Thursday 15th September 2022 | Term 3 Week 8
Kia ora e te whānau,

This newsletter is sent during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, which we have been celebrating all week. Thank you to all our teachers for their mahi during this week, but special mention to Melissa McLellan, Taylor McGifford, Lauren McAuley and Karatī Metcalfe for your ārahi throughout the week. We’ve enjoyed the Kahoot on Mana Monday, a treasure hunt on Taonga Tuesday, the school waiata competition on Waiata Wednesday, a place name challenge on Te Reo Thursday and tomorrow brings Fried Bread Friday.

I’m looking forward to this evening’s Puzzles and Games Evening (5-7 pm). Bring along a game to share - entry through the rear foyer near the Foods Room. There will be kai, Kapa Haka, games, puzzles and health activities to share. Our Health Activities information space aligns with our biennial Health Consultation which can be found in this newsletter. We invite you to contribute your opinions as the new Health Statement is developed for 2023-2024.

This week, I was lucky enough to join Room 13 for their trip to Punatahu. I learned a lot about our local area, and was excited to know our young students already have so much knowledge to share. It was a fantastic morning, thanks for sharing it with me Room 13!

We’ve also received our MNA (Managing National Assessment) Report from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). I’m pleased to say there were no issues identified in the full review of our NCEA programme and systems. The report has no formal recommendations for us to follow up. Thank you to Michele O’Carroll for her work as the NZQA Principal’s Nominee and the manager of all our NCEA processes, the report is a reflection of her hard work. You can learn more about the MNA process here, and read the report for our school here. The report will be publicly reported on the NZQA website in the coming weeks.

Before the end of term, parents of bus students will receive a contact from the school to formalise our procedures around bus use. The PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) team have been reviewing our student bus processes from a ‘promotion of positive behaviours’ perspective. Parents will need to respond to the letter with their child’s bus arrangements before the start of the new term.  

You will, of course, be aware of the government’s decision to remove the covid restrictions across the country, which of course includes the school. How brilliant it has been this week to actually SMILE with students and not be thinking about the covid health and safety requirements when every decision is made. I’m truly grateful for this positive change for our students in opening up so many more opportunities for them.

There will be a Home and School social gathering at the MOW Bar next Wednesday, 21st September, look out for more information later in this newsletter.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

House Waiata Competition

As part of Te wiki o te reo Māori, we held a House Waiata Competition yesterday afternoon. Everything fell into place and the Twizel Area School ākonga pulled off an amazing event. Ka pai!


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Treasure Hunt

Classes enjoyed a Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Treasure Hunt on Taonga | Tuesday, with the aim for ākonga to learn some new words and a Whakataukī.


Puzzles and Games Evening

We’re looking forward to hosting our Puzzles and Games Evening from 5-7 pm on Thursday night. Bring along a puzzle or game from home that you’d like to play with other attendees!


M1 and M2 Students visit Skyscape

Last week, M1 and M2 ākonga visited Skyscape as part of their learning about power. They learned how they are able to make their own power from their hydro dam. 🔋 💡


Oliver Cleans Up Twizel!

This week is Clean Up Week and Room 8 student Oliver Currall has decided to organise his very own Clean Up Event focusing on areas around the Twizel River, Ruataniwha and the land opposite the main entrance. Meet at 10 am this Saturday at the Nuns Veil entrance of the Twizel River to help Oliver make…


Junior Assembly | 9th September 2022

Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work at last week's Junior Assembly and for the awesome mahi you show, displaying your WAKA values.🤩


Nexis Starts Gateway Placement

At Twizel Area School we are very grateful for the Gateway opportunities for our students! The purpose is to provide actual workplace experience that will develop a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills required for future employment.


Home and School Social Gathering

The Home and School Committee are looking for interested parents to join our team. 🏫 On Wednesday evening there is a social gathering at the MOW Bar from 7-8.30 pm for you to find out what Home and School do and how you can help.


Akaroa History Trip

Last week Lilly Brophy and Diego Santiago went to Akaroa to take part in an opportunity to meet their peers from around Te Waipounamu and to learn about many historical events that took place in Akaroa.


Health Consultation 2022

Please read the information attached, regarding the 2022 Health Consultation. An integral part of the consultation process is the opportunity for parents/caregivers to comment on the Health programme and provide feedback. You can do this via the accompanying survey.


Parakuihi Club Continues to be a Success!

What a fabulous term for Parakuihi | Breakfast Club! Thank you to all of those who attend each week and help out, especially our fabulous Milo cooks! ☕️


Letter from the Ministry to the BoT

A letter from Minister Tinetti to the Board of Trustees regarding COVID.


Tuwhera Whare Pukapuka

Due to the government COVID-19 restrictions being lifted this week, it is with much happiness that we can announce that the Whare Pukapuka | Library will be open from Mondays to Fridays for our tamariki.


School Cleaner Vacancy

We are seeking an amazing Cleaner to join our team at Twizel Area School.


Do You Need Portal or App Guidance?

Do you need help logging into the School Portal or SchoolBridge app? Are you unsure how to work the SchoolBridge features? Would you like some one-to-one guidance? If the answer is yes, help is at hand...


A Guide to Pronunciation

Learning a new, or different, language can be challenging, but making the effort is what counts. Learn to pronounce Māori words correctly to become more confident using them and find out how to pronounce Māori vowels, consonants, and digraphs.


Kōrero Māori: 10 Phrases for your Whānau

Simple ways to share te reo Māori at your place. Karawhiua - give it a go!


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→ Monday, 12th to Friday, 16th September — Senior Mock Exams Digital and Paper
→ Monday, 12th to Sunday, 18th September — Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
→ Monday, 19th September — Ōhau Fun/Race Day
→ Tuesday, 20th September — Cardrona Races
→ Monday, 26th September — Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
→ Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th September — Y11-13 3-Way-Conferences
→ Tuesday, 27th September — School Photos
→ Friday, 30th September — Last day of Term 3
→ Friday, 30th September — Mentor Reports sent

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Oliver Clean Up Event

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Twizel Hard Labour 2022

The Meridian Twizel Hard Labour Weekend is back for 2022 and it has awesome events for kids aged 5 to 18! There’s the mini dusky mountain bike and you can choose to bike 10km or 16km. There’s also the mini pyramid run/walk and you can do either 5km or 10km. It’s on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October and is $10 per child per event. There’s no charge for adults accompanying their kids and under 9s must have an adult with them. All participating kids will get some goodies and food at the end of the events!

Learn more or enter online here:

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