Thursday 7th December | Term 4 Week 9

Kia ora e te whānau!

In this, our last newsletter of 2023, we approach the end of another school year. Unfortunately, I am typing this whilst sitting at home ill with covid. Not the best way to end the year. I’m hoping I’ll be back on form to celebrate the successes of our learners at the Prizegiving on Tuesday the 12th (10 am in the Events Centre). I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

Throughout the week, our Middle School have been challenged by the daily events of our modified Activities Week. Learn more about this later in our newsletter. Well done to those of you who have stepped up to the challenge, and thank you to our teachers for supporting such a massive event at the end of the school year. 

In Junior School, we’re looking forward to the fun activities planned for Friday (by our Middle School student team), and the shared picnic and swim all afternoon. Parents, feel free to join the fun from 1.30 pm onwards. You are welcome to collect your child from the pool or field whenever they are ready - just check in with their teacher before you head off!

A couple of ‘Heads Up’ comments:
→ End-of-Year Reports for students in Years 1-10 will be sent via the parent portal next week - these reports show an indication of junior class placement for 2023.
→ Join us for our Prizegiving on Tuesday, 12th December at 10 am in the Events Centre.
→ The school office re-opens after the summer break on Monday, January 29th.

Best wishes for a fabulous summer break - enjoy the time with your young people - they grow so fast! Meri Kirihmete!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal


2023 Concludes with Middle School Activities Week

This week, Middle School students have enjoyed the different facets of Activities Week, including a 'Tin Man' duathlon, Top House, and an Aoraki Mount Cook tramp.


M3 Magic: Elephant Toothpaste

In their final lab session of the year, M3 students got hands-on with a chemical reaction known as 'Elephant Toothpaste'! 🐘


2024 Dates for Your Diary

As we approach the end of the school year, here are some dates for your diary for the beginning of 2024.


2024 Stationery Now Online

2024 Stationery Lists are now available online here ⬇️

Click the link ⬇️ to purchase online or in-store at a stationery retailer of your choice. 📚📝 🎒


Ākonga Get an Insight into Blind Sport

Gemma from Blind Sport NZ joined students from Rooms 13, 7, and 5 last week to give an insight into what sport might be like for the visually impaired.


Room 5 Trip Ends a Great Year

To celebrate the end of the school year, Room 5 tamariki enjoyed a trip to Timaru this week, visiting Caroline Bay and enjoying the hydro slides and pool at CBay!


Library Book Return

With only a handful of school days left in 2023, now is the time to return your library books. 📚


TAS Sporting Calendar 2024

The sporting calendar is, as always, jam-packed for 2024. Keep an eye on our sports calendar for events. 🗓️


Dental Care During the Summer

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with the service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only. 🦷🪥
Dental advice for your tamariki can also be found by clicking the link.


Five Ways to Reconnect This Christmas | Parenting Place

Feeling jolly tired? Tis the season for a rest and some recovery time with our nearest and dearest.


→ Friday, 8th December | Pool Party - all students from Year 1-10 and parents welcome
→ Tuesday, 12th December | Year 1-10 End-of-Year Reports and provisional class placements published
→ Tuesday, 12th December | Prizegiving 10am - Twizel Events Centre
→ Tuesday, 12th December | Last Day of School for 2023

Monday, 29th January | School Office Opens
Tuesday, 30th January | Teacher Only Day
Wednesday, 31st January | Year 11-13 | NCEA Course Confirmation
Thursday, 1st February | Year 11-13 | Leadership Day
Friday, 2nd February | Year 7-13 | Peer Support Day
Monday, 5th February | First Day of School for 2024
Tuesday, 6th February | Waitangi Day - No Classes

*All dates above are subject to change*

Calendar | Wātaka

Pool Party and Sausage Sizzle

Caregivers and whānau are invited to join us tomorrow at the Community Pool for a shared picnic and swim from 1.30 pm. The Home and School Committee will also be on hand, serving up a sausage sizzle for $2.50 each.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Prizegiving Assembly 2023

Prizegiving Assembly will take place on Tuesday, 12th December at the Twizel Events Centre, beginning at 10 am. 🏆 It is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and whānau members to join us and celebrate the students' achievements.

For more information, including uniform for the ceremony, click the link
Prizegiving Assembly Information


Seniors | Last Day of School

ALL SENIOR STUDENTS need to attend school on Tuesday 12th December at normal time so they can clear out their lockers and return any text books etc. They can then attend the Prizegiving Assembly at 10am.


Year 1-10 End-of-Year Reports and 2024 Provisional Class Placements

On the last day of term (December 12th), the Year 1-10 End-of-Year Reports and 2024 Provisional Class Placements will be published via the Parent Portal.

Please make sure you can sign into the the web portal or SchoolBridge app; you will not be able to view your child's report without logging in.


If you need to contact Twizel Area School regarding your child's class placement, please do so via the correct communication channels. All emails should go to [email protected]. They will then be filtered to the correct staff member.


And Finally...

However you celebrate it and however you say it, from everyone at Twizel Area School, Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou ko te whānau! 🌲 🎅 🎁
The school office will be open from 29th January 2024. Have a Happy Christmas, a restful holiday, and we look forward to seeing everyone back and refreshed in the new year. 😉


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