Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 3

Newsletter 19th February 2021


Kia Ora e te whānau,

Welcome to week 3 of the term. I hope you are all enjoying our new look newsletter.

This has certainly been an unsettled week as we moved up to Alert Level 2 on Monday, then back to Alert Level 1 on Thursday. A huge thank you to everyone in our school community for being so vigilant with the sign in procedures for Level 2. Even though we are now back in Level 1, we would still appreciate parents signing in when they come on site.

Rest assured that we do have plans in place to ensure a smooth transition from school to home learning should there be a change of alert levels any time in the future.

Next Monday we will be holding our Balclutha Primary School athletics. It would be wonderful to see parents and caregivers join us on Monday to support all our athletes. A timetable for the day and more information is later in the newsletter. Feel free to come along in your child's house colours to join in the fun and friendly competition.

A reminder that our PTA has it's first meeting next week. This is a wonderful proactive group who do a lot to support the teaching and learning at our school. This is a great opportunity to meet some other parents and help support our school.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing some of you on Monday at our athletics day.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave


This week, several local businesses and families have shown Balclutha Primary School some remarkable support.

Thank you to SouthRoads in Balclutha who have kindly supported us with getting the grounds ready for our Athletics Day on Monday. Greatly appreciated!

Thank you to The Balclutha Warehouse who gave us 30+ full size scrabble games to share around the school. Awesome!

And thank you to Lyndon Cross Contracting Ltd, Creighton Sandblasting Otago and MV Motors - who have nominated Balclutha School to receive $$$$'s through the South Fuels, Fuel For Schools programme. So far we have received $537.69! FANTASTIC SUPPORT!!!

Religious Education

If you haven't already returned the RE permission slip to the school office please send to school on Monday if you would like your children to be involved in the RE programme this year.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 PREFECTS! (Pictured below left to right; Mathafasue Mikaele Tanuvasa, Rashuan Melvin, Madison McElrea, Olivia Ludemann, Bella Paterson, Jade Maber)

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Truck Road Safety Visit to Balclutha

Clutha District Council road safety coordinator, Rachel Harrison, has organised the Truck Road Safety Roadshow to visit the Clutha District.

The New Zealand Trucking Association is a non for profit organisation and has members throughout New Zealand. Members are companies that own and run trucks up, down and around New Zealand. They are very passionate about road safety. With the Industry’s help they have managed to get sponsorship for over $1,000,000 to put the truck and trailer on the road with one view and that is to save lives.

Our whole programme is to raise awareness and give the students, parents, teachers and the community a real life experience that they normally would not get. Learning some hot tips on how to share the road safely with big trucks and also experience what a driver can and can’t see. It’s a fun engaging program and your students will get some resource to take away and home so that they become our teachers. Our main points are;

  • Trucks are big and heavy and take a long time to stop
  • Trucks have blind zones
  • Trucks needs space to turn and stop quickly

For more information on their Open Night see the flyer on the left or visit or their Facebook page.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

Keeping Ourselves Safe

During week 4 (next week) and 5 of this term our learners will be working through the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme with Constable Gordon.

There is a short video for parents below that explains the programme and what it involves. If you have any questions, please contact Constable Gordon or the school.

KOS Programme v1

BPS Sport Uniform Tops

Stirling Sports have PE Polo top - sizes 4 - 16 @ $26ea, S - 5XL $27 in stock.

(They come with "Balclutha" printed on to of back as well.)

P.T.A. Update

Balclutha Primary School PTA are doing a Foodwrap and Kitchen Consumables Fundraiser! It would be great if we as the school community could get out and about and sell some of these. Another order form has been sent home with each family today. Please have your order forms and money in by 26th February.


330mm x 300m $23

330mm x 600m $35

Aluminium Foil

440mm x 90m $22

300mm x 150m $22

Baking Paper

300mm x 120m $32

Minigrip Bags (100)

Snack Size $5

Lunch Size $7

Storage Size $14

Kitchen Tidy Liners (50)

18 litre $5

27 litre $6

36 litre $7

Your support is greatly appreciated


We require some help on the night and leading up to the event. If you can help please get in touch with Sara Sutherland on 02102372282 or email We look forward to hearing from you.

If anyone in our school community knows of any good ideas for an auction on the night, or has something they would like to donate for an auction please let us know.

Your support is greatly appreciated

Next PTA meeting is Thursday 25th February 7pm in the staffroom, everyone welcome :-)

Have a great weekend

PTA Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Room 1 - Practising for Junior Athletics on Monday

Here is James practising his "hopping" skills.

