Newsletter - 3rd February 2023, Term 1, Week 1
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Tēnā koutou,

What a fantastic start to the school year. The weather has been incredible and students have been enjoying reconnecting with each other, their teachers and their learning journey after the holiday break. 

It was great to start the year with a mihi whakatau to welcome our new staff, students, and their whānau. 2023 sees us welcome three new teaching staff, Matthew Simpson, Garrand Dietrichs and Julia Campbell as well as a new teacher aide Annie Riley. I would like to welcome you all to the TCAS Whānau and look forward to working with you.

A special welcome to our international students. Kotaro Nagatsuka has joined us for 2023 and Shosei Tamura has joined us for Term 1. We have all been very excited about you joining us and we look forward to including you in all that our school and community have to offer while you are here.

This year there has been a change to the times for assemblies. These have now been moved to the end of the day on alternate Fridays. We look forward to seeing our whānau at these assemblies and are hopeful that the change in time is more convenient for people. Please feel welcome to attend starting next Friday. 

We look forward to welcoming our families into school this year and I encourage you to put Thursday, February 16 in your diary as this is when our athletics day is.

Enjoy the long weekend. I look forward to seeing everybody back at school on Tuesday.

Ngā mihi,

Glenys Hanley



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W E L C O M E   K O T A R O

We are so fortunate that we are able to welcome international students back to The Catlins Area School. We warmly welcome Kotaro Nagatsuka to Year 11. Kotaro is from Japan and will be staying at TCAS for the school year, welcome Kotaro!

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W E L C O M E   S H O S E I

We are so fortunate that we are also able to welcome Shosei to Year 12. Shosei is from Tokyo and will be staying in the Catlins for Term 1. Welcome Shosei!

For Your Information

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B A K E H O U S E   L U N C H E S

Bakehouse lunches are back! There is a new price list and menu and it's really simple to order. Email your child/rens order to, make the payment to 03-1733-0105592-000, and lunch is delivered to school on Thursday! 

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N C E A   I N F O R M A T I O N   E V E N I N G

We are hosting an information evening for whānau and students in Level 1-3 NCEA 6-7 pm Wednesday 8 February 2023. We will go through the assessment processes and it is a chance to ask questions about the national qualification. Please register your interest in attending with Amanda Smith ( by Tuesday 7 February.

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C H A U F F E U R   N E E D E D

Fancy yourself a chauffeur? TCAS is looking for the right person to drive senior students to Dunedin every Friday for a polytech course. This is a paid position and expressions of interest can be emailed to

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S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

There is a google school calendar that is available to all whānau, so it is easy to keep up to date with events at TCAS. Use the link to the School Calendar to find events and add to your calendar.

Waitangi Day

W A I T A N G I   D A Y

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday the 6th of February as it is Waitangi Day.

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A S S E M B L Y   T I M E

We always enjoy sharing our success with our whānau and wider community. Assemblies will now be held fortnightly in the gym on a Friday afternoon at 2.30pm, with our first assembly for the year next week. We would love to see you there!

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L U C K Y   B O O K   C L U B

Lucky book Issue 1 2023 is out now and can be downloaded or viewed online! Lucky Book Club 2023 Edition 1 Order your books through the Lucky Book Website.

Home And School Coming Up

H O M E   A N D   S C H O O L

The first Home and School meeting is happening on Thursday the 9th of February in the Staff Room. We will be planning and discussing the upcoming Prime Lamb fundraiser. Come along, enjoy the nibbles and banter, everyone is welcome!

Coming Up

Monday 6th February | Waitangi Day - School Closed |

Wednesday 8th February  | NCEA Information evening @ 6pm |

Thursday 9th February  | Home & School Meeting @ 7pm |

Friday 10th February | Assembly @ 2.30pm |

Thursday 16th February | TCAS Athletics Day |

Friday 17th February | TCAS Athletics Day PP Day |

Friday 24th February | Assembly @ 2.30pm  |

Monday 27th February - | Dental Bus onsite |

Monday 27th February - 3rd March | Walk 'n' Wheel Week |

Tuesday 28th February - | SOPSA Swim Meet - Balclutha @ 4pm |

In The Community

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Thieves Alley

T H I E V E S '  A L L E Y   M A R K E T

If you've never been to Thieves' Alley Market Day then make 2023 your year to visit! ⁣Held in the Octagon in Dunedin and surrounding streets, you'll discover creative works, gifts and delicious treats in this unique setting.⁣⁣ There's free non-stop entertainment on two stages complete with a kids zone!⁣ Here's to a family-friendly day out on ⁣⁣Saturday 11th February, from 10am - 4pm⁣.

Contact The Catlins Area School


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