Thursday 12th May 2022 | Term 2 Week 2
** Pink Shirt Day at TAS is Monday, May 16th - come along wearing PINK to support the cause, donations of cans and non-perishable food instead of cash, please. All food donations will be delivered to our local Food Bank as part of the ‘Give What you Can Appeal’.**|
Kia ora e te whānau,
Tournament is coming! Thank you to everyone who has returned a billet form and is able to host visiting students. We do need to receive more forms to be able to go ahead with the tournament. If you haven’t returned yours yet, please do so before the end of this week. Our Head Students and Board Representative have made a video to let you know more about the process and ask for your support. The success of tournament is very important to them (and all our other participants), This is one of the first events we’ve been able to participate in and bring everyone back together for quite some time. Please have a watch of their video which is featured later in this newsletter. You can volunteer to billet students by filling in our online form, or the paper form that wnt home with students last week.
A reminder that there is a further Teacher Only Day next week - apologies again for the inconvenience of two events so closely back-to-back. The May 17th Teacher Only Day is a postponement date for an essential training that we were unable to host at the start of this year. The day involves all staff, teachers, support and administration. We are upskilling with two MoE facilitators by completing the course ‘Understanding Behaviour, Responding Safely’.
Just a quick word of appreciation for the vast improvement in attendance since the start of this term across most of the year levels - your support in ensuring our learners move back into their regular routines is very much appreciated by the staff. Please keep reporting to us any positive student covid cases in your household - we still need to report these to the Ministry of Education to inform provision of planning and support packages. Although we know covid is still circulating our school community, this week, cases have remained low. We do, however, have staff absences due to covid which is making it difficult to function normally across the school - your ongoing support and understanding is appreciated.
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
Sports Captain, James McDonald has news on the upcoming Southern Area School Tournament, plus a Pink Shirt Day reminder.
The Middle School Gaming Option students took part in an e-sports tournament, part of the Rocket League, last weekend in Invercargill. Read Indie and Isabella's thoughts on their experience, plus where our teams placed in the tournament.
The third issue of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club for 2022 is now available, orders need to be placed by Friday 1st July. You can order through the Scholastic website https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz or the Book Club Loop app.
The start of Term 2 has seen some awesome work coming from classes, and individual students, within the Junior School. Their TAS Value of Awhinataka has been clear to see!
The Southern Area Schools (SAS) Tournament is fast approaching, information including billeting details can be found here.
Did you know that New Zealand has 3 official languages? Ākonga in Room 7 have been learning Sign Language and showing their TAS value of Whānaukataka with our national anthem.
Tuesday 17th May there will be no classes due to an essential Staff Training Day.
Room 8 ākonga have been looking at measurement and using a variety of things to measure the inside of a pretend chilly bin. The students had to work out how many would fit into each box and explain their working out.
We are happy to announce that our Breakfast | Parakuihi Club is back for Term 2! Starting week 3, come and join us now on Tuesday mornings to share some kai.
After all the covid restrictions over the last few months, Junior Assembly is back!
Ākonga from M1 & M2 have donned their Sherlock Holmes hats this week to learn what forensic scientists do when they arrive at a crime scene.
For students who are looking to study at the University of Canterbury either next year or in the future, there is an Info Evening being held in Timaru on Thursday 12th May at 6 pm.
How pink shirts can help eliminate bullying and make the world a better place for everyone.
Have you downloaded our new school app yet? The SchoolBridge app works seamlessly with Twizel Area School’s web portal, using the same username/password already in use, with greater functionality and increased user-friendliness than the current KAMAR app.
|→ Friday, 13th May — Welding for a Day at ARA - Enrolled Tech Students|
→ Monday, 16th to Friday, 20th May — Bully Free Week
→ Monday, 16th May — Defence Force Visit
→ Monday, 16th May — Pink Shirt Day Mufti - Can Donation for the Food Bank
→ Tuesday, 17th May — All Staff Training - BoT Required
→ Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th May — Area Schools Tournament (SAS)
→ Friday, 20th May — Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities Classroom Visits Yr1-8
→ Monday, 23rd to Wednesday, 25th May — Digital Fluency Classroom Visits