14th February 2020
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Please note that school starts at 8.50 am. Students should be arriving at 8.45 am and be settled in the areas of their Tutor classes prior to the 8.50 am bell. If your child is late to school, they must sign in at the Student Centre.

When calling to provide information about your child if they are absent, please let the office know the reason for the absence. Justified absences include short term illnesses or medical appointments, visiting an unwell relative and bereavement leave. Other absences are classified as 'explained' and may count towards truancy statistics.

Student Log Books:

A reminder that all students require a diary or log book to help them plan their time at school, and their homework requirements. Teachers and parents also use these books to send messages between home and school where necessary. 

Any diary is fine, there are no specific requirements of size/shape or format! 

The school has a limited stock of standard Log Books for purchase from Student Centre for $3.

Art Department:

The TCAS Art department would like donations of a couple of items if you have them at home.

1. Plastic juice bottles wanted for Worm Juice...Kerri 2.4L bottles or similar.
2. For Art, we are looking for old cogs, clocks, broken jewellery, velvet etc for a Steampunk project.

Library Days for Term 1:

Room/Year Group Day of the Week
Room 1 Thursday
Room 2 Wednesday
Room 3 Thursday
Room 19 Friday
Year 7 Friday

Can parents please remind students to make sure they return any borrowed books on these days.

You can see the books your child has borrowed by logging into the school portal using this link:, then entering your login details.

Year 5-7 Camp:

The Year 5-7 Camp is taking place from 4th-6th March at Camp Columba. All parents/caregivers should have received a letter towards the end of Term 4 about this. If your child is new to The Catlins Area School or you didn't receive this letter, you can view/download it here: Year 5-7 Camp Letter 2020

Further information about the camp timetable and parent helpers will be sent home today, it is also available to view/download here: Letter & Gear List. Also, take a look at the Camp Columba website to see what facilities they have and the activities they offer:

Camp fees are set at $200 and you are welcome to set up regular weekly/fortnightly payments with internet banking. If you are struggling to pay the fees, please contact the school office to talk about your options.

Year 10 Camp:

Camp fees are now due for the Year 10 Camp, NO LATER than 10 days before camp begins. You are welcome to set up regular weekly/fortnightly payments with internet banking. If you are struggling to pay the fees, please contact the school office to talk about your options.

TCAS Athletics Day:

Next Friday (21st February) is The Catlins Area School Athletics Day for 2020. Please remind all students that they are to wear mufti house colours on the day and have appropriate sports footwear. Also, pack extra food, water and a hat, even if it's an overcast day!

Timetable and further information will be emailed to all parents before the day.

Camp Fundraiser:

Natalie Grant is running a camp fundraiser. She is selling bags of pine cones for $5 - please contact Sandra if you'd like to purchase some: 4158003


Athletics Day

When: Friday, 21st February

Settling in Reports sent

When: Friday, 21st February

For your information:

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
Also, if anyone is willing to help out on the day, can you please contact Jacqui Dreaver.

Marie Reid Exhibition

Outward Bound Nz   School Age Courses 2020

Please also see:

Photo Comp

Contact The Catlins Area School


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