Thursday 26th May 2022 | Term 2 Week 4
Kia ora e te whānau,
Wow! What a Tournament! Thank you to Mark and Clare Frost, Denise Arkless, Karatī Metcalfe, Nyree Schaar, and everyone involved in such a smooth-running event. Thank you as well to all the community members who pitched in and helped with coaching, refereeing, billeting and all the other thankless tasks! From Wednesday to Friday of Week 3, we welcomed close to two hundred students from across the South of the South Island to Twizel for participation in the 2022 SAS Tournament. The opening ceremony involved the whole school and the visiting staff and schools. It was an exciting moment, as it was the first we have been able to bring everyone together for more than a year. Thanks to the Event Centre, we had the space and ventilation to achieve that! The theme for the Tournament was ‘Haere Tonu!’ - ‘Keep Going!’ an apt goal for the times. We were blessed with fabulous weather (in the main) and managed to host all the planned events. Twizel, of course, dominated many of the events with tough competition (usually from Roxburgh). At the tournament's conclusion, the Nationals Team of 45 students were named. Of those, 10 are from Twizel across Netball, Basketball, Football, Volleyball and Ki-o-rahi. They are: Kiara Thyne, Isabella McMillian-Firman, Sadie Mason, Alizay Bayliss, Jack McLellan, Ralph Henderson, Brandon Anderson, James McDonald, Lily Brophy, Louie Skinner. Congratulations to them all, we wish them all the best for their upcoming competition in Whangarei!
At school, we’ve had a few upset students in recent days due to negative social media and cell phone interactions. Now would be a sensible time for parents to have a check on the way their children interact on social media and provide some guidance where required. At school, we engage in learning about safe internet use and caring friendships through both our Digital Technology and Health programmes, but supportive parenting to help teens navigate the online world really does make a difference to our young people. A reminder that whilst at school, our policy is for phones to be turned off and in a school bag, or the office.
Next week, we farewell our SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Competitors as they travel to Wellington for the national competition. Thank you to Kay and Neil Potter for their commitment to making this happen for the selected students. Break a leg!
For our younger students, next week was scheduled to bring a visit from St. John’s in Schools. Unfortunately, this visit has been cancelled by St. John’s due to covid staff shortage. We will be rearranging this for a date in the future. When it does go ahead, this visit will assist in providing essential health learning and skills for our younger learners. We hope they enjoy the visits when we are able to proceed.
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
Sports Captain, James McDonald has news as life at TAS returns to normal after last week's Area Schools Tournament.
With Matariki fast approaching, tamariki in Room 8 have been learning about Matariki and the 9 stars.
Why do planes fly? How do planes fly? What makes the best planes? Ākonga in Room 13 have been learning about flight this week with varying levels of success!
Last week Twizel Area School welcomed close to two hundred students from across the South of the South Island to participate in the 2022 SAS Tournament. It was an awesome event that celebrated everything great about Area Schools.
Here are all the results from this year's Area Schools Tournament.
Yesterday lunchtime was the first meeting of the Yarn Club, with lots of fun had by all the students involved!
There are still a lot of students who haven't returned their Southern Area Schools Tournament sports uniforms.
Room 7 ākonga were lucky enough to go and have a fun morning in the Gym with Mrs Frost, learning the basics of movement and space in gymnastics!
Twizel Area School donations can now be paid, either by cash, eftpos, or internet banking.
Room 5 ākonga have been working hard designing their CO2 dragsters, little cars that students can design, build, test, modify and race!
The Kai Warmer is now available for the winter. Students can bring their food to be heated for lunchtime during the colder weather months.
A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.
We all need a holiday from time to time, but it's very important that the school is notified about this and in plenty of time. You can do this through the school portal.
Do your tamariki or rangatahi play online games? Do you know what's safe and what isn't? Netsafe has created the Online Gaming Whanāu Toolkit to help parents and caregivers get to a place where they are confident to engage with their children on the world of gaming.