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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

BoT Parent Vacancy

May 18, 2022

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

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Staff Only Day | May 17th

May 11, 2022

Tuesday 17th May there will be no classes due to an essential Staff Training Day.

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…

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…

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…

Lucky Book Club | Issue 3 2022

May 4, 2022

The third issue of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club for 2022 is now available, orders need to be placed by Friday 1st July.…

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…

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…

Teacher Only Day | May 11th

May 2, 2022

Wednesday 11th May there will be no classes due to a Ministry of Education Accord Teacher Only Day.

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…

Dates for Your Diary

April 29, 2022

Here are some Term 2 dates for your diary...

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lost Property

April 6, 2022

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

The Newlands' COVID Experience

March 24, 2022

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

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…

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…

Bebras Computer Challenge

March 23, 2022

Students from Years 4 - 10 participated this week in an international Computational Thinking Challenge called Bebras. The…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Stages of School Response Plan

March 3, 2022

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

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.

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.

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)…

2021 Yearbook | Register an Interest

March 9, 2022

If you would like to pre-order a printed version of the 2021 School Magazine / Yearbook you are welcome to fill out our…

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.

Teacher Only Day | March 17th

March 7, 2022

Thursday, 17th March there will be no classes due to a Kāhui Ak Teacher Only Day.

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Swimming NZ Visit

February 17, 2022

Canterbury Aquatic Education & Water Safety Advisor Dianne Hunter, from Swimming New Zealand, spent the day in the pool…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lucky Book Club | Issue 1 2022

February 8, 2022

The first issue of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club for 2022 is now available, orders need to be in by Friday 8th April. You…

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…

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…

Library Hours 2022

February 2, 2022

There is a change to the Twizel Community Library's public 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…

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.

Sun Protection at School

January 18, 2022

Don't forget your sunhat! They are a compulsory item for students in years 1-6 during Terms 1 & 4.

Back to School 2022

January 24, 2022

All the Back to School info, including stationery, uniform & BYOD, can be found here.

Stationery Lists for 2022

January 18, 2022

Information regarding stationery lists & packs bought from school, including costs, can be found here.

Back to School Survival Guide

January 16, 2022

Beginning a new school year, especially if it is for the first time, is exciting but it does come with some anxiety too.…

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,…

KAMAR

January 13, 2022

Twizel Area School uses the KAMAR Student Management System. Using the portal, parents and caregivers are able to update…

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.

Dental Care During the School Holidays

December 8, 2021

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with the service during the upcoming school…

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,…

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…

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.

Outdoor Ed Week 2021

December 2, 2021

Next week is Twizel Area School's Outdoor Education Week for 2021. All the details you require can be found here...

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…

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…

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…

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?

Final 2021 Lucky Book Club

November 29, 2021

The final issue of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club for 2021 is now available, orders need to be in by Wednesday 8th December.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.

Teacher Only Day | November 26th

November 17, 2021

This Friday, 26th November there will be no classes due to a Teacher Only Day.

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…

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...

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…

Cyclone | BYOD Special

February 23, 2022

Technology company Cyclone have a special running on a Lenovo BYOD Chromebook for $289+GST. See more information here with…

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…

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…

2021 NCEA Exam Information

November 17, 2021

The 2021 NCEA Exams have started and continue through until December 14th. Here you can find all the information you require…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Warrior Princess Workshops

November 2, 2021

Twizel Area School would like to thank Twizel Community Care (especially Kristin Murdoch) for funding an opportunity for…

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…

Managing Exam Stress

November 2, 2021

Continuing our countdown to the start of the NCEA exams on November 22nd, we're looking at managing exam stress and how…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Prizegiving Trophies

October 27, 2021

In preparation for this year's Prizegiving ceremony, can any student who was awarded a trophy last year, please return it…

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!…

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.…

Mackenzie Scholarships Up For Grabs!

October 20, 2021

The Mackenzie District Council have a fantastic opportunity for senior students who are interested in applying for the Mackenzie…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Puketeraki Marae Visit Cancellation

October 18, 2021

Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel our upcoming Kahui Ako (cluster of area schools) trip to Puketeraki Marae.…

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…

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…

TAS Podcast

June 25, 2021

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

Cancellations & Rearrangements

September 15, 2021

Please see the following list of cancellations & hopeful rearrangements, due to COVID-19 Alert Level changes. This list…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

@hOMe | Otago Museum

September 1, 2021

Otago Museum's Digital Museum is filled with lockdown distractions including colouring, baking and many other creations…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sample Uniform

March 23, 2021

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

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,…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

TAS Code of Conduct

September 7, 2021

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

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…

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…

Puketeraki Marae Visits

September 23, 2021

Our school is aligned with three other area schools in the southern region (Lawrence, Maniototo and Roxburgh) in a group…

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…

Head Students Lockdown Challenge

August 26, 2021

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

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…

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!

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…

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.

Operation CrISPY Morn

August 7, 2021

Operation CrISPY Morn

National Area Schools' Tournament

August 7, 2021

National Area Schools' Tournament

M2's Kaki Release

August 7, 2021

M2's Kaki Release

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…

Better Start Literacy

August 7, 2021

Better Start Literacy

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…

School Holidays are Here!

September 30, 2021

After an eventful Term 3 that included another national lockdown due to COVID-19, the holidays are finally here!

Board of Trustees Election

May 25, 2021

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

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…

StudyIt NCEA Forums

September 29, 2021

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

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…

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…

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,…

School Cleaner Vacancy

June 21, 2021

We are seeking an amazing Cleaner to join our team at Twizel Area School.

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…

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.

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'.

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…

Twizel Area School Firewood Raffle

June 24, 2021

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

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…

Matariki at TAS

June 24, 2021

Students have helped celebrate Matariki this year with weaving, plus we joined together with Twizel Kindergarten for an…

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…

Student Leaders

June 25, 2021

Loves Me Not, Rural Health and Rainbow Day

Exam Week Year 11-13

September 15, 2021

Our school Exam Week has been ‘compressed’ into three days in order to reduce disruption to students following the COVID…

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…

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,…

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,…

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???

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...

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…