devices for rangatahi heading into 2023.

New Assistant and Deputy Principal for TAS

December 6, 2022

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a Deputy and Assistant Principal, commencing in January 2023. Our Deputy Principal is Charlotte Saunders, our Assistant Principal is Melissa McLellan. Both have written a short introduction, and I'm sure the community will make them feel very welcome.

Dental Care During the Summer Holidays

December 5, 2022

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with the service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only. 🦷🪥

How to talk about: School reports

December 4, 2022

Here are some common responses to school reports and ideas for 'A for effort' conversations with your child about their progress. 🏫 📋

End-of-Year Reports

December 4, 2022

Students' end-of-year reports are now available to read via the SchoolBridge app and web portal. Their reports will also include details of class placements for 2023. For instructions on how to access and download your child's report, click here!

TAS Welcomes NZ Police Dog Unit

December 1, 2022

NZ Police arrived at Twizel Area School yesterday afternoon with a hiss and a roar, and despite the rain gave a great display of their skills. 🚔 👮‍♀️ They even bought along some furry friends! 🐕‍🦺

Touch Hits Twizel!

December 1, 2022

Touch Rugby arrived in Twizel this week, organised by Mr Metcalfe, Ms Blanchard and Miss Smith. 🏉 Four mixed teams from Years 7 to 13 were put up for a Touch challenge in a very competitive round-robin series and despite the inconsistent weather, it was great to see so many students getting involved!

Prizegiving Assembly 2022

December 1, 2022

Twizel Area School Prizegiving Assembly will take place on Wednesday, 14th December 2022 at the Twizel Events Centre, beginning at 10 am. 🏆 It is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and whānau members to join us and celebrate the students' achievements.

Outdoor Education Week 2022

November 30, 2022

Next week is Twizel Area School's Outdoor Education Week for 2022. All the details you require can be found here...

Tamariki Dance the Night Away!

November 30, 2022

Last week's two Junior School discos, arranged by our Home & School Committee, were a raging success with over 100 tamariki getting their dancing shoes on at the Twizel Bowling Club! 🪩 💃 🕺

Library Book Return

November 30, 2022

With only a handful of school days left in 2022, now is the time to return your library books. 📚 Look under your bed, down the back of your couch and in your school bag. There is a return point at the library door, opposite the main office.

TAS Students Shine at North Otago

November 30, 2022

The North Otago Athletics were held this week at Centennial Park in Oamaru with Twizel Area School students producing some amazing results. A massive thank you to Bevan Newlands and the parents who attended with tamariki.

NZSS Photography Competition

November 30, 2022

The New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition is thrilled to announce the fourth year of its competition! 📷 The competition will see year 9 to year 13 students submit up to three unique photos to be adjudicated by a panel of the Photographic Society of New Zealand's accredited judges.

Sun Comes Out for Junior Athletics

November 29, 2022

Junior students in Rooms 7-13 had a great time at their Athletics Morning last week. 🏃🏼‍♂️ The sun came out (finally) and it was awesome to see so many whānau members supporting the tamariki! 😎 🙌

Room 13 Aoraki Paintings

November 29, 2022

Leading up to last week's Aoraki Mount Cook trip, ākonga in Room 13 were lucky enough to welcome Claudia into their class. 🏔️ She helped the students learn some key painting skills, including how to use the colour wheel and mixing colours. 🎨

Weather Shortened Camp is Worth the Wait

November 29, 2022

Ākonga from M2 and M3 headed off on camp last week after weather conditions had shortened and delayed their trip. 🏕️ 🌦️ That didn't dampen their enthusiasm for camp though, after the COVID cancellations earlier in the year!

I'm Bored: How the Fridge List Can Help

November 28, 2022

I'm bored: How the Fridge List can help - When devices have become our go-to for entertainment, a simple list on the fridge can work wonders for inspiration.

MoneyHub’s Money in a Nutshell

November 28, 2022

To help form great money habits for life, MoneyHub reveals their ten super important money must-knows for every teenager. Understanding money is often hard for students, but the MoneyHub guide can help you conquer Student Loans, Banking and everything in between!

And Finally...

November 24, 2022

Room 9 student Abbey Martin would like to show the school community her classwork on symmetry. Abbey's work shows an exact matching of form and arrangement of parts on each side. 𑗊 Ka pai Abbey. 👍

Students Leaving TAS

November 24, 2022

A reminder to students who are moving on from Twizel Area School at the end of the year - you must all complete a Clearance Form by 9th December. 📝 These can be collected from the school office.

Southern Primary Schools Tennis

November 24, 2022

Congratulations to Year 8 student Yug Thapa who represented North Otago at the Southern Primary Schools event held in Dunedin on November 11, along with 2 other students from the region.🎾 👟

Graffiti or Art?

November 23, 2022

Room 4 ākonga have been learning about Graffiti Art. 🎨 👩‍🎨 We have been discussing what makes graffiti a piece of art and what makes it vandalism. This has included lots of research and lots of experimenting using bold contrasting colours for effect.

Teacher Only Days | 1st & 2nd December

November 22, 2022

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December there will be no classes due to the Ministry of Education Accord Teacher Only Days.

Room 8 Bucket Beats

November 22, 2022

Room 8 students have been having fun learning about rhythm and sound by beating out patterns on the drum/bucket, using sticks kindly crafted by Mr Van M. 🥁 🪘

Students Celebrate Athletics Winners

November 22, 2022

Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work at last week's Junior Assembly and for the awesome mahi you show, displaying your WAKA values.🤩 Students also celebrated those who competed in the Upper Waitaki Athletics, and those selected to represent TAS at Otago.🏃🏼‍♂️

Kura Come Together at Puketeraki Marae

November 22, 2022

Two groups of students have visited the Puketeraki Marae in the last week. Year 7-10 students visited last week and Junior students this week, where they joined ākonga from Roxburgh Area school, Maniototo Area School and Lawrence Area School.

Tamariki Visit Aoraki Mount Cook

November 21, 2022

On Thursday 17th November, ākonga from Rooms 9 and 13 headed to Aoraki Mount Cook, having been learning about Antarctica and Antarctica's link to Aoraki in class. It was a great day and it sounds like everyone had an awesome time in the National Park.🏔️

Paid Union Meetings

November 21, 2022

A reminder that there are two upcoming paid union meetings that will affect both Primary and Middle School students...

The Other Side of Failure

November 21, 2022

Failure is crucial in human development. Whether as a coach, player, parent or another vocation, embracing failure as part of a journey towards improvement is crucial in the learning process. What is the other side of failure?

Room 8 Dinosaur Challenge

November 17, 2022

Ākonga in Room 8 have been learning about patterns and relationships this week, creating repeating patterns using a variety of blocks. Students participated in a class Dinosaur Challenge to show a repeated pattern using colours. 🦖 🦕

Archery, River Crossings and a dog called Herb

November 17, 2022

M1 ākonga were finally able to go on their long-awaited, COVID disrupted camp last week. They were treated to superb weather, and they even encountered snow along the way! You can read Year 7 student Paige Firman's recount of the week here...

Kea Conservation Trust Visits TAS

November 17, 2022

Junior School ākonga enjoyed a visit from Helen Hamblin of the Kea Conservation Trust last week to share some information about Kea with us. She shared lots of great ways we can help Kea and we learned how dangerous lead can be for Kea. 🦜

Gold Mining With M4

November 16, 2022

Ākonga from M4, along with Mr and Mrs Potter visited Cromwell this week, with the aim to deepen students' understanding of the consequences of the 1860’s gold discoveries in Otago. ⛏️ 🌟 Their itinerary was filled with trips to the Cromwell Museum and Goldfields Mining Centre, and they even panned for their own gold! Read more about their trip...

Science Roadshow Comes to Town

November 16, 2022

The Science Roadshow was in full swing this week, with ākonga from Year 4-10 enjoying the ride. 🧫 🔬 👩‍🔬 Students were able to enjoy lots of hands-on exhibits with themes ranging from astronomy to ecology, the environment, and the human lab.

Antarctic Explorer Visits Room 13

November 16, 2022

Continuing with their Antarctic topic for this term, Antarctic Explorer Sean Brooks came and spoke to Room 13 ākonga about his 9 trips to Antarctica and South Georgia Island. 🐧

Wilding Pine Club a Hit With Tamariki

November 16, 2022

Last Thursday the Wilding Pine Club had a successful first afternoon with four awesome helpers going out with Science teacher Denise Arkless to work on wilding pine removal. 🌲🌲🌲 Ka pai to the tamariki involved in this very important work!

Hats, Hats, and More Hats!

November 16, 2022

Once again, we have an abundance of unnamed Lost Property left at school that needs to be collected. This includes a variety of school hats.

School Photos Available for Purchase

November 16, 2022

Parents, caregivers and whānau members can now view and purchase their child's school photo via the email keycode you have been sent. 📸 Order before midnight on November 27th to get FREE DELIVERY.

Caregiver NCEA Course Selection Approval

November 16, 2022

Parents and caregivers can now log in to view and approve Year 10-12 students' course selections for 2023. ✅ Full, detailed instructions can be found here. For more information regarding NCEA, go to https://www.twizel.school.nz/ncea-information

Emotion Coaching 101: What it is and why kids need it

November 16, 2022

Big feelings can cause big behaviours - moments that call for a fresh parenting approach. What is the theory of emotion coaching and how can it be put into practice?

We're Going on a (Spontaneous) Bear Hunt!

November 10, 2022

Room 5 students took advantage of a perfect Twizel spring day yesterday afternoon with a spontaneous trip to the river with Mr Metcalfe! 😎

Room 9 | Pétanque

November 10, 2022

Room 9 tamariki have been mastering the art of Pétanque with Mrs Mullins and this French game has been a firm favourite for students of late. 🇫🇷 👍

Room 7 and 8 End of Year Celebration

November 10, 2022

Ākonga from Rooms 7 & 8 joined together on Wednesday to celebrate the year and spend some time together. 🥳 They had a blowing-up-a-balloon race, balloon races, running races, shared kai, including popcorn, hot chips and bread, and a wee treat in the afternoon! 🎈 🏃🏼‍♂️ 🍿

South Canterbury Anniversary Day

November 10, 2022

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday 11th November, is the rearranged South Canterbury Anniversary Day, meaning that school will be closed. Enjoy your long weekend, let's hope for some nice weather and we will see you all on Monday!

Wind, Rain and (Some) Sun on Room 5 Camp!

November 9, 2022

Room 5 ākonga, along with Ms McAuley, Karatī Metcalfe and Bevan Newlands battled the Spring weather last week, but a good time was definitely had by all. 🏕 💨 😎 Even with plans having to be shifted, everyone came back with a story to tell and a smile on their face!

Room 7 Persuasive Writing

November 9, 2022

This week, Mrs Staniford received some persuasive writing letters from Room 7 ākonga. They ranged from wishing for a school disco, and bringing your 'wheels' to school, to wearing your slippers in class! 🪩 🛴 🥿 However, Mrs Staniford's reply surprised everyone!

Sun Shines for Upper Waitaki Athletics

November 9, 2022

Schools from around the region, including Duntroon, Kurow and Omarama, came together in Twizel on Friday last week for the Upper Waitaki Athletics Day. 🏃🏼‍♂️ 👟 There were some great results from Twizel Area School students, several of which are going to compete in the NOPSSA Athletics in Oamaru. 👍

YES Awards Cap a Great Experience

November 8, 2022

Read about Year 12 student, Monique's experience this year with the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) and how she faired in the end-of-year awards. 🏆

Yug and Southern Primary Schools Tennis

November 8, 2022

Congratulations to Yug Thapa on his selection for the 2022 Southern Primary Schools Tennis Championship on Friday 14th November in Dunedin. 🎾 This is a tremendous honour with only 6 players (3 boys & 3 girls) per Southern Association selected in each category - plus one wild card. 👍

Preparing For Your First NCEA Exam

November 4, 2022

It’s your first year of NCEA exams, and you’re looking at the stressed-out year 12s, the lifeless Year 13s, and (if you’re a normal, reasonable human being) you’re probably starting to question what the heck you got yourself into. Welcome to the weird world of NCEA. Year 11s… this one's for you!

School Stationery Changes 2023

November 3, 2022

How you buy school stationery for your tamariki and rangatahi is changing for 2023. ✏️ 🖇 📚 It's a change that ensures whānau members can take a lot more control of students' stationery needs to start the new school year, and beyond. 😉 Read the details here...

Policy Review | Term 4 2022

November 3, 2022

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 4.

Room 13 | Penguin Art

November 3, 2022

Room 13 ākonga have continued their Antarctic topic this week, learning about penguins for their 'Read and Make', and also planning their very special map! 🐧🧊📍

We Have a Writer in Our Midst!

November 3, 2022

Congratulations goes to Twizel Area School kaiako Sandy Nelson for making the shortlist for the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (NZSA) Heritage Book Awards 2022 with her short prose, Mum’s Mistake. ✍️📚

Whanau Island Kayak Trip

November 2, 2022

Five Year 12 and 13 students spent two days kayaking from Sailors Cutting through to Ohau C, with an overnight on Whanau Island this week. 🚣‍♀️ 🏞 The students planned the trip and the risk management themselves, going towards two NCEA Achievement Standards.

St John in Schools Programme

November 2, 2022

We welcomed the St John in Schools programme to Twizel Area School this week. Ākonga in Years 1-8 have learned things including how to make an emergency call and how to perform effective CPR. 🚑 The programme has been developed with expertise from ACC, SafeKids Aotearoa, Civil Defence, CORE Education and St John and supports today’s school curriculum.

