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, https://www.twizel.school.nz/news/judges-say-yes-monique. Please come along in non-uniform with a gold coin donation if you wish to participate.
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
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.
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!
On Monday 22nd August there will be no classes due to a Ministry of Education Accord Teacher Only Day.
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. ❄️ ⛸ 🥶
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!
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.
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!
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 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. 🎥 🧑🔬
After a 2 year hiatus, the 2022 Aoraki Secondary Schools Skiing and Snowboard Championships were held this week at Mount Dobson.
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Ākonga from Year 7-13 attended Attitude presentations on Wednesday, covering subjects encompassing all aspects of total wellbeing.
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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