Friday 21st February 2020
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Thank you to everyone who attended our Welcome BBQ on Thursday last week, it was lovely to see so many attendees - next year we'll have to buy more sausages! Apologies to those students who did not have their summertime diaries displayed. Before the event, we only had four to display - now we have eight. Due to the small numbers received, prizes will be awarded at our next assembly. After the prizes are awarded we will create an in-depth newsletter feature displaying our entries. Congratulations to all students who completed the challenge - your diaries are amazing! Late entries will be accepted until Monday 24th February.

On the same day, we held our Mihi Whakatau, welcoming our new students, teachers and families to the TCAS whanau. Thank you to Heni Landreth and Liam Kelly for their assistance on the day - our Kapa Haka always sound stronger with you to support them. Kahikatea tū i te uru!

Our TCAS Way team met for the first time last Friday. During their meeting, they worked together to review the Positive Behaviour for Learning goals for each area of the school from a student perspective. Their input will be valuable as we renew the document before making signage for the different areas around the school. In two weeks, they meet again to review/create a Student Handbook. Thank you for your diligence and support of the teachers in creating our shared goals.

This week brought with it a number of commitments for our staff with the Big River Kahui Ako (Community of Learning). On Monday, teachers from across the region met at Rosebank School to review the current position of the Kahui Ako, and develop our future direction. Tuesday saw Mrs Bopp travelling to Dunedin for an Otago wide meeting of Across School Teachers. Wednesday and Thursday were leadership meetings for Principals and Deputies to work on their collaborative leadership goals and to make decisions regarding Otago Community Trust Funds recently received by the community. With this mahi we aspire to create active and engaged learners by supporting effective teaching practice and creating learning connections across the region.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Athletics Day, and experienced personal successes! 

Mā te tuakana te teina e tōtika, mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika!

The TCAS Team



Assembly @ 9am (Room 2)

When: Tuesday, 25th February

BoT Meeting

When: Tuesday, 25th February

Senior Student Health and Safety Course

When: Tuesday, 25th February

Clutha Swim Champs

When: Wednesday, 26th February

PB4L Student Team meeting

When: Friday, 28th February 2:00pm

South Otago Athletics

When: Monday, 2nd March

Year 10 Camp

When: Monday, 2nd to Saturday, 7th March

Brainwave Trust Presentation

When: Wednesday, 4th March 7:00pm
Location: Hall

South Otago Athletics pp

When: Wednesday, 4th March

Year 5-7 Camp

When: Wednesday, 4th to Friday, 6th March

For your information:

Owaka Junior Rugby

If your child would like to play rugby this season could you please go to and register your child under the Junior section. We are aiming to have teams for under 7, 9, 11 and a combined under 13 team.

For more information please email or phone Jen on 027 4054 007

Breakfast Club Help

We are looking for some parent (or student) volunteers to help with our 'Breakfast Club' on a Thursday & Friday morning, for half an hour from 8.30 am. If you are interested and can help, please email Mrs Bopp:

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Early Years

For more information, please see: Early Years Seminar - 4th March

Fishing Competition Poster 2020

Please click on the following links to enter yourself or your family:

Prime Lamb 2020

Trail Ride Flyer 2020

To view and download the Trail Ride entry form, please click the link here: The Catlins Wisp Hill Trail - Ride Entry Form 2020. You can also enter online through the following Google link: Online Entry Form

Contact The Catlins Area School


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