Term 4 | Week 1
Kia ora e te whānau,|
I hope your term break went well, it has been good to be back at school this week and enjoying some time with our fantastic students. I’ve particularly enjoyed sitting in for a short period of time with the new entrants on Monday morning. They’re excited about the changes to their classroom, and working well under the guidance of Mrs Brophy. With five new students in the class, it has certainly been a fresh start to the term. Over the term break, Mrs Potter and I had the pleasure of interviewing candidates for the role of New Entrant Primary Teacher from the start of 2022. We were exceptionally fortunate to receive a very large number of applications. Our preferred candidate has accepted the position and will be relocating from Christchurch over the summer. Brooke Smith will take on the role as a newly qualified teacher, having most recently undertaken placements in both Halswell and Harewood Schools. A Timaru native, she is well accustomed to holidays in Twizel, and is looking forward to settling here as a more permanent destination. She is a keen sportsperson and dancer and intends to incorporate her talents throughout the curriculum. Brooke will visit us later this term in order to meet the wider staff and some students.
Our second Master Planning Workshop for the build of the new school occurred this week. The same team worked with us to further develop thinking about the optimal orientation of the new build to achieve the best solar gain, minimise glare, protect from wind and frost etc. This is particularly important in areas where we hope to create internal courtyards and external weather-protected spaces. Further discussions commenced regarding our cultural narrative, administration needs, specialised learning spaces (such as Science, PE, Art, Technology and Drama) and convenient entry points to the school site. Our next meeting is planned for mid-November. At the November meeting, the school should be presented with firm options for the location of the new school within our site and have the opportunity to discuss landscaping and core services with the caretaking team. As I expressed last time, it is really exciting to see progression with the build process and begin to imagine what it will be like to use our new spaces.
This term we have three policies to review, these are ‘Māori Educational Success’, ‘Religious Instruction’ and ‘Harassment’. If you’d like to provide feedback, there is an article below to click for instructions to access our Schooldocs site.
Last week, I drew your attention to some changes in the rules for schools around COVID, some of which are reprised within one of the articles below. Please feel free to disregard them if you have already had the opportunity to read through them. The greatest change is within the masking rules. Students aged 12 and over, as well as adults, are asked to wear masks at pick-ups and drop-offs as well as on school buses. Your understanding is appreciated.
Enjoy the long weekend, and we’ll see you next week!
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 4.
Mask rules 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?
Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel our upcoming Kahui Ako (cluster of area schools) trip to Puketeraki Marae. This is due to COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions currently in place.
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…
Don't forget your sunhat! They are a compulsory item for students in years 1-6 during Terms 4 & 1.
Click here to view the updated Google Term Calendar.
Just a reminder that Monday, 25th October is Labour 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 Tuesday!
Calling all student photographers, digital storytellers & creatives - entries are open now for Stills 2021! Stills is a student photography competition (open to all school-age students from year 1-13), sponsored by Canon, launching for the first time this year.
For further information head to www.stills.nz for all the entry criteria and to submit your image, there are some awesome prizes to be won!