Thursday 8th September 2022 | Term 3 Week 7
Kia ora e te whānau,|
Next week, we’re looking forward to hosting our Puzzles and Games Evening from 5-6.30 pm on Thursday 15th September. Bring along a puzzle or game from home that you’d like to play with other attendees! We’ll have some kai to share and some other activities related to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori as well as a display of materials and learning relating to our Health Curriculum and the upcoming, biennial community health consultation. We’d love to see you there.
At the end of last week, Michele O’Carroll and I welcomed Nigel Davenport from Venture Timaru to the school to discuss our progress towards NELP (National Education and Learning Priorities) Objective 4: Future of learning and work – Learning that is relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives. One of the region’s identified priorities links with driver education and this formed some of our conversation. We’re lucky enough to be receiving a CoDriVR simulation pod later this year that will take students through modules as they approach their different licensing levels. Working in tandem with the TPDA Work Readiness Programme which has a Learner License Module (advertised in this newsletter), it looks like we’ll be getting our young people road ready with ease!
In staff news - late last week, we farewelled Chris Longbottom until part way through next term. She is in Europe with the Masters International Rowing Regatta as a New Zealand Official. Congratulations on your selection, Chris - we wish you well in your travels! We welcomed back Sharon Reid following her surgery, it’s great to have her back on board again. Brooke Smith attended her graduation ceremony (delayed due to covid) at The University of Canterbury - congratulations Brooke!
Good luck to our senior students who are sitting their mock exams, both digital and paper, next week. Information regarding exams can be found later in this newsletter.
He waka eke noa,
Tumuaki | Principal
There was a hive of excitement in Room 13 this week when Tarsh Bell from Mackenzie Country Honey visited as part of their Mahika Kai learning. 🐝 🍯
The Senior School has been buzzing this week with yummy things to eat in the Foods Room and some fantastic creations in the Workshop! Take a look...
Te Rā o Pāpā was celebrated at last week's Junior Assembly with students showing off the cards they had made for their loved ones. Thank you to all the caregivers and whānau members who come to support our students' learning!
Last Sunday, seven students left Twizel accompanied by Chelsea and Clare Frost to travel to Timaru to take part in the South Island Secondary School Netball Tournament.
Twizel Area School has been chosen to benefit from receiving a CoDriVR simulation pod later this year that will take students through modules as they approach their different licensing levels. Working in tandem with the TPDA Work Readiness Programme which has a Learner License Module, it looks like…
Last week, Room 9 ākonga spent some time at the Twizel Kindergarten reading to younger tamariki. This is a great way to build relationships that flow onto school days for the younger children. Ka pia Room 9!
Our senior students are sitting their mock exams, both digital and paper, next week. Information regarding exams, together with an exam timetable can be found here.
With our senior students sitting their mock exams next week, here are some tips for rangatahi to manage themselves before exams and on the day of their exams. Also how parents can help and where to get help if you need it.
The Room 9 class shared book is currently 'Little House in the Big Woods'. In this book the family make their own butter, so with Mrs Mullon's help, ākonga were able to make and taste their very own butter! 🧈
Jump Jam on Monday Lunch time is still a big hit for all ages within the school! Miss McAuley and Miss Smith have loved seeing the children showing an immense amount of enthusiasm and participation towards the jump-jam lunches!
The Junior Snow Club was invited to compete in the Mackenzie Ski Race Day, organised by Tekapo School, on Thursday 1st September. This event has been 3 years in the waiting, and so good to finally get some action happening. ⛷
We are seeking an amazing Cleaner to join our team at Twizel Area School.
The University of Canterbury is holding its Open Day for 2022 on Friday, 9th September. The Open Day will offer in-depth information and advice for future students to help you make the right decision about your choice of tertiary education and will give you a chance to connect and experience UC.
Would you like to give rowing or coxing a try? The Twizel Rowing Club would like to invite you to their Open Day on Sunday, September 11th. 🚣♀️
Why is resilience important? What does it look like to bring up resilient tamariki? And what can resilience offer our tamariki in terms of living confidently in a culturally diverse context?