Thursday 23rd June 2022 | Term 2 Week 8
Kia ora e te whānau,

With the winter weather closing in, we are, as always struggling with temperatures in our corridors at school. It’s great to see so many students with their jerseys and thermals on, we certainly need it right now! Our bus drivers have let us know that there may be delays in their services due to the weather, and also due to the need to complete more than one ‘loop’ of collections. Our number of bus students is growing again, so we have let the managing company know of the growth.

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming some of our upcoming new entrant parents to the school. After coffee and a scone, we visited the new entrant classroom with Miss Smith, then our Head Students, Lily and Louie took us on a tour of the school. We’re very excited to be able to welcome parents back inside the school - it does seem a long time since we’ve been able to do ‘normal’ things like pre-school visits! I’m pleased to say that we have also able to re-welcome both the Kindy and TELC for visits this term too.

Today, we have been holding our 3-Way-Conferences, a chance to share the learning of our students. We hope you have enjoyed the Matariki work throughout the school, and had a chance to drop in for coffee and a slice in the Foods Room. Following the conferences, mid-year reports are finalised for all students and delivered to whānau via our portal at the end of the term.

As we approach the end of term, we’re thinking ahead to our Assemblies. Unfortunately, the theatre in the Community Centre is still out of action. We’re limited to using the largest space at school (MPR), which has a cap of 60 people due to its size. We intend to use the Drama Festival for Years 1-6 on the 7th July to also acknowledge students with Striving Awards. Parents of students in Rooms 7,8 and 9 will be invited to attend the Drama Festival/Assembly at 11.45 am, then parents of students in Rooms 13, 4 and 5 will be invited for 2 pm. Please enter the room through the bus bay/car park entrance, there is no requirement to sign in at the main office. To manage the number of people allowed in MPR, we will seat the parents, then bring in one class at a time to perform, then receive Striving Awards. We intend to have two End of Term Assemblies on the last day of term for our Year 7-13 students. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate parents at these assemblies due to the 60 person capacity. We have been informed that the Theatre should be available for bookings before we reach the term 3 Assembly point.

Early next week, we have a number of teachers involved with further PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) training. In this session, we’ll be looking at refining the descriptors for our values systems. Parents with the Schoolbridge app may have noticed some push notifications coming their way when their child is acknowledged with a WAKA Card. Later in the week, on Thursday, students have organised a Rainbow Mufti Day to raise funds for Library books. Bring along a gold coin donation if you’d like to participate.

Have a fabulous Matariki,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Matariki Exhibition

During the Parent-Teacher Conferences, held today, the TAS Matariki Exhibition was available to view around the school. Students have worked extremely hard on their artwork and it's great to see the finished products displayed for all to see!


Room 5 and the EPro8 Challenge

Ākonga from Room 5 and some Year 5 students have begun the EPro8 classroom week challenge.


Akoranga Rūma Waru

The tamariki in Room 8 have been out and about doing a variety of activities and developing some new skills. This has included Netball and Rippa Rugby where they all demonstrated some superb skills.


Register for Snow Club 2022

The days are cold, snow has already started to fall and everyone is wearing their gloves and jackets...that can only mean one thing, Snow Club is on the horizon! Check out the information here to register your child for Term 3.


New Zealand Army Webinars

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Yarn Club Welcomes Visitors

Last week the Yarn Club ākonga were lucky enough to welcome some lovely helpers from the Twizel Knit and Natter Group!


KAMAR Mobile App Update

The KAMAR mobile app that some parents & caregivers may still be using will be turned off this week. This will be replaced by the SchoolBridge app that we launched last term. If you haven't started using it yet, click here for details.


Junior Rippa Rugby Training

Last week the Junior School classes were offered Rippa Rugby training sessions, organised by Jason Forrest, the Rugby Development Manager from North Otago rugby.


Star Students | Week 7

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


Rainbow Mufti Day

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Matariki Weekend

Just a reminder that tomorrow, 24th June is Matariki, meaning that school will be closed. Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you all on Monday!


School Uniform Consultation 2022

In line with the Human Rights Commission release of their School Uniform Guidelines, the Board of Twizel Area School would like to review our uniform and related policies. The survey is open to all Parents/Caregivers, Students & Staff, and will close at 9 am on Monday, July 4th.


National Area Schools Tournament Raffle

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Thrive for Girls Workshop

There is nothing more important than self-worth and self-respect. This 4-hour workshop is designed to focus on empowering students to believe in themselves, to have the courage to make choices for their future that they are worthy of and to help them understand the power of vulnerability and authenticity.


Ideas for Celebrating Matariki with your Whānau

Gather together whānau! Five ideas for simple Matariki traditions that you could introduce at your place.


Back To Activity & Sport After COVID-19

When can children and teens return to activity and sports after COVID-19? Click here for guidance for children and teens returning to normal activity and sport after having time out due to COVID.


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→ Friday, 24th June — Matariki
→ Monday, 27th to Wednesday, 29th June — Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities Classroom Visits (DMIC) - Yr1-8
→ Monday, 27th June — Semester 2 options commence
→ Tuesday, 28th June 8:15am to 8:45am — Matariki Breakfast Club
→ Thursday, 30th June — Pride Month Non-Uniform Day
→ Friday, 1st July — Fire Safety - Rooms 7/8
→ Thursday, 7th July — BoT Meeting - 5pm
→ Thursday, 7th July — Junior Drama Festival
→ Friday, 8th July — Mid-Year Reports sent
→ Friday, 8th July — End of Term Assemblies
→ Friday, 8th July — Last day of Term 2

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