Thursday 28th March | Term 1 Week 9

** There will be no newsletter next week due to the
Easter Break - our next newsletter day is 11th April**

Kia ora e te whānau,

Remember to nominate a willing parent for our Board of Trustees—nominations close on April 3rd.

Thank you to all the students, parents, and community members who generously dedicated their time to support our students at Maadi last week. It's with immense pride that we continue to witness the achievements of our rowing crews. A special thank you goes to Sarah Henderson and Kelvin Maker for their unwavering commitment to our students. Congratulations to all our rowing crew members, with special recognition to our medal and trophy winners - Jazmine Baikie, Hazel Henderson, Taylah Marsh, Hazel Mason, Sadie Mason, Kiara Thyne, and Lucia Yates. We are also thrilled to announce that Sadie Mason and Kiara Thyne have been selected to trial for the South Island Representative Squad. We wish them the best of luck!

We also extend our congratulations to the students who participated in the Aoraki Athletics last week and to those who have qualified for the next level of competition: Dejay Parata, Sukrit TimilsimaDesmond KahukuraJackson Parata, and Cameron Smith. Your dedication and hard work truly paid off, and I was delighted to support you in person at the Aoraki event.

A friendly reminder to all our students: bike helmets are a legal requirement in New Zealand. Please ensure you have your helmet on your head whenever you're riding.

As we approach Easter, we want to let you know that after the break, we'll be heating up the kai warmer each day. If your child wishes to bring an item to be heated, please ensure it's clearly labelled with their first and last name, plus class. Items for the kai warmer should be suitably wrapped or in containers that won't melt or break in the warmer (foil, aluminium containers, ceramics etc).

This week, we said farewell to our M2 Campers and held the first mentoring meetings for our Year 11-13 students. We look forward to sharing more about these events in our upcoming newsletters.

Later today, we'll send a test text message to ensure all parents receive our notifications. If you are still waiting to receive the test text notification by 6 pm today (Thursday, March 28th), please fill out this form so we can assist you in resolving the issue.

We wish everyone a fantastic Easter Break and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday, April 3rd!

'Heads Up' for Future Dates:

  • April 3rd: Nominations close for parent Board of Trustees Election
  • April 4th: School closes for Year 1-6 students at 12:30 pm for the NZEI Paid Union Meeting
  • April 8th-9th: Te Ana Rock Art visit at school

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


From the Head Students

Student Leader Jack McLellan has some results from the Maadi Cup and Aoraki Athletics, plus a look at this week's Race Unity Speech Awards in Timaru.


Maadi Cup Regatta a Roller Coaster for Twizel Crews

What a regatta! What a journey! The Aon Maadi Cup Regatta week was an experience that not only the rowers, their whānau and the school will never forget but each corner of our town seemed to embrace Maadi Cup fever.


Skydivers Visit TAS

Last Thursday, our school had the exciting opportunity to host a sport skydiving demonstration by the skilled team from Skydive Mount Cook. After months of planning and securing necessary approvals, the demonstration finally took place on our very own school field.


Sadie and Kiara Rowing Trials

Congratulations to Year 12 students Sadie and Kiara who have been invited to attend the 2024 South Island Rowing trials at Ruataniwha next month.

They are 2 of just 45 rowers invited to attend from South Island schools and the first ever from Twizel Area School.

An amazing achievement!


Are You Ready?

If you have 2 minutes to spare, Year 13 student Jack McLellan would like you to complete his survey about Perceived Risk and Preparedness for an Alpine Fault Magnitude 8 Earthquake. 🏔️

The results will be used in an assessment for his online Level 3 Geography course with NetNZ.


Athletes Perform Well at Aoraki

Students between Years 9 and 13 who succeeded at the recent High Country Athletics competed in the Aoraki Athletics held in Timaru last Wednesday. 🏃🏼‍♂️


North Otago Rippa Rugby Comp

Last Friday, we sent 28 students down to Oamaru to compete at the Year 3-8 North Otago Rippa Rugby competition.


Board of Trustee Election

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


PCT Challenges Middle Schoolers

Middle schoolers competed in the Bluelight Police Physical Competency Test in Timaru last week. This involved working as a team to complete a course, including jumping through a window and carrying a 75kg dummy!


TAS Students Competing at Easter Show

On Monday, Sophie Lee, Georgie Grey, Murphy Turner, Alice Larkins and Summer Smith are competing at the Easter Fairlie Show.

If you are free, and wanting a fun day out in Fairlie, we would love for you all to come and support the girls at the competition!

The girls are competing within 5 events, showcasing the Highland Fling and Irish Jig. Dancing kicks off at 10am, stage located near the back end of the show grounds.


Welcome to a New Arrival!

Congratulations to Science Teacher Heather Dixon and her partner Dan on their new arrival!

Oscar Stephen was born on Friday last week weighing 8lb 4oz.

I'm sure you will join us in welcoming the newest member of the Twizel Area School whānau to the world.


Kai Warmer Heats Up for Winter

The Kai Warmer will be available from Wednesday for students to bring their food to be heated for lunchtime during the colder weather months.😋


NZEI Paid Union Meeting

Staff in the Junior school have a Paid Union Meeting from 12.30 pm until the end of the school day on Thursday, 4th April.


Talking About: Winning and Losing

If we’re honest, most of us don’t like losing. Kids are especially un-fond of it, and that’s okay. However, to hate it, dread it or to shy away from joining in because of a fear of losing – well, that’s not what we want for our kids.

With the right encouragement, our kids can be winners at sportsmanship – regardless of the scoreboard.


→ Friday, 29th March | Good Friday - no classes
→ Monday, 1st April | Easter Monday - no classes
→ Tuesday, 2nd April | Easter Tuesday - no classes (MoE holiday)
Wednesday, 3rd April | Kai Warmer available for lunch
→ 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
Friday, 12th April | End of Term Assemblies (see below for details)
→ Friday, 12th April | Y11-13 Mentoring Report available on Portal

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

No Newsletter Published | 4th April

Do to the Easter Break, there will be no newsletter published next Thursday, 4th April. The next newsletter will be published on Thursday, 11th April.


Happy Easter

A reminder that school will be closed tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday for the Easter Break. Students and staff return to school on Wednesday, 3rd April.

For information regarding schools' closure on 'Easter Tuesday', click the link here: Ministry of Education | Easter


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.


Bus Student Reminder

If your child usually takes the bus after school, please make sure you communicate any changes during the week with the school office. This ensures we do not keep the buses waiting and look for students who have been collected by their parents.

You can call the office on 03 435 0650 or email [email protected]


End of Term Assembly | 12th April

The end-of-term assemblies are to be held on Friday, 12th April at the Events Centre. Details are as follows:

  • Junior Assembly - 1-2 pm - Parents can take their child(ren) after the conclusion of the assembly. Supervision will be available to others until the end of the day.
  • Senior Assembly - 2-3 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!


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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