5th February 2021
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Kia ora Koutou, Nga mihi mahana ki te tau hou

A warm 2021 welcome to all the new and returning staff and students as we look forward to a successful and healthy year. There has been much activity in the background as teachers prepare for the arrival of our students.

On the 25th February, the staff attended a day of professional development with Nathan Wallis. His presentation “The Developing Brain” was most enlightening, but more about that later in the newsletter.

The Year 11 students and many of the staff attended a first aid course on the 27th and 28th of February gaining them the first NCEA credits for the year.

Building work has continued throughout the summer break and will continue until the start of term 2 when the new boiler is to be commissioned ready for winter. Let us hope there aren’t too many cold days this term, but the wearing of school jerseys or polar fleece tops especially in the cooler mornings should help to keep our students comfortable.

On Wednesday this week, a Pо̄hiri was held for Kate Staniford at Twizel Area School. The Pо̄hiri was attended by 10 of our senior Kapa Haka students who took part in the ceremony of handing Kate over from the care of The Catlins Area School to her new position as principal of Twizel Area School. The ceremony was well attended by staff, students, ministry officials and a large number of Twizel residents.

As the new year begins it is a good time to reflect on the school's values of Tenacity, Care, Achievement & Service and to set some personal goals to work on in the coming months.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou - he waka eke noa!

Tim Samson,
Acting Principal



Waitangi Day Observed - no classes

When: Monday, 8th February

Itinerant Music Concert - 2pm

When: Wednesday, 10th February

Clutha District Hockey

When: Monday, 15th February
Location: Balclutha

TCAS Athletics Day

When: Wednesday, 24th February

Home and School AGM

When: Thursday, 25th February
Location: 7pm TCAS Staff Room

TCAS Athletics pp Day

When: Friday, 26th February

For your information

Home And School Feb25

There will be a Home & School AGM meeting on Thursday, 25th February at 7 pm in the staff room. This week's meeting discussed the upcoming Prime Lamb and House Tour fundraisers, information on those events will be available soon.

You can read the minutes from the November meeting on the Home and School page of the TCAS website here:

Keep up-to-date with Home & School events and announcements on the TCAS Home and School Facebook Group

Clutha Cleaner Job

Pool Fundraiser

Prime Lamb 2021

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