Students Dress Up for KidsCan

October 31, 2022

Monday this week was Dress-Up Day at Twizel Area School. Tamariki, rangatahi and kaiako were encouraged to dress in whatever costume, outfit or clothes they desired...all for the good cause of KidsCan New Zealand.

Wilding Pine Club

October 31, 2022

Science teacher Denise Arkless is planning to start a group that goes out after school on Thursdays this term and term 1 in 2023 to work on wilding pine removal. 🌲🌲🌲 Check out the details here...

Rowers Enjoy Successful Aoraki Regatta

October 31, 2022

Our tamariki proudly represented Twizel Rowing Club in what, for most, was their very first regatta last weekend. Read all about their Aoraki Regatta experience here...

Dancers Entertain Twizel Community

October 31, 2022

Arts in Action week concluded on Friday last week with a Dance Performance in the Community Events Centre. 💃 🎨 It was great to see so many community and whānau members there to support our tamariki, I'm sure you'll agree they did an awesome job! 🙌

Scholastic Book Club | Issue 7 2022

October 31, 2022

The seventh issue of the Scholastic Book Club for 2022 is now available, orders need to be placed by Monday 5th December. You can order through the Scholastic website https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz or the Book Club Loop app.

Choosing your NCEA Subjects for 2023

October 28, 2022

Choosing which subjects you will study at NCEA is difficult, with many things to consider. Talking to teachers, parents and your peers can help. If you're still stuck, here are some ideas...

Brain Development in Pre-Teens and Teenagers

October 28, 2022

As children become teenagers, their brains grow and change. Build healthy teen brains with positive behaviour and thinking, sleep and other healthy choices. 🧠 🧐

NCEA Exam Information

October 28, 2022

The 2022 NCEA Exams have started and continue through until December 2nd. Here you can find all the information you require including what to do before, during and after an exam, what to bring to the exams and general exam etiquette.

SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2023

October 27, 2022

Head Students Lily and Louie have some very exciting news about next year's SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company! 🎭

A New Time for Junior Assembly

October 27, 2022

Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work at last week's Junior Assembly and for the awesome mahi you show, displaying your WAKA values.🤩

Home & School | Sandpit Toys

October 27, 2022

The Home and School Committee met this week. Here is an update from them, plus a way you can help with donating toys for the Junior Sandpits at school. 🏫

Nathan Wallis Comes to Twizel

October 27, 2022

Nathan Wallis is bringing his 'The Brain Development' talk to Twizel on Wednesday 23rd November. For those wanting a quick snapshot of brain development, Nathan will guide you through the stages of brain development from childhood to adulthood, revealing little tricks to make parenting easier.

ERO Welcomed by Ākonga with Mihi Whakatau

October 26, 2022

This week we welcomed Shane Morrow from the Education Review Office. We held a mihi whakatau to welcome him to our amazing school. Matua Karatī, Harry and Mason opened and then Room 13 launched into our school waiata with Harriet and Tilly leading.

How to Get the Most Out of Study Time

October 26, 2022

With this year's NCEA exams fast approaching, here’s how you can study smarter, supercharge your learning and get information stored away so it’s ready when you’re face-to-face with that exam paper.

A Successful 'Arts in Action' Week

October 26, 2022

This week has seen a successful return for Art in Action to Twizel Area School for a week of art and art-related activities today, including painting, printmaking and dance. 🎨 👩‍🎨 💃 We have enjoyed Highland Dance, Jump Jam & Waiata lunchtime performances and we're all looking forward to the Dance Performance tomorrow.

A Busy Start to the Term for Ākonga in Room 8

October 26, 2022

What an action-packed start for Term 4 with Room 8 ākonga involved in many learning opportunities. From Seesaw to maths, and let us not forget some awesome Halloween artwork!

Head Lice in the Junior School

October 25, 2022

We have had some reports of children in the Junior School with Head Lice, please check & treat your child's hair if necessary.

Room 13 Students Get Icy!

October 20, 2022

Ākonga in Room 13 have started their Term 4 Antarctic topic in icy fashion this week. ❄️ ⛴ 🐧 They learned about the Endurance shipwreck that was found in Antarctica in March this year and created some fantastic shipwreck artwork!

Arts in Action 2022

October 20, 2022

Arts in Action returns to Twizel Area School next week with a timetable full, including dance, printmaking, painting and more. 💃 🎨 🎭 There are also several performances the school community is invited to watch.

Labour Day Weekend

October 20, 2022

Just a reminder that Monday, 24th October is Labour Day, meaning that school will be closed. Enjoy your long weekend, good luck to the Twizel Hard Labour Weekend competitors, and let's hope for some nice weather. 🚴‍♀️ 🌞 We will see everyone back at school on Tuesday!

NZ Uniforms New Timaru Store Opening

October 20, 2022

A new NZ Uniforms store is coming to Timaru, opening on 31st October. This will certainly make things a little easier for us in Twizel with the Twizel Area School uniform stock being moved closer, if you wish to purchase from a physical store rather than online.

Prizegiving Trophies

October 20, 2022

In preparation for this year's Prizegiving ceremony, can any student who was awarded a trophy last year, please return it to school by Friday, 18th November?

National Schools Shakespeare Performance 2022

October 20, 2022

Head students, Louie and Lily were selected to take part in the National Schools Shakespeare Performance for 2022 in Dunedin during the school holidays. They joined students from all over New Zealand in a week-long intensive course, studying aspects of Shakespeare’s works and three of his plays in particular under the direction of leading directors.

Puketeraki Marae Visit

October 19, 2022

If your tamariki or rangatahi are interested in taking part in the Puketeraki Marae visits this month, they can pick up a permission slip from the school office. More information can also be found here...

Senior Course Selection 2023

October 18, 2022

In preparation for 2023, Year 10, 11 and 12 students returning in 2023 are invited to the Course Information Evening with their parents/caregivers on Wednesday 2nd November at 6 pm.

Chicken Pox in the Middle School

October 18, 2022

We have had a report of Chicken Pox in the Middle School. If your child has symptoms, please keep them away from school. For more information about symptoms and treatment, click the link. 🤒

Mackenzie Scholarships Up For Grabs!

October 18, 2022

The Mackenzie District Council have a fantastic opportunity for senior students who are interested in applying for the Mackenzie County Scholarship & Bruce Scott Memorial Prize. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 2nd November.

When Should You Believe Your Kids?

October 17, 2022

There are lots of reasons why kids (and teens) lie. From creative imaginations to embarrassment to covering themselves, but when should you actually believe them and when does a white lie become something more?

StudyIt NCEA Forums

October 17, 2022

StudyIt forums for NCEA students are now open. If you have students preparing for end-of-year exams in NCEA Levels 1-3 English, Maths or Science, the StudyIt forums have reopened.

Be Aware of Hand, Foot & Mouth

October 16, 2022

We have had a report of Hand, Foot and Mouth symptoms within our community, please look out for symptoms with your tamariki. It is most common in children under 10 years old, and in most cases it is mild. Click the link here for more information. 🤒

Jump Jammin' in the Sun

October 11, 2022

Room 5 and 7's Breath Better September comes to an end this week. After a full month of Jump Jams and fundraising for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, a Non-Uniform Day was held with a performance in the Market Place.

Rowing, It's a Twizel Thing!

September 29, 2022

Over the past couple of weeks, some keen students have been given the chance to give rowing a go, thanks to the Twizel Rowing Club. As it turns out, some of them are pretty good and they just can't wait to get back out on the water. 🚣‍♀️

School Holidays are Here!

September 29, 2022

A busy Term 3 is now at an end, teachers and students can look forward to a well-earned rest and a battery recharge!

Mentor Reports Online

September 29, 2022

Mentoring and Achievement Reports for students in Years 11-13 will be available to read via the SchoolBridge app and web portal from tomorrow (Friday 30th September). For instructions on how to access and download your child's report, click here!

Students get a Taste of Life in Antarctica

September 29, 2022

Last week ākonga in Rooms 13, 5 and M2 took part in some Zoom sessions with Dan from Antarctica. Dan showed us what it was like outside Scott Base by putting a camera outside during our Zoom, while the students had lots of questions about what he does and what happens in Antarctica. 🥶 🐧

M4 Flatting Challenge

September 28, 2022

M4 ākonga have been working on a 'Flatting Challenge' over the past few weeks - they organised themselves into flatting groups and had to plan and budget for 4 dinner meals, including being able to buy the essentials for their flat such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies and breakfast food.

Wellbeing @ School

September 27, 2022

At the start of this term, our students participated in the NZCER (New Zealand Centre of Educational Research) Wellbeing at School Survey. Our school, like many around New Zealand, participates in this survey every second year (or more often if relevant). For the first time, our staff also participated in a staff-centred survey.

Punatahu Junior Trips

September 27, 2022

During the last two weeks, our junior ākonga have visited Punatahu, which sits on the shores of Lake Pūkaki. Students and teachers alike came away having learned something new about this significant site and the story of Te Manahuna.

Ōhau I Love to Race

September 27, 2022

Twizel Area School’s last Snow Club day was Friday 23 September. After a cracker season, with most weeks going ahead for both the junior school and the seniors, we were able to hold our High Country School races again at Ohau Snow Fields.

School Donations Scheme

September 26, 2022

Twizel Area School is now eligible to qualify for the School Donations Scheme from the start of 2023. Please use our Google survey to vote whether Twizel Area School should opt in, or out of the scheme.

How to Talk About: Winning and Losing

September 26, 2022

Conservation starters to help our kids embrace the reality that winning isn't everything and losing isn't failing.

NCEA Exams on the Horizon

September 26, 2022

With this year's NCEA exams getting closer by the day, here are some study tips for Year 11-13 ākonga to prepare over the holiday period.

Junior Assembly Remembers the Queen

September 26, 2022

Junior Assembly remembered the Queen last week with Room 13 ākonga showing off their awesome drawings. Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work and for displaying your WAKA values.

Term 4 Dates for your Diary

September 26, 2022

Here are some Term 4 dates for your diary...

Business End of the Year in Sight For Seniors

September 22, 2022

It's been a busy week of learning in the Senior School with the business end of the year fast approaching. 🪚 🥪 🧵

Motors, Switches, Sound and Light

September 22, 2022

Ākonga in M1 and M2 have been using Electronic Brain Boxes to create electrical circuits in Science this week. The Brain Boxes are designed to teach students about motors, switches, sound and light and fits perfectly into their current Science learning about power.

New Student Games a Hit During Break Time

September 22, 2022

Proof that learning doesn't stop when you step outside the classroom. 🎳 ⚽️ The PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) team have purchased some new games for our students to use during their break times.

TAS Students Enjoy Cardrona Success

September 22, 2022

Twizel Area School was invited to participate in the Upper Clutha Primary/Intermediate Schools Races at Cardrona Alpine Resort. We entered 5 teams of 3 or 4 students who competed in a field of 276 from all over the country! ⛷🎿

Junior Assembly | 16th September 2022

September 21, 2022

Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work at last week's Junior Assembly and for the awesome mahi you show, displaying your WAKA values.🤩

PCT Challenge Puts Students to the Test

September 21, 2022

Four Middle School students participated in the Blue Light PCT Challenge in Timaru last week. The PCT is an event run with teams of students participating in a variety of mental and physical challenges.

Final Rock Climbing Session

September 21, 2022

Rock Climbing Club is coming to an end for the term and this Friday will be the final session! 🧗‍♀️

End of Term Lost Property

September 21, 2022

Once again, we have an abundance of unnamed Lost Property left at school that needs to be collected. This includes a multitude of sweaters, shirts, and even shoes & hats!

Jump Jam Non-Uniform Day

September 21, 2022

The Room 5 & 7 Jump Jammers are holding a Non-Uniform Day next Wednesday, 28th September, to raise money for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. Come to school dressed in your brightest colours, ready to do some Jump Jammin!

Twizel Motorcycle Course

September 21, 2022

Do you have your motorcycle license, learner, restricted or full and a road legal motorcycle? Would you be interested in an 8-hour Ride Forever safe riding course? 🏍 The Ride Forever team from Wanaka are keen to run one of their courses in Twizel before Christmas.

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

September 20, 2022

Just a reminder that Monday, 26th September is Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day, a day for us to remember and celebrate the late Queen's life. School will be closed so enjoy your long weekend and we will see you all on Tuesday!

Oliver and Friends Clean Up Twizel

September 19, 2022

Room 8 student Oliver Currall gathered his friends and family for a Clean Up event on Saturday last week at the Twizel River. Clean Up Week is part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful initiative, with Oliver's event being a great success!

Jenga, Chess, Cluedo and More

September 19, 2022

Thank you to everyone who came to our Puzzles and Games Evening last week, it was great to see the school community coming together and we will certainly look forward to hosting another one soon. 🧩

M2 Hurihuri Team Building

September 19, 2022

Our Year 8 team participated in some fun leadership and team-building activities last week. One of the activities undertaken was the rope challenge Hurihuri which included the learning of reef knots.

Room 5 Screen Printing

September 19, 2022

Ākonga in Room 5 have been using their artistic skills, learning how to screen print. Check out their very impressive pieces of artwork...

Parāoa Parai Brings Community Together

September 19, 2022

Friday was Fried Bread | Pāraoa Parai Friday at Twizel Area School. Students joined with teachers and members of our school community to make over 500 portions of fried bread, enjoyed by everyone!

