Thursday 15th February 2024 | Term 1 Week 3

Kia ora e te whānau,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the glorious summer weather. Here are some updates and congratulations from around our school community:

Congratulations, Luka Mains-Upson
We were excited to learn that Luka Mains-Upson has achieved a remarkable feat in rowing. He has broken an Indoor Rowing New Zealand record! Further details are in an article later in this newsletter. Please congratulate Luka when you see him out and about in Twizel!

Netsafe ICT Agreement
Parents, please be reminded that all students will bring 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. Kindly return the signed agreements to the main office at your earliest convenience.

Swimming Sports Success
Last Friday's Swimming Sports event was a resounding success! We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the students who participated with enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Seeing so many students in the pool supported by friends, family, and staff was fantastic. Special recognition goes to our House Captains for their excellent organisation and support and the dedicated staff members who helped make the event possible.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

  • M1 Campers: We send our best wishes to our M1 Campers who have embarked on their exciting journey away from school. We hope they have a memorable and enriching experience.
  • Year 5+ Athletics Day: Parents, mark your calendars for Thursday, February 23rd, as our Year 5 - 13 Athletes will showcase their talents at our Athletics Day. We welcome parent supporters and spectators from 9:30 am onwards to cheer them on.
  • National Rowing Competition: We extend our best wishes to our National Rowing Competitors who are competing at Karāpiro this week. Many have already rowed outstanding races, and we eagerly watch and cheer on their achievements from afar.

As always, we encourage our students to embrace opportunities for growth, learning, and personal development both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you to our supportive community for your ongoing engagement and encouragement. It has been a smooth start to our year, with students settling quickly back into their routines.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


Introducing Head Student Finn

Head Student Finn McKinley has some 2024 introductions, plus a review of the first couple of weeks of the new school year.


Swimming Sports Kicks Off 2024 With a Bang!

Swimming sports was held last Thursday with students from Year 4 and above participating. 🏊‍♀️ It was great to see so many participating!


Luka Ergs Into the Record Books

Congratulations to Luka Mains-Upson who has broken the NZ record for a 30-minute erg for men aged 15-16! Awesome effort, Luka!


Ākonga Get Close and Personal with Some Local Bugs

Last week we were lucky enough to have Marianne from Doc visit the school, and she brought some friends with her! 🪳


National Rowing Champs

The NZ Rowing Nationals are taking place at Lake Karāpiro, with 7 Twizel Area School students taking part. 🚣 You can cheer them on with the live feed by clicking the link.


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.


How Far Can Balloon Powered Cars Travel?

Middle School classes were tasked with creating Balloon Powered cars this week. The goal was to create the cars with household objects that travelled in a straight(ish) line and to see how far they could go. How far do you think they travelled? 🎈


Harold Needs Your Help!

The Life Education Trust Mid-South Canterbury is looking for new trustees to join their board. If you are interested, check out the link below for more information.


Room 9 Tradition Continues

Room 9 students took advantage of the warm sunshine this week by continuing the tradition of painting their desks to start the year! 🎨🧑🏻‍🎨


Update Your Details

Keeping us up-to-date with changes to your contact details or other important information is easy through the web portal or SchoolBridge app.


2024 Dates for Your Diary

Here are some dates for your diary for the 2024 school year. 🗓️ This includes Term dates, Teacher Only Days, and Public Holidays affecting term time.


Five Questions Sport Parents Should Ask Themselves at the Start of Every Season

With the start of another sports season just around the corner, it’s a great time for parents to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge that will provide their child (and themselves) with a positive experience this year.


→ Thursday, 22nd February | TAS Athletics
→ Monday, 26th February | M2 SPCA Visit
→ Friday, 1st March | Settling-in Reports Available in Portal
Friday, 1st March | Aoraki Senior Touch
Friday 1st March | Upper Waitaki Swimming, Kurow
Thursday, 7th March | Welcome BBQ / Consultation 4-6 pm
Friday, 8th March | Year 0-3 Swimming Display
Tuesday, 12th - Friday, 15th March | Life Education visits

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

House Points

A new addition to the newsletter is the weekly House Points total. Ruataniwha hold the lead going into next week's Athletics Day! 💙💛💚


Boot Camp

Boot Camp is starting again at Twizel Area School with students looking for jobs around the community. 🤩 Do you need the Boot Camp team to help with any jobs at your place? From wood stacking, furniture shifting or just tidying a property, and everything in between, the Boot Camp team has you covered!

If you have a job you'd like the Boot Campers to help with, you can email Karatī Metcalfe: [email protected]


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