Term 3 | Week 10
Kia ora e te whanau,

This week has marked the NCEA Mock Exams for our Year 11 to 13 students. They have worked hard under very difficult circumstances, not just for this year, but also last. I wish them all the successes they have worked towards as they receive their grades early next term. The preliminary grades will give a good indication of further preparation prior to the actual exams and will be discussed with whānau at Conferences early next term. Special thanks to the students who have worked to keep the area quiet for the students attending exams. Kia kaha Year 11-13 ākonga!

We are approaching the end of this very disrupted term wishing for a return to normality in Term 4. Unfortunately, already, we are receiving event cancellations from outside providers, for example, our Kahui Ako Marae Day in Week 1 has already been cancelled by the Marae team. As we look forward to the next term, I sincerely hope we do have the opportunity to participate in our normal range of events. Let’s collectively cross our fingers for Alert Level 1!

In thinking about event disruptions, as a general reminder to the school community, the school grounds are considered part of the school site and governed by the health expectations for schools. You may have noticed that Athletics Club is hoping to go ahead next term with Bevan Newlands (Sport Twizel) at the helm. This, like all other community events, can only proceed on school grounds at Alert Level 1. If you have a club or event that uses our site including grounds, please approach the school for advice on COVID restrictions before proceeding - in general terms, it is likely not much can be done until Alert Level 1.

Within my ‘doom and gloom’ thoughts about events is the cancellation of tomorrow’s end of term assembly, normally held at the Community Centre. We’ve made the decision to hold the Striving Awards until the start of next term in the hope that we can hand them out with the proper auspiciousness of the award and event. Again, crossed fingers for Level 1 at the start of the term!

As it stands, there is a link to our Term 4 Calendar on the front page of our website: twizel.school.nz. You will be able to view adaptations as we progress through the term. Thank you for your continued support of the school as we move through these uncertain times!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Zoom with a BlackCap

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.


Holiday Music School

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…


Update to Puketeraki Marae Visit

There have been some forced changes to our upcoming Kahui Ako (cluster of area schools) trips to Puketeraki Marae. These changes are due to COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions currently in place.


Mental Health Awareness Week 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.


StudyIt NCEA Forums

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.


2021 YMCA Youth Survey

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.


Year 11-13 Lockers and Revision

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.


Twizel Athletics Club

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...


Term Calendar

Click here to view the updated Google Term Calendar.


Spring Holiday Activites

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


Twizel Junior Football

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.


School Holidays are Here!

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


Good Yarn

Ymca Twizel Minefield

Starts on Tuesday 19th October 6.30 - 8.30 pm | 5 weeks in the Community Lounge at the Twizel Events Centre.
If you wish to register, email [email protected] or call 021 0554 844

Spring Spectacular 2021

Upcycle Competition

Click here or the above image to view in full screen and print your own copy of the Upcycle Competition entry form for 2021.


Warrior Princess Workshop

Sofia Tuaia, of Warrior Princess Workshops, is presenting a course for female Maori students, Y7 to 10. This programme is in conjunction with the Twizel Community Care Trust.

You can download the consent form for the parents here and above is an invitation to a Whanau Hui on the first Monday back at school and then the course on every Tuesday between 10:50 and 12:35 for seven weeks.

Employment Roadshow 2021

Nz Covid Tracer App