Benefits of Playing Board Games as a Family

September 19, 2022

Board games bring people together and help parents to reclaim family time. Through games, parents can create an irresistible offline world that will restore balance, deepen relationships, develop transferable skills and create shared, long-lasting memories.

Photo Day

September 19, 2022

This year's school photos will be taken on Tuesday next week, 27th September. All the information you require can be found here.

Junior Assembly | 9th September 2022

September 15, 2022

Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work at last week's Junior Assembly and for the awesome mahi you show, displaying your WAKA values.🤩

Do You Need Portal or App Guidance?

September 15, 2022

Do you need help logging into the School Portal or SchoolBridge app? Are you unsure how to work the SchoolBridge features? Would you like some one-to-one guidance? If the answer is yes, help is at hand...

M1 and M2 Students visit Skyscape

September 15, 2022

Last week, M1 and M2 ākonga visited Skyscape as part of their learning about power. They learned how they are able to make their own power from their hydro dam. 🔋 💡

Nexis Starts Gateway Placement

September 15, 2022

At Twizel Area School we are very grateful for the Gateway opportunities for our students! The purpose is to provide actual workplace experience that will develop a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills required for future employment.

Home and School Social Gathering

September 15, 2022

The Home and School Committee are looking for interested parents to join our team. 🏫 On Wednesday evening there is a social gathering at the MOW Bar from 7-8.30 pm for you to find out what Home and School do and how you can help.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Treasure Hunt

September 15, 2022

Classes enjoyed a Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Treasure Hunt on Taonga | Tuesday, with the aim for ākonga to learn some new words and a Whakataukī.

House Waiata Competition

September 15, 2022

As part of Te wiki o te reo Māori, we held a House Waiata Competition yesterday afternoon. Everything fell into place and the Twizel Area School ākonga pulled off an amazing event. Ka pai!

Oliver Cleans Up Twizel!

September 15, 2022

Next week is Clean Up Week and Room 8 student Oliver Currall has decided to organise his very own Clean Up Event focusing on areas around the Twizel River, Ruataniwha and the land opposite the main entrance. Meet at 10 am this Saturday at the Nuns Veil entrance of the Twizel River to help Oliver make Twizel a little cleaner for everyone!

Akaroa History Trip

September 15, 2022

Last week Lilly Brophy and Diego Santiago went to Akaroa to take part in an opportunity to meet their peers from around Te Waipounamu and to learn about many historical events that took place in Akaroa.

Parakuihi Club Continues to be a Success!

September 14, 2022

What a fabulous term for Parakuihi | Breakfast Club! Thank you to all of those who attend each week and help out, especially our fabulous Milo cooks! ☕️

Letter from the Ministry to the BoT

September 14, 2022

A letter from Minister Tinetti to the Board of Trustees regarding COVID.

Tuwhera Whare Pukapuka

September 14, 2022

Due to the government COVID-19 restrictions being lifted this week, it is with much happiness that we can announce that the Whare Pukapuka | Library will be open from Mondays to Fridays for our tamariki.

Puzzles and Games Evening

September 12, 2022

We’re looking forward to hosting our Puzzles and Games Evening from 5-7 pm on Thursday night. Bring along a puzzle or game from home that you’d like to play with other attendees!

Health Consultation 2022

September 12, 2022

Please read the information attached, regarding the 2022 Health Consultation. An integral part of the consultation process is the opportunity for parents/caregivers to comment on the Health programme and provide feedback. You can do this via the accompanying survey.

A Guide to Pronunciation

September 12, 2022

Learning a new, or different, language can be challenging, but making the effort is what counts. Learn to pronounce Māori words correctly to become more confident using them and find out how to pronounce Māori vowels, consonants, and digraphs.

Kōrero Māori: 10 Phrases for your Whānau

September 12, 2022

Simple ways to share te reo Māori at your place. Karawhiua - give it a go!

Room 9 Tuakana-Teina with Kindy Tamariki

September 8, 2022

Last week, Room 9 ākonga spent some time at the Twizel Kindergarten reading to younger tamariki. This is a great way to build relationships that flow onto school days for the younger children. Ka pia Room 9!

Exam Week 2022

September 8, 2022

Our senior students are sitting their mock exams, both digital and paper, next week. Information regarding exams, together with an exam timetable can be found here.

Te Rā o Pāpā Celebrated at Junior Assembly

September 8, 2022

Te Rā o Pāpā was celebrated at last week's Junior Assembly with students showing off the cards they had made for their loved ones. Thank you to all the caregivers and whānau members who come to support our students' learning!

SISS Netball Tournament

September 8, 2022

Last Sunday, seven students left Twizel accompanied by Chelsea and Clare Frost to travel to Timaru to take part in the South Island Secondary School Netball Tournament.

Managing Exam Stress

September 8, 2022

With our senior students sitting their mock exams next week, here are some tips for rangatahi to manage themselves before exams and on the day of their exams. Also how parents can help and where to get help if you need it.

TAS to Benefit From VR Driver Simulation

September 7, 2022

Twizel Area School has been chosen to benefit from receiving a CoDriVR simulation pod later this year that will take students through modules as they approach their different licensing levels. Working in tandem with the TPDA Work Readiness Programme which has a Learner License Module, it looks like we’ll be getting our young people road ready with ease!

North Otago Cross Country

September 7, 2022

This week, eleven Twizel Area School students (across Years 4-8) competed in the North Otago Primary School Cross Country in Oamaru. Congratulation to everyone who ran, you did yourself and your school very proud. Ka pai!

Senior School Akoranga

September 7, 2022

The Senior School has been buzzing this week with yummy things to eat in the Foods Room and some fantastic creations in the Workshop! Take a look...

Students Learn Mysteries of Making Butter

September 7, 2022

The Room 9 class shared book is currently 'Little House in the Big Woods'. In this book the family make their own butter, so with Mrs Mullon's help, ākonga were able to make and taste their very own butter! 🧈

Jump Jam Continues To Be a Hit

September 7, 2022

Jump Jam on Monday Lunch time is still a big hit for all ages within the school! Miss McAuley and Miss Smith have loved seeing the children showing an immense amount of enthusiasm and participation towards the jump-jam lunches!

A Hive of Excitement in Room 13

September 7, 2022

There was a hive of excitement in Room 13 this week when Tarsh Bell from Mackenzie Country Honey visited as part of their Mahika Kai learning. 🐝 🍯

Mackenzie Ski Race Day

September 7, 2022

The Junior Snow Club was invited to compete in the Mackenzie Ski Race Day, organised by Tekapo School, on Thursday 1st September. This event has been 3 years in the waiting, and so good to finally get some action happening. ⛷

Raising Resilient Tamariki

September 5, 2022

Why is resilience important? What does it look like to bring up resilient tamariki? And what can resilience offer our tamariki in terms of living confidently in a culturally diverse context?

BandQuest

September 1, 2022

This week, six Middle school students have been recording their online Twizel Area School entry for the Rockshop BandQuest 2022.

Kāhui Ako Humanities Day

August 31, 2022

On Thursday a vanload of Y9-13 students took part in a Humanities Day in Cromwell with students from our Kāhui Ako schools, aiming to connect students while celebrating the arts.

Breathe Better September

August 31, 2022

This September, ākonga from Rooms 5 and 7 are raising money for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation. They will be Jump Jamming daily, and you can donate to a worthwhile cause here! Let's support them!

Conservation Week 2022

August 31, 2022

Take a moment to act for nature this Conservation Week. 🏞 Conservation Week 2022 focuses on how we can take action for nature, there are some Twizel-based activities you and your whānau can get involved in.

Migration and Hibernation

August 30, 2022

This term, Room 9 are learning about how people and animals adapt to winter. They are studying about migration and hibernation, and how different animals cope with the winter months!

Meridian Visits TAS

August 30, 2022

Ākonga in Room 13 had a visit from Mel Schauer from Meridian Energy, this week. She came to talk to us about tuna and how they use the hīnaki to trap and transfer the tuna. 🐟

Twizel Rowing Club Open Day

August 30, 2022

Would you like to give rowing or coxing a try? The Twizel Rowing Club would like to invite you to their Open Day on Sunday, September 11th. 🚣‍♀️

Room 4 Students Star at Junior Assembly

August 30, 2022

Room 4 students treated everyone at last week's Junior Assembly to a performance of their play, Free to a Good Home. Ka pai to everyone who shared their work and to the Star Students who received WAKA cards.

Let There Be Light!

August 30, 2022

Ākonga in M1 and M2 have completed their Power Challenge this week. After designing and building their own windmills, students were tasked with powering as many lights as possible! 💡

UC Rā Tōmene | Open Day 2022

August 29, 2022

The University of Canterbury is holding its Open Day for 2022 on Friday, 9th September. The Open Day will offer in-depth information and advice for future students to help you make the right decision about your choice of tertiary education and will give you a chance to connect and experience UC.

How to Teach Kids to be Good Digital Citizens

August 29, 2022

Any child old enough to use a device that can access the internet needs guidance on how to navigate the digital world. Learn how to keep your kids—and their peers—safe with these lessons in digital citizenship.

Volts Bring Home NONA Cup

August 25, 2022

Congratulations goes to the Twizel Volts Senior netball team who won the NONA Cup with victory in the final of the Senior A Competition last weekend in Oamaru! The Volts resoundingly beat St Kevin's Gold 34-12. Ka pai to everyone involved in their victorious season, players, coaches and organisers.

Library News | 25th August 2022

August 25, 2022

Lucky Book Club and Library Hours reminder, plus a new book series now available!

Full Steam Ahead with DMIC Maths Programme

August 25, 2022

Following Monday's Teacher Only Day, Maths has been at the forefront of Primary teaching this week. From the New Entrant Room 7 class, all the way up to Year 8, it's time to get excited about Twizel Area School's DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) Maths programme! 🧮

Lily & Louie Receive Area School Awards

August 24, 2022

Lily Brophy and Louie Skinner were both acknowledged for their all-round performance with Student Awards at last week's Area Schools Conference. They received their awards at an assembly in front of Year 7-13 students, this week.

Netballs, Tutus and a Well Earned Prize!

August 24, 2022

This week saw the Year 7/8 netballers take part in the Netty Festival at Dunedin's Edgar Centre. It was a great day with a lot of fun to be had and an extra special prize at the end!

Junior Assembly Welcomes Back Whānau

August 24, 2022

Last week we welcomed back whānau members to our weekly Junior Assembly that will once again be held in the theatre at the Community Centre. We look forward to seeing you there!

Room 5 Mōkihi Research

August 24, 2022

Ākonga from Room 5 have this week been researching Taieke Pukurakau who lived most of his life on the Waitaki. He used mōkihi to travel the Waitaki and the students have been researching and answering the questions about mōkihi.

PJ Day at TAS

August 24, 2022

Yesterday was PJ Day at Twizel Area School, all in aid of raising money for Monique's Young Enterprise Scheme Gold Tiki project. It was awesome to see the TAS whānau supporting a fabulous fundraiser and the perfect excuse to wear your PJs all day!

Leaving School | Issue 24

August 24, 2022

The latest issue of Leaving School is now available, a free guide to the study and career options for high school students in Years 12 & 13. Click the link to view and download.

Circular Motion with Year 12 Physics

August 24, 2022

How do you swing a cup of water and not get wet (well, nearly)? What is the science behind circular motion? This week the Year 12 Physics class were finding out.

The Smart Way to Talk to Teachers

August 24, 2022

Is your child struggling at school? Do you just want to assess their standing and check-in? Talking to your child's teacher isn't just beneficial; it's essential.

A Reminder About Absence Reports

August 19, 2022

It's great to see so many caregivers using the SchoolBridge App, it certainly allows us to share information and get things done with a lot less time and effort. We do have a reminder about when you are submitting your absence reports...

Room 5 Dodge the Showers at Tekapo

August 19, 2022

Room 5 ākonga made it to Tekapo Springs for their ice skating day on Tuesday, although they still had to dodge a few rain showers. Ms McAuley said, "we only got rained on for 20 minutes"! Room 8 were also at Tekapo this week for their rescheduled trip. ❄️ ⛸ 🥶

All Smiles on Cross Country Day

August 19, 2022

On Tuesday approximately 70 Year 1-8 students, along with their support crew of parents and teachers, attended the Waitaki Valley Cross Country at the Sales Yards at Omarama Station. All students ran extremely well and were incredible ambassadors for our school.

Netball Season Ends on a High

August 19, 2022

The Twizel Junior netball teams wrapped up their their season last weekend, while the Senior team heads to finals. It's been a great year and a relief to have a full season, especially after 2021!

How to Contact Twizel Area School

August 18, 2022

Contacting us at Twizel Area School has never been easier; with many different ways to contact us and to keep up-to-date with events happening around school.

Mackenzie Schools Ski Race Day 2022

August 17, 2022

Once again Twizel Junior Snow Club has been invited to compete at the Mackenzie Ski Race Day, on Thursday 1st September at Roundhill Ski Field. This event will replace Junior Ski Club on that day.

Te Haunui Tuna | A Korero With M1

August 17, 2022

This week, M1 students were lucky enough to have a korero via Zoom with Te Haunui Tuna from Ngai Tūhoe. His journey in art and illustration began when he was just three years old and he went on to graduate from Te Kuratini o Waikato with a Bachelor in Media Arts. Truly inspiring!

