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First Assembly for Term 3

August 5, 2022

It's great to be able to invite parents and caregivers again to assembly to share our successes!

TCAS Ski Trip a little different than expected!

August 5, 2022

The unexpected closure of the ski field didn't detract from the amount of fun had by participants on the annual TCAS ski…

Elgregoe performs illusions and magic for TCAS

August 5, 2022

Laughter and amazed faces filled the crowd from ākonga to teachers alike, all while Elgregoe and Sue performed some outstanding…

Fantastic Future Ferns!

August 5, 2022

Future Ferns introduces the youngest of TCAS students to the game of netball.

Charlotte and her Spirit of Adventure

August 5, 2022

Charlotte had the amazing opportunity to spend her birthday on a boat with a group of like minded teens.

Assembly and antics from the end of Term 2

July 29, 2022

An afternoon of activities and assembly was held on the last day of Term 2.

Harold and Pip Entertain

July 29, 2022

Once again the Life Education Bus has left a lasting impression on our ākonga with positive messages on health and wellbeing!

Our very own entrepreneur in action!

July 8, 2022

On Thursday 30th June, Yui Nakajima travelled to Wellington for a weekend of business which was held by the Young Enterprise…

Goldilocks and the 10 learners.

July 7, 2022

Room 1 had a surprise visit from Goldilocks this week.

Dinosaurs not extinct at TCAS!

July 7, 2022

This week sees various dinosaur projects on display. We had hoped to have them all ready for the Matariki night, but didn’t…

Library News - 1st July 2022

July 1, 2022

The Library is constantly accessioning new books for students, and this week we also bought two new games. A giant "Connect…

Room 3 use printmaking for stars.

July 1, 2022

Combining knowledge of printmaking and Matariki resulted in a public display for Room 3.

Celebrating Success at Assembly

June 30, 2022

On Tuesday TCAS was able to congratulate some staff and students on their recent successes.

Electric Win

June 30, 2022

On Tuesday 14th July, four students accompanied Mr Samson and went to Invercargill to attend the Southland Electrical Competition.

TCAS PE Hoodie orders

June 30, 2022

Last call for orders! Orders for a new optional TCAS PE hoodies will be placed on Monday morning so for any last-minute…

Top Team show tenacity

June 17, 2022

Term 2 Top Team competition saw TCAS battle against other schools in a quiz and Tapu Ae.

Pride Week promotes belonging

June 17, 2022

Celebrating Rainbow Week happened in a variety of ways at TCAS this week.

JTC visit brings promise of international students

June 10, 2022

A visit by JTC will hopefully be the start of international students being able to study at our school.

Country Coaching captivates

June 10, 2022

Coaches visit TCAS and bring wealth of expertise to share with students.

ERO visit for TCAS

June 10, 2022

The Education Review Office spent two days at TCAS this week in preparation for goal setting.

Seamless symmetry

June 10, 2022

Room 1 has been learning the basic shapes and how symmetry is all around us!

Fa’aāuāu le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai

June 3, 2022

Samoan Language Week has been a celebration enjoyed by all!

Winter sport roundup

June 3, 2022

An array of sporting opportunities have been happening this term and involving our ākonga (students).

Dinosaur Creations

June 3, 2022

Dinosaurs still exist in the Catlins, with the Art room becoming the perfect environment!

Origami Robins

May 27, 2022

Learning about flight takes on folding.

Toss the Boss

May 27, 2022

Students participate in fundraising and abseiling to support youth development.

Room 19 and Room 1 collaborate with success!

May 20, 2022

Spending time across different age groups in the school has some great rewards.

Area Schools Tournament 2022 in Twizel

May 20, 2022

Area Schools Tournament is always a highlight in the calendar for the senior school, and this year did not disappoint!

Up close and personal

May 20, 2022

Learners have been finding out how to write all about themselves.

Painting the Blue Dog

May 13, 2022

Room 3 have been recreating the Blue Dog in paintings this week.

National Area Schools Leadership Camp

May 13, 2022

Three students spent a portion of their holidays in Wainui to attend a leadership camp.

Blue Light New Zealand a great opportunity!

May 13, 2022

Last week, Hayden Gordon had the opportunity to go to the Blue Light New Zealand camp at Burnham military base and shares…

Measuring feet turns out to be an easy feat!

May 13, 2022

Combining estimation, measuring and ordering, junior classes turned attention to their feet.

Future Focused Learning day in Balclutha

May 13, 2022

Senior students were accompanied by Mr Bloxham to Balclutha, for a morning of learning and experience using Unreal Engine…

Sign Language Week in Room 2

May 13, 2022

Room 2 learning how your eye can be your ear and how your mouth can be your hands!

COVID-19 UPDATE - TERM 2, 2022

May 6, 2022

Updated information in regards to level settings and COVID at TCAS.

Continual learning for Miss Currall recognised

May 6, 2022

Miss Currall has continued her quest for learning and we celebrated her achievement together.

Wednesday Wellbeing was whimsical!

April 13, 2022

Room 3 and Room 19 combined together to have an action packed day.

Wellbeing day with cuisine, frisbee golf and games!

April 13, 2022

The Year 9 and 10 classes started off the week well with their wellbeing day!

Year 7 and their Future Focused Learning Day

April 13, 2022

Students were quick to take up how to use CoSpaces and you can even view their projects online too.

Visiting our local cultural amenities

April 12, 2022

Room 1 had the chance last week to visit our amazing cultural amenities in Owaka.

Junior wellbeing day a whole bag of fun

April 8, 2022

Rooms 1 and 2 had their wellbeing day on Wednesday and it involved just about every activity under the sun - except moon…

Monday Hockey at the Rec Centre

April 8, 2022

Eight students have been representing TCAS in hockey at the Rec Centre on Mondays.

TCAS debaters take on Otago Secondary Schools

April 8, 2022

TCAS debating team discuss and dispute their way to a development team.

Learner Lead Days in Room 19

April 8, 2022

During a Learner Lead Day, Year 5 and 6 engaged in learning a new programme that enables them to publish articles using…

Kapa Haka performs for Owaka's youngest residents

April 1, 2022

The Kapa Haka group has been performing for Little Hoiho.

TCAS cricket players have a blast!

April 1, 2022

Three junior students signed up to play cricket in Balclutha on a Tuesday. All have learnt new and valuable skills and had…

Landscape Artists in the making

March 25, 2022

Year 7 have been learning about how to create the perfect landscape painting!

Out with the old and in with the new!

March 25, 2022

TCAS students may notice that the library is looking quite different this week thanks to some great new furniture!

Narrative writing gets Room 3 thinking!

March 25, 2022

Students have been learning about what to include in a narrative story this week.

Prime day for Prime Lamb

March 25, 2022

The annual Home and School Prime Lamb Competition had to virtually take a different approach this year.

Students use carpentry to make seating for the school

March 18, 2022

Senior Students have been creating practical solutions to provide extra seating for all of the students at TCAS.

COVID-19 Information

March 18, 2022

Helpful resources and charts as we navigate COVID-19 in the community.

Room 3, Turangawaewae, Textures and Senses

March 18, 2022

Room 3 have been using the concept of Turangawaewae and how it connects each of them to the school environement.

Science Badges create a variety of learning

March 18, 2022

Year 9 and 10 have chosen different science badges and are now working on projects in that particular field in class time.

Creative ways for making patterns in maths

March 11, 2022

Room 1 have found and utilised organic materials and have displayed them in such a way to show patterns.

Ordering RAT tests online

March 11, 2022

Some helpful information on how to order RAT (Rapid Antigen Testing) Kits, as these are free under public health.

The process of Art

March 11, 2022

Room 19 have gone through a process in art, from drawing to sculpture and then from painting to photography!

Using the pool to practice

March 11, 2022

Room 2 have not only been using the pool to practice swimming, but also to learn and practise rescues!

Room 3 takes their learning sea-riously

March 11, 2022

Mrs Parker and Room 3 have been learning about some ways to protect our local marine life and habitats during Sea Week.

Secondary students turn trash into treasure

March 11, 2022

Senior students have been given the opportunity to engage in a large engineering project, by turning a defunct item into…

Years 9 & 10 get creative with playdough

March 4, 2022

Students have been getting creative using playdough in Science and Art this week.

Records, Results and House winner for Athletics Day 2022

March 4, 2022

Athletics Day 2022 changed into events spanning over a week. The final results are in and its great to see longstanding…

Useful information from the MOE

March 4, 2022

Latest information regarding when COVID-19 cases and contacts end their isolation.

Creativity in Room 2

March 4, 2022

Students get creative in learning about textures and Turangawaewae.

Celebrating Jade's success

March 4, 2022

AT TCAS we are celebrating Jade as she secures a Mātauranga Māori coastal sediment grant.

Farewell to Robyn

February 25, 2022

TCAS Staff say goodbye to Robyn Bamford who has been cleaning for almost four decades.

It's all about safety for Room 3

February 25, 2022

Students are getting creative while learning about the different types of safety.

TCAS Athletics Day 2022

February 24, 2022

The annual Athletics day was a huge success despite COVID restrictions.

New students begin their learning journey at TCAS

February 18, 2022

The roll at TCAS is continually expanding and we welcome 8 new students to the TCAS whānau.

