Thursday 29th September 2022 | Term 3 Week 10
Kia ora e te whānau,

We’re looking forward to the end-of-term celebrations tomorrow - if you are available, please come along to our assemblies. For Years 7-13, this is at 11 am and for our Years 1-6 students, at 2.15 pm. Both will be held in the theatre.

Thank you to Miss McAuley and Miss Smith for organising the Jump Jam fundraiser on Wednesday. They’ll soon be able to update us on their finish position in comparison to the rest of the new Zealand participants. The ārahi/leadership from our Room 5 students was evident in their organisation, participation and enthusiasm for the event.

Thank you for participating in our Heath Curriculum Consultation. The data will be used by the School and Board to develop our curriculum statement for 2023-2024. This survey closes on Friday, so last-minute submissions are welcomed! You would have also received a brief community consultation regarding the School Donations Scheme. Since the change from the decile system to the new equity index calculation, Twizel Area School has become eligible to opt-in to this scheme for the first time. You can participate in the short, 2-question survey here: School Donations Scheme

Our students and teachers participated in the NZCER (New Zealand Centre for Educational Research) Wellbeing at School Survey earlier this term. The results from NZCER have been collated and are shown in an article in this newsletter. We will use this information to develop a future plan.

Earlier this week we held an after-school staff gathering to acknowledge successes and leavers. We acknowledged both Miss Smith and Miss Haanen’s graduations, Mrs McGifford’s baby announcement and Mrs O’Carroll’s time as Acting DP. We have two staff members leaving, Suzanne, our Junior Area Cleaner has retired from cleaning duties after 30 years of commitment to the school - you can still see her working in the Library, so she hasn’t gone far. We also celebrated the Twizel career of Mrs Brophy, who is leaving us at the end of this term. Jane has ably managed Room 4 as Mrs Holden’s release teacher, and also taken on a variety of other roles and responsibilities across the school. We will really miss her. At the start of next term, Mrs Holden will be taking some leave so Room 4 will be taught full-time by Stephanie Johnson - a very familiar face to our Primary School.

Please note that final Mentoring and Achievement Reports for students in Years 11-13 will be available through your school login via the SchooBridge app and web portal from tomorrow. These reports contain important information from teachers about preparation for external examinations, please read before the holidays so that the work suggested by the teachers can be completed in preparation for the externals. If you can’t remember how to login, here are the instructions. If you are having trouble with your login, email [email protected] for support.

Wishing everyone a fabulous break,

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Jump Jammin' in the Sun

Room 5 and 7's Breath Better September comes to an end this week. After a full month of Jump Jams and fundraising for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, a Non-Uniform Day was held with a performance in the Market Place.


Punatahu Junior Trips

During the last two weeks, our junior ākonga have visited Punatahu, which sits on the shores of Lake Pūkaki. Students and teachers alike came away having learned something new about this significant site and the story of Te Manahuna.


Mentor Reports Online

Mentoring and Achievement Reports for students in Years 11-13 will be available to read via the SchoolBridge app and web portal from tomorrow (Friday 30th September). For instructions on how to access and download your child's report, click here!


Students get a Taste of Life in Antarctica

Last week ākonga in Rooms 13, 5 and M2 took part in some Zoom sessions with Dan from Antarctica. Dan showed us what it was like outside Scott Base by putting a camera outside during our Zoom, while the students had lots of questions about what he does and what happens in Antarctica. 🥶 🐧


M4 Flatting Challenge

M4 ākonga have been working on a 'Flatting Challenge' over the past few weeks - they organised themselves into flatting groups and had to plan and budget for 4 dinner meals, including being able to buy the essentials for their flat such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies and breakfast food.


Wellbeing @ School

At the start of this term, our students participated in the NZCER (New Zealand Centre of Educational Research) Wellbeing at School Survey. Our school, like many around New Zealand, participates in this survey every second year (or more often if relevant). For the first time, our staff also participated…


Ōhau I Love to Race

Twizel Area School’s last Snow Club day was Friday 23 September. After a cracker season, with most weeks going ahead for both the junior school and the seniors, we were able to hold our High Country School races again at Ohau Snow Fields.


Junior Assembly Remembers the Queen

Junior Assembly remembered the Queen last week with Room 13 ākonga showing off their awesome drawings. Ka pai to everyone who showed off their amazing work and for displaying your WAKA values.


NCEA Exams on the Horizon

With this year's NCEA exams getting closer by the day, here are some study tips for Year 11-13 ākonga to prepare over the holiday period.


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!


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.


Rowing, It's a Twizel Thing!

Over the past couple of weeks, some keen students have been given the chance to give rowing a go, thanks to the Twizel Rowing Club. As it turns out, some of them are pretty good and they just can't wait to get back out on the water. 🚣‍♀️


Dental Care During the School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with the service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only.


Term 4 Dates for your Diary

Here are some Term 4 dates for your diary...


How to Talk About: Winning and Losing

Conservation starters to help our kids embrace the reality that winning isn't everything and losing isn't failing.


School Holidays are Here!

A busy Term 3 is now at an end, teachers and students can look forward to a well-earned rest and a battery recharge!


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→ 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
→ Thursday, 20th October — BoT Meeting - 5pm

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Athletics 2022

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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:

Nz Bookshop Day

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