M4 Debate the Internet Curse!

August 17, 2022

Ākonga in M4 has been researching and preparing debates over the last few weeks as part of their 'social dilemmas' unit. The moot for this particular debate was: 'The Internet is a Curse'.

M1 Get Creative with Stop Motion

August 17, 2022

M1 ākonga have been learning some new technology skills this week! They used their iPads to create Stop Motion movies to explain scientific terms they have been learning in class. 🎥 🧑‍🔬

Star Students, Junior Art and Teachers Too!

August 17, 2022

Last week‘s Junior Assembly was the final week before we are welcoming parents back, we can’t wait to see you at the Community Centre! Ka pai to all our learners who showed off their awesome work and to the teachers too!

Room 8 Stomp to the Music

August 17, 2022

Room 8 students have been exploring 'Stomp', a well-known group who love to make rhythm using all kinds of unusual, often household, items eg brooms, plungers, matches, and newspapers.

Aoraki Snow Sports is Back!

August 17, 2022

After a 2 year hiatus, the 2022 Aoraki Secondary Schools Skiing and Snowboard Championships were held this week at Mount Dobson.

Attitude Presentations for Years 7-13

August 17, 2022

Ākonga from Year 7-13 attended Attitude presentations on Wednesday, covering subjects encompassing all aspects of total wellbeing.

Social Cognitive Learning Theory 101: How Kids Learn

August 17, 2022

Ever wondered about how we learn things? Or, how our kids learn things? They’re little ‘sponges’ apparently, but what does that actually mean in theory? How do they soak up what they do, and why?

Star Student Certificates Get Re-vamp

August 17, 2022

You may have noticed we've re-vamped our Junior Assembly 'Star Student' Certificates?

M2 Cooking Up a Storm!

August 11, 2022

Monday is Cooking Day for the M2 Middle School class and for the last couple of weeks, they've enjoyed making Apple & Cinnamon Turnovers and French Toast! Maybe we have some aspiring Jamie Olivers in our midst? 👩‍🍳

Sun Shines for Room 7 Ice Skating Day

August 11, 2022

Through all the winter weather, cancellations and road closures, the Room 7 ākonga made it to Tekapo Springs for their ice skating day yesterday, accompanied by the M1 middle schoolers (and the sun)! ⛸ 🐧 ❄️ 😎

From the Head Students | 11th August 2022

August 11, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has news about upcoming sports events as well as a reminder for our senior students.

SSIS Netball Bake Sale

August 10, 2022

Twizel Area School netballers this week organised a Non-Uniform Day and Bake Sale to raise money to help with their trip to the SISS Netball Tournament in Timaru later this month, with the final amount raised going a long way to achieving that goal!

Junior Assembly Stars Shine

August 10, 2022

Last week's Junior Assembly was an amazing celebration of the incredible work and learning going on at Twizel Area School with our Star Students shining brightest. Ka pai to everyone who showed off their work!

Jump Jam Arrives at TAS

August 10, 2022

On Monday this week, Jump Jam kicked off for all ages! It was awesome to see such a large group of keen groovers come and have some fun as well as burn off some energy before heading back to the books after lunchtime!

TAS Community Sport Round-Up

August 10, 2022

From netball to Snow Club and Sport Aerobics, the sporting prowess of Twizel Area School students certainly doesn't stop when they step outside the school gates.

Seesaw Whānau Information Session

August 10, 2022

Thank you to the community members who came to the Seesaw Information Session on Monday and also to Nicki Tempero from CORE Education, who gave her time to talk about Seesaw and how students at Twizel Area School from Years 1-10 are using it regularly in their classrooms, replacing the old style paper portfolios.

Self-Determination Theory 101: Why Motivation Matters

August 10, 2022

Why do people do the things they do? And here’s one that’s probably even more important to us parents: How can we motivate our children to do the right thing?

Gold Tiki PJ Day

August 10, 2022

On Wednesday 24th August, we are running a Non-Uniform Day to raise money to help Monique van der Westhuizen with her Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) project. Come to school dressed in your PJs with a gold coin donation! 😴

Why Does Attendance Matter?

August 10, 2022

Some whānau members have recently asked about student attendance and what circumstances equate to legitimate time away from school. Here is the Ministry of Education’s guidelines for parents regarding attendance and why it matters.

Balloons and Ping-Pong Launchers

August 4, 2022

This term ākonga from M1 and M2 are completing the Wonder Project's 'Power Challenge' learning how we power our towns, and designing & building their own windmills to power a mini town. They've also made ping pong ball launchers using paper cups and balloons!

Cross Country Prep

August 4, 2022

The Year 1-8 Upper Waitaki Cross Country in Omarama is fast approaching. Those students involved have taken home a permission form to be completed...this form needs to be returned to the school office by tomorrow, Friday 5th August.

From the Head Students | 4th August 2022

August 4, 2022

Academic and Arts Captain, Lily Brophy, has news about next week's Non-Uniform Day, along with Snow Club and basketball.

Valuable Skills Learned at First Aid Course

August 3, 2022

Well done to all the teachers and students who attended the First Aid Course last Saturday. It was a long day for a number of students and teachers completing the whole day course and a shorter day for those teachers who were getting recertification of their previous qualification. 🤕

Are You #SeesawReady?

August 3, 2022

Caregivers and whānau members are invited to attend a SeeSaw session with Nicki Tempero from CORE Education on Monday 8th August from 5-6pm. Come along and test your knowledge or learn some new skills with Twizel Area School’s new eportfolio app.

Heartstopper Books Make a Splash

August 3, 2022

We've all seen the Netflix show, now you can read the books! Thanks to the Skittles & Coffee Club fundraising Rainbow Day last term, the Twizel Community Library is now the proud owner of all the Heartstopper book series, plus follow-up books written by Alice Oseman.

Junior Fun at the Ice Rink

August 3, 2022

The Junior School class trips to the Tekapo Springs Ice Rink started this week, although Tuesday's Room 8 trip was put on ice (literally) due to the rain and blustery conditions.

SchoolBridge Financial Information

August 2, 2022

Financial information for students is now available to view through the Parent Web Portal and the SchoolBridge App. Click here for instructions and what you can expect to see.

Hands-On at Otago | Whai Wheako i Ōtākou

August 2, 2022

Are you going to be a Year 12 or 13 student in 2023? Are you looking to study at the University of Otago in the future? Would you like to get a taste of uni life at Otago before deciding to go? If the answer is yes, read on...

Snow Club Season Starts

August 2, 2022

Blue skies and lots of fresh snow greeted the students for the opening of the 2022 Twizel Snow Club season last week at the Ōhau Ski Fields. ⛷ 🎿 🚡

Star Students from Week One

August 2, 2022

Congratulations to our Star Students from last week's Junior Assemblies. They were presented with their award and WAKA Value card.

5 Ways to Teach Kids Mindfulness

August 2, 2022

Here are some activities that can help both caregivers and tamariki harness the benefits of mindfulness.

Term 2 Striving Awards Presented

July 28, 2022

Due to the Snow Day on the last day of Term 2, we were unable to present Year 7-13 ākonga with their Striving Awards. These were handed out in a special assembly today, you can see the video here and also listen to William Newlands' presentation about the Young Inspiring Explorers Summit in Christchurch.

Mahika Kai | Where Does Our Food Come From?

July 28, 2022

Ākonga in Room 13 have started their term 3 topic - Mahika Kai | Where does our food come from? The students began by having a taste test challenge, trying to figure out what the food was and where it came from.

From the Head Students | 28th July 2022

July 28, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has some news to welcome the new term, including Snow Club and Basketball.

Celebrating Year 8 Mahi

July 28, 2022

In Term Two our Year 8 ākonga (M2) learned about a Māori wahine from the Lake Kaniere / Hokitika area who travelled alone over Ka Tiritiri Ka Te Moana the Southern Alps, discovering a pass that became known as Nōti Raureka and later as Browning Pass.

Netsafety Week 2022 | Diversity Matters

July 27, 2022

This week is Netsafety Week with this year's theme being Diversity Matters | Online Safety Done Together. There are a variety of events happening around Aotearoa and online, inparticular a Parent and Caregivers' Webinar about TikTok safety and social media.

National Area Schools Tournament 2022

July 27, 2022

The National Area Schools Tournament was held in Whangārei during the school holidays with 9 TAS students attending, accompanied by Chelsea, Karatī and Mark. The students represented Twizel Area School with pride during the 4 days of competition, showing their WAKA values while doing so!

A Word About Snow Club

July 26, 2022

Twizel Area School P.E. teacher Mark Frost has some information and reminders about Snow Club.

Policy Review | Term 3 2022

July 25, 2022

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 3.

How to talk about: Social Media

July 25, 2022

Social media is a great thing to talk about with our kids, especially as they approach the age where they might be wanting their own online profile. And once they are active on social media, we absolutely need to keep talking about it!

BoT Report to the Community | Term 3 2022

July 22, 2022

The Board would like to update the community on two matters, our Mathematics Target progress and our recent uniform survey.

MoE Mask Wearing Letter

July 22, 2022

Here is a letter to the school community from the Ministry of Education regarding the wearing of face masks at school.

Junior Drama Festival a Hit!

July 7, 2022

This afternoon's Junior Drama Festival was a hit with students, teachers and parents alike! If you couldn't attend, you can watch it right here. 🎥 🎭

Free DoC Trapping Workshop

July 7, 2022

Are you interested in doing more to support native wildlife in your backyard, as part of Predator-Free 2050? Join the free Trappin Workshop run by DoC to help make the Mackenzie Region predator free.

Sonic, Minecraft & Mario?

July 7, 2022

During Options classes, Middle School ākonga have been learning to code a 2-D platformer game. They designed what their game would be about, and what it would look like, then brought it to life using the platform Gamefroot. Take a look at their creations...

Sukrit's Model Tracked Vehicle

July 7, 2022

Middle School ākonga have just finished Robotics for the Semester and Sukrit has managed to exceed all prior efforts (for the last 7 years)!

Capture the Dark Photography Contest

July 5, 2022

The International Dark-Sky Association's third annual Capture the Dark Photography Contest is open now! 📷 🌟

William at the Young Inspiring Explorers Summit

July 5, 2022

Year 7 student William Newlands was fortunate to be chosen to attend the Young Inspiring Explorers Summit in Christchurch last month. The summit saw 20 Year 7-9 students from across the country spend the weekend with the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Kiwi explorer William Pike.

The Wonder of Adventure

July 4, 2022

Trying something new pushes us out of our comfort zones. And while some of us ned more of a push than others, the benefits are universal.

Dunedin Tertiary Open Days 2022

July 4, 2022

Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago are holding their Open Days for 2022 on Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August. The Open Days will have academic presentations and activities, residential college tours, as well as lots of displays and activities from University clubs and services.

co2 Dragster Race Day

July 4, 2022

Room 5 ākonga have been busy with their co2 car project this term and Friday last week was Race Day, with every student taking on important roles at the event from Security through to Race Starters! 🏎 🏁

Fire! Fire! Fire!

July 4, 2022

This Term, Room 7 and 8 ākonga have been involved in the Get Firewise Programme for Year 1 and 2 students. They were fortunate enough to get a visit from The Twizel Fire Brigade last week to learn about fire safety in their homes. 🚒 👩‍🚒

Term 3 Dates for your Diary

July 1, 2022

Here are some Term 3 dates for your diary...

Chasing Rainbows on a Grey Sky Day

June 30, 2022

Twizel Area School ākonga and pouako turned a grey, winter's day into all the colours of the rainbow today while celebrating inclusion, equality, kindness and diversity. Students came together to show solidarity for each other, no matter who you are or where you are from! 🌈

TAS Community Sporting Success

June 30, 2022

Our students' sporting success doesn't stop when they step outside the school gates. From netball to aerobics, Twizel Area School is always proud of our students' achievements win, lose or draw!

Lost Property Piles Up Again!

June 30, 2022

Once again, we have an abundance of unnamed Lost Property left at school that needs to be collected. This includes a multitude of sweaters, shirts, and even shoes & hats!

Lincoln University Open Day 2022

June 29, 2022

Lincoln University is holding their Hui Whakatuwhera Open Day for 2022 on Friday 22nd July. Register to attend and find out all there is to know about studying at Lincoln, including qualifications, accommodation, help with applying, and more.

ePro8 Final Challenge

June 29, 2022

After working through the ePro8 classroom challenge for a week, it was finally time for ākonga in Room 5 to face the ePro8 internal challenge where the teams would be competing against each other to win overall.

Matariki Parakuihi | Breakfast

June 29, 2022

What a success! Our Matariki Parakuihi | Breakfast Club was a lovely morning filled with smiles, music, hot milo, salmon, fruit and sharing with one another. It was great to see students of all age groups and the staff come together as one TAS community to celebrate.

Jack's Matariki Presentation

June 28, 2022

As part of his te reo / te ao Māori course, Year 11 student Jack McLellan was asked to make a presentation that tells a version of the story of Matariki. In his presentation, Jack also explains what each of the nine main stars of Matariki represents and what they mean.

Judges say YES to Monique

June 28, 2022

A huge congratulations goes to Year 12 student Monique van der Westhuizen who has finished 3rd in the Young Enterprise Scheme mid-year pitch for her Gold Tiki Venture and now progresses to the Regional Finals. Monique also claimed $90 in prize money and the adoration of the judges who were blown away by her "level of professionalism and confidence".