NCEA information for 2022

February 18, 2022

Some helpful information for both students and whānau regarding NCEA.

Athletics practice for Room 3

February 18, 2022

Room 3 have been heading outdoors to perfect their long jump ahead of Athletics Day next week.

Surf Life Saving Success!

February 18, 2022

Four ocean loving students from TCAS recently represented Kākā Point in the Junior Surf Life Saving Championships in Christchurch.…

First Aid for Year 11

February 11, 2022

A First Aid course was held for Year 11 last week which resulted in every participating student gaining their first NCEA…

Room 3 learning about symmetry

February 4, 2022

Creating puzzles and learning about symmetry at the same time has been enjoyed by Room 3 and Mrs Parker.

Library Days for Term 1, 2022

February 9, 2022

The Library days for each class are detailed here. Please make sure you return your books on time, this is so that everyone…

Room 1 learns all about measurement

February 9, 2022

Room 1 have have been busy learning all about measurement this week with Mrs McDougall.

Hi-Vis Vests for students

February 4, 2022

Room 1 wearing their issued Hi-Vis vests earlier this week.

New Teachers at TCAS for 2022

February 3, 2022

In 2022 we welcome three new teaching staff members, Amanda Smith, Fiona Wilkinson and Billie McHardy.

TCAS produces published authors

February 3, 2022

Students collaborate to write and illustrate a book available for purchase.

Student Representatives for 2022

February 3, 2022

We are fortunate in 2022 to have four outstanding students, Dannielle Mason, Kate Jackson, Izzy Jenks and Margret Tyrell…

Sports News - 10th December 2021

December 9, 2021

Final sports wrap-up for 2021.

Merry Christmas from the Library

December 9, 2021

The Library has had another busy year with a record number of new books being accessioned!

Junior Prizegiving 2021

December 9, 2021

Year 1-10 students were celebrated at the Junior Prizegiving on Thursday 9th December.

Celebrating Mrs Mc Laughlin's Achievement

December 3, 2021

Celebrating the TCAS value of achievement this week with Fiona as she has become a fully registered teacher.

2021 School Photos Orders

December 1, 2021

Exciting news! Your school photo gallery has now been emailed to you.

Proposed driveway changes

December 1, 2021

We are currently consulting parents, caregivers and community members on proposed changes to the driveway for pick-up, drop-off…

Science Expo 2021

November 23, 2021

Over the past three days this week, students from Years 1-8 have been presenting their Science mahi this year at the TCAS…

TCAS Quadrathon

November 18, 2021

The last sporting event as a whole school for 2021 was held on Thursday morning. The TCAS Quadrathon was added late to the…

Term 4 Science at TCAS

November 19, 2021

This term Year 9/10 have been working on a forensic science unit. They have been practising their observation skills and…

TCAS Senior Prize Giving 2021

November 19, 2021

Senior students' achievements were celebrated today at the TCAS Senior Prize Giving for Year 11-13 students. We wish the…

Food Bank Mufti Day Success

December 3, 2021

On Thursday the Year 9 and 10 class held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to support our community food bank.

Gateway 2021

November 12, 2021

On Tuesday Gateway management presented senior students with a certificate of completion, a small gift and afternoon tea…

NZQA Exams 2021

November 11, 2021

The last day of school for Year 11-13 students is Friday the 19th of November with NZQA examinations to begin on Tuesday…

Room 3 Science Trip

November 11, 2021

Room 3 students went to the Kaka Point and Pounawea beaches over the last couple of weeks to investigate their Science topic…

More Art Boards completed

November 5, 2021

Senior Art - The Year 11 students have now finished off their art folios, with a lot of work going into them throughout the year. Students work with a variety of different materials to produce artworks. Here are 2 more folios that have been completed by Year 11 students.

Year 7-10 Food Technology Term 4

November 5, 2021

Students from Years 7-10 have started working in Food Technology now for the remainder of the term.

Country Coaching Term 4

November 5, 2021

Twice a year coaches from Dunedin travel to country schools within the Otago area for secondary students, introducing either a new sport to the students or upskilling existing sporting skills.

Owaka Halloween Party

October 29, 2021

Owaka Halloween Party!!! This Sunday, October 31st from 2-4pm, with covid restrictions, we have decided to have it outdoors.

Keeping Ourselves Safe 2021

October 28, 2021

From November 3rd until November 9th Constable Rochelle Gordon along with the primary classroom teachers will be running…

Senior Art

October 28, 2021

It has been a busy few weeks back at school since lockdown and again since the holidays.

Digital Technology Resources

October 21, 2021

This week the school received some cool Digital Technology resources for year 1-13 students from the new Digital Technology…

NZ Area Schools Music Camp

October 21, 2021

Amelie Apte recently attended the NZ Area School Association Inaugural Music Camp which culminated in a concert at Ao Tawhiti…

End of Term Activities

October 1, 2021

At the final assembly of term 3 the kapa haka students performed, TCAS badges were presented, and then there were fun games…

Room 2 Picasso

October 1, 2021

Room 2 have been learning about Picasso. Here are some portraits based on the artist's love of the Cubism style.

Room 3 Art

October 1, 2021

On Thursday Room 3 enjoyed doing some Art with Ms Darmody. They learned about the artist Andy Warhol and 'Endangered Species:…

Year 7-10 Soft Technology

September 30, 2021

It has been a flurry of activity in Soft Materials this term, as since returning from lockdown students have been working…

Spirit of Adventure

February 14, 2019

Logan Bird's voyage on The Spirit of Adventure - have a look at the video from his trip...

Pink Shirt Day 2021

May 17, 2021

Come to school in pink mufti for Pink Shirt Day on Friday, 28th May (a week later due to Area Schools Tournament), run on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and to raise awareness of bullying. Don't forget your gold coin donation!

Virtual Careers Expo

June 10, 2020

With so many careers fairs being cancelled or postponed this year, NZ's top providers have been brought together to give…

Alert Level 1 Information

September 21, 2020

On Tuesday, September 22nd, our region returns to COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

Home Learning TV

May 12, 2020

The Ministry of Education is partnering with TVNZ to deliver entertaining educational programming for our tamariki, including…

Life Education Bus

July 3, 2020

Pip, Harold and the Life Education bus are returning to The Catlins Area School in Term 3, commencing 29th July.

Keep It Real Online

June 11, 2020

While the internet is a great place for children and young people to learn and connect, it can also have downsides. Online…

Lucky Book Club Issue 1

February 2, 2021

Lucky Book Club Issue 1 for 2021 is now available. You can order online at https://bookclub.scholastic.co.nz/ or on the…

Summer Writing Challenge

December 12, 2019

Last year, we challenged students with Maths Games and other Maths related learning opportunities over the summer. The intention…

Year 1-13 Mentoring and Goal Setting

March 11, 2020

Book your Mentoring and Goal Setting Session now!

Postponement of Community Welcome Hangi

March 3, 2021

Due to the current Alert Level Two COVID-19 restrictions and the uncertainty of next week's level changes, we have made…

Early Years Seminar

February 17, 2020

The Catlins Area School is proud to present a collaboration with the Brainwave Trust, Wild Things and The Owaka District parenting Group - an Early Years Seminar. Come along to this free presentation on Wednesday 4th March, 7 pm at The Catlins Area School Hall.

Year 11 Microbiology Trip

July 1, 2019

Microbiology Trip to the University of Otago by Year 11 student Kyle Rate

Keeping Ourselves Safe - NZ Police

October 29, 2019

Every second year, NZ Police in partnership with the primary school teachers at The Catlins Area School present the Keeping…

Term 4 Policies for Review

October 29, 2019

The policies scheduled for review this term are EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) and Sun Protection.

Science - Thinking with Evidence

July 2, 2019

Are you interested to know about the improvements our students have made in their ongoing learning in Science?

Year 7/8 - Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust Planting Day

October 29, 2019

On Friday last week, the Year 7 and 8 students, Tim Samson and Emily Currall travelled to Long Point to help the Yellow…

Breakfast Club

June 3, 2021

We are in need of some parent helpers for our Breakfast Club, here at The Catlins Area School.

Yr7-10 Music Workshop

October 30, 2019

The Annual Music Workshop for Year 7-10 students was held on Tuesday at King’s Performing Arts Centre (Wind, Brass and Percussion)…

National Area Schools Tournament, Rotorua

July 16, 2019

The Year 13 boys attended the National Area Schools Tournament in Rotorua

Tinkering Day

July 16, 2019

We need your help for a Term 3 TCAS project!

Lateness

September 19, 2019

A reminder from the Principal

Leavers Assembly

October 31, 2019

Our Tuesday Assembly was completely run by our Year 13 Leavers.

Science Expo 2019

September 19, 2019

Who were the winners and how can you insert a skewer into a balloon without it popping???

Head Boy 2020

October 31, 2019

I am pleased to announce our Head Boy for 2020 as...

SADD

September 19, 2019

Students Against Dangerous Driving

Room 19 - All About Bats

October 31, 2019

Room 19 - All About Bats

Amped4Life

September 19, 2019

Pat Buckley from Amped4life visited our Year 10-13 students

Library News - 1st November 2019

October 31, 2019

Have a look at the new books available in the Library this month...

