Thursday 11th August 2022 | Term 3 Week 3
**Please note: Next week's newsletter will be published on Friday, not Thursday!**|
Kia ora e te whānau,
It has been good to connect with quite a few families over the past week, and to see a number of school trips coming to fruition. I am beginning to feel like we’re slowly turning a corner with the covid disruptions and disappointments. We’re still facing significant staff absence, but have continued to keep the school afloat - this term, mostly thanks to Michele O’Carroll and her organisation of relief cover amongst other duties whilst she is Acting Deputy Principal. We’re looking forward to the return of Mr and Mrs Potter in the coming weeks, and Mrs Reid, following her surgery recovery (likely in early September). Mrs Mullon is back in the classroom as of this week - welcome back Gail!
Next week is another riot of events, with Aoraki Snow Sports on Monday, Room 5’s Skating Trip to Tekapo Springs on Tuesday alongside the Omarama Cross Country, Attitude Health Presentations for Year 7-13 students on Wednesday, and the Year 5 and 6 students heading away to the Otago Netball Festival on Thursday. A number of our teachers are attending the National Area Schools’ Conference towards the end of the week to assist in our collective professional development. One of the presenters at the conference is a very familiar face - Mātua Karatī is sharing his expertise in Wānanga based education with attendees from all over New Zealand. I hope everyone involved in all the week 4 events have a great time, and represent us with pride.
On Friday next week (19th), we celebrate the return of Junior Assemblies with Parents! The theatre is open at the Community Centre, which affords us the space to welcome more visitors. Assembly starts at 2.15 pm for the first event, as there is a 2.45 pm booking straight after us - going forward, junior assemblies will return to their normal 2.30 pm slot.
As a ‘heads up’ for later in the month, please note we have a Ministry-required Accord Teacher Only Day on Monday 22nd August. Our Secondary Teachers will be collaborating with other teachers across Canterbury in online sessions to prepare for the upcoming changes to NCEA. Our Primary Teachers are attending their third DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) training session with Jayne Fitzgerald from Massey University. Thank you for your support of these essential training days.
At present, our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Team are reviewing procedures relating to the school bus. Their aim is to develop guidelines for positive behaviour and interactions on the buses, and to review the school systems to ensure the best possible experience for all bus users. In coming weeks there will be additional information provided to parents relating to upcoming changes - look out for it in your inboxes soon!
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
Head Student Louie Skinner has news about upcoming sports events as well as a reminder for our senior students.
Through all the winter weather, cancellations and road closures, the Room 7 ākonga made it to Tekapo Springs for their ice skating day yesterday, accompanied by the M1 middle schoolers (and the sun)! ⛸ 🐧 ❄️ 😎
Twizel Area School netballers this week organised a Non-Uniform Day and Bake Sale to raise money to help with their trip to the SISS Netball Tournament in Timaru later this month, with the final amount raised going a long way to achieving that goal!
Monday is Cooking Day for the M2 Middle School class and for the last couple of weeks, they've enjoyed making Apple & Cinnamon Turnovers and French Toast! Maybe we have some aspiring Jamie Olivers in our midst? 👩🍳
Last week's Junior Assembly was an amazing celebration of the incredible work and learning going on at Twizel Area School with our Star Students shining brightest. Ka pai to everyone who showed off their work!
On Monday this week, Jump Jam kicked off for all ages! It was awesome to see such a large group of keen groovers come and have some fun as well as burn off some energy before heading back to the books after lunchtime!
Thank you to the community members who came to the Seesaw Information Session on Monday and also to Nicki Tempero from CORE Education, who gave her time to talk about Seesaw and how students at Twizel Area School from Years 1-10 are using it regularly in their classrooms, replacing the old style paper…
Some whānau members have recently asked about student attendance and what circumstances equate to legitimate time away from school. Here is the Ministry of Education’s guidelines for parents regarding attendance and why it matters.
From netball to Snow Club and Sport Aerobics, the sporting prowess of Twizel Area School students certainly doesn't stop when they step outside the school gates.
On Wednesday 24th August, we are running a Non-Uniform Day to raise money to help Monique van der Westhuizen with her Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) project. Come to school dressed in your PJs with a gold coin donation! 😴
To help form great money habits for life, MoneyHub reveals their ten super important money must-knows for every teenager. Understanding money is often hard for students, but the MoneyHub guide can help you conquer Student Loans, Banking and everything in between!
Why do people do the things they do? And here’s one that’s probably even more important to us parents: How can we motivate our children to do the right thing?
|→ Monday, 15th August — Aoraki Snow Sports|
→ Tuesday, 16th August — Rm 5 Skating Tekapo
→ Tuesday, 16th August — Upper Waitaki Primary Schools Cross Country
→ Wednesday, 17th August — Attitude Health Presentations
→ Wednesday, 17th August — Upper Waitaki Primary Schools Cross Country P/P
→ Thursday, 18th August — Year 5/6 Netball Festival
→ Monday, 22nd August — DMIC Training Day
→ Monday, 22nd August — MoE Accord Teacher Only Day
→ Tuesday, 23rd August — Year 8 Netball Festival
→ Wednesday, 24th August — YES Non-Uniform Day