Thursday 22nd September 2022 | Term 3 Week 9
Kia ora e te whānau,

As we head into the final week of term, we’re working on our busy calendar for Term 4 - watch this space for news of Camps and other trips (finally!!!).

This week, I was lucky enough to visit one of my previous schools, Opihi College, with a few of our staff members. The purpose of this visit was to see how they were using their new building (finished last year) and to hear about the changes they’ve made to their curriculum delivery and learning opportunities in the middle school area. The visiting team brought away some interesting observations and some ideas to discuss back at our place. It was a very useful visit indeed!

Next week, we have our annual Photo Day on Tuesday the 27th. This continues throughout the day and can present some disruption to service and a lack of staff available to attend to non-photo matters, for this, we apologise in advance. There are instructions later in this newsletter regarding Photo Day, but in the main, it just involves patience, kind behaviour and a tidy school uniform. Don’t forget your sports gear and sports uniform if you are in a team photo!

We are also excited to reinstate our traditional End of Term Assemblies on Friday 30th September. Parents and Caregivers are finally welcome to attend! The Senior Assembly (Years 7-13) starts at 11 am (to enable our National Drama Representatives to leave school in time for their onward travel). The Year 7-13 students will return to normal classes after the assembly and leave at 3.05 pm. The Junior Assembly (Years 1-6) starts at 2.15 pm, parents will be able to collect their child(ren) directly after the assembly finishes and they have collected their bags. Buses run at the normal time. Both assemblies will be in the Community Theatre.

You may be aware of some recent communications:
  • Before the end of term, we invite you to participate in our biennial Health Consultation by completing our survey. This survey closes on Friday 30th September at 3 pm.
  • We are updating our Bus Procedures and have sent a letter to all parents of students who use the bus. An additional copy is available here if yours has been misplaced.
  • Yesterday, we had a great Home and School Committee get-together. Thanks to everyone who attended. It will be wonderful to have this group bring their strengths to the school. If you’d like to join us, the next meeting is early next term - watch this space for more information.

Have a fantastic long weekend!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

TAS Students Enjoy Cardrona Success

Twizel Area School was invited to participate in the Upper Clutha Primary/Intermediate Schools Races at Cardrona Alpine Resort. We entered 5 teams of 3 or 4 students who competed in a field of 276 from all over the country! ⛷🎿


New Student Games a Hit During Break Time

Proof that learning doesn't stop when you step outside the classroom. 🎳 ⚽️ The PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) team have purchased some new games for our students to use during their break times.


Business End of the Year in Sight For Seniors

It's been a busy week of learning in the Senior School with the business end of the year fast approaching. 🪚 🥪 🧵


PCT Challenge Puts Students to the Test

Four Middle School students participated in the Blue Light PCT Challenge in Timaru last week. The PCT is an event run with teams of students participating in a variety of mental and physical challenges.


Jump Jam Non-Uniform Day

The Room 5 & 7 Jump Jammers are holding a Non-Uniform Day next Wednesday, 28th September, to raise money for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. Come to school dressed in your brightest colours, ready to do some Jump Jammin!


Motors, Switches, Sound and Light

Ākonga in M1 and M2 have been using Electronic Brain Boxes to create electrical circuits in Science this week. The Brain Boxes are designed to teach students about motors, switches, sound and light and fits perfectly into their current Science learning about power.


Room 5 Screen Printing

Ākonga in Room 5 have been using their artistic skills, learning how to screen print. Check out their very impressive pieces of artwork...


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.


Pāraoa Parai Brings Community Together

Friday was Fried Bread | Pāraoa Parai Friday at Twizel Area School. Students joined with teachers and members of our school community to make over 500 portions of fried bread, enjoyed by everyone!


Jenga, Chess, Cluedo and More

Thank you to everyone who came to our Puzzles and Games Evening last week, it was great to see the school community coming together and we will certainly look forward to hosting another one soon. 🧩


Twizel Motorcycle Course

Do you have your motorcycle license, learner, restricted or full and a road legal motorcycle? Would you be interested in an 8-hour Ride Forever safe riding course? 🏍 The Ride Forever team from Wanaka are keen to run one of their courses in Twizel before Christmas.


Junior Assembly | 16th 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.🤩


End of Term Lost Property

Once again, we have an abundance of unnamed Lost Property left at school that needs to be collected. This includes a multitude of sweaters, shirts, and even shoes & hats!


Oliver and Friends Clean Up Twizel

Room 8 student Oliver Currall gathered his friends and family for a Clean Up event on Saturday last week at the Twizel River. Clean Up Week is part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful initiative, with Oliver's event being a great success!


Photo Day

This year's school photos will be taken on Tuesday next week, 27th September. All the information you require can be found here.


M2 Hurihuri Team Building

Our Year 8 team participated in some fun leadership and team-building activities last week. One of the activities undertaken was the rope challenge Hurihuri which included the learning of reef knots.


Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

Just a reminder that Monday, 26th September is Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day, a day for us to remember and celebrate the late Queen's life. School will be closed so enjoy your long weekend and we will see you all on Tuesday!


Final Rock Climbing Session

Rock Climbing Club is coming to an end for the term and this Friday will be the final session! 🧗‍♀️


Benefits of Playing Board Games as a Family

Board games bring people together and help parents to reclaim family time. Through games, parents can create an irresistible offline world that will restore balance, deepen relationships, develop transferable skills and create shared, long-lasting memories.


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→ Friday, 23rd September — Ōhau Fun/Race Day
→ Monday, 26th September — Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
→ Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th September — Y11-13 3-Way-Conferences
→ Tuesday, 27th September — School Photos
→ Wednesday, 28th September — Jump Jam Non-Uniform Day
→ Wednesday, 28th September 12:00pm to 12:30pm — Jump Jam Performance
→ Friday, 30th September 2:15pm — Junior Assembly
→ Friday, 30th September — Last day of Term 3
→ Friday, 30th September — Mentor Reports sent
→ Friday, 30th September 11:00am — Middle/Senior Assembly
→ Monday, 17th October — Term 4 begins

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