What's been happening in Room 2?

July 4, 2019

There have been lots of exciting things happening in Room 2 this week...

Two New Additions to the TCAS Family

November 1, 2019

Our warmest welcome to Piki-Rangipa Kohunui-Eketone and Tangaroa McClutchie who join rooms 2 and 3 respectively.

Sports News - 20th September 2019

September 20, 2019

Who's interested in Twilight Netball?

Uniform - Seniors (Yr9+)

July 4, 2019

A uniform reminder for our senior students from year 9 and above.

TCAS Van Costs

July 4, 2019

How much will it cost to ride in the TCAS van?

Library News - 22nd August

August 22, 2019

New games & 'Word of the Week'

AgriKids - 28th June 2019

July 5, 2019

Learning about crop feeding.

Friday Lunch Orders are back for 2020!

February 16, 2020

Anyone for sushi, curry or delicious toasties?

Sports News - 23rd August 2019

August 23, 2019

South Otago Cross Country, Netball & Touch

The Annual Owaka Litter Pick

July 7, 2019

Keeping Owaka clean and tidy with a school-wide event.

Science Fieldwork at The Marine Biology Centre in Portobello

July 7, 2019

The Yr13s attended a research field course at Portobello.

'Name our Van' Competition

July 24, 2019

And the winner is...

The Long-Tailed Bat and The Catlins

July 24, 2019

How is the Long-Tailed Bat and TCAS connected?

Plastic Free Tuesday

July 24, 2019

How much plastic is in your lunchbox?

Care Day

July 24, 2019

Working together, as a school, on our Care value.

Room 19's Student Teacher

July 25, 2019

Taking turns to be in charge!

RYDA

September 25, 2019

RYDA is a road safety programme available to senior students across New Zealand. Our Year 10-12 students attended the course…

SADD Week

September 25, 2019

SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving) Week has reached it's conclusion with lots of fun activities and lessons learned.

Gateway Presentations

September 25, 2019

Our senior students were presented with certificates and gifts following successful completion of their Gateway programme…

Inter-School Clay Bird Shooting

August 28, 2019

Inter-School Clay Bird Shooting at the Puketiro Gun Club

Samoan Cultural Day

August 28, 2019

Samoan Cultural Day

Borrow a Box

July 29, 2019

Borrow a Box to recycle and stop all that plastic waste!

Summer Sun Protection

September 24, 2020

In Terms 4 and 1, it is necessary to wear a hat when playing outside at interval and lunchtime. See details of where to…

Haiku Poetry

July 29, 2019

Room 3 has been writing some Winter Haiku poetry.

Term 4 Sport Fixtures

September 26, 2019

There's lots happening on the sports field in Term 4, keep up-to-date with date changes and cancellations on our Facebook…

Trail Ride

March 1, 2019

On Saturday, the Trail Ride went ahead, enjoying some great weather as the day progressed. Thank you to the organising team…

Room 19 - Picasso

July 29, 2019

Room 19 have been learning about Pablo Picasso.

Dairy NZ - Schools Collaboration

August 29, 2019

A great article about our students in this week's Clutha Leader

Year 5 and 6 Camp in Waihola

March 1, 2019

Our Year 5 and 6 students returned to school suitably exhausted on Wednesday afternoon, they have enjoyed an amazing Camp…

During the school day

March 1, 2019

During the school day: Content relates to school expectations around signing out of school and energy drinks.

Sports News - 30th August 2019

August 29, 2019

Golf, Touch, Tennis & Winter Sport

Sports News - 27th September 2019

September 27, 2019

Twilight Netball & Touch

Year 9 and 10 Camp

March 5, 2019

Year 9 and 10 Camp - Borland Lodge - February 2019

Human Energy Generator - Room 2

July 30, 2019

How much human energy does it take to light a light bulb?

Confidence Course

March 5, 2019

Confidence Course - The Peer Support Classes from Years 7-12 were ‘digging in’ to complete our Confidence Course this week.…

Junior Toitū Trip

September 2, 2019

Rooms 1, 2, 3 & 19 enjoyed their trip to Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Elgregoe Visits TCAS

August 1, 2019

A magic show with a difference!

Clued-Up Kids

August 1, 2019

An afternoon of learning with fun activities in Balclutha.

Enviroschools Hui

September 3, 2019

Several of our students attended the Enviroschools Hui at Clutha Valley School

Furnware - Room 16-19 Upgrade

August 2, 2019

There are some exciting changes on the way...

Perceptual Motor Programme

August 2, 2019

Room 2 were introduced to our new PMP Programme.

Krazy Maze!

August 2, 2019

The Junior school is getting 'Krazy'!

Sports News - 2nd August 2019

August 2, 2019

Netball, Hockey, Cross Country, Indoor Cricket, Touch Turbo & TCAS Sports Hoodies

Home & School - a plan from Amelia and Yui!

August 7, 2019

Reviewing the school lunchtime sports needs!

Manuka House Technology Challenge

August 7, 2019

Can you create a paper plane to fly the length of the gym?

Snow Day

August 7, 2019

A day of snowmen and cheese toasties!

Sports News - 9th August 2019

August 9, 2019

Hockey, Netball & more

Logan meets the PM

September 6, 2019

The Class Act presentation in Dunedin

Simple Machines in Room 2

August 9, 2019

Have a look at what Room 2 have been building...

Art and Games Night 2019

September 6, 2019

Fun, food & laughter...

SISS Football and Rugby

September 6, 2019

TCAS at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournaments

Sports News - 6th September 2019

September 6, 2019

Golf, School photos, Touch & South Island Tournament

South Otago Schools Music Festival 2019

June 20, 2019

Congratulations to all the students involved in the amazing Music Festival!

Year 9 English Films

September 6, 2019

Two-minute Silent Movies

Room 2 - Learning About Time

September 6, 2019

How does time work?

Supporters Morning Tea

June 20, 2019

Celebrating the supporters of The Catlins Area School!

Education Perfect Maths Championship 2019

August 13, 2019

How well did our TCAS Mathletes do this year?

TCAS Cross Country

August 14, 2019

Strength, courage and endurance at the TCAS Cross Country!

Pointillism - Room 3

August 15, 2019

Room 3 has learned how to use pointillism.

Sports News - 16th August 2019

August 15, 2019

Cross Country, Netball, Hoodies & Touch.

Tony Tourell Golf Tournament

September 10, 2019

Year 7+ try their luck on the golf course...

Otago University visits TCAS

August 16, 2019

Room 3, 19 & Year 7/8 learn about measuring forces!

Senior Year 9-13 Exams

August 16, 2019

It's almost that time of the year!

Mrs Longmore granted ACET status

October 15, 2019

We are proud to announce that during the holidays Mrs Longmore heard from TeachNZ that she has been granted ACET status,…

In Memory of Tracy Blanchard

October 15, 2019

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Tracy Blanchard. Tracy brought light into our school with her…

Year 7/8 Agriculture

August 21, 2019

The Year 7/8s are learning about aquaculture.

Attitude Programmes for Schools

August 21, 2019

Equipping our young people with life skills.

Class Act 2019

August 21, 2019

Congratulations to Logan Bird.

New Student

October 16, 2019

Our warmest welcome to William Perrin who joined Room 1 this week as a new entrant. We are looking forward to sharing in…

Mini EcoSystems

August 21, 2019

Room 19 have put plastic drink bottles to good use!

Chain Reaction Machine House Competition

September 12, 2019

And the winning House was...

Room 19 - Healthy Eating

June 25, 2019

What is the difference between 'everyday' and 'occasional' foods?

Art and Games Night

August 21, 2019

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dairy NZ Collaboration

June 25, 2019

The Catlins Area School collaboration with Dairy NZ.

Room 3 - Advertising

October 17, 2019

Last term Room 3 were learning about the language of advertising and the techniques used by advertisers to promote a product.

Family Zone

August 22, 2019

Read more about our collaboration with Family Zone

Sports News - 13th September 2019

September 13, 2019

Get2Go, Golf & Touch

ERO Report Release

October 18, 2019

Please follow the links to read a letter to the community from the Board of Trustees regarding our recent ERO report, and…

The TCAS bus has arrived!

June 27, 2019

A new arrival at The Catlins Area School!

Anne Frank Exhibition

October 18, 2019

Year 9-11 travelled to Dunedin to view the Anne Frank 'Let Me Be Myself' Exhibition.

Sports News - 18th October 2019

October 18, 2019

Touch, Sports Extravaganza & Twilight Netball

Student Representative on the Board of Trustees 2020

October 23, 2019

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of Robbie Jackson to the role of Student Representative on the…

Measles and NCEA External Exams

October 25, 2019

The following information has been provided by NZQA in relation to the upcoming NCEA External Examinations and students…

Bowls - Senior Physical Education

October 25, 2019

The Senior Physical Education class gave Bowls a go this week with the help of the Owaka Bowling Club.

Knucklebones, Magic Tricks & Scavenger Hunts

May 27, 2020

To help build relationships and settle back into school routines post ‘lockdown’, Mr Bloxham and Mrs Bopp have been planning…

Health Consultation 2020

May 28, 2020

Please read through the draft health plan for 2020 - 2022, and then complete the survey attached. Your opinions are valuable so that we can meet the needs of our students and community.

