5th March 2021
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Kia ora e te whānau,

It's been a quiet week at school with all the senior students away on Gateway placements and the Years 8 to 10 on camp at Borland Lodge in wonderful Fiordland.

Gateway has been a great success with students and employers getting on well and creating new friendships. Check out some of the photos further on in the newsletter.

As usual camp has been full-on for both students and teachers, who are all are more than ready for a quiet weekend. I was able to visit camp on Wednesday and can report that everyone was in high spirits and thoroughly enjoying all the activities on offer.

The Ministry of Education have loaned the school about 30 heaters to tide us over until the new boiler comes online in Term 2. These have been set up in all the classrooms and students need to avoid touching them because they do not belong to the school.

The South Otago Primary School Athletics (SOPSSA) sports day is yet to be finalised. The weather and COVID-19 Alert Level changes being the controlling factors at the moment. Best wishes to all those participating when it does go ahead.

Glenys Hanley, The Catlins Area School's new principal, takes over the reins from Monday and I am looking forward to settling back into my more familiar job in the workshop. These past seven weeks have been a challenge and given me a greater appreciation of all the background work that a school's principal has to deal with on a daily basis. Welcome to TCAS, Glenys!

He waka eke noa.

Tim Samson
Acting Principal



South Otago Athletics

When: Monday, 8th March

Mihi Whakatau

When: Tuesday, 9th March

Prime Lamb

When: Wednesday, 10th March

Year 1-7 Disco

When: Wednesday, 10th March
Location: TCAS School Hall @ 3.15pm

Year 7 Vision Testing

When: Monday, 15th March

Clutha Triathlon

When: Tuesday, 16th MarchInterested Year 5-8
Location: Balclutha

TCAS Swimming Sports

When: Friday, 19th March
Location: Owaka Community Pool

For your information

Owaka Junior Rugby 2021


Owaka Junior Rugby Club welcomes all returning and new families to the club for the 2021 season. For players aged 4 - 13 years, registrations are now open. Go to:

If you have any questions please contact Fiona Wilkinson:

Jobbortunities 2021


Prime Lamb 2021

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