Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 3

Newsletter 21 May 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to Week 3 of the term. Today we had a sea of pink at school as we celebrated Pink Shirt Day and Bully Free NZ.

Like all schools, we are constantly working to ensure our students are not exposed to bullying, and if they are, they have the skills they need to seek help and help stop bullying.

The first step we do at school is identifying what bullying is. Often young children will confuse any kind of disagreement or conflict with another child as bullying. A one-off occurrence is not usually bullying, but instead is a natural part of developing social awareness and the skills our students need to work effectively with others.

When the behaviour is targeted and sustained, it can become bullying. The poster below is a great tool to explain this to our students.

As well as teaching our students, what bullying is, we also teach our students what to do if they experience or witness bullying. This is an ongoing focus for us as we work to ensure our school is a safe and happy place for everyone.

Have a great weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

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Whānau and School Update

Cheese Rolls Fundraiser - WOW what wonderful support we have received in terms of orders from our school community...Thank you!

Now, we just need some more helpers to make these cheese rolls.

HELPERS NEEDED - Many hands make light please get in touch and let us know what day suits you best for making cheese rolls on Saturday 29th May or Sunday 30th May. Either email or text Sara on 02102372282.

Next Meeting - All welcome for the next Whānau and School Meeting on Thursday 27 May 2021 at 7pm in the staffroom.

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Sports News

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Thanks to Allan Thomson (pictured above) for helping the year 7/8 children learn the new rules for Rippa rugby

The annual rippa rugby tournament is on Tuesday. Good luck to all children who are competing.

Room 1 enjoyed watching the snow fall on Tuesday. We had great discussions about what it looks like and feels like. It was very exciting.

Room 2

After last week’s writing based around the senses, Room 2 were hoping to head out on another adventure to write about, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side. Instead the autumn leaves came inside the classroom and we had a lot of fun touching, rustling and smelling the leaves before thinking of some amazing words to describe them. Check out all our leaves in the picture below!

We have also been developing our thinking skills by directing a mouse around a maze, which involved a lot of logical thinking, testing and revising to help our mouse reach a block of cheese.

Room 3

Zayden, Lily, Zavier and Florrie have been working hard with Rebecca on their fine motor skills. Twice a week they go upstairs and challenge themselves with new activities. They are practising using their scissor and gluing skills.

Room 5

Room 6 has been working cooperatively on their instructional writing task this week.

Room 12

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Our Year 8 students have spent the last fortnight working on a 'mixed media' piece of art about ANZAC. They have created: poppies, handwritten poems, shadow soldiers and combined them all to depict aspects of information about our ANZAC troops. Each piece is unique!

Congratulations to everyone who received an award at last week's assembly. Recipients are below with the reason they received their award! Well done everyone!

Room 1

  • Braxton Butcher - growing in confidence. We love having you share news and participate in class discussions!

Room 2

  • Jacob Hore - Jacob is always polite and respectful in class. He is a great role model, especially at mat time in Room 2.

  • Portia Stoop - Portia is a learning machine! She is shooting ahead in her reading and challenges herself to do her best in writing and maths.

Room 3

  • BJ Leaana - Working hard and giving everything a go no matter how difficult it is.

  • Zayden Young - being a great friend and looking out for others by making sure they are o.k.

Room 5

  • Lilyana Rolton - showing perseverance in her learning and her tukutuku stitching.

  • Jaxon Young - taking charge of his own learning and knowing the next step.

  • Dhruv Escovar - following instructions and taking charge of his own learning.

Room 6

  • Nate Latta - taking responsibility in the class and helping out.

  • Te Rawhiti Benington - showing consideration to others and working hard in math.

Room 12

  • Beth Dalley - stepping up and being a leader for our classrooms waiata.

  • Jeffrey Sonio - being a caring, respectful and kind member of Room 12.

Room 11

  • Ruby Smith - showing a high level of leadership and responsibility around the school.

  • Brylee McElrea - her mature and capable ability to manage her own learning.

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Rahi Escovar - Thursday 21 May 2021

Next week's events of note:

24 May 2021 - NZ Playhouse Visiting BPS

25 May 2021 - Rippa Tournament

27 May 2021 -7pm, Whanau and Schools May Meeting (School Staffroom)

28 May 2021 - Assembly (Room 5) - Everyone welcome at 2.30pm in our school hall

Bank Accounts

  • School Saveloys, sport fees and all camp fundraising - 02 0900 0000 452 00
  • Whānau and School, fundraising, school uniforms (2nd hand and new) -
  • 03 1734 0006449 00