School Donations Survey 2020

May 28, 2020

A 2019 Government Budget initiative allowed Decile 1-7 state and state-integrated Boards of Trustees to choose to receive a $150 per student, per year payment instead of seeking donations from parents.

Student Centre

February 4, 2020

During the summer we've been making some improvements to our student services - have a look at the pictures of our new Student…

The Catlins Bat Project Video

May 28, 2020

Lauren Grant has spent time creating a media product in the 'community education' genre for her NCEA Level 2 Media Studies…

Rooms 16-19

February 5, 2020

During the course of 2019, future Room 19 and Y7 students had the opportunity to help plan their new classrooms. They were…

Senior Geography River Trip

March 9, 2020

Thursday 5th March saw the Senior Geography students brave the icy Mac Lennan river to gather data for their Geography Research…

TCAS in the News 28/5/2020

May 28, 2020

With the transition from Alert Level 3 to 2, The Catlins Area School made today's edition of the Clutha Leader with Mika…

Year 10 Camp to Twizel

March 10, 2020

Read about Charlotte Pitts' experience on the Year 10 camp...

Share Your Experiences

April 11, 2020

As we work our way through Term 2, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences of the lockdown so far...that's students, parents & teachers...

How to talk about Social Media

July 22, 2020

Social media is a great thing to talk about with our kids, especially as they approach the age where they might be wanting their own online profile. And once they are active on social media, we absolutely need to keep talking about it!

Sports News - 1st November 2019

November 1, 2019

Sports Extravaganza, Police Competency Test, Quadrathon & Beach Ed Day...

Year 13 Graduation Dinner

November 5, 2019

The sun set on a fabulous day in Kaka Point while we celebrated the achievements of our Year 13 Graduates.

100% Attendance Mayoral Morning Tea

November 5, 2019

Many of the school community may know that I sit on the regional school attendance group, Rock On. I have a special interest…

School Docs Policy Review - Term 2, 2022

February 7, 2020

All Parents and Caregivers are invited to view and provide any feedback on The Catlins Area School policies under review…

You've Got This - I Believe in You

February 7, 2020

A day in the life of a child is a rollercoaster of emotions. The highs and lows of survival can have them utterly overwhelmed…

William's Summertime Journal

February 3, 2020

Congratulations to William Perrin, the first student to display their summertime journal!

Korban and the bees

May 6, 2020

Korban has been learning all about beekeeping during the Lockdown period. Read what he has to say about it...

Lava Challenge

May 6, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, our new PE & Health teacher, Mrs Cairns, challenged the TCAS students to make a 'Hot Lava' video.

Taking Teaching Online

May 7, 2020

On Wednesday 6th May, a number of our teachers joined 900 other educators across New Zealand to participate in a Webinar…

Supporting Local

May 7, 2020

Supporting local business is now one of the most important things we can do as a community and as a nation. COVID-19 has…

Junior Disco

June 25, 2020

As part of their Integrated Studies programme Year 10 undertook to plan and run the Junior Disco...

School Parking Options

August 13, 2020

Thank you to everyone patiently waiting for feedback on parking whilst we await our driveway resurfacing. Seeking clarity was made even more urgent by the news we have moved back into Alert Level 2 and can no longer have non-essential visitors to the school.

Level 2 Information

May 7, 2020

Please complete our online survey before the government’s announcement on Monday 11th May.

TCAS Way Team

February 12, 2020

Introducing our TCAS Way Team!

Sports News - 24th July 2020

July 23, 2020

Cross Country, Netball, Area Schools Tournament and TCAS Hoodies...

TCAS Cross Country 2020

July 6, 2020

Read about the 2020 instalment of the TCAS Cross Country...

Property Update from The Board of Trustees

July 24, 2020

Please read for an update regarding our ongoing work to the school property, including the driveway, gym and boiler...

The Libby App

April 11, 2020

Borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library for FREE!

Road Safety Signage in Owaka

May 8, 2020

Just as you pass the entrance to the Rugby Club, on the way out of Owaka, you’ll notice a new road safety sign.

Switch on Safety

April 14, 2020

N4L (Network for Learning) have launched a free safety filter to help keep children safe online while learning from home.

Sports News - 26th June 2020

June 26, 2020

Winter Sports, Cross Country, Netball and Hockey...

Talanoa Ako digital app

June 6, 2020

The digital app for Pacific families includes key information about education in 10 Pacific languages and English.

Prizegiving 2019

November 9, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our Prizegiving at the Owaka Community Hall on Wednesday night. It is always a pleasure…

Prime Lamb Competition

March 26, 2020

We had another successful Prime Lamb Competition with 56 lambs entered this year, even though the Covid-19 outbreak stopped…

John's Trip to Japan

February 13, 2020

John Waters-Wilkinson's trip to Japan last year was an amazing experience and something he will never forget. Read what…

Year 5-7 Camp Columba

March 13, 2020

Our Year 5-7s had a great time, once again, at Camp Columba. Read what Austin, Bella & Poppy thought of their experiences...

Face Masks

August 16, 2020

At The Catlins Area School, families may choose for their child to wear a face mask during the school day or on school transport.…

TCAS in the News 11/6/2020

June 11, 2020

The Catlins Area School has made the pages of the Clutha Leader several times over the past couple of weeks...

Science in Room 1 & 2

November 11, 2019

This term, our science topic is Weather. Room 1 and 2 completed an activity called 'Disappearing Pictures'; they had to…

Mihi Whakatau

February 13, 2020

Our Mihi Whakatau had been delayed by the weather last week, but we were proud to welcome our new staff, students and their…

Our School's Video

August 17, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the making of our video, not least Hayden from Blacklabel Photography. The…

Food and Nutrition at School

June 9, 2020

Since returning to school, teachers have noticed a number of items appearing in lunchboxes that don’t meet the required nutrition standards for students at school.

Completion of Hall Renovations

November 11, 2019

It has taken quite a while, but now it is ready!

TCAS Way Badges

June 9, 2020

Congratulations to Amelie Apte, Zoe Senior and Cooper Cleland, each have received Bronze TCAS Way badges since the return…

Sports Extravaganza

November 12, 2019

Sports Extravaganza

School Struggles: What should parents do?

March 18, 2021

It happens from time to time that a child starts coming home from school with unfavourable reports on their day. They may…

PCT Challenge

November 12, 2019

On Friday, November 8th a group of prospective police officers travelled to Balclutha to participate in the annual PCT (Police…

Overdue Library Books

June 9, 2020

Now that things are getting back to normal, Mrs McPhee would really appreciate parents and students having a look around the house to find any overdue school library books.

Year 8/9 House to House

March 19, 2020

The Year 8/9 students are running full steam ahead in their quest to raise money for the Ronald McDonald 'House to House'…

9 Alternatives to Yelling

November 12, 2019

We are including regular articles about Wellbeing that will cover a variety of topics. This week's topic is '9 Alternatives…

Sports News - 20th March 2020

March 20, 2020

Clutha Triathlon, Cancellations & Facebook group...

Board of Trustees Community Consultation

June 10, 2020

This consultation relates to the school's strategic direction for the next Charter.

Room 2 - Making Sunglasses

February 14, 2020

The Room 2 students have been making sunglasses in Art with Ms Darmody. They hoped it would encourage the sun to shine after…

Love These Covers

August 19, 2020

The Catlins Area School is proud to announce our collaboration with 'Love These Covers'.

Exclamation Marks and Full Stops!

February 17, 2020

Room 2 has been looking closely at punctuation in their reading and writing this term. They have been learning how to correctly…

Caught Reading

March 20, 2020

The library has been a busy place this term with, The Year of the Rat, Dinosaurs, puzzles, jigsaws, and lots and lots of…

Student Attendance Policy

June 10, 2020

The Board of Trustees have recently updated the Student Attendance Policy with particular interest in holidays during term…

Sticks 'n' Stones

November 13, 2019

In a collaboration with Tokomairiro High School, South Otago High School and Queen’s High School, our Year 9-11 students…

Schedule for New Zealand Education

November 13, 2019

On the same day as Prizegiving, I travelled to Invercargill in order to attend an information workshop with the Ministry…

Science Roadshow

November 13, 2019

The Year 7-9 students visited the Science Roadshow on Wednesday, 13th November at South Otago High School. The Roadshow…

Year 11/12 Stewart Island Dayskipper Certificate Course & Voyage

February 18, 2020

An opportunity for Year 11/12 students not to be missed...

Room 3 - Self Portraits

February 24, 2020

Room 3 have been busy learning about the proportions of the human face, by looking closely at their own faces instead of…

Midwinter Christmas Mufti-Day

August 19, 2020

Last week's Midwinter Christmas Mufti-Day organised by our Year 10 students was a great success.

Setting Goals with your Kids

February 20, 2020

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of reaching a goal...

World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2019

This week's Mufti-day, held to raise money for Diabetes New Zealand, was a grand success. Students and staff were encouraged…

Toys at School - from The Board of Trustees

November 14, 2019

During the course of this term, many hours of teachers' time have been lost to resolving problems relating to toys from…

Sports News - 21st February 2020

February 21, 2020

Papatowai Challenge, Netball & Hockey...

