Our school is aligned with three other area schools in the southern region (Lawrence, Maniototo and Roxburgh) in a group known as a Kāhui Ako or Community of Learning. This is primarily for teacher networking and shared professional learning. We also aim to build student connections. This year we are offering our second year of Kāhui Ako marae days at Puketeraki Marae at Karitane. This is the most central marae to our four schools. If we are at Covid Level One each school will send up to 20 students on each of the days. Students will meet and interact with students from other area schools as they learn about marae protocol and take part in a range of cultural activities. If we are at Level Two we will not be running these days due to the complexity of mixing students from different school bubbles.At Twizel Area School we have decided to offer these places to students who identify as Māori and then offer remaining places to other students.Students who identify as Māori will be given a permission form. These will need to be returned to the office by the end of term to secure a place. Names of other interested students can be added to a waiting list at the office with those on the list given priority if there are any available spaces.DAY ONE: Friday October 22 - Y9-13 (and possibly some Y7-8 to balance numbers)DAY TWO: Thursday November 4 - Y3-7These will be long days with an early departure, returning after 5 pm.