Term 4 | Week 2
Kia ora e te whānau,|
I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing weather over the long weekend? The prolonged hours of sunshine right now is certainly providing a contrast to The Catlins weather in October!
Since the start of the new term, we’ve had the opportunity to welcome a few educational providers back inside the building following adaptations to Alert Level 2 guidelines over the holiday period. A few examples of these programmes are ‘Mates and Dates’, ‘Warrior Princess’ and the Police Education Officer’s upcoming safe walking and cycling programme. Within the staff, we’re also working on ways to safely provide some Term 4 experiences such as an adapted Outdoor Education Week, in-school Athletics Days and our Leavers’ Dinner. Although each event takes careful consideration of adaptations, we’re giving a lot of energy at the moment to create as many opportunities as we can throughout this term within our guidelines. I appreciate that it can be a disappointment to not be able to participate as parents in the same way as normal, but for the students, the most important thing is to be able to go ahead with some of their more interactive learning opportunities.
I’d like to thank all the parents who have now registered as volunteers, we’re currently collating that information to ensure we have a register of the necessary documentation to include you in our upcoming activities where possible!
The Ministry of Health has now provided information on how schools are to collect information on vaccinated students aged 12 and above. There is an article within this newsletter letting parents know about this process. If you are ready to provide vaccination evidence (ideally in the form of a Ministry of Health letter), please feel free to drop it into the office, or email it to [email protected].
Lastly, I’d like to welcome Chelsea Lousley to the staff as our new Office Administrator, she will start in a full time capacity from Monday 1st November. The team at TAS are looking forward to working with her!
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
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.
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.
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:
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 has now been extended to 10th November.
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.
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.
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.
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, 19th November?
Once again, we have an abundance of Lost Property left at school that needs to be collected. This includes a multitude of sweaters, shirts, and even shoes & hats! Please make time to sort through and take away whatever belongs to your child from the box at the school office.
Click here to view the updated Google Term Calendar.
How can we grow great minds and great people? Find out more about children's brain development.
All basketball tops now need 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?
Street Smart is a hands-on practical driving learning programme aimed predominantly at young drivers. To register, go to: www.streetsmart.nz
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!