Drink Bottles at School

August 20, 2020

A reminder about drink bottles at school during Alert Level 2...

Library News - 14th November 2019

November 14, 2019

As usual, there's been plenty happening in the Library this week. From learning about bats to being creative with blocks...

TCAS Students in the News

August 20, 2020

Our Senior students are representing The Catlins Area School in the Clutha Leader this week with their Kaitiakitanga Owaka…

Sports News - 15th November 2019

November 15, 2019

Beach Day, Quadrathon, Sports Extravaganza, Top Team & PCT Challenge...

End of Term 2 Assembly

July 3, 2020

Congratulations to all the students who have been awarded TCAS way acknowledgements during the Term 1 and 2 period - over…

Anashae's Homework Challenge

June 11, 2020

As part of a homework challenge Anashae Logie prepared and conducted a science experiment to make Snow Fluff, using cornflour…

Year 7 & Room 19 Collaboration

June 11, 2020

Mr Bloxham's Year 7 students have collaborated with Room 19 in an About Me project...

Year 10 Speeches

June 11, 2020

The Year 10 Integrated Studies class has been working on a unit 'Deliver an Oral Presentation using a wide range of oral…

Class Act

June 12, 2020

The Catlins Area School has been asked to consider nominations for The ODT Class Act Scholarship. Nominations are made by…

Term 2 2020 Policy Review

May 13, 2020

The Board are reviewing the following Policies in Term 2, 2020

Construction Work at School

May 13, 2020

We're pleased to let you know that our re-roofing construction project has started in Alert Level 3. Most buildings in the…

Room 3's Lockdown Activities

May 13, 2020

With thanks to Ms McLaughlin, you can now see (and hear) what the Room 3 students have been doing during Lockdown...

Claes Oldenburg and the Year 8/9s

May 13, 2020

The Year 8/9 art class have been learning about Swedish born, American sculpture artist Claes Oldenburg. They were given…

Sports News - 15th May 2020

May 15, 2020

Welcome/Farewell, Back to School & Netball

Senior Citizens Lunch

November 21, 2019

Yesterday, Room 3 hosted the Owaka Senior Citizens Lunch as their Student Volunteer Army Project for 2019.

Cyber Safety

September 7, 2020

We live in a digital age where people, including children, communicate using a range of digital devices. As our children…

Summertime Journal Challenge

February 25, 2020

We're proud to announce the winners of the Summertime Journal Challenge - William Perrin (Room 1), Zoe Senior (Room 19)…

TCAS in the News

November 26, 2019

The Catlins Area School students have made headlines in the Clutha Leader for numerous reasons over the past couple of weeks,…

Big River Raft Race 2020

February 26, 2020

The annual Big River Raft Race was again entered by a TCAS team, this time it was the Year 10s. Read about Casey Osborne's…

Community Hangi

November 26, 2019

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our annual Community Hangi a success, we had a great evening. The ‘prep…

ALiM

November 26, 2019

A special thank you from the school to Emma Longmore and Taylor Pennell. Both teachers have been working throughout the…

Rooms 16-19 Re-design

November 26, 2019

Our junior students have been working tirelessly with Furnware to re-design the Room 16-19 learning spaces for our Year…

Year 8/9 Scientific Drawings

February 28, 2020

The Year 8/9 and the Year 11/12 class have been learning how to draw scientific drawings from what they see through microscopes.

Set up of classes for 2020

November 26, 2019

As our roll continues to stabilise/grow, we continue to innovate when catering to all of our students, keeping individual…

How to Help Your Child Rest

November 26, 2019

This week's article on Wellbeing covers 'How to Help Your Child Rest' including 'What does a child striving look like?'…

The Great Catlins Area School Library Book Hunt

November 26, 2019

'The Great Catlins Area School Library Book Hunt' is underway and we need your help...

Entertainment Book Fundraiser 2020

March 2, 2020

The TCAS Home & School committee will be selling the Entertainment Book as a fundraiser again in 2020.

Room 1 and Jack & the Beanstalk

August 4, 2020

Room One has been learning about plants this term. We had an exciting arrival when Jack from 'Jack and the Beanstalk' left…

Mr Yipadee vists TCAS

November 27, 2019

The Catlins Area School had the pleasure of hosting Mr Yipadee on Wednesday, November 27th in our newly renovated school…

A parent’s guide to TikTok

August 4, 2020

If your child has been significantly more ‘dancy’ recently, then it probably has something to do with TikTok.

Quadrathon

November 28, 2019

The 2019 Quadrathon was held on Tuesday at Waiwera South School with 36 TACS students competing, either in teams or as individuals.…

Road Safety Billboard Competition

November 28, 2019

NZ Police and Clutha District Council recently held a competition to design a road safety billboard. Lead by our SADD (Students…

The Kaimanawa Muster

November 28, 2019

This week we'd like to share a piece of writing by Ruby Watt of Room 3...

Sports News - 29th November 2019

November 29, 2019

Touch, Top Team and Beach Day...

Introducing Mrs Cairns

April 22, 2020

Say hello to our new Guidance Counsellor and teacher of P.E. & Health, Mrs Cairns...

What have you been doing during Lockdown?

April 22, 2020

We've seen lots of great photos from the lockdown. Take a look at a few we have selected...

School Ski Trip

August 5, 2020

As a few people have been asking about a ski trip this year, we have been in contact with Cardrona and have pencilled in…

The Catlins Bat Project

March 4, 2020

Lauren Grant has been honing her journalistic skills, working on a collaborative project with The Catlins Bat Project.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

April 23, 2020

We're going on a bear hunt! We're gonna catch a big one. What a beautiful day. I'm not scared!

Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure

August 5, 2020

In Term 4, Room 3, 19 & Year 7 are participating in the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure that runs for 6 weeks.

Senior Exams Year 10-13

August 28, 2020

School exams will be held from the 16th to 18th September. We have explained how important it is that students do their…

Lockdown Wellbeing

April 14, 2020

It is even more important to look after ourselves and each other during the lockdown period, here are some links to support…

Year 10 Writing

April 23, 2020

Although their camp to Twizel probably seems like a distant memory with everything that has happened since, the Year 10s…

Year 7 Haiku Poems

April 23, 2020

The Year 7 class was tasked with writing and filming a haiku poem with the theme being 'Lockdown'...

Social Story for Young Students and those with Special Needs

April 23, 2020

Thank you to our Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour, Christine Cutler. She has shared a Social Story Document from…

Athletics Day 2020

February 24, 2020

The results from our TCAS athletics day had sixteen students selected to attend South Otago Primary Schools Athletics in…

Room 19's Lockdown Slideshows

April 24, 2020

The Room 19 students have been busy during the lockdown, take a look at their slideshows!

Online Library Blog

August 5, 2020

Go to the library blog to browse our whole catalogue of over 8000 books!!!

Sports News - 6th March 2020

March 5, 2020

Papatowai Challenge, Athletics Day, SOPSSA, Netball and more...

BakeHouse Lunches

May 20, 2020

Hooray! Hot lunch Thursday courtesy of The BakeHouse!

Kaitiakitanga Owaka

August 6, 2020

After a few weeks back at school post-lockdown, the normal rhythm and flow of the days returned, sports slowly began returning,…

Stay at home if you're sick!

August 6, 2020

A reminder that we are still at Alert Level 1 and staying at home if you’re sick is still the best thing you can do to stop…

Sports News - 7th August 2020

August 7, 2020

Netball, TCAS Sports Hoodies, Touch, Hockey and School Photos...

Room 3 - Bat Camp

December 3, 2019

Room 3 attended Bat Camp on 28th November at Tawanui. The students had a wonderful time in the outdoors and enjoyed learning…

Internet Safety Advice for Parents

April 12, 2020

Advice from the Ministry of Education regarding how to keep safe online during the lockdown period.

Year 10/11 Sea Kayaking

December 4, 2019

Last Monday, Year 10 and 11 students who take PE were given an amazing opportunity to go Sea Kayaking at Nugget Point. This…

Pet Day 2019

December 5, 2019

A very big thank you to all the kids and parents who put such an awesome effort in getting their pets and creative creations…

Mrs Bloxham's Retirement

December 5, 2019

After 32 years behind the front desk of The Catlins Area School, Carol Bloxham is retiring this week with a heavy heart,…

Year 9 & Eratosthenes

December 8, 2019

Throughout November, the Year 9 Science class have been participating in a Big Science trial. This was organised through…

Room 2's Lockdown Activites

April 29, 2020

Platforms such as Seesaw and Google Classroom have come to the forefront during this lockdown period. With their ability…

Santa Parade 2019

December 9, 2019

Well done to all the Room 3 & Senior students who were involved in last weekend's Christmas Parade. in Balclutha.

Year 7/8 Camp

December 9, 2019

On Monday, 2nd December the Year 7/8 class, Miss Currall, Mr Samson, Ms Watkins and a group of parents set off on camp.…

Lucky Book Club

March 10, 2020

We will no longer be providing paper/printed versions of the Lucky Book Club, this is once again reducing our paper wastage…

Lucky Book Club Issue 5

July 19, 2020

Issue 5 of Lucky Book Club for 2020 is now available. Order online at www.scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club or through the Book Club Loop app...