6 Tips for Talking About Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Rights With Kids

June 27, 2022

Teach kids the important role they play in supporting equal rights for all with these expert tips for starting conversations, as well as what to share and how.

Matariki Exhibition

June 23, 2022

During the Parent-Teacher Conferences, held today, the TAS Matariki Exhibition was available to view around the school. Students have worked extremely hard on their artwork and it's great to see the finished products displayed for all to see!

Junior Rippa Rugby Training

June 23, 2022

Last week the Junior School classes were offered Rippa Rugby training sessions, organised by Jason Forrest, the Rugby Development Manager from North Otago rugby.

New Zealand Army Webinars

June 22, 2022

Do you want to know more about the New Zealand Army and what a career can look like and provide you with? Over the next two months, the NZDF will be running a range of Webinars covering all trades and roles offered. From leadership to information technology to trades and combat specialists, we have a Webinar that will answer any questions you may have!

Room 5 and the EPro8 Challenge

June 22, 2022

Ākonga from Room 5 and some Year 5 students have begun the EPro8 classroom week challenge.

Back To Activity & Sport After COVID-19

June 22, 2022

When can children and teens return to activity and sports after COVID-19? Click here for guidance for children and teens returning to normal activity and sport after having time out due to COVID.

Akoranga Rūma Waru

June 22, 2022

The tamariki in Room 8 have been out and about doing a variety of activities and developing some new skills. This has included Netball and Rippa Rugby where they all demonstrated some superb skills.

Register for Snow Club 2022

June 22, 2022

The days are cold, snow has already started to fall and everyone is wearing their gloves and jackets...that can only mean one thing, Snow Club is on the horizon! Check out the information here to register your child for Term 3.

Star Students | Week 7

June 22, 2022

Congratulations to our Star Students from last week's Junior Assemblies. They were presented with their award and WAKA Value card.

Thrive for Girls Workshop

June 21, 2022

There is nothing more important than self-worth and self-respect. This 4-hour workshop is designed to focus on empowering students to believe in themselves, to have the courage to make choices for their future that they are worthy of and to help them understand the power of vulnerability and authenticity.

Rainbow Mufti Day

June 21, 2022

Next Thursday (30th June) we are celebrating inclusion, equality and awareness at Twizel Area School with a Rainbow Mufti Day, organised by the Skittles and Coffee Club. 🌈

Ideas for Celebrating Matariki with your Whānau

June 21, 2022

Gather together whānau! Five ideas for simple Matariki traditions that you could introduce at your place.

KAMAR Mobile App Update

June 21, 2022

The KAMAR mobile app that some parents & caregivers may still be using will be turned off this week. This will be replaced by the SchoolBridge app that we launched last term. If you haven't started using it yet, click here for details.

Yarn Club Welcomes Visitors

June 21, 2022

Last week the Yarn Club ākonga were lucky enough to welcome some lovely helpers from the Twizel Knit and Natter Group!

Blood Spatter and a Real Scientist

June 16, 2022

Ākonga from M1 and M2 have been continuing their topic on Forensic Science this week, looking at blood spatter and they even had the chance to speak to a real Forensic Scientist via Zoom!

From the Head Students | 16th June 2022

June 16, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has news including National Area Schools fundraisers and Parent-Teacher Conferences.

NZAS Non-Uniform Day

June 16, 2022

Our awesome Year 13 students are organising a non-uniform day for tomorrow, Friday 17th June. This acts as a fundraiser for National Area Schools Tournament. 🏓 🏀

Netball Development Day

June 15, 2022

Primary classes attended a Netball Development Day on 9th June with Alex Iro, a netball development officer for the North Otago region.

Star Students | Week 6

June 15, 2022

Congratulations to our Star Students from last week's Junior Assemblies. They were presented with their award and WAKA Value card.

Digital WAKA Cards

June 15, 2022

Students' WAKA Cards can now be seen online by parents through the SchoolBridge app and for students in Years 7-13 through the portal. Check out this exciting new digital feature here.

School Uniform Consultation 2022

June 15, 2022

In line with the Human Rights Commission release of their School Uniform Guidelines, the Board of Twizel Area School would like to review our uniform and related policies. The survey is open to all Parents/Caregivers, Students & Staff, and will close at 9 am on Monday, July 4th.

Board Report to the Community

June 15, 2022

The Board would like to update the community on a number of items happening at school.

Snowballs, Woolly Hats & Angels

June 14, 2022

Twizel, and the surrounding areas, was turned into a winter wonderland this week and the Twizel Area School ākonga made the most of it while the snow hung around.

What Parents Need to Know Before Their Child Starts Using Social Media

June 13, 2022

Letting your child have their own social media account is about giving them control of their own online presence. It is essential that they learn how to navigate this at some point in their life. The big question is when.

Koryu Wows Students With Mural

June 9, 2022

Room 13 ākonga have visited the new mural being painted in the Twizel Market Place by international street artist Koryu Aoshima and were amazed by the 33-metre long artwork.

National Area Schools Tournament Raffle

June 9, 2022

Tickets are still available for the National Area Schools Raffle with some spectacular prizes up for grabs. From a spa to a skydive, to bed, breakfast & dinner at The Hermitage...plus heaps more, with all the money raised helping our selected Area Schools Tournament students to travel & compete at the National Tournament in Whāngarei.

From the Head Students | 9th June 2022

June 9, 2022

Academic and Arts Captain, Lily Brophy, has news from the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and a few reminders.

Twizel Punches Above It's Weight...Again!

June 8, 2022

Twizel Area School students have, once again, competed with the best of the best at the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington and proved that our little Area School can be just as successful.

Getting Mindful with Room 7

June 8, 2022

Ākonga in Room 7 have been focusing on spending a little bit of their time during the day to work on their self-regulation. Room 13 introduced them to 'M3 Mindfulness'. The 3 M's stand for Māori stories, mindfulness and movement.

A Note on School Attendance

June 8, 2022

Next week, we will be sending letters out to families whose learners are becoming ‘at risk’ because of low attendance.

The Art of Teaching Kids Responsibility

June 7, 2022

How can parents meet the needs of their kids, while at the same time teaching them responsibility so that down the track they can ‘fly the nest’ as competent young adults, capable of meeting their own needs?

The Boot Camp Community Helpers

June 2, 2022

For the past three weeks Team Bootcampers have been busy in the community stacking wood for anyone who needs a hand.

From the Head Students | 2nd June 2022

June 2, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has news about the Sheilah Winn competition in Wellington and the National Area Schools Tournament.

There is a Murderer (or six) Among Us

June 1, 2022

M1 and M2 ākonga have finished creating their videos! These videos show the procedure that police follow when a crime as been committed, and has taught students some cool new digital skills.

Coding with Microbits

June 1, 2022

Ākonga in M2 are currently working on a unit coding Microbits. Microbits are pocket-sized computers that help introduce students to how software and hardware work together.

Monique and the YES program

June 1, 2022

We are proud to announce Monique as not only Twizel Area School's first Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) representative, but the sole entry from TAS this year.

SGCNZ Wellington Trip

June 1, 2022

We are on the countdown to Wellington! When you read this, we will be on our way. Excitement is mounting!

Star Students | Week 4

June 1, 2022

Congratulations to our Star Students from last week's Junior Assemblies. They were presented with their award and WAKA Value card.

Parent Conference Bookings

June 1, 2022

Mid-year Parent Conference bookings are open and filling up fast! Instructions on how to book your appointment with your child's teacher/NCEA mentor can be found here.

Social Skills and the Online Teenager

May 30, 2022

During the last year or two, many of us discovered what our children, and especially our teenagers, had known for a long time – technology, and social media in particular, is a great way to stay connected with others and to maintain, and even strengthen, relationships.

SAS Tournament Results 2022

May 26, 2022

Here are all the results from this year's Area Schools Tournament.

From the Head Students | 26th May 2022

May 26, 2022

Sports Captain, James McDonald has news as life at TAS returns to normal after last week's Area Schools Tournament.

Room 8 Matariki Art

May 26, 2022

With Matariki fast approaching, tamariki in Room 8 have been learning about Matariki and the 9 stars.

Up, Up and Away!

May 26, 2022

Why do planes fly? How do planes fly? What makes the best planes? Ākonga in Room 13 have been learning about flight this week with varying levels of success!

Keep Calm and Yarn On!

May 26, 2022

Yesterday lunchtime was the first meeting of the Yarn Club, with lots of fun had by all the students involved!

Room 7 at the Gym

May 26, 2022

Room 7 ākonga were lucky enough to go and have a fun morning in the Gym with Mrs Frost, learning the basics of movement and space in gymnastics!

Room 5's CO2 Dragsters

May 25, 2022

Room 5 ākonga have been working hard designing their CO2 dragsters, little cars that students can design, build, test, modify and race!

SAS Uniform Returns

May 25, 2022

There are still a lot of students who haven't returned their Southern Area Schools Tournament sports uniforms.

Southern Area Schools Tournament 2022

May 24, 2022

Last week Twizel Area School welcomed close to two hundred students from across the South of the South Island to participate in the 2022 SAS Tournament. It was an awesome event that celebrated everything great about Area Schools.

Online Gaming Whānau Toolkit

May 24, 2022

Do your tamariki or rangatahi play online games? Do you know what's safe and what isn't? Netsafe has created the Online Gaming Whanāu Toolkit to help parents and caregivers get to a place where they are confident to engage with their children on the world of gaming.

Kai Warmer Back for Winter

May 24, 2022

The Kai Warmer is now available for the winter. Students can bring their food to be heated for lunchtime during the colder weather months.

Student Holiday Request

May 24, 2022

We all need a holiday from time to time, but it's very important that the school is notified about this and in plenty of time. You can do this through the school portal.

Room 4 Picasso Portraits

May 19, 2022

Ākonga in Room 4 have, this week, been looking at the artwork of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

William & the Antarctic Heritage Trust

May 19, 2022

Congratulations to William Newlands on being accepted to attend Young Inspiring Explorers™ Summit taking place in Christchurch on 11-12 June 2022.

From the Head Students | 19th May 2022

May 19, 2022

Deputy Head Student Lily Brophy has news about the Area Schools Tournament and Pink Shirt Day.

TAS Turns Pink for the Day!

May 18, 2022

Twizel Area School turned pink this week to support Bully Free Week and Pink Shirt Day. Donations of cans and non-perishable food were also delivered to our local Food Bank as part of the ‘Give What you Can Appeal’.

Room 8 Prepare for Tournament

May 18, 2022

Ākonga in Room 8 have been preparing for the Area Schools Tournament this week by creating paper chains and banners to welcome Roxburgh Area School.

Defence Force Visits TAS

May 18, 2022

Twizel Area School played host to the Defence Force Recruitment Visit this week and there was plenty of interest & enthusiasm among the students who attended.

Welding at ARA

May 18, 2022

Senior ākonga spent the day on a welding course at ARA Polytechnic in Timaru last Friday. Read what Sienna thought about her day.

Star Students | Week 2

May 18, 2022

Congratulations to our Star Students from last week's Junior Assemblies. They were presented with their award and WAKA Value card.

How to be an Upstander

May 18, 2022

Everyone has the power to prevent bullying. Being an upstander is one of the best ways to make a difference at school, in the community, or with your whānau.

From the Head Students | 12th May 2022

May 12, 2022

Sports Captain, James McDonald has news on the upcoming Southern Area School Tournament, plus a Pink Shirt Day reminder.

Rocket League

May 11, 2022

The Middle School Gaming Option students took part in an e-sports tournament, part of the Rocket League, last weekend in Invercargill. Read Indie and Isabella's thoughts on their experience, plus where our teams placed in the tournament.

Measurement | Room 8

May 11, 2022

Room 8 ākonga have been looking at measurement and using a variety of things to measure the inside of a pretend chilly bin. The students had to work out how many would fit into each box and explain their working out.

Junior School Reading & Writing

May 11, 2022

The start of Term 2 has seen some awesome work coming from classes, and individual students, within the Junior School. Their TAS Value of Awhinataka has been clear to see!

NZ Sign Language Week

May 11, 2022

Did you know that New Zealand has 3 official languages? Ākonga in Room 7 have been learning Sign Language and showing their TAS value of Whānaukataka with our national anthem.

Breakfast | Parakuihi Club Returns

May 11, 2022

We are happy to announce that our Breakfast | Parakuihi Club is back for Term 2! Starting week 4, come and join us now on Tuesday mornings to share some kai.

Junior Assembly is Back!

May 11, 2022

After all the covid restrictions over the last few months, Junior Assembly is back!

Who Dunnit?

May 11, 2022

Ākonga from M1 & M2 have donned their Sherlock Holmes hats this week to learn what forensic scientists do when they arrive at a crime scene.

Pink Shirt Day and what we can all do about it

May 11, 2022

How pink shirts can help eliminate bullying and make the world a better place for everyone.

Are You a Grumpy Monkey?

May 5, 2022

New Library books, reviews and a reminder of the Community Library Hours.

Physics, Maths & Pins

May 5, 2022

The Year 11 Physics students were tasked with solving the problem of carrying out a practical investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship! 🤔

Stuck on a Desert Island

May 5, 2022

Ākonga in M3 have been shipwrecked on an island somewhere unknown!

Wainui Leadership Camp

May 5, 2022

Leadership camp is a great opportunity offered to help students gain an understanding of what leadership means. It took place during the recent holiday and involved a week long trip to Wainui in the Akaroa harbour.

