Thursday 14th March | Term 1 Week 7

*** Don’t forget to join us for the Maadi Parade at 11am on Sunday***

Kia ora e te whānau,

We extend our gratitude to all parents and students who joined us for the annual barbecue and parent consultation on the formalisation of our Graduate Profiles. It was a delightful evening, and your presence made it truly special. We appreciate the valuable feedback regarding our values statements and eagerly anticipate gathering more insights as we shape our 2025-2027 Strategic Plan. If you could not share your thoughts during the event, fret not; a survey link is provided later in this newsletter for your convenience.

We bid Heather Dixon farewell as she embarks on maternity leave next week. We warmly welcome Pranal Prasad, who will cover Heather’s maternity leave and eventually transition into the role of Mathematics Teacher upon Mr O’Carroll's retirement later in Term 2.

Thank you to Melissa McLellan, Brooke Smith, and Sharon Reid for their dedicated efforts in organising a transition afternoon for our upcoming new entrants. We eagerly anticipate embarking on this new chapter in their children’s educational journey.

We're excited about the enriching experiences our students are having with external group visits in the last week. Our staff have again had the privilege of working with a DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) advisor from Massey University. Currently, Rudi and Harold from Life Education are fostering positive social interactions among our Year 1-8 learners, and we recently welcomed representatives from Otago University to engage with our older learners.

Parents, please be on the lookout for nomination and voting materials for our upcoming mid-term Board Election. We seek to appoint two new parent members through the election, and we eagerly anticipate welcoming individuals with expertise in building, consenting, and/or finance. Additionally, we will soon hold a Student Representative Election. If your child from Years 9-13 is interested in serving as the Student representative on the Board of Trustees, encourage them to seek nomination.

The Twizel Netball Committee has requested the use of our vans on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the Netball season. We understand that various groups may require the use of our vans. If your group needs to negotiate van usage during the netball season, please contact our main office at (03) 435 0650. We will organise a meeting to decide on priority use collectively.

Upcoming Date Reminders

  • Maadi Cup Non-Uniform Day - March 15
  • Maadi Parade - March 17 - the Parade route is currently under review, but we will communicate the final details to caregivers by text message and email - everyone is welcome!
  • Maadi Rowing - March 18-23
  • Aoraki Athletics - March 20
  • North Otago Swimming - March 20
  • NZEI Paid Union Meeting for all teachers in Years 1-6 | school will close for students in Years 1-6 at 12.30 pm on 4th April

Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in our school community. Together, we continue to nurture a thriving learning environment for our students. He waka eke noa.

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


Introducing the House Captains

WAKA Leader Ariki Purton has an update on the House Competition and the recently elected House Captains.


Country High School Athletics

Twizel Area School students continued their amazing run of results when a select few competed in the Country High School Athletics Day last week!🏃🏼‍♂️


Harold Visits TAS

Harold and the Life Education team have been at TAS this week, delivering their programme to ākonga in Years 1-8. Lessons have covered subjects including healthy eating, resilience, and kindness.


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.


Party Time With Year 11

Level 1 Foods students are starting on a unit around kids' birthday parties and Hauora. They got to brainstorm about their favourite party foods from their childhood, after which they headed to the supermarket.


Zippy and the Tiger Skin

M2 students have been studying animal welfare this term. As part of the topic, they were lucky enough to have Zippy from Vetlife Twizel visit and teach them about tiger poaching.


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.


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. 🏐


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. 🏑🏉


Maadi Cup Livestream

You can catch all the Maadi Cup 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 throughout the week.


Raising Great Adults

In the not too distant future our kids will be adults and we're doing them a great favour by helping them find their independence as they grow.

Supporting a teenager’s emerging need for autonomy requires a delicate balance. Here are three things autonomy-supportive parents will keep in mind.


→ 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
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 | NZEI Paid Union Meeting - school will close for students in Years 1-6 at 12.30 pm

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

Maadi Cup Non-Uniform Day

Tomorrow is our Non-Uniform Day to raise money for the Twizel Area School rowing squad, ahead of next week's Maadi Cup. Show your support by dressing in green and black!

Don't forget your gold coin donation. All funds raised will go towards some catering for the crew at the Maadi Cup event.


Maadi Cup Medal Bearers

Do you want to be involved in the Maadi Cup festivities?
We are seeking official Maadi Cup Medal Bearers for the medal ceremonies on March 22nd and 23rd at Lake Ruataniwha. Interested Year 7 and above students can collect an information letter and a permission slip from the main office.🥇🥈🥉


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.


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