Policy Review - Term 3 2020

July 20, 2020

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 3, 2020...

Uniform 2020

December 11, 2019

Our updated uniform remains a hit, most of the items seem to have a lot better 'wear' than previous versions, and our students are looking smart. We've received a lot of compliments on the new look!

Junior Beach Day

December 11, 2019

The Junior School enjoyed a day of beach games and fun at Kaka Point yesterday.

Education Perfect English Championship 2020

March 11, 2020

Students from The Catlins Area School have been competing against 3,280 participating schools across 21 countries in the…

Understanding NCEA

July 20, 2020

Our Year 10 students have begun the process of learning about NCEA. On Monday, they attended a brief seminar with Mrs Staniford…

Uniform Committee Meeting 24/3/2020

March 12, 2020

Click the link to read the minutes from the Uniform Committee Meeting on 24th March 2020...

Family Reset

December 12, 2019

This week's article on Wellbeing covers 'Family Reset', What do we do when things just aren’t going that well?

Library News - 12th December 2019

December 12, 2019

For the last couple of weeks, we have been composing poetry in the library at lunchtimes using magnetic words on a metal board.

Year 7-11 Beach Day

December 12, 2019

Yesterday the majority of Year 7-11 students had the awesome opportunity to participate in either Surfing at Curio Bay or…

Storytime with Mrs Parker

May 1, 2020

During the lockdown, our very own Mrs Parker (and sidekick Harriet) has been keeping our spirits high with a daily story...

Sports News - 12th December 2019

December 12, 2019

Beach Day and Happy Holidays...

ANZAC Day 2020

May 1, 2020

ANZAC Day 2020 was an ANZAC Day like no other before it. There were no dawn services or parades or memorials. The slogan…

Attendance Data Collection

May 26, 2020

The Ministry of Education have asked schools to inform their communities that, from the 29th of May attendance data will…

Students at Work in Alert Level 3

May 1, 2020

The move to Alert Level 3 allowed the return to school of any students under 14 who cannot be supervised at home.

Lockdown Legends

May 27, 2020

On Friday last week, our Year 8-13 Lockdown Legends were invited to a physically distanced, outdoor assembly to be presented…

Room 2 Autumn Leaf Art

May 27, 2020

Room 2 felt inspired when Mrs Patterson showed them the leaf art she had found online and we thought they would give it…

Life Education Bus 2021

August 12, 2021

On Tuesday and Wednesday Harold and the Life Education Bus came to The Catlins Area School to visit the Year 1-6 students.

Junior Assembly - 11th August

August 12, 2021

On Wednesday 11th August, Room 3 hosted TCAS junior assembly. They delighted the audience with their presentation of the…

New books in the Library

August 12, 2021

Here are some great new books that are new in the TCAS library.

Library News

August 20, 2021

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is booked in for the week of September 13th (see flyer attached).

Junior Syndicate Digi Technology

September 16, 2021

On Tuesday the Junior syndicate classes got together to do some Digital Technology.

Room 1 Digi Technology

August 12, 2021

On Tuesday Mrs McDougall had a great afternoon with Lachlan Cairns, Evie McCall, Harriet Parker and Carter Shute at the…

Smokefree Law Change - Vaping

November 13, 2020

The laws in New Zealand around vaping have changed. From 11 November 2020 vaping is prohibited at all times in schools, kura kaupapa, kōhanga reo and early childhood centres (including their grounds and buildings). We will be updating our school signage to reflect this change before the end of the term.

Baking with Room 1

November 13, 2020

A couple of Fridays ago, the seniors baked biscuits and then invited Room One to decorate! They showed awesome Care, our…

Catlins House Tour

May 20, 2021

On Sunday, May 16th the TCAS Home and School held the Catlins House Tour fundraiser. It was an exceptional day and we would…

Library Stocktake

November 13, 2020

The school library will be closed for its annual stocktake shortly, so please could all parents/students make sure library books are returned as soon as possible next week.

Classes for 2021

December 4, 2020

Please find information and a chart showing the general set up of classes for 2021.

Junior School Learning

February 17, 2021

From learning to tell the time in Room 1 to Athletics Day practice in Room 3, there has been plenty of great Junior School…

Sports News - 6th August

August 3, 2021

Gymnastics, Netball, Touch and TCAS Junior Olympics

Update from the Board of Trustees

November 13, 2020

As you will be aware, we are in the process of finding a new Principal. The board has employed Cleave Hay to perform the role of facilitator to guide us through this process. Cleave is vastly experienced working with boards and schools and comes highly recommended.

Outdoor Classroom Day

May 21, 2021

Students from The Catlins Area School took part in Outdoor Classroom Day on 20 May 2021, which is part of a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. Research tells us that learning in nature is good for our wellbeing & health, keeps tamariki active, increases attention & academic outcomes and improves social skills.

South Otago Swimming

March 19, 2021

On Wednesday evening, four TCAS swimmers attended the South Otago Swimming competition - Austin and Astrid Morrison, Kaiyo…

Soup and Scone Wednesday

June 4, 2021

Wednesday 23rd June soup flavour is Chicken Noodle, orders to be placed by Tuesday.

South West Otago Triathlon

March 19, 2021

Fifteen enthusiastic Year 5-8 students competed at the South West Otago Triathlon in Balclutha on Tuesday with fantastic…

School Holidays are Here!

April 16, 2021

From everyone here at The Catlins Area School, have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed to start Term 2 on Monday, 3rd May!

Barista Course

March 3, 2021

Are you interested in completing a Barista Course?

STAR Barista Course

April 30, 2021

Cappuccino, Flat White or maybe just Espresso? TCAS students spent two days during the school holidays learning, making…

Area School Tournament 2021

May 21, 2021

The 2021 Area School Tournament was held in Roxburgh from May 19-21.

Sports News - 19th March 2021

March 19, 2021

TCAS Sports Hoodies, South Otago Swimming, TCAS Swimming Sports and more...

Cooking with Room 2 and 3

April 14, 2021

Room 2 and 3 students have been in the kitchen this week baking some delicious chocolate muffins.

Dunedin Tertiary Open Days

May 21, 2021

The Dunedin Tertiary Open Days are being held on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th (this weekend). It's a great time for you to…

Year 9/10 Art Masks

June 15, 2021

Art Masks - This term students have been researching and designing Cultural Masks.

Special Visitor in Junior School

September 17, 2021

On Thursday the Junior school had a very special visitor

Term One in the Art Department

April 14, 2021

Term One has been a busy time in the Art Department. From Dioramas to Whistling Frogs to Self Portraits, there's been a…

Sports News

June 15, 2021

Otago Secondary School Netball, Senior Basketball, Hockey, TCAS Cross Country

Last Day of Term 2

June 24, 2020

From 12-3 pm on the last day of term we will enjoy house led activities...

Sports News - 9th July 2021

July 6, 2021

Sports News - 9th July 2021

Mrs Staniford received a gift today!

June 24, 2020

Thank you to Isla Berney, Laniah Shute, Indi Hartvigsen and Jaxon Young from Room 3 for their handcrafted book.

Room 2 Seaweek Dioramas

March 19, 2021

Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea. Last week, Room 2 students celebrated the sea and everything…

Room 19 Mathletes

June 24, 2020

Here is a group of tenacious Mathletics pupils who’ve arrived really hard to build up their Mathletics points...

Learning About Angles

June 24, 2020

The Junior classes have been learning all about angles this week...

World Diabetes Day 2020

November 13, 2020

This week's Mufti-day, held to raise money for Diabetes New Zealand, was an awesome success. Students and staff were encouraged…

TCAS Students talk about Te Paataka Owaka

February 18, 2021

Senior students Lauren Grant, Casey Osborne and Korban Craigie talk to My Little Local Clutha about what makes Te Paataka…

How to talk about: Not being invited

June 24, 2020

The pain of not being invited to a party, not making the team, not being cast in the play – ouch, these are tough realities…

Health Plan 2020-2022

June 24, 2020

Thank you for your feedback relating to our Health Plan Development for 2020-2022, here is a link to the confirmed plan...

Road Safety Truck

February 18, 2021

The Road Safety Truck will be coming to Owaka on Wednesday 3rd March. This will give some of our students the chance to…

Food Bank Mufti Day

June 24, 2020

Thank you to all our contributors to the Food Bank Mufti Day on Wednesday.

Investigating our Students' Writing

June 24, 2020

Since late 2019, we've been on a mission to improve the structure strand of our students' writing.

Athletics Day 2021

March 4, 2021

Despite the cooler conditions and some scattered showers we successfully got through another Athletics Day at The Catlins…

Elgregoe Visit

August 5, 2021

We had a great visit from Elgregoe the Magician on Wednesday afternoon.

Cross Country Motocross Champ

July 9, 2021

Blake Affleck is the 2021 South Island Junior Cross Country Champion for motocross.

