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Messages from Anita

Whānau and learners are warmly invited to a hui at Ao Tawhiti to hear about our exciting Climate Action Campus that is being developed through Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery. This campus will be a satellite school that all our learners will be able to access to support learning around how to address climate change. This […]

Coming soon… PINs

As ever, there has been an incredible array of workshop offers from parents, LAs and ākonga too. The descriptors and the form for selection will be posted on Thursday, in time for you to enjoy the long weekend perusing workshops. The form this time will give students 3 choices, and we are confident we will […]

Year 7-13 students….Term 2 Classes

Check out the available classes for Term 2! Please spend some time browsing through the descriptors and then let your HBLA know what you’re planning on doing in Term 2. It’s always a good idea to have a couple of options for each colour block. We always try to get everyone their first choice, […]

PINs plea

Thanks to those of you who came to the ‘How-to-PINs’ workshop this afternoon, or who got in touch to say you couldn’t make it this time. Offers are looking interesting so far. There is poetry and creative writing, disc golf, a walk and a soak in some pools, bead and jewellery making, programming, NCEA study […]


A reminder of the ‘How to PINs’ workshop happening at school at 5.30 tomorrow. So far 3 lovely parents have RSVP’d. Please let Niki know if you’re coming so she can find the appropriate-sized space for the workshop. The PINs form will close on Wednesday, so far there are very few offers on the form. […]

Term 1 PINs

It is that time already! This term, PINs will be a full day held on Thursday 15 April, the last day of term before IEMs. For those of you new to us, PINs stands for Passions, Interests and Needs, and is an opportunity for our whole school community to be involved in our kura. Anyone […]

Frank Film

Last week I was contacted by Jessy from Frank Film with the following request: Frank Film are making a short documentary on families living in central Christchurch; specifically those with children who have moved into the Central City for the lifestyle opportunities it offers them. We thought that Ao Tawhiti might have some whānau who live […]

Lunchtime Clubs

A huge thanks to David Hattam for running a ‘Magic the Gathering’ lunchtime club for some of our rangatahi. Magic the Gathering will run on Monday lunchtimes on level one. Interested parties must register via this form or by talking to Niki, so we can keep an eye on numbers. We have a few students […]

Message of Reassurance

Kia ora koutou Hello We have had the following communication from the Ministry of Education regarding the series of earthquakes in the North Island this morning. The current advice is that our school does not need to close. Civil Defence has advised that everyone stays off the beaches and away from shore areas because of […]

Lunchtime Clubs

Calling all students, LAs, Learning Support Staff and Parents!We would LOVE to get some Lunchtime Clubs off the ground this year at Ao Tawhiti.Some ideas for clubs that students have already said they’d like to see happening are: Environment Photography Calligraphy/ drawing/ arts & crafts/ painting Theatre Sports for juniors & seniors/ Glee!/ music/ choir […]