From the Head Students | 5th May 2022

May 5, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has some updates from around the school to share, including Area Schools Tournament and Pink Shirt Day.

Kaydin goes to the Globe!

May 4, 2022

A huge congratulations goes to former TAS student Kaydin Ryan, who has been selected to travel to London to be part of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company!

SAS Tournament Billeting

May 3, 2022

The Southern Area Schools (SAS) Tournament is fast approaching, information including billeting details can be found here.

UC Info Evening South Canterbury

May 2, 2022

For students who are looking to study at the University of Canterbury either next year or in the future, there is an Info Evening being held in Timaru on Thursday 12th May at 6 pm.

Kura Koha | Donations

May 2, 2022

Twizel Area School donations can now be paid, either by cash, eftpos, or internet banking.

A serious look at fun: What does ‘fun’ in youth sport really mean?

May 2, 2022

When it comes to knowing what fun is, what it looks like, how it might differ from person to person – do we actually know what it means?

Positive Tips for Returning to School

April 29, 2022

Here are some tips for parents with students returning to school if you’ve been away or isolating towards the end of Term 1.

A Letter from the Ministry of Education

April 29, 2022

A letter to parents and whānau from the Ministry of Education regarding the new Orange Traffic Light setting.

Visual Pepeha | Room 13

April 7, 2022

Ākonga from Room 13 have been creating their very own visual pepeha.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket Online Course

April 7, 2022

Plunket Education in Schools is, once again, offering their online Babysitting Course available for teenagers all over Aotearoa and designed to give high school students the knowledge and skills to babysit children of all ages.

Minecraft & Active Citizenship | Week 2

April 7, 2022

M2 ākonga have continued their learning about Active Citizenship. This week they learned about Fridtjof Nansen who began his career as a scientist and polar explorer.

From the Head Students | 7th April 2022

April 7, 2022

Sports Captain, James McDonald has news on the upcoming Southern Area School Tournament, plus the junior class trips to Lake Ōhau.

Life Cycles with Room 8

April 6, 2022

Room 8 students have been exploring the Life Cycle of a Butterfly, Frogs, and Chickens.

Book Donation for TAS

April 6, 2022

Renee Rowland from The Twizel Bookshop was on hand last week to present Twizel Area School with a donation of $150 worth of books, courtesy of Exisle Publishing in Dunedin.

SGCNZ Shakespeare Competitions

April 5, 2022

Twizel students will again take part in the Aoraki Sheilah Winn Festival kindly hosted by Geraldine High School. The festival is to be held on Friday 8 April.

The Playful Mind - Introductory Course

April 5, 2022

Struggling a bit at the moment? This is a 10 week programme centred on the health, wellbeing, and resilience-building of learners from Year 8 - 11.

Junior Trip to Lake Ōhau

April 5, 2022

This week we started the junior school field trips to Te Maiharoa pou. This is a taonga of the region and one that represents more than we think.

School Sports Field Usage

April 5, 2022

Sport Twizel has created a short survey so they can collect data about community use of the Twizel Area School sports field.

Five questions sport parents should ask themselves!

April 4, 2022

With the start of another sports season just around the corner, it’s a great time for parents to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge that will provide their child (and themselves) with a positive experience this winter.

From the Head Students | 31st March 2022

March 31, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has some updates from around the school to share, including Sheilah Winn and the Junior School class trips to Lake Ōhau.

Looking Ahead to SAS

March 30, 2022

Are you able to host students from the other Southern Area Schools during the tournament period? Here is a quick survey to establish the number of students you'll be able to billet - your support is greatly appreciated!

Game-based Learning with M2

March 30, 2022

This week M2 ākonga were involved in a live event hosted by Cyclone Computers, with other schools around the country. Cyclone are running a series of four workshops for students on Active Citizenship using Minecraft for Education.

Maadi Cup Flag Making

March 30, 2022

Room 9 tamariki have, this week, been making flags for Sophie's cousin who is rowing in the Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha.

Chaos Visits Room 13

March 30, 2022

Room 13 students went to visit Mrs. Holden’s class to see her turtle, Chaos, last Thursday. After their visit, the class wrote about Chaos and their thoughts. Here is a selection...

Netball Registration 2022

March 29, 2022

If your child hasn't registered for netball yet, time is running out! All the information you need for the upcoming netball season is here, including registration, teams, and costs.

Download Our App

March 28, 2022

Have you downloaded our new school app yet? The SchoolBridge app works seamlessly with Twizel Area School’s web portal, using the same username/password already in use, with greater functionality and increased user-friendliness than the current KAMAR app.

Your child's ready for their first phone, are you?

March 28, 2022

There will be a lot of unexpected ‘firsts’ you will encounter as a parent. There will also be moments you just won’t be prepared for but you can be prepared for the day when your child comes home from school and asks for their first phone.

Miniball is back for 2022

March 24, 2022

Read here for information regarding 2022 Junior Miniball registration, including dates and contact info.

Harold Inspires Junior Classes

March 24, 2022

Junior classes at Twizel Area School welcomed Harold and the Life Education bus last week. What they learned has inspired the junior classes this week in their writing and painting!

A Big Thank You

March 24, 2022

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed, no matter how small, to our fundraiser last Friday to help the people of Ukraine. 🇺🇦 Our final total is...

The Newlands' COVID Experience

March 24, 2022

Omicron came knocking on the Newlands' family door this week, this is their story.

From the Head Students | 24th March 2022

March 24, 2022

Deputy Head Student Lily Brophy has news about the Teacher Music Match House Competition and the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Room 9 River Writing

March 23, 2022

Ākonga in Room 9 have been writing about their river trip to see the Sockeye Salmon. A great experience for students and some awesome writing to boot!

Creative Chalk Friday

March 23, 2022

Ākonga in Room 7 have been exploring their creative sides the past week!

Room 5 Self Portraits

March 23, 2022

Room 5 students made a primary colour self-portrait. It took them three days to finish, Sophie and Noah explain how they created their art.

Bebras Computer Challenge

March 23, 2022

Students from Years 4 - 10 participated this week in an international Computational Thinking Challenge called Bebras. The competition is an initiative aimed at promoting Computer Science and in particular Computational Thinking (CT).

How To Isolate At Home | kidshealth.org.nz

March 22, 2022

If your tamariki tests positive for COVID-19, what happens next and how do you self-isolate for the required amount of time?

Highest Needs Review

March 22, 2022

Please find attached a letter from Hon Jan Tinetti about supporting our children and young people and how to have your say in the Highest Needs Review.

Athletic Results 2022

March 22, 2022

Our Athletics Day results, including full House Competition points, can be found here...

Home Learning

March 22, 2022

The aim of the Home Learning section is to group all the relevant information and support that students, parents and whānau may need. You will find teacher contact details and student learning packs, along with links for resources and support for wellbeing, among other things.

Sport Twizel Community Sports Grant

March 22, 2022

The Sport Twizel Community Sports Grant is open now! 🤽‍♀️ 🏂 Is your local sporting club looking for funding to support or develop your sport? Do you need to purchase equipment, run an event, or travel to a sporting event?

Camping, Rain & Blindfolds

March 17, 2022

This week's M4 Camp went ahead, although they were forced to head back to Twizel a day earlier than planned due to Mother Nature's hand!

Library News | 17th March 2022

March 17, 2022

Lucky Book Club and Library Hours reminder, plus SeaWeek and our weekly review

From the Head Students | 17th March 2022

March 17, 2022

Sports Captain, James McDonald has the winning house from Athletics Day to announce, plus a reminder about tomorrow.

Athletics Day 2022

March 17, 2022

Middle School and Senior students took part in their annual Athletics Day last week. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves with some "friendly" House competition thrown in too!

Middle School Learning

March 16, 2022

The learning in the Middle School this week has been as varied as usual with everything from cooking to robotics to metal sculpture...

Counting Fish at the River

March 16, 2022

As part of their Science module on Life Cycles, last week M1 and M2 started surveying the fish that are spawning in the Twizel River.

Koru Family Trees and Turtles

March 16, 2022

Room 4 students have been doing a study on Turtles that included a visit from Mrs Holden's very own turtle called Chaos.

Harold Visits TAS

March 16, 2022

Harold and the Life Education bus visited Twizel Area School this week, delivering their programme to Year 1-8 ākonga.

M3 Students in Need

March 15, 2022

M3 students need help with their latest art project.

Controller, Avoider, Absorber or Glider?

March 14, 2022

What's your parenting vibe right now? Maybe you'll recognise yourself in these classic styles of pandemic parenting.

Junior Swimming Display

March 10, 2022

With Swimming Sports being cancelled, ākonga from Rooms 13, 4, and 5 had their own swim display yesterday.

A Room 9 Tradition

March 10, 2022

There is one tradition that is eagerly awaited by new (and old) students in Room 9...painting their desks!

Feelings, Emotions & Colours

March 10, 2022

Room 13 students have been writing about feelings and emotions, using colours as a descriptor.

From the Head Students

March 10, 2022

Head Student Louie Skinner has news about the newly elected House Captains and upcoming events at TAS to share with you.

Ukraine Non-Uniform Day

March 9, 2022

Twizel Area School is having a Non-Uniform Day on Friday 18th March to raise funds for the people of Ukraine.

Room 9 Weather Reports

March 9, 2022

Room 9 ākonga have been keeping a weather diary for the month of February, with Mrs. Mullon.

D.E.A.R.

March 9, 2022

D.E.A.R. or Drop Everything And Read is a school-wide programme from years 1-13. Every day at 10.50 (straight after Interval) we are all encouraged to sit down and pick up our favourite book for some daily reading time.

What is Social Science?

March 9, 2022

Some whaakaro/thoughts by our Year 8 students about what they view Social Science as and why it is important to them.

Rain, Clouds & M2

March 8, 2022

On Friday, M2 ākonga were once again busy in the Science Lab, continuing their learning programme about the water cycle.

Life Education

March 7, 2022

Harold and the Life Education bus are returning to Twizel Area School, delivering their programme to Year 1-8 ākonga commencing Monday 14th March.

Go Home, Stay Home: Self-Isolation Survival Tips

March 7, 2022

Sooner or later, you may find yourself having some quality whānau time at home. Here are some self-isolation tips from a Mum who has recently experienced it!

Parakuihi Club Goes Down a Treat!

March 3, 2022

Our first ever Breakfast | Parakuihi Club was a hit!

Books & Reviews | Library

March 3, 2022

There are more new books to check out in the library, plus this week's review by our Librarian, Anne-Marie, is Hound the Detective.

The Water Cycle | M2

March 3, 2022

M2 students have been creating models of the water cycle during their Science lessons this week.

Local Food & Sustainability

March 3, 2022

Level 2 Home Economics ākonga are evaluating food sustainability and whether sourcing food locally is a sustainable practice. This week, learners went for a walk around the streets and greenways close to school to see what produce was available.

Gateway Students Earn First Credits

March 3, 2022

Mrs Lindsay has been working hard within our community talking to supervisors and we now have nine students out on Gateway exploring career opportunities. Behind the scenes, the students are required to complete 20 credits related to their Gateway experience.

Kayaking with Room 9

March 3, 2022

Ākonga in Room 9 enjoyed some kayaking time in the pool this week. They had a great time learning how to get in & out while steering and pushing themselves along. Read what the children had to say...

Yearbook 2021

March 3, 2022

Here you will see a flipbook of the yearbook for you to view. It works like a real book where you can turn the pages, you can zoom in, and even view in fullscreen!

Juniors in the Library

March 3, 2022

It's been great to see students back in the Library this term, after COVID restrictions made it difficult during term 4 last year. Junior students have certainly made the most of the opportunity!

Room 8 Maths

March 3, 2022

Room 8 ākonga have been working through maths problems using a variety of strategies to solve some number problems/sentences.

Stages of School Response Plan

March 3, 2022

The stages of the COVID-19 School Response Plan are explained here.

Dental Bus

March 1, 2022

The Dental Bus has arrived at school - the Dental Nurses will be seeing enrolled students in Years 1-8 over the next 2 weeks.

War and Peace: Helping our Kids Find Calm in a Chaotic World

March 1, 2022

How a simple Q&A can help our kids find calm in the face of yet another storm!

Year 10/11 Woodcut Printmaking

February 24, 2022

Year 10 & 11 ākonga worked with our Artist in Residence, Kate Young, creating woodcut prints. Students created images based on a range of senior art themes.

Breakfast | Parakuihi Club

February 24, 2022

Twizel Area School is happy to announce the launch of a new Breakfast/Parakuihi Club!

Year 11 Geomorphology

February 24, 2022

Year 11 ākonga have been studying the erosional features of rivers and glaciers or geomorphology to be precise!

Fabulous Friday Sharing

February 24, 2022

On Fridays in Rm 8, we have 'Fabulous Friday Sharing' where the students can either bring something to share, talk about a favourite memory, something they have learned about or a new skill that they can share with the class.

Twizel Junior Netball 2022

February 24, 2022

Welcome to the 2022 netball season! This season is going to run a little differently from other years, but we will have more information available soon. Read about registering, the AGM meeting, and uniforms here...

Peer Mediation

February 23, 2022

Last year, students in Years 5 and 6 completed the national training programme to become Peer Mediators. As Year 6 and 7 students in 2022, they are about to start their Peer Mediation programme with the support of Miss McAuley.

Keeping calm when everything keeps changing

February 21, 2022

Uncertain times can leave us all a bit unsettled, so how can we lend kinds some of our confidence?