H&S Prime Lamb Competition

March 12, 2021

The 2021 Prime Lamb Competition was held on Wednesday afternoon. We were very fortunate to have 65 lambs donated and three…

Uniform Socks on Sale

March 4, 2021

The Warehouse in Balclutha is having a sale of TCAS school uniform socks - navy with the two gold bars at the top. They…

Otago University Virtual Open Day

July 6, 2021

The University of Otago is hosting a Virtual Open Day on Thursday 29 July from 3:30 to 7:30 pm – we would love it if you…

Education Perfect Maths Championship 2020

September 16, 2020

The World Series Education Perfect Maths Championship 2020 was held from 1st September to 8th September where 39 students…

The Catlins Seedling Company

September 16, 2020

The Year 10 students have formed The Catlins Seedling Company, as part of their Economics unit.

Ms Darmody's Exhibition

February 11, 2021

Ms Darmody, The Catlins Area School's talented art teacher, has along with her partner Caley, opened an art exhibition in…

Sports News - 30th July 2021

July 28, 2021

Details on Gymnastics, Netball, Touch and much more.

Sports News - 5th March 2021

March 5, 2021

Papatowai Challenge, Athletics Day & Swimming Sports...

Board of Trustees Student Representative

October 14, 2020

The Board of Trustees at The Catlins Area School is proud to announce their new Student Representative on the Board as Katelyn…

Year 9-10 Stream Study

April 15, 2021

The focus of the year 9-10 science programme for the second half of this term has been on water, and specifically water…

Term 4 2020 Policy Review

October 14, 2020

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 4, 2020...

Book Fair and Library News

September 18, 2020

The Scholastic Book Fair has been in full flow this week. Students have been filling in their Wishlists to take home while…

Kahurangi Māori Cultural Performance Group

October 14, 2020

On Monday of next week, we have the pleasure of hosting Kahurangi, a Māori Cultural Performance Group. All students will…

Sports News - 16th April 2021

April 16, 2021

Swimming, Triathlon, Netball & Football...

Scarf Design Competition

October 14, 2020

Thank you to everyone who voted for our scarf designs. Students in Years 1-6 were able to place their votes manually at…

Junior Assembly with Room 19

April 15, 2021

Room 19 hosted this week's Junior Assembly, which was held in the Library. Tom, Eddie and Cooper took the reins to make…

New Zealand ShakeOut

October 15, 2020

The Catlins Area School staff and students participated in this week's New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill…

Lauren's Outward Bound Adventure

October 15, 2020

Read about Year 12 student Lauren Grant's Outward Bound adventure during the school holidays...

New Boiler

April 15, 2021

The Catlins Area School's new boiler was hoisted into place this week. It's been a long, slow process, but our patience…

Netball - End of Season

August 6, 2021

2021 Netball Season

Year 7 Comics

March 5, 2021

Year 7 students have started the year learning about Michel Mulipola and how his dream was to be the first Samoan to draw…

No one wants to see that: Supporting kids exposed to undesirable content

September 18, 2020

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to manage and support our kids when they use social media or apps, they see things we…

Sports News - 18th September 2020

September 18, 2020

Netball, Yr 9/10 Tournament, Golf and Touch...

Home & School Meeting Minutes

March 5, 2021

The minutes from last week's Home and School meeting are available here...

Shannon at the QRC Experience

October 16, 2020

Read about Year 13 student Shannon Gordon's experience at QRC, the Tourism & Hospitality college in Queenstown during the…

Social skills and the Online Teenager

February 19, 2021

2020 was a year of immense challenge and difficulty. But it was also a year of extraordinary resilience and creative problem-solving.…

Lost Property

September 18, 2020

Unfortunately, the lost property pile is not getting any smaller! There are a number of unnamed uniform items and non-uniform items, lunch boxes, jackets and sun hats, some of these items being here for two terms.

Library News - 5th March 2021

March 5, 2021

Chinese Dragon, Morgan on Gateway and Library Class Times...

Plastic Free Thursday

March 29, 2021

On Thursday as part of their science topic 'Litter', Room 3 students went around to each class to collect the litter from…

Tummy Bug

September 18, 2020

We have recently had students absent from school or leaving school complaining of upset tummies. If your child has been vomiting or has been unwell please wait for at least 24 hours after symptoms cease before your child returns to school.

Gateway Week

March 5, 2021

From Kaka Point, Kaitangata, Balclutha and locally, thirteen of our Senior students have put their employment skills and…

Digital Art

March 29, 2021

Over the last two weeks, students from The Catlins Area School have had the opportunity to attend Learner Led Days, Focus:…

Home and School Calendar Fundraiser

October 19, 2020

Complete the order form to purchase calendars and other products featuring your child's artwork...

Year 5-6 Health Project

March 5, 2021

Focus for the first few weeks in our Health lessons has been on Wellbeing. So the pupils have been making a poster with…

Camp Memories

March 29, 2021

Year 9/10 students have been writing creative pieces about their camp memories, read Amelia and Erika's here...

TCAS Service Awards

August 6, 2021

At Tuesday's whole school assembly Margaret Tyrell, Amelie Apte and Hayden Gordon were presented with TCAS Service badges…

Clued Up Kids 2021

July 29, 2021

On Wednesday 28th July the Year 6s together with Mrs Parker and Mr Nathan Wilson attended the Clued Up Kids event in Balclutha.

Room 19 & the Bunsen Burners

February 19, 2021

As part of Room 19 students' Science curriculum this term, they have been learning all about Bunsen burners.

Scholastic Book Fair 2021

September 23, 2021

Today marks the end of another very successful Scholastic Book Fair!

TCAS welcome Molly and Willow

September 23, 2021

Molly Powell and Willow Smith joined the TCAS family recently as new entrants in Room 1 with Mrs McDougall. We hope you…

National Area School Tournament

July 29, 2021

During the middle weekend of the school holidays, Amelia Morrison and Bronte Williams attended the National Area Schools…

2021 Kiwi Competitions

March 15, 2021

The University of Canterbury is offering students in Years 5-10 the opportunity to participate in the KIWI English, Mathematics…

Room 3 Museum Visit

June 23, 2021

On Friday 18th June, Room 3 visited the Owaka museum with Ms Mc Laughlin and Mrs Mc Phee.

Students' Kōrero - 2nd July

July 1, 2021

Students' Kōrero for 2nd July comes to you from TCAS Blue netball players.

Junior Science

June 23, 2021

Every Tuesday Room 3 and Room 19 come together to do Science with the help of Miss Currall.

TCAS Cross Country 2021

July 1, 2021

Despite a cold snap blasting through the country at the beginning of the week leading to postponing TCAS Cross Country on…

Name the Grader

June 16, 2021

The Southroads 'Name Our Grader' pulled up in The Catlins Area School driveway on Wednesday morning to give junior students…

Matariki and Zones Evening

June 23, 2021

On the evening of Wednesday 7th July, TCAS is holding a Matariki celebration from 5pm.

Easter Holiday

April 1, 2021

From the staff and students at TCAS, we wish you all a Happy Easter (however you celebrate it) and hope you have a good break. The Catlins Area School is closed from tomorrow (Good Friday) and will re-open at its normal time on Wednesday 7th April.

TCAS Year 9-13 Exams

September 23, 2021

The Catlins Area School exams for Year 9-13 students are scheduled for October 20th - 22nd.

Digital Technology

June 17, 2021

Recently four students from primary classrooms attended a Digital Technology Workshop and are excited to bring back to their…

Make Our Birds Count

June 23, 2021

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey takes place between 26 June and 4 July 2021. It’s a fantastic reason to spend time outdoors,…

PCT Challenge 2021

July 29, 2021

On Thursday 8th July 20 Year 7-8 students chose to take part in the Annual Police Competency Simulation Test at the Cross…

Home and Schools Funding Application

July 29, 2021

Home and Schools Funding Application information

Gateway Assembly

October 29, 2020

Earlier in the year before Covid-19, our senior students had the experience of Gateway. They all had some fantastic opportunities…

TCAS Gym floor replacement

September 10, 2021

The gym floor has been newly renovated and we are very excited about it!

Tikanga Maori Day

October 29, 2020

On October 20th, a select group of our Kapa Haka Roopu undertook training in Tikanga Maori via Massey University. They have…

Students' Kōrero - 25th June

June 23, 2021

Introducing a new segment where we will publish articles written by students in their own words. This week features recently…

Junior Syndicate after Lockdown

September 10, 2021

The Junior Whanau classes settled back into school yesterday after we were suddenly placed into lockdown over three weeks…

Kahurangi Performance and Workshop

October 29, 2020

Our fantastic Kahurangi 'Peoples of the Pacific' Performance was enjoyed by all on Monday 19th October - with thanks to…

Pink Shirt Day 2020

October 29, 2020

Such a great Pink Shirt Day Aotearoa at The Catlins Area School! Our 2 week focus on tuakana-teina relationships joined…

Nathan Wallis Visit

February 2, 2021

When planning how well-being can continue to be a priority within The Catlins Area School community we wanted to engage…

Room 19 Art - Conservation Week

September 10, 2021

As it is Conservation Week, Room 19 did some Nature Journaling for their Art lesson this week. We collected leaves, flowers,…

Shave for a Cure

March 30, 2021

The Year 11 boys, led by Hayden Gordon, are raising money for people living with blood cancer. They plan to shave their…

Sports News - 10th September 2021

September 10, 2021

Term 4 Touch and Hockey/Basketball updates

Room 19 Submission to the Board of Trustees

October 29, 2020

In our October meeting, we received a number of letters from Room 19 regarding the playground options for our middle school…

Term 1 2021 Policy Review

February 2, 2021

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 1, 2021...

