Thursday 19th May 2022 | Term 2 Week 3
Kia ora e te whānau,

Thank you to everyone for your fantastic support of the annual Southern Area Schools’ Tournament. We are hosting 180 students from across the region as they participate in sports as diverse as rock climbing and frisbee golf, to rugby and netball. Our young students are very much involved too, having been allocated a team to support. I am, of course, impressed by the whānaukataka demonstrated by everyone here. The atmosphere is electric! Formal results and selection for National Tournament will follow.

Later this week, we are hosting our Massey University Mathematics liaison, Jayne Fitzgerald. She will be visiting each classroom from the new entrant to Year 8 in order to support our teachers with the DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) work we are engaging with for the next two years. It is a new and challenging piece of work making a great impact on our Mathematics delivery. In another piece of ongoing work across the school, our Core Education Facilitator, Nicki Tempero visits classes next week to support their progression through the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Nicki always brings new ideas and activities to each class, inspiring both teachers and students to enhance their digital fluency. These ‘initiatives’ are linked to our continued drive for excellence, as defined by our school Strategic Plan for 2022-2024.

You will have noticed that our Assemblies have tentatively re-started with small groups. We run four small assemblies per week. At present, we’re not yet welcoming community visitors. This is due to the slow trickle of covid cases we continue to experience and our desire to keep everyone safe. As we have been lucky enough to have very few staff cases, it is particularly important that we continue to slow the caseload in order to keep the school fully operational. Your understanding is very much appreciated. We are doing our best to photograph award recipients for our school's social media. I anticipate re-welcoming whānau to the assemblies later this term, all being well. This will be announced through the newsletter and social media at the appropriate time.

The theme for our tournament is Haere Tonu - Keep Going, and here we are, come rain or shine, keeping going!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

From the Head Students | 19th May 2022

Deputy Head Student Lily Brophy has news about the Area Schools Tournament and Pink Shirt Day.


William & the Antarctic Heritage Trust

Congratulations to William Newlands on being accepted to attend Young Inspiring Explorers™ Summit taking place in Christchurch on 11-12 June 2022.


Defence Force Visits TAS

Twizel Area School played host to the Defence Force Recruitment Visit this week and there was plenty of interest & enthusiasm among the students who attended.


TAS Turns Pink for the Day!

Twizel Area School turned pink this week to support Bully Free Week and Pink Shirt Day. Donations of cans and non-perishable food were also delivered to our local Food Bank as part of the ‘Give What you Can Appeal’.


Welding at ARA

Senior ākonga spent the day on a welding course at ARA Polytechnic in Timaru last Friday. Read what Sienna thought about her day.


Room 8 Prepare for Tournament

Ākonga in Room 8 have been preparing for the Area Schools Tournament this week by creating paper chains and banners to welcome Roxburgh Area School.


BoT Parent Vacancy

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.


Room 4 Picasso Portraits

Ākonga in Room 4 have, this week, been looking at the artwork of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.


Star Students | Week 2

Congratulations to our Star Students from last week's Junior Assemblies. They were presented with their award and WAKA Value card.


Breakfast | Parakuihi Club Returns

We are happy to announce that our Breakfast | Parakuihi Club is back for Term 2! Starting week 4, come and join us now on Tuesday mornings to share some kai.


Lucky Book Club | Issue 3 2022

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 or the Book Club Loop app.


How to be an Upstander

Everyone has the power to prevent bullying. Being an upstander is one of the best ways to make a difference at school, in the community, or with your whānau.


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→ Monday, 23rd to Wednesday, 25th May — Digital Fluency Classroom Visits
→ Monday, 30th to Tuesday, 31st May — St John in Schools
→ Wednesday, 1st to Monday, 6th June — SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
→ Thursday, 2nd June — BoT Meeting - 5pm
→ Thursday, 2nd June — Mid-Year Parent Conference Bookings Open
→ Monday, 6th June — Queen's Birthday

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Great Kiwi Bookathon 2022

Netball Skills 2022

Library Hours 2022 (poster)