Thursday 30th November | Term 4 Week 8

Kia ora e te whānau,

As we approach our busiest weeks of the year, I’d like to thank the staff and parent supporters of our endeavours to bring the year to a close with fabulous activities and celebrations for all.

Over the last week, you may have noticed equipment arriving on the school grounds ready for the Special Education Fencing Project to commence. We’ve asked our learners to stay away from the active works, which (of course) will be appropriately fenced off by the contractors. You’ll know this fencing project is a safety measure for our more vulnerable learners, and I’d like to continue reassuring you that access to the school and fields will remain when the fence is complete. Around the perimeter of the fencing, child-safe gates for both pedestrian and vehicle access will be regularly placed.

On Tuesday night, we welcomed the students and whānau of our Year 6 cohort as part of their transition to Year 7. Thank you to Mrs Nelson for organising this event. If parents have further questions now that the dust has settled from the event, look through the transition pack emailed to you. Inside, there are details of the people to contact for assistance.

We celebrate our high school leavers with a special dinner at the Mackenzie Country Hotel tonight. Our leavers and their whānau have been invited to dinner and a presentation. I’m looking forward to being there and sharing their successes - this event is definitely one of my favourites of the year. Thank you to Michele O’Carroll, Nyree Schaar and Clare Frost for organising the event.

Next week is filled with Education Outside of the Classroom Events for our Middle School Learners (Years 7-10). If you are a parent of a child in this group, you will receive a letter outlining the activities and can also look at the plan later in this newsletter. Part of their week will be planning a Friday event for our Primary Students. The Primary Students will be treated to some water activities on Friday morning at school; then, we’ll move over to the pool for a picnic and swim in the afternoon. If you’d like to join us for the pool party from 1.30-3 pm, please come along! You’re welcome to take your child home directly from the pool as soon as they have had enough fun!! We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Diary dates
→ Friday 8th December 1.30-3 pm - Pool Party - all students from Y1-10 and parents welcome
→ Tuesday 12th December 10 am - Prizegiving @ The Community Centre (school closes at the end of this ceremony)

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


M4 Students Wowed by Tekapo's Dark Sky Project

Last week, M4 students visited the Dark Sky Project in Tekapo deepening their understanding of space and highlighted Aotearoa's heritage of exploring the cosmos through constellations.


Wellbeing Wednesday Wraps Up

As Wellbeing Wednesday wraps up for 2023, ākonga had a beautiful day to spend their weekly hour on activities promoting their well-being. 🧘 🎨 🎶


Activities Week - A Great Way to End the Year!

The traditional Outdoor Ed Week will look a little different this year culminating in a pool party for students and whānau. You can find all the details here.


2024 Dates for Your Diary

As we approach the end of the school year, here are some dates for your diary for the beginning of 2024.


Students Leaving TAS

Students who are moving on from Twizel Area School at the end of the year must complete a Leaving Form. 📝 These can be collected from the school office or downloaded here.


Rugby Skills Session a Success

After being postponed due to the Power Outage Day, students in Room 5, M1 and M2 were lucky enough to have three members from North Otago Rugby come to TAS to run a rugby skills session.

Ākonga participated in a range of drills involving passing and kicking.


Badgeathon at Junior Assembly

This week's Junior Assembly turned into a Badgeathon with 15 given out to students for WAKA Values, Peer Mediation, and PALS. Ka pai to all our badge recipients; what a fantastic effort! 👍


The Twizel Community Library Goes Online!

The Twizel Community Library database is now available to browse online! Students can search, reserve books, and more.


Year 7 Transition Information

Thank you to everyone who attended our Year 7 Transition Parent Meeting. All the information regarding your child's transition to Year 7 can be found here.


It's Swimming Season!

Junior swimming has started, so please remember your togs! You can find the timetable for the rest of the term here ⬇️


Vacancies at Twizel Area School

We are seeking a Caretaker and a Cleaner to join our team at Twizel Area School. For more information, including how to apply, click the link.


10 Ideas for Thrifty Gifting

Joy to the world, the credit card statement's here! 😬
This season can certainly put the financial pressure on - especially this year 🫣! About time for creative ideas that stretch our budgets and our thinking on giving. 🎄


Thursday, 30th November | Leavers' Dinner
Friday, 1st December | Blind Sport NZ
→ Wednesday, 6th - Friday, 8th December | Activities Week
→ Thursday, 7th December | Last newsletter for 2023
→ Thursday, 7th December | Board of Trustees Hui
→ Friday, 8th December | Pool Party - all students from Y1-10 and parents welcome
→ Tuesday, 12th December | Year 1-10 End-of-Year Reports and provisional class placements published
→ Tuesday, 12th December | Prizegiving 10am - Twizel Events Centre
→ Tuesday, 12th December | Last Day of School for 2023

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

Year 1-10 End-of-Year Reports and 2024 Provisional Class Placements

On the last day of term (December 12th), the Year 1-10 End-of-Year Reports and 2024 Provisional Class Placements will be published via the Parent Portal.

Please make sure you can sign into the the web portal or SchoolBridge app; you will not be able to view your child's report without logging in.


If you need to contact Twizel Area School regarding your child's class placement, please do so via the correct communication channels. All emails should go to [email protected]. They will then be filtered to the correct staff member.


Library Book Returns

With only a handful of school days left in 2023, now is the time to return your library books. 📚 Look under your bed, down the back of your couch and in your school bag.

If you're not sure which titles you or your tamariki have borrowed, please email the library: [email protected]. Students can also get their books renewed for the holidays if they wish.

The Library will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from 25th December (first closed day), opening again on 8th January. 🎄


2024 Stationery Lists - Coming Soon

Your child's Stationery Lists for 2024 will be available soon. When they have been uploaded, you can visit the link below:


Seniors | Last Day of School

ALL SENIOR STUDENTS need to attend school on Tuesday 12th December at normal time so they can clear out their lockers and return any text books etc. They can then attend the Prizegiving Assembly at 10am.


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