Thursday 3rd November 2022 | Term 4 Week 3
Kia ora e te whānau,

As we approach the end of week three, we also approach the departure of our Senior Students on their study leave. The vast majority of our seniors have External Examinations commencing next week. The examinations mean there will be disruption to the bus bay entrance to the school. Exams start at 9 am each day and don’t finish until 5 pm. Please ensure you keep clear of the MPR/bus bay area during the exam period - the space will be coned off. I’ve passed on my best wishes to the students involved, knowing their preparation will pay off with great results! Kia kaha!

Our Health Statement to guide our curriculum for the next two years has been created based on the NZ Curriculum and your local feedback. You can read the 2023-2025 Statement here. If you have any further information to provide, you can email [email protected] before the end of school on Monday, 7th November. The Board will consider the document and any additional feedback at their next meeting to adopt the statement.

I’m looking forward to hearing the stories from Room 5’s Camp when they return and to see our M1, M2 and M3 Camps depart over the next few weeks. How fabulous that we are finally able to engage with these activities again!

To our Year 4-6 students, good luck with your Athletics Day on Friday - I’m looking forward to seeing you compete. Thank you in advance to the Home and School for their on-site fundraisers at the Athletics Day. Don’t forget your cash for the barbeque!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Rowers Enjoy Successful Aoraki Regatta

Our tamariki proudly represented Twizel Rowing Club in what, for most, was their very first regatta last weekend. Read all about their Aoraki Regatta experience here...


Room 13 | Penguin Art

Room 13 ākonga have continued their Antarctic topic this week, learning about penguins for their 'Read and Make', and also planning their very special map! 🐧🧊📍


NCEA Exam Information

The 2022 NCEA Exams start on Monday and continue through until December 2nd. Here you can find all the information you require including what to do before, during and after an exam, what to bring to the exams and general exam etiquette.


2022 NCEA Exam Timetable

Here is the 2022 NCEA Exam Timetable. Exams run from Monday 5th November to Friday 2nd December with two sessions per day, 9.30 am and 2 pm. Be organised, be punctual, and if you have any questions make sure you contact Mrs O'Carroll well in advance of your exam.


Whanau Island Kayak Trip

Five Year 12 and 13 students spent two days kayaking from Sailors Cutting through to Ohau C, with an overnight on Whanau Island this week. 🚣‍♀️ 🏞 The students planned the trip and the risk management themselves, going towards two NCEA Achievement Standards.


Dancers Entertain Twizel Community

Arts in Action week concluded on Friday last week with a Dance Performance in the Community Events Centre. 💃 🎨 It was great to see so many community and whānau members there to support our tamariki, I'm sure you'll agree they did an awesome job! 🙌


St John in Schools Programme

We welcomed the St John in Schools programme to Twizel Area School this week. Ākonga in Years 1-8 have learned things including how to make an emergency call and how to perform effective CPR. 🚑 The programme has been developed with expertise from ACC, SafeKids Aotearoa, Civil Defence, CORE Education…


School Stationery Changes 2023

How you buy school stationery for your tamariki and rangatahi is changing for 2023. ✏️ 🖇 📚 It's a change that ensures that whānau members can take a lot more control of students' stationery needs to start the new school year, and beyond. 😉


Students Dress Up for KidsCan

Monday this week was Dress-Up Day at Twizel Area School. Tamariki, rangatahi and kaiako were encouraged to dress in whatever costume, outfit or clothes they desired...all for the good cause of KidsCan New Zealand.


Wilding Pine Club

Science teacher Denise Arkless is planning to start a group that goes out after school on Thursdays this term and term 1 in 2023 to work on wilding pine removal. 🌲🌲🌲 Check out the details here...


Puketeraki Marae Visit

If your tamariki or rangatahi are interested in taking part in the Puketeraki Marae visits this month, they can pick up a permission slip from the school office. More information can also be found here...


Nathan Wallis Comes to Twizel

Nathan Wallis is bringing his 'The Brain Development' talk to Twizel on Wednesday 23rd November. For those wanting a quick snapshot of brain development, Nathan will guide you through the stages of brain development from childhood to adulthood, revealing little tricks to make parenting easier.


Policy Review | Term 4 2022

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 4.


Prizegiving Trophies

In preparation for this year's Prizegiving ceremony, can any student who was awarded a trophy last year, please return it to school by Friday, 18th November?


We Have a Writer in Our Midst!

Congratulations goes to Twizel Area School kaiako Sandy Nelson for making the shortlist for the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (NZSA) Heritage Book Awards 2022 with her short prose, Mum’s Mistake. ✍️📚


Scholastic Book Club | Issue 7 2022

The seventh issue of the Scholastic Book Club for 2022 is now available, orders need to be placed by Monday 5th December. You can order through the Scholastic website or the Book Club Loop app.


Choosing your NCEA Subjects for 2023

Choosing which subjects you will study at NCEA is difficult, with many things to consider. Talking to teachers, parents and your peers can help. If you're still stuck, here are some ideas...


Brain Development in Pre-Teens and Teenagers

As children become teenagers, their brains grow and change. Build healthy teen brains with positive behaviour and thinking, sleep and other healthy choices. 🧠 🧐


Upcoming Events Newsletter Banner

→ Friday, 4th November — UW Athletics
→ Monday, 7th November — NCEA Exams begin
→ Tuesday, 8th to Thursday, 10th November — M1 Camp
→ Thursday, 10th November — Year 13 NCEA Art Folios final day
→ Friday, 11th November — South Canterbury Anniversary Day
→ Tuesday, 15th November — Middle School Marae Day
→ Wednesday, 16th November — New Entrant Welcome Afternoon
→ Wednesday, 16th November — Science Roadshow
→ Thursday, 17th November — BoT Meeting - 5pm
→ Friday, 18th November — Support Staff Day

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Library Hours 2022 (poster)

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