Thursday 24th November 2022 | Term 4 Week 6
Kia ora e te whānau,

We held a very special event at school last Friday night - our Leavers’ Dinner. Our invited guests were Louie Skinner, Lily Brophy, Diego Carena-Santiago, Levi Reid, Jessica Lennon and James MacDonald along with their whānau. Catered by the multi-talented Mrs Schaar and prepared by Mr and Mrs Fost with Ms Arkless, the event was a fabulous recognition of the individual achievements of our leaving students. We were treated to a presentation charting their rise to success, right through from those embarrassing statements made as five-year-olds. We wish you all well on your next steps, and are excited to find out where your journey takes you!

This week, a special thanks to Mātua Karatī and our other staff members for stepping in with the Marae Visits for both our Middle and Junior School. The students involved have so many stories and new learnings to share - the experiences have been fabulous. Read more about the days later in this newsletter.

As a continuation of our theme of staffing changes for next year, I can let the community know that we will be interviewing in the coming weeks for the Deputy and Assistant Principal roles. I will keep you informed of our progress. I am happy to report there has been a huge amount of interest in the positions and we are spoiled for choice in our shortlisting process. I will also let you know of another staffing change coming up in 2023, Mrs Longbottom has decided to reduce her work hours in 2023, becoming solely our Reading Recovery teacher, and no longer having responsibility for a specific classroom.

I can also report to you that the Board have purchased and begun to install cameras at school to help us with security inside and outside the building, especially over the holiday period. The cameras are placed in common areas around the school including our internal courtyards where we have experienced some theft, littering and vandalism recently.

Further to the calendar entries that you can always view on our website, an additional ‘heads up’ regarding upcoming compulsory Paid Union Meetings and Teacher Only Days:
  • Friday 25th November - NZEI PUM - collect your child in Years 1-6 from the main entrance to school after Junior Assembly (12.30 pm).
  • Tuesday 29th November - PPTA PUM - students in Year 7 and above will be released from school at 12.35 pm.
  • Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December - Compulsory Accord Teacher Only Days

And - don’t forget the disco tonight! Have a look at our Facebook and later in this newsletter for times and location as organised by our lovely Home and School Committee.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Kura Come Together at Puketeraki Marae

Two groups of students have visited the Puketeraki Marae in the last week. Year 7-10 students visited last week and Junior students this week, where they joined ākonga from Roxburgh Area school, Maniototo Area School and Lawrence Area School.


Tamariki Visit Aoraki Mount Cook

On Thursday 17th November, ākonga from Rooms 9 and 13 headed to Aoraki Mount Cook, having been learning about Antarctica and Antarctica's link to Aoraki in class. It was a great day and it sounds like everyone had an awesome time in the National Park.🏔️


Graffiti or Art?

Room 4 ākonga have been learning about Graffiti Art. 🎨 👩‍🎨 We have been discussing what makes graffiti a piece of art and what makes it vandalism. This has included lots of research and lots of experimenting using bold contrasting colours for effect.


Students Celebrate Athletics Winners

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.🤩 Students also celebrated those who competed in the Upper Waitaki Athletics, and those selected to represent TAS at Otago.🏃🏼‍♂️


Students Leaving TAS

A reminder to students who are moving on from Twizel Area School at the end of the year - you must all complete a Clearance Form by 9th December. 📝 These can be collected from the school office.


Room 8 Bucket Beats

Room 8 students have been having fun learning about rhythm and sound by beating out patterns on the drum/bucket, using sticks kindly crafted by Mr Van M. 🥁 🪘


Teacher Only Days | 1st & 2nd December

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December there will be no classes due to the Ministry of Education Accord Teacher Only Days.


Southern Primary Schools Tennis

Congratulations to Year 8 student Yug Thapa who represented North Otago at the Southern Primary Schools event held in Dunedin on November 11, along with 2 other students from the region.🎾 👟


Paid Union Meetings

A reminder that there are two upcoming paid union meetings that will affect both Primary and Middle School students...


School Photos Available for Purchase

Parents, caregivers and whānau members can now view and purchase their child's school photo via the email keycode you have been sent. 📸 Order before midnight on November 27th to get FREE DELIVERY.


Caregiver NCEA Course Selection Approval

Parents and caregivers can now log in to view and approve Year 10-12 students' course selections for 2023. ✅ Full, detailed instructions can be found here. For more information regarding NCEA, go to


2022 NCEA Exam Timetable

Here is the 2022 NCEA Exam Timetable. Exams run until 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.


2023 Term Dates

Although we still haven't finished 2022 yet, we thought we'd share our 2023 term dates with you. We will obviously advise you of other dates such as Teacher Only Days once the final details have been ironed out!


The Other Side of Failure

Failure is crucial in human development. Whether as a coach, player, parent or another vocation, embracing failure as part of a journey towards improvement is crucial in the learning process. What is the other side of failure?


And Finally...

Room 9 student Abbey Martin would like to show the school community her classwork on symmetry. Abbey's work shows an exact matching of form and arrangement of parts on each side. 𑗊 Ka pai Abbey. 👍


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→ Thursday, 24th to Friday, 25th November — M2/M3 Camp
→ Friday, 25th November 12:30pm to 3:00pm — NZEI Paid Union Meeting
→ Monday, 28th November — North Otago Athletics
→ Tuesday, 29th November 12:35pm to 3:00pm — PPTA Paid Union Meeting
→ Wednesday, 30th November 5:30pm to 6:30pm — Year 6 Transition to the Middle School - Parent Meeting
→ Thursday, 1st December — MoE Accord Teacher Only Day
→ Friday, 2nd December — MoE Accord Teacher Only Day
→ Friday, 2nd December — NCEA Exams End
→ Monday, 5th to Wednesday, 7th December — Junior Tennis
→ Tuesday, 6th December — Outdoor Ed Team Building
→ Wednesday, 7th to Thursday, 8th December — Outdoor Ed Wet/Dry
→ Thursday, 8th December — BoT Meeting - 5pm
→ Thursday, 8th December — Final Newsletter of 2022
→ Friday, 9th December — Outdoor Challenge Day

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