Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 4

Newsletter 28 May 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Kia Ora e te whānau and welcome to Week 4.

It has been a very busy week with many wonderful things to celebrate.

I was very proud of the performance of our Cultural Group at the South Otago cultural festival held last Sunday. Our senior students stepped up and were wonderful leaders for both the waiata and the haka. A huge thank you to Miss Robins and Mrs Anderson for all the work they did to help the group prepare for this performance.

On Tuesday we had 5 teams from BPS participate in the South Otago rippa tournament. Congratulations to everyone who participated. I heard lots of stories of students encouraging each other and wonderful fair play being demonstrated on the field. It is wonderful to hear of our school values of responsibility, respect, integrity and empathy being demonstrated at these events.

This week I have been fortunate enough to attend a principals conference in New Plymouth. As well as learning lots of new ideas to help to continue to grow our school, I was also able to share many of the great things that are happening here at BPS.

This weekend, the Whānau and School will be busy making a LOT of cheese rolls. Money from this fundraiser will go towards our new playground surface. We will be working in the school hall on both Saturday and Sunday. All our parents are very welcome to come along and help.

Have a great weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Behavioural Issues

As many of you may be aware, we have had a couple of unacceptable behaviour incidents over the last couple of weeks.

These only involve a very small group of our students and the staff are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Thank you to the parents who have raised their concerns, and thank you for your understanding and patience as we follow through our procedures.

Fortunately most of our students have a great experience at school every day. We are doing our best to ensure that Balclutha Primary School is a safe and happy place for all our students every day.

Fuel for Schools Programme

If you are a South Fuels customer we would appreciate it if you could consider nominating Balclutha School as part of the "Fuel for Schools" Programme.

Once a participating school reaches their $1,000 target / goal they can redeem from the 40 plus technology and sports packages on offer. It’s just that simple. The more people involved and nominating a school the sooner they will be rewarded.

Thank you very much to all the families who already have nominated us! Your support is greatly appreciated.

Whānau and School Update

We had our meeting last night, many thanks to everyone for your positive and can-do attitude. I'm sure lots of laughs will be held over the weekend!

Cheese Rolls Pick Up Info:

Important Reminder: that the cheese rolls are to be picked up on Sunday from the BPS school hall from 11am. It is really important they are picked up before 5pm on Sunday as Oscar will be in the hall from 6.00am Monday and we cannot guarantee the safety of the cheese rolls (or the storage temperature). Bring a box or sturdy bags to carry your cheese rolls away.

If anyone in our school community has some free time over Saturday and Sunday please feel free to pop in and help us out.

Notice for Helpers making Cheese Rolls

· Cheese Roll making is in the school hall

· Bring your favourite spreading knife (named)

· Bring a plastic chopping board (also named)

· Bring a water bottle and snacks if you want to

· Potentially on feet for a long period of time so wear comfortable clothing and footwear

· Best to leave children at home if possible, especially young ones. Older children might be able to help out as runners

· Food preparation rules, such as:

o Long hair tied up

o Gloves and hair nets will be supplied for everyone (we will all look ridiculous together)

o Good hand hygiene

o Don’t come if you are sick – cold/flu/upset tummy etc (or have been sick in past 48 hours)

This is the first time the WAS has attempted cheese rolls on such a large scale. We are hoping things will run smoothly, but please be patient if there are any hiccups.

Looking forward to having you all there.

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


BPS 2021 Ski Trip

Save the Date! 11th - 14th of September - Cardrona Ski Trip

We are excited to be offering a ski trip for our school families again this year. So, save the date!

Our ski trip will be from the 11th to the 14th of September. You can choose to attend as many of these days as you wish. We organise the skiing but not the accommodation or travel to Wanaka. We can, however help with getting some families up and down the mountain.

We will provide more information towards the end of the term. Please let us know numbers and ages of possible participants and the dates you were intending on coming along.

Email or contact the school office (4190103 or ) with this information if you are interested in joining us.

Katie Moodie

Deputy Principal/SENCO

Balclutha Primary School

027 495 9096

Highlanders Coming to Balclutha...

Some of the Highlanders Rugby players will be visiting Farmlands Balclutha on the 11th of June from 3.15pm. Pop along to join them for a sausage sizzle, a chat and a photo with the players.

Sports News

On Tuesday we had the annual rippa rugby tournament. Thanks to the coaches and parents who supported the children during the day. Special mention to year 8 students - Nala, Penny, Ruby S, Maddi B and Olivia for coaching the junior teams.

Room 1 have been developing their scissor skills. They created their own potato heads! They all look fantastic!

Big picture

Check out Room 2's 'Dog Day' writing below. They did the writing as part of their 'Dog' themed day on Thursday.

Big picture

Room 3

Lily and Florrie are checking out the frosty webs. The weather lately has created some interesting features around school.

Room 5 - How many drops fit on a 2 cent coin? 30+ !

Room 5 - Bubble fun and measure. Biggest was 38cm

Room 6 busily practising their line dancing to be revealed later this term...

Room 12

Room 11

The last week has been busy in Room 11 ... Rippa rugby (playing and coaching), PALs training (Physical Activity Leaders), buddy writing with Room 3 as well as our daily reading, writing and maths. Oh, and a bit of fun with some taskmaster activities!

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Brendan Burgess - 24 May
  • Zoe Ludemann - 30 May
  • Malakai Beck - 30 May

Please use our Calendar below to keep up with what is happening at BPS. Events are being added all the time!

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