Extra Curricular

Beginner and advanced ukelele groups with Mrs Sweney

Junior Choir – For Year 1 to Year 6 students in one lunch hour during the week.

Junior and Senior Guitar – one lunch hour during the week

George and the DragonSchool Production – Each alternate year the school presents a school production; a large senior production alternating with a concert style show. Years 7 to 13 need to commit out of school time for rehearsals. Year 1-6 students also participate with their own variety of performances.

New Zealand Area Schools Leadership Course – This event is run on a biennial basis and is open to students in Years 11 and 12.

Spirit of Adventure – The school receives at least one place for each gender annually.


SPORTS PROGRAM Junior Snow Club

Skiing- The school runs a ski programme. All students have the opportunity to ski a minimum of three times a year and receive instruction. The junior and senior Snow Club members ski weekly during the season (conditions permitting). A ski/snowboard team is also run where there is the opportunity to compete in the Aoraki Championships and gain selection to the South Island Secondary Schools. Twizel students have competed sucessfully nationally and internationally.

Southern Area Schools Tournament – A three day sporting tournament comprising of the six southern area schools. Students are selected to represent Twizel Area School in numerous sports including rugby, soccer, netball, basketball, aerobics, and volleyball.

New Zealand Area Schools Tournament – Students have the opportunity to compete for a week against Area Schools all around New Zealand. Selection is based on Southern Area Schools Tournament performance. High level coaching is available during this week. The competition venue alternates annually between North and South Islands.


Athletics/Cross Country – Based on the results of Twizel Athletics Day students are selected to go to Country High School athletics. Depending on performance, students can then advance to Mid South Canterbury Championships and the South Island Championships.Swimming – Potentially four competitions each year: Twizel Swim Sports, Country High School Championships, Mid South Canterbury Championships and then South Island Championships.Netball – Teams are run at both Senior and Junior level. Years 9 and 10 compete annually in Christchurch over a week. Senior Girls team competes yearly at the South Island Championships. There is also a social netball league students often participate in, run in Twizel on Saturday mornings.Basketball – Mini ball through to representative basketball is available.

The school runs two senior teams, one boys and one girls. These play in the Twizel League against adult teams. Opportunities to represent the region if selected are available. The competition runs for approximately 12 weeks.

Gymnastics/Dance – Gymnastics Club is available to all students. Students are able to compete in regional competitions based in Timaru and receive coaching in gym.


OUTDOOR EDUCATIONHuxley Lodge
The school has an extensive programme and has its own lodge at Huxley.

Y0-6 classes organise an exciting, graduated programme, which includes opportunities for ice skating and skiing in the winter, and a number of other opportunities in the summer, such as camps, bush walks, visits to the sea.

Y7-10 experience one week camps at the start of the year, based at Huxley Lodge.

At the end of the year there is Outdoor Education Week focusing on personal and group challenges.

Yr 11 – 13 PE has a strong outdoor activity focus.

Kayaking with junior studentsDuring the year there are also opportunities for students to take part in various activities outside normal school hours including kayaking and rock climbing.

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