Thursday 29th February | Term 1 Week 5

Kia ora e te whānau,

We’re having a fantastic start to our school year with heaps of events, successes and learning to share - let’s get in amongst it!

Last week, we enjoyed a fantastic Athletics Day; participation was high, and supporters were loud! Special congratulations to Sadie Mason and Hazel Mason - the students with the most points across the events. Ariki Purton continues raising the house spirit and informing us of points as they accumulate. Go Ōhau!

A special thank you to Taylor McGifford for organising the visit to the Tiamru SPCA for M2 as part of their varied learning opportunities and project work. Everyone had a fantastic day.

This week, we extend our best wishes to our Rowing Crew for the SISS Rowing Regatta from the 1st to the 3rd of March at Lake Ruataniwha and our competitors participating in the Junior Upper Waitaki Swimming event on March 1st.

To provide clarity for families regarding their children's start-up learning for 2024, Settling-in Reports will be generated in the student portal tomorrow for viewing by parents. Additionally, if you wish to meet with your child's teachers or engage in an informal discussion about the report, please join us for a BBQ and Parent Consultation on Thursday, March 7th, 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.

You may have seen a recent news article about the school rebuild. Although I have been misquoted, the overall theme is correct. Despite many school building projects being ‘on hold’, ours continues to forge ahead. The Board Chair and I met with the Ministry of Education on Friday last week to have this verbally confirmed, and we now have written confirmation of the Ministry’s commitment to rebuilding the Twizel Area school. We will update the community further when we receive our requested timeline.

Heads-up for a few upcoming events:

  • Country High School Athletics for selected high school students will be held in Geraldine on Wednesday, March 6th. 
  • Don't miss the Year 0-3 Swimming Display on March 8th at 1:30 pm. Please gather at the pool for this event.
  • NE Transition on March 11th, invitations will be sent to enrolling parents.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


From the Head Students

Twizel Area School's first Waka Leader, Ariki Purton, has a review of last week's events, plus some reminders of things yet to come.


Picture-Perfect Day for Athletics

It was a picture-perfect day for the Twizel Area School Athletics Day last Thursday and we saw some great performances and even better sportsmanship from everyone involved!


2023 NCEA Success

And the results are in! 🥳 Once again, our NCEA students have performed strongly against national and decile results!

Take a look at the results in the link below.


Students Loving Their Pool Time

Room 5 and 6 students are loving their swimming time this term. Their increased confidence in the pool is great to see. 🏊‍♂️


Rowing Gear

Twizel Area School Rowing t-shirts and hoodies are now available for the upcoming Maadi Cup. 🚣 💚🖤
Complete the order form before 3pm tomorrow (Friday 1st) to get yours!


Netsafe ICT Agreement

Please be reminded that all students brought home a Netsafe ICT Agreement, for both students and parents to review and sign. These agreements are crucial for ensuring the safe and responsible use of technology within our school community. Please return the signed agreements to the main office by Monday, 4th March.


Junior Wellbeing

Wellbeing Friday is off to a great start in the Junior School. 🐶🎨🪴
This term we are focusing on encouraging the wellbeing of the tamariki by giving them a personal choice in what they would like to do within this time.


Ākonga Visit Timaru SPCA

M2 ākonga visited the Timaru SPCA on Monday as part of their animal welfare topic. You can read Ruby Baikie's reflection here.


Cam Shows Off His Projects

Cam has been busy in his construction class with Mr van M this week. 🪚 🧰 He even made time to stop off at the new entrant class to share his work with the younger tamariki!


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 1

The first issue of the Scholastic Book Club for 2024 is now available, orders need to be placed by Friday 5th April. 📚 You can order through the Scholastic website or the Book Club Loop app, available through the App Store and Google Play Store.


Things Kids Will Learn From Us – Whether We Want Them To or Not

Kids don’t miss a thing. Not a single thing. For us as the adults in their lives who want to see them soar, it can be wonderful to watch, and terrifying – sometimes all at the same time.


→ Friday, 1st March | Settling-in Reports Available in Portal
→ Friday 1st March | Upper Waitaki Swimming, Kurow
Friday, 1st - Sunday, 3rd March | SISS Rowing Champs
Wednesday, 6th March | Country High School Athletics, Geraldine
→ 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
Friday, 15th March | Maadi Cup Non-Uniform Day

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

Settling-in Reports

Students' Settling-In Reports will be published via the Parent Portal tomorrow.

You can view your child's report by logging into SchoolBridge via the web portal or app; you will not be able to view your child's report without logging in.


House Points

Ōhau has now moved into a slight lead over Ruataniwha in the House competition, after last week's Athletics Day. 💚💛💙


BBQ and Community Consultation

Please join us for a BBQ and Parent Consultation on Thursday, March 7th, 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.


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