COVID Out of Hours Contact

February 17, 2022

See the following information if you need to contact Twizel Area School out of hours, regarding COVID-19...

PPTA Paid Union Meeting

February 17, 2022

Staff in the senior school have a Paid Union Meeting from 12.30 pm until the end of the school day on Friday 25th February.

Bird Boxes, Pasta & Robotics

February 17, 2022

In the first full week of the new school year, there has been plenty of learning happening in the Middle School classes...

Shades of Summer

February 17, 2022

Remember those massive novelty glasses that you used to get? Well, Room 13 ākonga have channelled the novelty glasses trend with their latest artwork named 'Shades of Summer'.

Library News

February 17, 2022

The library is, once again, a hive of activity with students. Here is a reminder of when students can access it, plus our weekly book review...

Swimming NZ Visit

February 17, 2022

Canterbury Aquatic Education & Water Safety Advisor Dianne Hunter, from Swimming New Zealand, spent the day in the pool with all our junior classes on Wednesday. The sessions were focused on water safety and awareness, to teach what to do when children find themselves in a difficult situation in the water.

Family Man

February 17, 2022

The Family Man website was created to provide simple, yet effective, tools for mastering the art of parenting...with dads in mind. Making "family” your new favorite F-word.

Senior Leadership Camp

February 10, 2022

During our Senior Leadership Camp 2022 our Year 11 to 13 students built friendships through team challenges such as blindfolded hiking and raft building (with a twist)!

New Entrant Fun with Miss Smith

February 10, 2022

The new entrant class are getting used to life at Twizel Area School, while getting to know their awesome new teacher, Miss Smith.

What's new for learning in 2022?

February 10, 2022

We have a number of new initiatives underway at Twizel Area School in 2022 that we’d like to share with you…

Room 13's Holiday Writing

February 10, 2022

Room 13 students had a very exciting Summer Break, from the mountains to the city and even camp!

New Books at the Library

February 10, 2022

With the library now open on Mondays & Tuesdays for students to use, there is an array of new books to choose from, covering all age groups. Check out a couple of reviews here:

What's the best food for my child's brain, mind and mood?

February 8, 2022

Getting your children to eat healthy foods can be hard at times, but we know that good nutrition is essential for healthy growth. Find out how food has a knock-on effect on our children’s sleep, learning, behaviour , and mood.

From our Head Student Roving Reporters

February 8, 2022

This year Twizel area school is starting off 2022 with a number of new faces. We’re thrilled to have them here, we welcome these new teachers to our school and hope they enjoy it here in Twizel.

Updated TAS Values

February 8, 2022

Last year, we spent time consulting on our school values. We received feedback that was categorised and ranked for most popular values statements. You can read the feedback and how our new values fit into life at Twizel Area School.

Policy Review | Term 1 2022

February 2, 2022

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 1.

Youth Glide NZ Camp

February 2, 2022

This summer, 4 Twizel Area School students have taken part in the Youth Glide NZ Camp in Omarama.

2021 NCEA Results at TAS

February 2, 2022

We're so excited to be able to share the amazing NCEA results our students have achieved despite the adversity of 2020 and 2021. Results like these don't happen by accident - they come from the commitment of our learners and our staff plus the support of our whānau.

Library Hours 2022

February 2, 2022

A reminder of the Twizel Community Library's opening days for 2022.

How do I spell Omicron? Supporting our kids' return to school

January 31, 2022

There's a lot to process as our kids head back to school this year. Gentle encouragement for more confident steps into 2022.

From the Ministry of Education

January 26, 2022

You can read the latest information and guidelines from the Ministry of Education here.

Supporting your child’s mental health during COVID-19 school returns

January 26, 2022

How parents can help their children navigate their feelings during school reopenings.

Information for Parents

January 26, 2022

Information for Parents (and Other Visitors) with Students Returning to School in 'Red' - please read carefully as this includes drop-off and pick-up information.

Information for Students

January 26, 2022

Information for Students Returning to School in 'Red' - please read through this with your child/children.

Students Unable to Return

January 26, 2022

Parents of students who are unable to return in the 'Red' setting should complete the attached survey.

Traffic Light System at TAS

January 16, 2022

How does the COVID-19 Traffic Light System work at Twizel Area School? Read updated information and guidance for staff, students, and whānau here.

KAMAR

January 13, 2022

Twizel Area School uses the KAMAR Student Management System. Using the portal, parents and caregivers are able to update their own details, check student results, attendance, and much more!

Hiking the Greta Stream Track

December 9, 2021

The tramp day of Outdoor Ed Week this year involved hiking the start of the Greta Stream track in the Ben Ohau range.

Outdoor Ed at the Lake

December 8, 2021

Ākonga in year 7-10 have enjoyed their Outdoor Education Week activities so far this week. With water and tramping completed, it will be onto the Murder Mystery Challenge and Expedition Day to finish the week.

2022 Start of Year Dates

December 6, 2021

Here are some 2022 Back to School dates for your diary...

Cricket News

December 6, 2021

Some great cricket news for our school community...the Combined Twizel/Temuka Colts squad has qualified for the finals!!

How to talk about: The Christmas List

December 6, 2021

Giving our kids gifts can be delightful. It can also be expensive and even fraught with disappointment. A few good chats in the lead up can really help.

First Swim of the Season

December 2, 2021

With the Twizel Community Pool now open for the 2021/22 season, students in M1 and Room 9 took full advantage this week.

Dragonflies In The Sun

December 2, 2021

The Room 9 pond study at Twin Lakes on Tuesday was a huge success with students exploring for two hours catching and studying pond life.

Our Trip to the Farm

December 2, 2021

Room 4 ākonga spent the day on Tuesday exploring and having fun at the Newlands' farm. With a great day had by all, the students had plenty to write about.

M4 Leadership

December 2, 2021

Ākonga in M4 have been building their leadership skills to prepare for being responsible for their groups in Outdoor Education Week, next week.

Staff Changes for 2022

December 2, 2021

There will some staff changes at Twizel Area School when the new school year begins in February 2022.

Traffic Light Framework

December 1, 2021

What does the new Traffic Light Framework mean for staff, students and visitors of Twizel Area School?

Library Book Return & 2022 Hours

December 1, 2021

With only a handful of school days left in 2021, now is the time to return your library books. Look under your bed, down the back of your couch and in your school bag. There is a return point at the library door, opposite the main office.

Reining in Screen Time: A Gentle Guide

November 29, 2021

2021 has been the year of the screen - with good reason! When it comes to pulling the plug, gently and thoughtfully is the key.

Junior Tennis Skills

November 24, 2021

Junior classes have, this week, enjoyed some tennis skills and coaching with thanks going to South Canterbury tennis coach Steve Dries. Watch out for the next Roger Federer and Venus Williams in the making.

TAS Prizegiving Assemblies 2021

November 24, 2021

Twizel Area School Prizegiving Assemblies will take place on Tuesday, 14th December 2021. Of course, this year will be different. In order for us to acknowledge our students in a manner that falls within the present health guidelines, we’ll be holding ‘in-school’ small events.

BoT Vacancy for Parent Representative

November 24, 2021

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

New Waiata for TAS

November 24, 2021

Ka nui te mihi koutou mā. This week we had the privilage of hosting Karuna Thurlow from Kai Tahu, she is a kaiako of te reo māori for Karatī and also mentors him. During her visit she worked with Karati to develop a new waiata for TAS.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

November 23, 2021

Room 7 and 9 students buddied up on Friday afternoon to go on a Bear Hunt to the river. They didn't find any bears, but they had a great time rolling through the grass and climbing trees!

Can We Grow Beans During Winter?

November 23, 2021

Room 9 ākonga completed their year-long bean project last week with a harvest and tasting session! Their project centered around the question ‘will our beans grow in winter?’.

Pancakes or Pikelets?

November 23, 2021

Whether you call them pancakes or pikelets, eat them cold or hot, with jam or butter, the M1 ākonga had a great time making (and eating) them!

Rain Stops Play for Jack McLellan

November 22, 2021

Congratulations to Jack McLellan who was selected to play in the Year 9/10 South Canterbury cricket squad at Milner Park, Oamaru on Sunday.

Keeping Calm and Coping With Term Four

November 22, 2021

The pressure can mount as the year wraps up. Here are some survival tips for enjoying the ride.

M1 Creating Taura

November 18, 2021

Ākonga from M1 have been creating taura (rope) using harakeke this week with Karati and Mrs McGifford.

Defence Force Information Webinar

November 17, 2021

For anyone interested in a career with the New Zealand Defence Force, there is a free information webinar on Tuesday, 23rd November at 6.30 pm.

Good Luck To Our Seniors

November 17, 2021

Wishing our NCEA students well for their External Examinations, starting next week!

He Māra Kai

November 17, 2021

Room 9 ākonga have enjoyed using their green fingers this week working in He Māra Kai (The Food Garden) at school and in the Community Garden.

Ms Douglas’ Farewell

November 17, 2021

On Friday, November 12th the school invited Ms Douglas to a special event at school to celebrate her career.

MoE Vaccine Requirements for Visitors

November 17, 2021

You’ll know from the multitude of media reports regarding the vaccination mandate for education staff that we have now passed the deadline for the first dose.

Senior Leavers' Letter

November 16, 2021

All our senior leavers were given a letter to take home last week. The letter includes the following information...

How To Talk About: Making Mistakes

November 15, 2021

No one enjoys stuffing up, but mistakes are how we learn. So how we face our own failings can really help our kids.

Room 9 Hīkoi & Waiata

November 11, 2021

Last Friday, Room 9 students joined senior ākonga for a hīkoi (walk) to Te Whare Mahana Marae to practise their waiata.

Students' Cycling Safety

November 10, 2021

We have, this week, been approached by New Zealand Police in regards to a complaint by a member of the school community surrounding students wearing (or in this case, not wearing) bike helmets when cycling to and from school.

SkoolBag App Update

November 9, 2021

At the beginning of 2022, the SkoolBag app, used for school notifications and absence reports will be turned off. This will be replaced by our new Student Management System.

Teens and Study: How Can Parents Help?

November 9, 2021

Anxiety sometimes look like procrastination, and procrastination can result in panic. Time for a plan!

Cameron's Sand Pit Project

November 8, 2021

Recently, the school has received feedback from one of our students about the lack of sandpit facilities for the middle and senior school areas. We invited this student to take action to resolve this matter.

Textile Basics with M1

November 8, 2021

Students in M1 have been learning some Soft Materials Technology beginner skills.

Digital Exams Student Checklist

November 8, 2021

NZQA is changing how students can sit their NCEA exams – from hand-written papers, to online, using a device. If your rangatahi is sitting a digital exam, they can use the 2021 Digital Exam Student Checklist to prepare.

Trust Aoraki Funding

November 4, 2021

Trust Aoraki Limited's funding round six closes on Wednesday, 24 November 2021. The board will consider applications by Monday, 13 December and notification of successful and unsuccessful grants will be made within seven days of the meeting.

Junior Police Safety

November 4, 2021

This week our Junior Students have been working with the Police Education Officer, Maire Froud, on their bike and walking safety.

Pipes & Diggers with Room 8

November 4, 2021

This week Room 8 has been connecting with our local Twizel Community by looking at the new pipes that are being put in outside the school and around town. We incorporated this with our visit from Nicki Tempero who is working on our digital fluency and various ways it can be used to show their learning.

South Canterbury Cricket

November 3, 2021

A huge congratulations to the five Year 7 & 8 boys who have been selected to play in the South Canterbury Rep teams this Sunday, 7th November against Mid Canterbury in Timaru!

Twizel Rowing Club Fundraiser

November 3, 2021

Twizel Rowing Club are fundraising to help cover insurance and maintenance on rowing equipment. Available from Sunday 7th November, sheep manure is $6 per sack with free delivery around Twizel township.

M3 Fabrics

November 3, 2021

Ākonga in M3 have spent the end of Term 3 and the start of Term 4 learning about technological outcomes and creating a distinctive soft toy owl that is uniquely theirs. The owls were made using recycled woollen blankets and students had to meet certain specifications that included their owl having eyes, wings and a tummy.

Warrior Princess Workshops

November 2, 2021

Twizel Area School would like to thank Twizel Community Care (especially Kristin Murdoch) for funding an opportunity for some of our students to participate in the Warrior Princess Programme.

3 Ways We Can Help Our Kids Grow in Resilience

November 2, 2021

All children need support and encouragement to learn resilience and it is well worth using these challenging times as an opportunity teach this valuable life skill. The benefits for our children are both now, and in their future.

Basketball Tops

October 28, 2021

We are still waiting for a few basketball tops to be returned to school. If your child has used a basketball top for the season, can they please drop it into the school office asap?

Room 13 Art and Letters

October 28, 2021

It has been a very exciting week in Room 13. We have been working on some art to do with our learning this term and we finally received letters from our Pen pals in Wilmington North Carolina.

Area Schools Music Camp

October 27, 2021

During the first week of the school holidays, Twizel Area School students Lily and Louie took part in the very first Area Schools Music Camp.

Science Prize Winners

October 27, 2021

The prize winners from last term's Science Fair were finally able to receive their recognition after our in-school event was cut short due to lockdown.

Henry W Writing

October 27, 2021

Room 9 student Henry W dazzled his teacher, Mrs LM, with his writing and accompanying drawing. Awesome work Henry! You can read Henry's writing here:

Student Vaccination Data Collection

October 27, 2021

The school has been contacted by the Ministry of Education with information from the Ministry of Health over how the school should go about collating the vaccination register information for our students aged 12 and over.

