Friday 19th August 2022 | Term 3 Week 4
** Reminder - Monday 22nd August is a Teacher Only Day**

Kia ora e te whānau,

As indicated in last week’s newsletter, this communication is arriving on Friday, rather than our regular Thursday slot. This is due to staffing cover in the main office - thankfully not due to sickness, but due to the Year5/6 Netty Festival in Dunedin. I hope the team have a fabulous trip!

This week, I am away in Christchurch at the National Area Schools’ Conference. I am the elected Executive Member for the South of the South Island, and as such, have been part of the organisation of the Conference. Contribution to the national climate of education is a requirement of my position, I’m glad that the Board support the time this involvement takes. This year, we’ve been lucky enough to have Board Members attend the Conference alongside me, and to invite our team of Deans.

On Monday, we have a required Accord Teacher Only Day. Our Senior School Teachers must engage with the NCEA change programme to ensure we are ready for the new systems. Our Primary School Teachers have a training day with our DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) facilitator from Massey University. Thank you for your support of this day that is required of all schools by the MoE.

On Wednesday 24th August, Monique van der Westhuizen has organised a Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) non-uniform day. She is fundraising to start her new business as part of the scheme. She will also be acknowledged at assembly on Wednesday morning by a representative from the Timaru Chamber of Commerce for her success in the regional competition, Please come along in non-uniform with a gold coin donation if you wish to participate.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

All Smiles on Cross Country Day

On Tuesday approximately 70 Year 1-8 students, along with their support crew of parents and teachers, attended the Waitaki Valley Cross Country at the Sales Yards at Omarama Station. All students ran extremely well and were incredible ambassadors for our school.


Star Students, Junior Art and Teachers Too!

Last week‘s Junior Assembly was the final week before we are welcoming parents back, we can’t wait to see you at the Community Centre! Ka pai to all our learners who showed off their awesome work and to the teachers too!


Teacher Only Day | August 22nd

On Monday 22nd August there will be no classes due to a Ministry of Education Accord Teacher Only Day.


Room 5 Dodge the Showers at Tekapo

Room 5 ākonga made it to Tekapo Springs for their ice skating day on Tuesday, although they still had to dodge a few rain showers. Ms McAuley said, "we only got rained on for 20 minutes"! Room 8 were also at Tekapo this week for their rescheduled trip. ❄️ ⛸ 🥶


Netball Season Ends on a High

The Twizel Junior netball teams wrapped up their their season last weekend, while the Senior team heads to finals. It's been a great year and a relief to have a full season, especially after 2021!


Mackenzie Schools Ski Race Day 2022

Once again Twizel Junior Snow Club has been invited to compete at the Mackenzie Ski Race Day, on Thursday 1st September at Roundhill Ski Field. This event will replace Junior Ski Club on that day.


Te Haunui Tuna | A Korero With M1

This week, M1 students were lucky enough to have a korero via Zoom with Te Haunui Tuna from Ngai Tūhoe. His journey in art and illustration began when he was just three years old and he went on to graduate from Te Kuratini o Waikato with a Bachelor in Media Arts. Truly inspiring!


M4 Debate the Internet Curse!

Ākonga in M4 has been researching and preparing debates over the last few weeks as part of their 'social dilemmas' unit. The moot for this particular debate was: 'The Internet is a Curse'.


M1 Get Creative with Stop Motion

M1 ākonga have been learning some new technology skills this week! They used their iPads to create Stop Motion movies to explain scientific terms they have been learning in class. 🎥 🧑‍🔬


Aoraki Snow Sports is Back!

After a 2 year hiatus, the 2022 Aoraki Secondary Schools Skiing and Snowboard Championships were held this week at Mount Dobson.


Star Student Certificates Get Re-vamp

You may have noticed we've re-vamped our Junior Assembly 'Star Student' Certificates?


Attitude Presentations for Years 7-13

Ākonga from Year 7-13 attended Attitude presentations on Wednesday, covering subjects encompassing all aspects of total wellbeing.


Room 8 Stomp to the Music

Room 8 students have been exploring 'Stomp', a well-known group who love to make rhythm using all kinds of unusual, often household, items eg brooms, plungers, matches, and newspapers.


How to Contact Twizel Area School

Contacting us at Twizel Area School has never been easier; with many different ways to contact us and to keep up-to-date with events happening around school.


Social Cognitive Learning Theory 101: How Kids Learn

Ever wondered about how we learn things? Or, how our kids learn things? They’re little ‘sponges’ apparently, but what does that actually mean in theory? How do they soak up what they do, and why?


A Reminder About Absence Reports

It's great to see so many caregivers using the SchoolBridge App, it certainly allows us to share information and get things done with a lot less time and effort. We do have a reminder about when you are submitting your absence reports...


Hands-On at Otago | Whai Wheako i Ōtākou

Are you going to be a Year 12 or 13 student in 2023? Are you looking to study at the University of Otago in the future? Would you like to get a taste of uni life at Otago before deciding to go? If the answer is yes, read on...


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→ 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
→ Monday, 29th August to Thursday, 1st September — SISS Netball Tournament
→ Thursday, 1st September — Mackenzie Schools Ski Race Day - Junior Snow Club students
→ Monday, 5th September — North Otago Primary Schools Cross Country
→ Wednesday, 7th September — Yr11 Pathways Expo
→ Thursday, 8th September — BoT Meeting - 5pm

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