Thursday 4th November 2021 | Term 4 Week 3
Kia ora e te whānau,

It has been yet another busy week at Twizel Area School.
  • Our Junior Students have been working with the Police Education Officer, Maire Froud, on their bike and walking safety. I’m sure all sorts of fabulous stories will be shared!
  • In Middle School (amongst other learning), I had the pleasure of observing M1 developing their own treaty documents, learning about human rights and responsibilities as well as countries and customs around the world.
  • Our senior students are focussing hard on preparation for their upcoming external examinations. Walking by the classrooms, you can see determined faces wrangling with their subject matter.
I applaud all of our students for their commitment to new learning - even at the late end of the year, they’re working hard.

On Monday our Board and Senior Leadership Team began to formalise our values, vision and mission ready for a complete refresh of our strategic plan starting in 2022. The data from our consultations with the community throughout the year informed our decision making process. Many thanks to Sharon Blanchard for facilitating this appreciative inquiry session.

I have the pleasure of announcing our new Student Board of Trustees representative as Monique van der Westhuizen. Many congratulations to Monique, I know you will represent the student body with great care and preparation for the role. Monique will complete an online training course later this month, followed by attending her first Board Meeting on the 23rd of November. She will be accompanied by the outgoing representative, Daniel Hunter and introduced to our other board members. Congratulations Monique, I’m looking forward to working with you.

Our staff have been involved in training this week with Jacqui Land from Kamar. Thank you for your patience with our office closures to enable this training. As of next year, we will be able to share an enormous amount of student information with you, thanks to the new student management system. Using their portal, you will be able to check student results, attendance, update your own details and much more!

Next week, we’re getting ready for Photo Day on Wednesday the 10th, and will be holding an ‘in house’ (due to COVID) farewell for Stevie Douglas who retired at the end of last term.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Junior Police Safety

This week our Junior Students have been working with the Police Education Officer, Maire Froud, on their bike and walking safety.


Pipes & Diggers with Room 8

This week Room 8 has been connecting with our local Twizel Community by looking at the new pipes that are being put in outside the school and around town. We incorporated this with our visit from Nicki Tempero who is working on our digital fluency and various ways it can be used to show their learning.


South Canterbury Cricket

A huge congratulations to the five Year 7 & 8 boys who have been selected to play in the South Canterbury Rep teams this Sunday, 7th November against Mid Canterbury in Timaru!


Photo Day

This year's school photos will be taken next Wednesday, 10th November.


M3 Fabrics

Ākonga in M3 have spent the end of Term 3 and the start of Term 4 learning about technological outcomes and creating a distinctive soft toy owl that is uniquely theirs. The owls were made using recycled woollen blankets and students had to meet certain specifications that included their owl having eyes,…


Warrior Princess Workshops

Twizel Area School would like to thank Twizel Community Care (especially Kristin Murdoch) for funding an opportunity for some of our students to participate in the Warrior Princess Programme.


Mackenzie Scholarships Up For Grabs!

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.


Prizegiving Trophies

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?


Managing Exam Stress

Continuing our countdown to the start of the NCEA exams on November 22nd, we're looking at managing exam stress and how rangatahi can manage themselves before exams and on the day of their exams. Also how parents can help and where to get help if you need it.


Basketball Tops

We are still waiting for a few basketball tops 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?


3 Ways We Can Help Our Kids Grow in Resilience

All children need support and encouragement to learn resilience and it is well worth using these challenging times as an opportunity teach this valuable life skill. The benefits for our children are both now, and in their future.


Term Calendar

Click here to view the updated Google Term Calendar.


Twizel Rowing Club Fundraiser

Twizel Rowing Club are fundraising to help cover insurance and maintenance on rowing equipment. Available from Sunday 7th November, sheep manure is $6 per sack with free delivery around Twizel township.


Trust Aoraki Funding

Trust Aoraki Limited's funding round six closes on Wednesday, 24 November 2021. The board will consider applications by Monday, 13 December and notification of successful and unsuccessful grants will be made within seven days of the meeting.


Street Smart Timaru

Street Smart is a hands-on practical driving learning programme aimed predominantly at young drivers. To register, go to:

Stills Photography Competition 2021

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 for all the entry criteria and to submit your image, there are some awesome prizes to be won! Entries for Stills are open for a few more weeks until 19 November.

Upcycle Comp


Rural Super Weekend

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