Room 1 has also been learning the Tufa Tafa action song. It is becoming a firm favourite in Room 1! Check out our Video below!

Room 2

Room 3 (below) has been working on throwing, running and jumping for the junior athletics next week. We are looking forward to using the new skills we have learnt.

Room 3 (below) have also started peer writing with Room 11 students to help us with our writing. Three students have been chosen to work alongside them.

Below - Room 5 High Jumpers - Getting Ready for our Athletics Day on Monday!

Below: Room 6 sharing their artifact bags that tell us about who we are and where we come from.

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Room 12

Room 11 - We share our writing every day - giving feedback to each other. It's great to do this outside in the sun!

Check out our Wonderful 2021 Culture Group Below

Sports News

South Otago Primary Schools Swim Meet

If you are interested in competing in the swim meet on 17th March please email or see Miss Robins for more information


A link to the time table is below.

Balclutha Primary School Athletics 2021

The athletics sports will be held on Monday 22 February (postponement day Wednesday 24th) at the Showgrounds and Balclutha Primary School. The sports will begin at 9.30a.m with year 4-8 students. There will be a shortened lunch break between 12 and 12.30pm. Students are encouraged to wear their house colours. This clothing must be suitable to compete in. Students need to have a hat, suitable running shoes, water filled drink bottle, sun cream and lunch. After all events we will all meet at the showgrounds for 800m race and house relays.

If you are able to help out during the day please come along, all help is greatly appreciated.

**Lunch will be 12 – 12.30pm**

Sausage Sizzle – There will be sausages and bread available at lunch time. $2 per sausage. Teachers will collect orders and money in the morning but there will be sausages available for parents and visitors on the day. Money raised will go to senior camp.

Junior School Athletics (Rooms 1, 2 and 3)

Junior Classrooms (Rooms 1, 2 and 3) will also be participating in athletics on Monday.

All students are to wear their House colours, their school hat and need to bring their water bottle.

If you are able to help out during the day please come along, all help is greatly appreciated.

Junior school athletics will be held at school on the courts. It will start at 9:45am and finish at 11:45 am. Junior Athletics has a similar philosophy to the Run, Jump, Throw Programme and we have been practising athletic skills this term. Children will be encouraged to have fun, have a go and play fair.

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Assembly Award Recipients!! (Pictured above)

Congratulations to the students who were presented with a certificate from their classroom teacher at last Friday's assembly. The certificates were awarded to pupils who exhibit our school values as you can see below.

  • Room 1 Amalaini Coriakula - Stepping up and being a leader in Room 1. You are such a responsible student.
  • Room 2 Larry Leaana - Larry is always respectful in class. He is already an awesome role model for Room 2.
  • Room 2 Amelia Maxwell - Amelia consistently displays the value of respect in Room 2, always keen to help her teachers and her friends.
  • Room 3 Keith Butcher - Being someone I can rely on to carry out any task. You are a delight to have in Room 3.
  • Room 3 Manaia Kenworthy - Having a fantastic start to the term. You are beginning to give everything go! I am proud of the progress you have made.
  • Room 5 Georgie Cleverley - working hard, doing the right thing and showing respect for everyone.
  • Room 5 Kayden Beck - doing the right thing and showing respect and responsibility.
  • Room 5 Riley Hill - giving everything a go and working quietly and showing responsibility.
  • Room 6 Ruby Harrison - for showing leadership and using initiative.
  • Room 6 Malakai Beck - for showing leadership in the classroom.
  • Room 6 Zoe Ludemann - for completing work to a high standard and being respectful.
  • Room 12 Maddie Win - helping others and being a leader and role model in R12.
  • Room 12 Jonathan Luavasa - helping others and being a leader and role model in R12.
  • Room 11 Mathafasue Mikaele Tanuvasa - showing consistent respect to everyone in the school.
  • Room 11 Rashaun Melvin - Making an extremely positive start to his final year in primary school.
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Upcoming Events

  • Keeping Ourselves Safe - next 2 weeks...
  • BPS School Athletics - 22 Feb
  • Road Safety Truck Visiting BPS - 23 Feb (22 Feb, Open night for public at Rec Centre, see details earlier in this newseltter)
  • PTA Meeting - 25 Feb - 7pm
  • Assembly - 5 March - 2.30pm
  • SOPPSA Athletics - 8 March
  • Junior School Swimming - 8 - 12 March 2021

Bank Accounts

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