Thursday 21st March | Term 1 Week 8

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week?

I’ve had the pleasure of spending a couple of days this week as the teacher in charge at Maadi; it has been an absolute privilege to support these young people as they find success and personal bests at a national level. I wish them all the best for the remainder of their competition and encourage our school community to head down to the lake on Friday and Saturday to support them on the finals days. See you there!

Students have also been representing our school at Aoraki Athletics and the North Otago Swimming Competition. As I write this, I am just about to head to Timaru to cheer on our senior athletes. I hope that all our competitors have fantastic days and enjoy their experiences. By the time this newsletter is sent, there should be further information regarding results to share.

NZEI (the Primary Teacher’s Union) has notified us of a Paid Union Meeting that is compulsory for all members to attend. We have negotiated an online meeting to minimise our closure time. On Thursday, April 4th, the school will close for Year 1-6 students at 12.30 pm. Please be ready to collect your child. If your child usually rides the bus home, we can provide supervision for the afternoon, and then your child can use the bus at the usual time. If you require your child to be supervised from 12.30 pm until 3.05 pm on Thursday, April 4th, please call the main office on (03) 435 0650 to ensure your child is on our supervision list. This will allow us to plan for staffing the supervision.

Staff members have asked me to put out two reminders to whānau:
Please use our school methods of communication to obtain information about the school day/events, etc. An article outlining these methods is in this newsletter. Please do not use staff members' personal social media to communicate. By using the endorsed school methods, you will receive more consistent information from a centralised source. Thanks for your understanding.

PE uniform for students in Years 7-13

If your child participates in PE classes or House Sports, the uniform requirement is outlined on our school website here. Please ensure your child has access to a school PE uniform top, plain black bottom half (shorts, sports tights, etc), and suitable sports shoes. We have plenty of PE Uniform tops in our second-hand store if you do not already have one.

And finally, here are some ‘heads-up’ items for the coming week:

  • Defence Force Visit for Seniors - Friday 22nd March
  • Home and School AGM - Monday 25th March at 7pm
  • M2 Camp and Y11-13 Mentoring Week - Monday 25th March to Thursday 28th March
  • Good Friday - 29th March (school is closed for Easter until Wednesday, 3rd April)

He waka eke noa,
Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


From the Head Students

Head Student Finn McKinley has news from recent sporting events, plus a look forward to what the Student Executive team has coming up.


Twizel Puts on a Maadi Cup Parade to Remember

It was great to see the Twizel community turn out in support of our rowers, during the Maadi Parade on Sunday morning. 


Maadi Cup Continues into Finals Weekend

Twizel Area School rowing squads have had a good start to the Maadi Cup Regatta, with some great results so far. The excitement has built up at school, with students coming together to watch the live stream of their classmates competing at Lake Ruataniwha.

You can follow all the action by going to:
Please be aware that Under 15 events will not be broadcast!

Join the Twizel Area School Sport Facebook Group for photos and results.


Whānau-Kaiako Communication

A reminder that NO CONTACT should be made to school staff via their personal social media accounts.

There are a number of different ways that whānau can communicate with us, and it is important caregivers know the correct channels so your questions, queries, and problems can be dealt with accordingly.


Storyline Tour Comes to TAS

This week, year 1-10 students were treated to a visit from four New Zealand authors and illustrators who are on a tour of the schools in the Mackenzie area. 📚


Level 2 Biology Lung Dissection

The Year 12 Biology students are continuing to learn about mammalian body systems. As part of this, they dissected lungs in order to investigate adaptations for gas exchange.


Consultation | Graduate Profiles

We are looking for your input into the outcomes you would like to see for your child within their age range by the time they 'graduate' their section of the school. Complete the survey by clicking the link below.


School Badges for Sale

To purchase a Twizel Area School badge for participation in a sport or extracurricular activity, or to
buy your House badge, please complete the attached form. Forms are also available from the school office and in SchoolBridge.


Board of Trustee Election

Nominations are open for the election of two parent representatives to the school Board of Trustees. 🗳️


Netball Registration 2024

All the information you need for the upcoming netball season is here, including registration, teams, fundraising, costs, and more. 🏐


Lost Property Piles Up Again!

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, and puffer jackets!

Please make time to sort through and take away whatever belongs to your child from the school office.


What Parents Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is here – for better or worse – and it’s hard at work behind the scenes of many of our kids’ favourite technologies, apps and platforms. 

It's here to help, or is it?


Friday, 22nd - Saturday, 23rd March | Maadi Cup Finals
Friday, 22nd March | Defence Force visit
Monday, 25th - Thursday, 28th March | M2 Camp
→ Monday, 25th March | Home and School AGM
→ Thursday, 28th March | North Otago Tennis Lessons Yr1-8
→ Friday, 29th March | Good Friday - no classes
→ Monday, 1st April | Easter Monday - no classes
→ Tuesday, 2nd April | Easter Tuesday - no classes (MoE holiday)
Thursday, 4th April | No newsletter published!
→ Thursday, 4th April | NZEI Paid Union Meeting - school will close for students in Years 1-6 at 12.30 pm
Friday, 12th April | Last day of term one

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

Home and School AGM

The Home and School AGM is on Monday, 25th March at 7pm at the Community Lounge (Heartland's Building).

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
1. Welcome and apologies
2. Minutes of previous AGMChairperson's report
3. Financial report - treasurer
4. Elections
5. General business

We would love to see as many parents, caregivers, and friends of the school as possible. We will be seeking new committee members.


Yearbook Archives - Can You Help?

We are busy making the Twizel Area School archives available digitally on our website. This includes yearbooks, photos and newsletters, and will hopefully be finished later this year.

If you have a copy of the 2006 or 2007 yearbooks, we would love to borrow it from you to scan into our records. These years seem to have gone missing!

You can email [email protected] or call the school office.


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