Thursday 1st December 2022 | Term 4 Week 7
Kia ora e te whanau,

Special thanks to the parents this week for supporting our Teacher Only Days and Paid Union Meetings. The Paid Union Meetings allowed staff to meet with their union colleagues to discuss the upcoming settlement of our contracts with the government. Thursday and Friday of this week are days for our NCEA teachers to connect with their colleagues as we approach the changes to NCEA and the new Literacy and Numeracy requirements. Our Primary Teachers are engaging with our Core Education and Massey University facilitators to continue with their Digital Fluency and Mathematics learning.

Congratulations to the nine students who were selected for North Otago Athletics - Leithen Beattie, Dayne Connolly, Millie Dodds, Felix Jones, Dom Newlands, Noah Sheridan, Henry Waldie, Ollie Waldie and Kaliyah Wilson. Thank you to all the parents that supported this event. You can read about Twizel's fantastic results later in this newsletter!

I had the pleasure of attending the Middle School Music Option performance at the Community Theatre on Wednesday. Congratulations to the performers from the class - it’s no mean feat to perform in front of such a large audience - you performed fantastically!

Thank you also to Nexis McIntyre (Year 11) for his hard work in the Main Office since student leave started. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

A few ‘heads up’ notices for this week:
  • If your child is in Years 7-10 they have received an Outdoor Education notice and consent form. Please ensure this is returned on Monday. Without the completed consent form, your child will not be able to participate in the programme.
  • There is a Community Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3rd which involves some of our students. Come along to join the fun!
  • Years 1-6 Junior Tennis has been organised for next week, students will participate during the school day.
  • If your child is in Years 1-6, don’t forget to have them pack their togs every day - there may be opportunities to swim (weather and booking dependent).
  • There will be no junior assembly on Friday, December 9th as we are preparing for the main Prizegiving the following week.
  • Next week will be our last newsletter for 2022.

Congratulations to our Year 11–13 students on the completion of their NCEA External Examinations. They now face the long wait until the national marking process takes place all around the country. We all wish you well for your results in January.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

TAS Welcomes NZ Police Dog Unit

NZ Police arrived at Twizel Area School yesterday afternoon with a hiss and a roar, and despite the rain gave a great display of their skills. 🚔 👮‍♀️ They even bought along some furry friends! 🐕‍🦺


Touch Hits Twizel!

Touch Rugby arrived in Twizel this week, organised by Mr Metcalfe, Ms Blanchard and Miss Smith. 🏉 Four mixed teams from Years 7 to 13 were put up for a Touch challenge in a very competitive round-robin series and despite the inconsistent weather, it was great to see so many students getting involved!


Outdoor Education Week 2022

Next week is Twizel Area School's Outdoor Education Week for 2022. All the details you require can be found here...


Room 13 Aoraki Paintings

Leading up to last week's Aoraki Mount Cook trip, ākonga in Room 13 were lucky enough to welcome Claudia into their class. 🏔️ She helped the students learn some key painting skills, including how to use the colour wheel and mixing colours. 🎨


Prizegiving Assembly 2022

Twizel Area School Prizegiving Assembly will take place on Wednesday, 14th December 2022 at the Twizel Events Centre, beginning at 10 am. 🏆 It is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and whānau members to join us and celebrate the students' achievements.


Tamariki Dance the Night Away!

Last week's two Junior School discos, arranged by our Home & School Committee, were a raging success with over 100 tamariki getting their dancing shoes on at the Twizel Bowling Club! 🪩 💃 🕺


Weather Shortened Camp is Worth the Wait

Ākonga from M2 and M3 headed off on camp last week after weather conditions had shortened and delayed their trip. 🏕️ 🌦️ That didn't dampen their enthusiasm for camp though, after the COVID cancellations earlier in the year!


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.


TAS Students Shine at North Otago

The North Otago Athletics were held this week at Centennial Park in Oamaru with Twizel Area School students producing some amazing results. A massive thank you to Bevan Newlands and the parents who attended with tamariki.


Library Book Return

With only a handful of school days left in 2022, now is the time to return your library books. 📚 Look under your bed, down the back of your couch and in your school bag. There is a return point at the library door, opposite the main office.


Sun Comes Out for Junior Athletics

Junior students in Rooms 7-13 had a great time at their Athletics Morning last week. 🏃🏼‍♂️ The sun came out (finally) and it was awesome to see so many whānau members supporting the tamariki! 😎 🙌


NZSS Photography Competition

The New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition is thrilled to announce the fourth year of its competition! 📷 The competition will see year 9 to year 13 students submit up to three unique photos to be adjudicated by a panel of the Photographic Society of New Zealand's accredited judges.


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.


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!


MoneyHub’s Money in a Nutshell

To help form great money habits for life, MoneyHub reveals their ten super important money must-knows for every teenager. Understanding money is often hard for students, but the MoneyHub guide can help you conquer Student Loans, Banking and everything in between!


I'm Bored: How the Fridge List Can Help

I'm bored: How the Fridge List can help - When devices have become our go-to for entertainment, a simple list on the fridge can work wonders for inspiration.


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→ Friday, 2nd December — MoE Accord Teacher Only Day
→ Friday, 2nd December — NCEA Exams End
→ Monday, 5th to Wednesday, 7th December — Junior Tennis
→ Monday, 5th December — Outdoor Ed Team Building
→ Tuesday, 6th to Wednesday, 7th December — Outdoor Ed Wet/Dry
→ Thursday, 8th December — BoT Meeting - 5pm
→ Thursday, 8th December — Final Newsletter of 2022
→ Thursday, 8th December — Outdoor Challenge Day
→ Friday, 9th December — Outdoor Expedition Day
→ Monday, 12th December — Tin Man
→ Wednesday, 14th December — Last day of school for 2022
→ Wednesday, 14th December — Reports sent

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