Queen's Birthday Holiday

June 4, 2021

A reminder that Monday, 7th June is the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday, meaning that school will be closed. Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you all on Tuesday!

Sports News - 2nd July 2021

July 1, 2021

Looking for some activities to do during the holiday or would like to know more about Term 3 sport opportunities?

School Bus

June 10, 2021

Ways to inform the school if your child is not travelling home on the school bus.

Senior Syndicate after Lockdown

September 10, 2021

During Lockdown Year 7 & 8 students worked on poetry for Integrated Studies and students created some fantastic Limerick…

Building Work at School

January 29, 2021

Work on the gym is progressing and should be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Why teenage sleep is so important for mental health

June 4, 2021

Teenagers can sometimes struggle to get out of bed in the morning – but ensuring they get enough sleep could be vital for…

SPCA Fundraiser

October 30, 2020

Mrs Bopp is organising a SPCA fundraiser for Thursday, 5th November. This will take the form of salad and filled rolls for lunch at $3 each. Filling options will be vegetarian, chicken and beef.

Trees for Schools

September 10, 2021

Trees for Schools - Today we received a gift of native trees from Trees for Schools as a reward for the paper recycling…

Dunedin Orchestra Workshop

October 30, 2020

On Wednesday, Mr Samson accompanied our young musicians to the Dunedin Orchestra Workshop for students around the region.

Junior Assembly 9th June

June 10, 2021

Junior Assembly was hosted by Room 3 this week. They delighted the audience with their presentation of the cha cha dance that introduces body coordination and helps students distinguish their right from their left.

Firearms Policy

June 17, 2021

The board of trustees are in the process of implementing a firearms policy.

2021 Cross Country

June 10, 2021

TCAS Cross Country to be held Wednesday 30th June on farmland opposite the Owaka Rugby Grounds.

Swap Shop Wearable Arts

June 24, 2021

The Swap Shop are turning ten in July 2021, when the Swap Shop opened, we had a wearable arts competition (sadly we can’t…

Shark Spy

June 17, 2021

On Thursday, Year 9/10 Science students were fortunate to have Rob Lewis from the University of Otago visit to educate them…

New Faces at TCAS

February 3, 2021

We welcome some new faces to the TCAS family!

Senior Blazers

February 3, 2021

Last year, the Uniform Committee met and consulted the community on Blazers and Ties. It was decided that both items would…

The Litter Intelligence Program

May 18, 2021

On Monday 17th May, Room 3 and Room 19 were fortunate to participate in the first day of a program called The Litter Intelligence…

2020 Yearbook

November 24, 2020

The Catlins Area School 2020 Yearbook is now available!

How to talk about: The Christmas List

November 24, 2020

Giving our kids gifts can be delightful. It can also be expensive and even fraught with disappointment. A few good chats…

Easter in the Library

March 31, 2021

So far this month in the Library, our themes have been Autumn and Easter. The students have also been busy with lunchtime…

Catlins' Bats on the Map

May 19, 2021

Did you learn about bats? Did you take home a bat detector to check out land around where you live? Did you discover bat…

Junior Assembly - June 9th

June 3, 2021

Junior Assembly will be on Wednesday afternoon next week at 2.30 in the School Hall, where Room 3 will be hosting.

Be Bright, Eat Right

November 26, 2020

The Catlins Area School was delighted to host the 'Be Bright, Eat Right' Magic Show. Junior students, plus Year 7, enjoyed…

Fiona Wilkinson - Sports Activator

June 3, 2021

The Catlins Area School's former PE teacher, Fiona Wilkinson has recently started a new job as the South West Otago Sports…

Term 2 2021 Policy Review

May 19, 2021

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the following Policies in Term 2, 2021...

Matariki Evening

July 8, 2021

On Wednesday 6th July TCAS hosted a Matariki evening. Students started the evening by playing games in the gym while parents…

Year 8/9 Halloween Project

November 26, 2020

In integrated studies this term the year 8 and 9 students studied “Halloween”. They were required to complete research about the original celebration with the Celts in the 1400s and how it progressed throughout the centuries to become what it has today. The students worked in groups and completed research about this celebration for each century.

Head Students 2021

November 9, 2020

Announcing our Head Students for 2021...

Litter, Poems and Certificates

April 1, 2021

Room 3 hosted this week's Junior assembly. Students shared a presentation on Litter to the rest of the Junior School, a…

Room 1's Trip to the Owaka Museum

November 27, 2020

On Tuesday Room 1 walked down to visit the Owaka Museum and library. Mrs McPhee organised the visit and on our arrival,…

Year 7 Vision Screening

March 2, 2021

The Vision Hearing Technicians from the Population Health team, Southern District Health will be visiting The Catlins Area…

Get 2 Go Challenge 2021

September 14, 2021

On Wednesday the 15th of September Year 9-10 students Blake Affleck, Jethro Melville, Braydee Osborne, Alex Napier, Amelia…

Waiwera South Quadrathon

November 27, 2020

On Tuesday, a group of Year 4-8 students went to Waiwera South for the annual Quadrathon. It was a great day with plenty…

Year 8-10 Camp at Borland Lodge

March 17, 2021

The first week of March was an exciting week for Year 8-10 students. We headed off to camp at Borland Lodge in Fiordland,…

A Catlins Welcome

March 17, 2021

On Tuesday 9th March we held a mihi Whakatau, which is a traditional Māori welcome. This is our way to welcome new students…

Save the Date

June 11, 2021

On the last week of Term 2 Wednesday 7th July, TCAS will be hosting a Matariki Celebration Evening. Keep an eye out for…

Room 19 Museum Trip

March 15, 2021

Room 19 visited the Owaka Museum last week to learn about pioneering in The Catlins.

Report an Absence

June 11, 2021

Reminder on how to report a student absence at The Catlins Area School.

Anzac Day 2021

April 26, 2021

After spending Anzac Day in lockdown during 2020, we were able to remember and commemorate together during this year's event.

Southland Primary Athletics

April 1, 2021

Eddie Crawford and Anashae Logie both attended the Southland Primary Athletics as part of the South Otago Team last Saturday.…

Good lines for great communication

April 26, 2021

Sometimes it’s hard to know just the right thing to say when confronted with a tough parenting moment. It’s no wonder we…

Mrs Staniford's Twizel Pōwhiri

February 5, 2021

On Wednesday 1st February, Ten students, Mrs Cairns and Mr Samson travelled to Twizel to support Mrs Staniford in the mihi…

Sport and Cultural Photos

September 3, 2020

Sports & Cultural photos are now available to view and buy.

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust vists TCAS

May 4, 2021

At the end of last term, Room 19 continued their learning about Yellow-Eyed Penguins, with Sarah Irvine from the Yellow-eyed…

Room 19 Science Investigation

June 4, 2021

Room 19 students have been working on a science investigation about a place around the school that is special to them.

Prizegiving Trophies

September 3, 2020

In preparation for this year's TCAS Prizegiving ceremony, can any student who was awarded a trophy last year, please return…

Sports News - 4th September 2020

September 4, 2020

Claybird Shooting, Netball, Touch, Golf & Hockey...

Sports News - 21st May 2021

May 21, 2021

Area Schools Tournament and Rippa Rugby...

Year 10s and the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust

September 4, 2020

Yesterday, the Year 10 students, accompanied by Ms Darmody and Miss Currall, assisted the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust to plant…

Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015

June 19, 2020

It was our pleasure, yet again, to host Constable Gordon from NZ Police. She is a wonderful educator and an asset to our…

Students' Kōrero - 9th July

July 8, 2021

Itinerant Music - TCAS have two itinerant Music Teachers who come weekly to teach interested students a range of musical…

Enviroschools Hui at Waihola

November 12, 2020

Six students from years 4-8 Jaxon Young, Anna Jansson, Harry Walker, Austin Morrison, Amelia Morrison and Blake Affleck…

COVID-19 Testing in Balclutha

September 4, 2020

Clutha District residents are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. Clutha Health First, Tokomairiro Waiora, Clutha District Council, WellSouth primary health network and Southern DHB are providing COVID-19 swabbing at a one-day ‘pop-up’ surveillance testing site.

Science Roadshow in Gore

November 12, 2020

Last week the Year 7-9 students were fortunate to be able to attend the Science Roadshow in Gore, thanks to STAR funding.

Room 2 Host Junior Assembly

March 18, 2021

This week it was Room 2's turn to host the junior assembly. We sang some fun songs and shared some of our recent work.

Prizegiving 2020

November 12, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our Prizegiving at the Owaka Community Hall on Tuesday night. It is always a pleasure…

Room 2 and Rubbish

February 5, 2021

This term for science, Room 2 students will be looking at all things rubbish! So far the children have discussed and shared…

Samoan Art

June 4, 2021

This week is Samoan Language Week and students have been looking at Samoan artist Fatu Feu'u, doing their own printmaking…

Soft Materials Technology

August 19, 2021

Years 7-10 are working in Soft Materials Technology this term.