Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 1

Newsletter 29 July 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Term 3.

What an awful wet, soggy start to the term we have had. Fortunately the bright smiles on all our teachers and learners has made up for it.

We have a number of exciting things to celebrate as we begin the new term.

Our Room 4 classroom is up and going. Miss McHardy has settled in quickly and there is lots of fantastic learning happening already.

After months and months of delay, our playground is finally finished and it looks great! Our learners have been having a fabulous time getting reacquainted with the playground equipment. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped with this process. Now we just need the weather to clear and everything to dry so we can really make the most of the playground.

Yesterday we had our first school assembly in the hall in almost a year. It was wonderful to have everyone together and to be able to celebrate some of the fantastic learning that has being going on across our school. At this stage, the BOT has decided to keep our assemblies closed to parents, but we hope to invite our parents in later in the term.

Term 3 is going to be another busy one, and we look forward to sharing some of the wonderful learning we do here at BPS.

Kā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Clued Up Kids!

On Wednesday our Year 6 students had the opportunity to go across to the Rec Centre to participate in the Clued Up Kids day. They learned about how to be safe in a number of situations. These included fire safety, bike safety, gun safety and what to do in an earthquake.

Board of Trustees Elections - 7 September 2022 Election Day

Board of Trustees 2022 elections are under way.

The school electoral roll is available to view on request at the school office, during normal school hours.

Nominations are open until next Wednesday, 3 August at 12noon. There are 5 positions. If we receive more than 5 nominations, we will have a postal election - this is where voting forms will be posted to all our parents/caregivers who are on our electoral roll.

We will update all nominees and our community (via our app, website and email) as soon as possible on Wednesday following the closing of nominations at 12noon.

A nomination form is able to be downloaded from this newsletter (see link), or from our website, or just ask for one from the school office.

Margaret Shields

Get on Board for the 2022 school board elections

Nominations received up to Friday (29 July) morning

We have received the following nominations so far..

Morgan Watt

Rachael Watt

Aaron Sutherland

Margaret Shields

Returning Officer.

Teacher Only Day - Monday 29th August

We have a Teacher Only day coming up in week 6 - Monday 29th August, 2022. Please note school will be closed to pupils that day.

Whānau and School Update

Wow Term 3!! We hope everyone has had a nice break and managed to keep dry over the last week or so.


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

If you would like tickets to the House and Garden Tour, the tickets are $45 per person and includes lunch and afternoon tea.

Please email:

Keep safe and let's be kind to each other :-)

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

2022 Sport News

Welcome back to term 3. We have a busy few weeks ahead.

Netball tournament

We have entered 2 teams for the year 5-6 and 7-8 Balclutha Netball tournament.

Yr 5-6 is held on Wednesday 3rd August

Yr7-8 is held on Friday 5th August

Netball draw is as follows

Balclutha A vs Clutha Valley Navy 1:00pm court 2

Balclutha B vs Country Saints Pink 10:00am court 3

Balclutha Blue vs Rosebank Blue 11:00am court 4

Balclutha White vs Lawrence Gold 10:00am court 4

Balclutha Green vs Lawrence Green 11:00am court 5

BPS/Clutha Valley vs Toko Stars 12:00pm court 5

Cross Country

Attached is the notice with all information for cross country. We invite parents to come and watch their children.


Hockey and Basketball start on Monday 8th August. Teams and draws will be announced next week. Thank you to the parents that have offered to coach and manage teams.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator


Welcome to Miané, Jessica-Rose and Jack who all started at BPS this week.
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Room 1

Room 1 had lots of fun exploring the app "Stop Motion". We chose different objects from the class and took photos every time we moved them. It then puts it together to make a video.

Room 4

Room 4 has had a busy week exploring their new classroom. This week we have been learning different art techniques. We all made a star to create some collaborative art.

Room 2

Room 2 have had a busy week getting back into routines. Our big celebration for this week was on Wednesday morning when, for the first time since March, we had the whole class of 17 students in!
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Room 3

Room 3 made Tapa Cloth with Rita. Jacob and Kayden worked as a team. Emily, Taylor and Dani have been making maths patterns with shapes.

Room 5

Room 5 students practicing their times tables.
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Room 6

Room 6 have worked hard to complete their Matariki stars. Here are some of them completed.

Room 12

On Wednesday the year 6’s went to the Rec Centre to take part in Clued Up Kids. They had lots of fun learning about how to be safe in the community

Room 11

Room 11 students are working on a Commonwealth Games project to help inform them about this sporting event. Go the New Zealand team!!!

Pie Warmer Safety

Our pie warmer is only able to safely heat pies/sausage rolls/pizza slices, wrapped (and named) in tin foil. We cannot put any containers in our pie warmer. Thank you.

Congratulations! This week our Assembly Awards went to...

Room 1

Jack Rhodes - for making great progress with your letter knowledge. You have started school extremely well.

Room 2

McKenzie Munro - McKenzie started this term keen to learn and share his learning with his classmates.

Tilly Field - Tilly is a kind and respectful member of Room 2 and is well-liked by classmates.

Room 3

Kayden Hapuku Te Nahu - for doing his best and demonstrating good values by being kind and helpful.

Cristian Andrew - for working hard in maths and having a go at new things.

Room 4

Ethan Barclay - for being helpful and showing his new teacher respect.

Room 5

Max Warden - for working hard in structured literacy.

Penelope Talione Vasa Pene - for awesome effort and progress in maths.

Room 6

Blake Galbraith - for working hard and making great progress with structured literacy.

Lilyana Rolton - for working hard and making great progress with structured literacy.

Room 12

Zac Weir - for his great questions and enthusiasm during Clued Up Kids.

Lennix Hill for being a great leader and giving everything a go at Clued Up Kids.

Room 11

Scarlett Newport - for showing such a positive attitude to all aspects of her learning.

Harold Karrol - for showing drive and determination with all his learning.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Charlie Walker

Mani Anitelea

Amalaini Coriakula

Paris Au Yeung

Jonty Inglis

Charlotte Watt

Scholastic Book Club

A reminder that Scholastic Book Club orders are due back at school (or need to be completed online) by next Friday, 5th August. See below for this issues special offer for loop customers.
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Bank Accounts

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