The Science Behind Growing Happy Kids

October 27, 2021

How can we grow great minds and great people? Find out more about children's brain development.

Kaydin & Blossom-Kate Scholarship

October 20, 2021

Kaydin Ryan and Blossom-Kate Garbutt have both been awarded the University of Otago Māori Entrance Scholarship, worth $13,000! The scholarship will give them both an extra boost for next year and their endeavours.

You Wouldn't Say It To Their face

October 20, 2021

Netsafe has worked with Voices of HOPE, a mental health charity, on their new campaign, You Wouldn’t Say It To Their Face. This campaign highlights mental health issues stemming from online abuse and bullying. It involves a series of videos including lived experience interviews and a social experiment that shows the impact online harm can have on someone’s wellbeing.

Escape Room

October 20, 2021

Year 10 learners early in Term 3 were challenged with building an Escape Room. These learners, who were not attending snow club, were split into teams and assigned differently themed rooms – the catch – each room had to be connected to the others in some way so an end phrase would be decoded.

Face Mask Guidance

October 19, 2021

Mask guidelines have changed for schools since the government announcements over the holidays. So, when do you need to wear a mask and socially distance in and around school?

NCEA Study Tips

October 19, 2021

With NCEA exams just around the corner, here are some tips and links for our Year 11-13 rangatahi to make the most of their study period in preparation.

Policy Review | Term 4 2021

October 18, 2021

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 4.

Level 2 Reminders

October 16, 2021

As we enter Term 4, here are a few reminders surrounding Alert Level 2 restrictions at school.

Holiday Music School

September 30, 2021

Two of our Year 12 music students Lily Brophy and Louie Skinner, are off to Christchurch, to the inaugural Area Schools Association Music Camp in the first week of the holidays. There, they will meet up with music students from other Area schools, to korero, compose, play instruments and sing...ie form bands and make music.

Zoom with a BlackCap

September 30, 2021

We were offered an amazing opportunity to Zoom with Black Cap Henry Nicholls this morning while he is in MIQ. All of our students that play cricket from Years 2- 10 took part in this amazing opportunity.

2021 YMCA Youth Survey

September 30, 2021

YMCA South & Mid Canterbury today released the results report from its 2021 youth survey, which aims to take the pulse of the region’s youth aged 12-24 years on a range of topics. A record number of young people participated in the comprehensive survey.

Twizel Junior Football

September 30, 2021

There are still a few spots free for the 6-9 year-old junior football group, running Saturday mornings 9:00-9:45 from Saturday 23rd of October.

Spring Holiday Activites

September 29, 2021

The school holidays are almost here so we've gathered a few ideas together to keep your tamariki busy and you, the parents, sane!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

September 29, 2021

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is: Take time to kōrero/mā te kōrero, ka ora - a little chat can go a long way. 0800 What's Up have put together some resources to help tamariki and rangatahi cope through difficult situations and emotions, like when they are feeling down or anxious.

Year 11-13 Lockers and Revision

September 29, 2021

A reminder to Year 11-13 students - please ensure you have sorted through your lockers and other resource spaces during the course of this week.

Staycations: Embracing the joy of slow and simple

September 27, 2021

I love travelling, especially now the kids are older. I really enjoy a family trip somewhere new, or even somewhere familiar – But I’ll be honest, I also love staying home. Especially in the school holidays, when we hit pause on all the over-scheduling of term time (and nobody has to make school lunches).

High Flying Students

September 23, 2021

What a fantastic spring day yesterday for four of our Gliding students to have their first every flight in a glider. After getting a full briefing from their instructor, Nic was the first to take to the air for a smooth 20-minute flight.

Twizel Athletics Club

September 22, 2021

Sport Twizel are keen to start up a Twizel Athletics Club this season for kids aged 5 - 18 years and we are looking to gauge interest. Check out the details below...

Stevie's Retirement

September 22, 2021

It is with sincere regret that the school recognises Stevie Douglas’s desire to retire from teaching after a long and dedicated career as new entrant teacher at Twizel Area School. Stevie in her forty years plus has taught many of our Twizel community members.

Junior Tennis 2021/22

September 21, 2021

Twizel Junior Tennis 2021/22 season is set to start up the first week back after the October school holidays. Please complete the Google Form below for registration by Sunday 27th September at 5 pm.

Master Planning for New Build

September 21, 2021

We are in the fortunate position that we will be designing a completely new school for our learners. This process is lengthy and does not go unsupported by the Ministry of Education and other specialists such as architects and project managers.

How to Talk to Kids About Vaping

September 21, 2021

The number of people vaping is on the rise and more and more products are coming onto the market that appeal to younger people.

Room 13 Olympic Pictograms

September 21, 2021

Room 13 students have been doing some artwork that we had planned to do earlier in the term. We have been looking at the Olympic Pictograms, creating a background using different shades from the same colour. The students made a range of shapes and lines with their pencil and coloured each area a different shade.

Breadtags for Wheelchairs

September 21, 2021

Twizel Kindergarten are collecting bread tags for recycling. They will go to an awesome charity to help buy wheelchairs for people in South Africa. If you'd like to donate your used breadtags, you can either drop them here at school (for us to pass on) or at the Twizel Kindergarten.

M1 Stop Motion Animation

September 21, 2021

In week 7, M1 students made scientific stop motion animations. They used a spinning wheel to choose their groups and each group had to choose a category that their stop motion would be about.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori

September 16, 2021

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Mātua Karatī and head student Daniel Hunter have created a series of videos to bring together the Māori language and the place we call home, Te Manahuna.

BoT Student Election

September 16, 2021

Following the disruption to schools due to the COVID-19 Lockdown and subsequent alert level changes, the Student Representative Elections for the Board of Trustees has been extended.

Return of School Devices

September 16, 2021

During our Alert Levels 4 and 3 the school distributed a significant number of our school owned iPads, Chromebooks and Laptops. We hope they assisted our learners in remaining connected to their learning programmes, teachers and peers.

Kōrero Māori: 10 phrases for your whānau

September 15, 2021

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) has been recognised in Aotearoa since 1975. It’s an official week on our national calendar to honour, celebrate and promote te reo Māori.

Room 4 Whakataukī Cubes

September 15, 2021

As part of our learning about Te Ao Māori, Room 4 students have been studying whakataukī (proverbs), learning their meanings and then illustrating each one.

Room 13 World Landmarks

September 15, 2021

Students in Room 13 have been learning about different cultures around the world, How they celebrate and the important features of their countries.

Cancellations & Rearrangements

September 15, 2021

Please see the following list of cancellations & hopeful rearrangements, due to COVID-19 Alert Level changes. This list will be updated as and when we have further information for individual events.

Exam Week Year 11-13

September 15, 2021

Our senior students are sitting their mock exams, both digital and paper, next week. Information regarding exams, together with an exam timetable can be found here.

TAS Code of Conduct

September 7, 2021

Code Of Conduct for parents, caregivers and visitors to Twizel Area School

Delta Alert Level 2

September 7, 2021

Please remind yourselves of the Delta Alert Level 2 information including the key differences from past Level 2 and general principles that we should all be aware of.

A Message from the Board

September 2, 2021

This lockdown has been an interesting hiccup for the Board. Our fourth meeting has had to be postponed and we missed out on some professional development when the Area Schools Conference was cancelled. But, in the scheme of things, these were very minor and recoverable.

Sharing the love around your bubble

September 1, 2021

One thing that is persistently challenging for parents in lockdown is the need to split our time between everyone in our bubble, while still meeting the incessant demands of the day. And it’s a need that comes with a side order of guilt, if we’re not careful.

More Lockdown Fun

September 1, 2021

As Lockdown continues, students of all ages from TAS have found new and increasingly imaginative ways to keep themselves entertained, while their creativity knows no bounds in the confines of lockdown.

M2 Arcade Games

September 1, 2021

M2 has been learning how to create Arcade Games during their Zoom class and watching videos. They are using block code in Microsoft MakeCode Arcade which is available free to anyone.

Lockdown Art

September 1, 2021

Lockdown has been a time for our talented artists to spend time crafting their individual pieces of artwork. Take a look at their work...

@hOMe | Otago Museum

September 1, 2021

Otago Museum's Digital Museum is filled with lockdown distractions including colouring, baking and many other creations to take away lockdown blues!

Senior Students' Lockdown Quiz

August 26, 2021

Year 13 student Kaydin Ryan hosted a General Knowledge Quiz for some of our keen senior students on Wednesday Evening.

Switch on Safety

August 26, 2021

The N4L (Network for Learning) Switch on Safety filter was launched during Aotearoa’s first Level 4 lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it remains available for whānau to continue to use to keep their children safe online.

Ollie and Hunter Currall's Story

August 26, 2021

Have a read of Ollie and Hunter's story about the adventures they have had during lockdown!

NCEA Changes for 2021

August 26, 2021

NZQA have released information on changes to NCEA in 2021 based upon the current disruptions to teaching and learning. NCEA students should be made aware of the outlined changes.

Head Students Lockdown Challenge

August 26, 2021

Head Students, Daniel and Amie, have a Lockdown Challenge for you...

Lockdown continues: 10 more things to do

August 25, 2021

If you’re running low on creativity and entertainment ideas, we’re certain you’re not alone. Here are ten more things for you to try at your place...

Room 8's Pre-Lockdown Activities

August 25, 2021

Room 8 students had been busy pre-lockdown with activities including Science and learning how to follow steps to make pizza...

Room 7 Treasure Hunt

August 25, 2021

Our New Entrants class were set a Treasure Hunt by Mrs Smith. Who was the first student to complete it???

Lockdown Fun

August 25, 2021

There has been plenty of creativity shining through from Twizel Area School students in the first week of Lockdown 2.0, take a look...

Year 0-8 Additional Resources

August 20, 2021

Have you got a keen little learner at home? Chewing through the teacher resources? If this is your situation right now, we've got your back!

Support with Health and Wellbeing

August 19, 2021

Many families may find it tough going back into Alert Level 4. It can be challenging having children at home, being cut off from family and friends, trying to making ends meet and have high-stress levels.

Hello Lockdown, We Meet Again!

August 19, 2021

Level four lockdown. Again. And I don’t think it’s getting any easier. Covid fatigue is real at our place! Although we’ve all been here before and should be old hats at lockdown life, it’s still hard – especially as a working parent.

Omarama Cross Country

August 19, 2021

The Omarama Cross Country was run last Friday (13th August) with Twizel Area School runners competing with other primary-aged students from across the region.

Better Start Literacy

August 7, 2021

Better Start Literacy

M2's Kaki Release

August 7, 2021

M2's Kaki Release

National Area Schools' Tournament

August 7, 2021

National Area Schools' Tournament

Operation CrISPY Morn

August 7, 2021

Operation CrISPY Morn

TAS Podcast

June 25, 2021

In episode 8 of the 2021 TAS Podcast series, Karati catches up with Kiara Thyne.

Student Leaders

June 25, 2021

Loves Me Not, Rural Health and Rainbow Day

Student News

June 25, 2021

We welcome three new students to the Twizel Area School whānau this week, while saying Well Done to the Week 7 'Star Students'.

Girls in Hi-Vis

June 25, 2021

The annual Connexis Girls in Hi-Vis career exploration was held yesterday at the Ohau B Power Station.

Roses and Teddies in the Junior School

June 24, 2021

Room 9 and 13 students' (with the help of M4) creativity juices have been flowing this week.

Matariki at TAS

June 24, 2021

Students have helped celebrate Matariki this year with weaving, plus we joined together with Twizel Kindergarten for an evening of songs and a banquet to share.

Twizel Area School Firewood Raffle

June 24, 2021

Here are the results of our recent Firewood Raffle, kindly donated by Dean and Tina Smith.

M1 Science

June 23, 2021

M1 students have been experimenting to work out the amount of salt that will dissolve in 2 minutes given different water temperatures.

Too Much Punch for Judy

June 15, 2021

The play "Too Much Punch for Judy" visited Twizel Area School on Monday, performed in front of our Year 11-13 students.

Otago Sheilah Winn Shakepeare Festival

June 15, 2021

Congratulations to our young actors, who participated successfully in the Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival held at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Ara Open Day 2021

May 29, 2021

Discover how to get the skills you need for the job you want at the Ara Open Day on June 10th. Explore more than 150 career-enhancing study options, learn about the Ara Advantage, talk to tutors, tour the campus and enrol on the day.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

May 28, 2021

Constable Froud from New Zealand Police, our School Community Officer, has been at Twizel Area School this week. She is running sessions with our Year 1-8 students alongside our teaching staff, delivering the 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' Programme.

Board of Trustees Election

May 25, 2021

I’m pleased to announce our new Board of Trustees Members as...

Pink Shirt Day 2021

May 23, 2021

Pink Shirt Day Aotearoa and Bullying Free NZ Week were celebrated at Twizel Area School last week - our learning focus was 'Being an Upstander'.

Te Manahuna Aoraki DoC Ranger Visit

May 20, 2021

Twizel Area School recently hosted Te Manahuna Aoraki DOC Ranger Adriana Theobald and her Conservation dogs Julius and Slick, with Tom Smits, Angela Newport and her conservation dogs Sika and Macca.

Sample Uniform

March 23, 2021

Sample Uniform Sizes? No problem! Sample Uniform sizes are now available from our main office at Twizel Area School.