Thursday 7th March | Term 1 Week 6

Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to another edition of the Twizel Area School Newsletter! We have some exciting updates and important announcements to share with you.

Community Consultation and BBQ:
Don't forget to join us for our community consultation and BBQ later today from 4-6 pm at the rear foyer. Your input is invaluable as we work together to make our school even better. From 4-5 pm, burgers and sausages will be available at the BBQ provided by our Student Executive. At 5 pm, we will gather to learn more about our WAKA Values and their connection to the Graduate Profiles we intend, with your input, to formalise in 2024. Depending on the age of your child(ren) at school, you will then be sent to the following rooms to participate in the consultation exercise, supported by our Student Executive:
→ Years 0-3, Rooms 5/6 
→ Years 4-6, Room 7
→ Years 7-10, Room 15
→ Years 11-13, Art Room
You can participate in as many rooms as you need to, based on the ages of your children at school.

Rowing News:
SISS Regatta
Congratulations to our Rowing Team for their outstanding performance at the recent South Island Secondary Schools (SISS) Regatta. Your hard work and dedication have indeed paid off! There were many personal bests, and the following medallists: Gold in the U17 Coxed Quad for Kiara Thyne, Sadie Mason, Hazel Mason, Hazel Henderson and Jazmine Baikie (cox); Bronze in the U18 Novice Double Skulls for Hazel Mason and Taylah Marsh; Gold in the U17 Single Skulls for Sadie Mason and Silver in the U17 Double Skulls for Kiara Thyne and Sadie Mason. Supervising these 17 young people as they progressed through the competition was a pleasure. I’m looking forward to Maadi!

Maadi Non-Uniform Day
Mark your calendars for March 15th! We'll have a non-uniform day as a fundraiser towards some catering for the crew at the Maadi Cup event. Let's show our support!

Maadi Parade Participation
Calling all students and whānau! We're looking for participants to join the Maadi Parade. Meet at the Twizel Medical Centre at 11 am on Sunday, March 17th, to walk with our Rowing Crew and support our school. The parade ends on Wairepo Road.

Official Medal Bearers 
Seeking medal bearers for the ceremonies on March 22nd and 23rd. Interested Year 7 and above students can collect an information letter and a permission slip from the main office.

Country High Schools Athletics in Geraldine:
We're incredibly proud of our Years 7-13 athletes who are representing Twizel Area School at the Country High Schools Athletics event in Geraldine. The events are underway for our 26 competitors while I write this newsletter. I look forward to hearing their results soon.

0-3 Swimming Display:
Parents, you're invited to attend our 0-3 swimming display this Friday at 1:30 pm. Come and see the progress our young swimmers have made!

Life Education Trust Visit:
Next week, the Life Education Trust and Harold will visit our school to deliver valuable lessons on boosting social skills. All year 1-8 students will participate in this enriching program.

Board of Trustees (BoT) Election 2024:
Stay tuned for important information regarding the upcoming BoT election. We are seeking to elect two new members to broaden our expertise areas. Your involvement is crucial to our school's governance. Financial Management, Building and Consenting are key areas of expertise we’d like to expand.

Netsafe Forms Reminder:
If your child hasn't already done so, please return your Netsafe forms, which are now overdue. We require parental consent and agreement to Netsafe conditions to ensure the continuation of your child’s safe and responsible internet use at school. If you need a new document, this newsletter will provide a link. If you need to check whether your child has returned the form, please call the office on (03) 435 0650.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community. Together, we can achieve great things! He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


From the Head Students

Head Student Ralph Henderson wraps up a very busy sporting week and looks forward to the next few weeks of an event packed calendar.


SISS Rowers Dodge the Wind to Claim More Medals

Last weekend, Twizel Area School participated in the Secondary Schools South Island Rowing Regatta with schools from the very top of Te Waipounamu to the very bottom, competing.


Upper Waitaki Swimming

Last Friday, a group of TAS swimmers went to Kurow to participate in the Upper Waitaki Swimming. Some great results mean we will have nine students representing us at the North Otago competition!


Board of Trustee Election

Nominations will open for the election of two parent representatives to the school Board of Trustees on Thursday, 11th of March 2024. 🗳️


A Reminder About Absence Reporting for Tamariki

We have a reminder for caregivers about reporting absences, including how to do it, when it should be done, and what you should include in your child's absence report.


Scholastic Book Club | Issue 2

The first issue of the Scholastic Book Club for 2024 is now available, orders need to be placed by Friday 12th April. 📚 You can order through the Scholastic website or the Book Club Loop app, available through the App Store and Google Play Store.


Room 6 Portrait Art

At the end of last week, students in Room 6 created monochromatic portraits using felts, crayons, and paint to create their masterpieces. 🎨


Tallulah Shows Off Her Creation

Room 7 students have been studying Under the Sea this term. Tallulah made her Dolphin poster from things found around the school. 🐬

She used tin foil for her fish, lots of shells and sand. Some shiny material for her dolphins, pipe cleaners and cellophane for her seaweed.


2024 Rugby and Hockey Registrations

It's that time of the year when we start thinking about winter sport registration. See below for formation about Mackenzie JAB Rugby and Mackenzie/Cave Hockey registrations. 🏑🏉


Harold and the Life Education Bus

Harold and the Life Education bus are returning to Twizel Area School, delivering their programme to Year 1-8 ākonga commencing Tuesday 12th March. 🦒


Netsafe ICT Agreements Overdue

If your child hasn't already done so, please return your Netsafe forms, which are now overdue. We require parental consent and agreement to Netsafe conditions to ensure the continuation of your child’s safe and responsible internet use at school.

If you require a new agreement, click the link to download the appropriate one for your child.


The Art of Negotiation: Setting Boundaries with Teens

Setting boundaries is a challenging – but necessary – part of parenting kids of all ages. Expectations and high standards are good things to have with both our younger children and our teenagers. But when it comes to guiding teens, our approach is a little different.


→ Thursday, 7th March | Welcome BBQ / Consultation 4-6 pm
→ Friday, 8th March | Year 0-3 Swimming Display
→ Monday, 11th March | NE Transition Meeting
→ Tuesday, 12th - Friday, 15th March | Life Education visits
Tuesday, 12th March | Otago Uni visits
→ Friday, 15th March | Maadi Cup Non-Uniform Day 
Sunday, 17th March | Maadi Parade
Monday, 18th - Saturday, 23rd March | Maadi Cup 💚🖤
Wednesday, 20th March | Aoraki Athletics, Timaru
Wednesday, 20th March | North Otago Swimming, Oamaru
Monday, 25th March | Home and School AGM 

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

BBQ and Community Consultation

Please join us for a BBQ and Parent Consultation tonight, from 4-6 pm at the rear of the school.

Parents will also be invited to assist us in developing our Graduate Profiles during this event, so please come wearing your thinking caps.

All parents and students are welcome.


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.


House Points


And finally...

DID YOU KNOW? If you are 15 minutes late each day you will have missed 2 full weeks of school in one year?
Please be reminded that school starts at 8.40 am for Years 7-13 and at 8.50 am for Years 1-6. ⏰ 


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