Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 6

Newsletter 25 November 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to the end of Week 6.

This week we celebrated three of our wonderful teachers who gained their full registration.

Congratulations to Mrs Morrison, Mrs Swallow and Miss Faulkner-Barclay. They have now successfully completed two years of teaching, and been part of an advice and guidance programme that all new graduates complete. We are excited about the wonderful array of skills and experience they bring to our school everyday, and are proud to have them as part of our team.

They all have stunning teaching careers ahead of them, and I am excited to see them undertake the new challenges that 2023 will bring.

A reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day on Monday. I hope you all enjoy the long weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,


Covid at BPS

We are experiencing growing numbers of COVID cases in our school community. Thank you for keeping children who are unwell at home. Advice indicates that one of the current COVID strands can be hard to detect, with many people having several days of symptoms prior to testing positive. With only 2 1/2 weeks of school left, we would really like to keep all our staff healthy and COVID free to avoid any disruption to learning, so we will be sending home children who are unwell or symptomatic. Thank you for your understanding and help with this.

Staffing and Class Organisation - 2023

Staffing appointments for 2023 have now been made and confirmed.

Several of our staff will be moving on to new career opportunities in 2023.

- Katie Moodie, our DP, will be taking on a new position with Sport Otago.

-Kaitlyn Roughan will be moving on to Roxburgh Area School.

-Sarah Anderson will be going on maternity leave early in term 1. She will be covering some CRT release in the meantime.

The panel has decided not to appoint a new Deputy Principal at this stage. While we had a number of strong applicants, we were unable to find an applicant that had the specific experience that we were looking for. We will re-assess and look to re-advertise next year.

Our class organisation for 2023 will be:

Year 7-8 Heather Willocks (acting Deputy Principal)

Year 7-8 Linda Swallow

Year 4-6 Sarah Faulkner-Barclay

Year 4-6 Georgia Duff

Year 2-3 Jenny Harris

Year 2-3 Breidy Johnston

Year 0-1 Billie McHardy

Year 0-1 Cathy Haar

SENCO/ release- Karen Robins

Release- Renee Judson

We are very excited about the teaching team for 2023. Our wonderful team of teacher aides will all be returning in 2023.

Staff have started working on class lists and hope to have them finalised in the next week. As a staff we are working to ensure:

  • the parallel classes are balanced

  • every student has a friend with them and someone who can challenge and support their learning.

  • Students who work better apart are in separate classes.

  • we leave space in classes for any additional students who might arrive later in the year.

Student classes for 2023 will go home in the end of year reports on Friday 9 December.

Room 1

The students in Room 1 have been busy creating their pet rock entries for the A&P Show craft section. We think they look pretty awesome!

Whānau and School Update

Whānau and School met last night for their final 2022 monthly meeting. Thank you to the members of the Whānau and School team. All your hard work has been amazing and continues to help support the children at Balclutha School.

A huge thank you also to all our families who helped with fundraising this year, by making or selling cheese rolls, donating christmas or easter raffle items, selling raffles, planting spuds for next year, or just by coming a long to a meeting as a show of support.

With everyone's combined efforts, Balclutha School Whānau and School have provided Balclutha School kids with;

  • many, many, new library books for the school library
  • structured literacy resources for use in the junior school
  • fantastic swimming instructors for senior and junior classes during 4 weeks of swimming this year
  • contributed towards the overall cost of the playground re-surface, for pupils to use during fitness and break times.

A huge effort with fundraising, but what fantastic advantages your support has given all our children.

We look forward to your continued support with our current Christmas Raffle. If you have already returned your raffle card, THANK YOU! If you are not able to sell your raffle card (partially or fully), please return to the school office asap. We have a list of families waiting for extra cards if possible.

We need all cards, sold or unsold, returned by Friday 9th December (or sooner if possible).

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whānau and School Co-Presidents.

Room 4

Room 4 have enjoyed going on a word hunt this week. We looked around the room for pictures of different items and practised our sounding out skills to write down the words.

2023 Spud Dig

How is your spud growing? Balclutha School Whānau and School are looking forward to welcoming families back in 2023 with the spud dig competition. Pencil in Friday 10th March for the big dig.”

Room 2

This week, the students in Room 2 had a lot of fun getting a bit messy with some paint! We hope to show you the final results soon.

Room 3

Room 3 played “Sharks” this week. We have been painting stones and we made a card about “My Daddy Ate an Apple”. Adeline was painting with great care and Mani finished his card and put the fuzzy worm in!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Caleb Flesher

Mckyah Faddes

Zayde Ruffell

Sophie Cook

Beth Dalley

Room 5’s dot art

Big picture

Room 6

Room 6 children have been learning how to use Canva this week. We are creating thank you cards.

Room 12

This week Room 12 students had some buddy time with Room 4 students. They read books with them and started some art.


Colour Run

PALs have organised our BPS colour run on Thursday 1st December. All students who want to participate are to come to school in old mufti clothes that day, (students in uniform will not be able to participate). See the poster with this newsletter.


Semi finals will be held next week. The draw will be sent out via email and will also be posted on our school facebook page.


I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all our helpers on Tuesday. Without you we would not have been able to take so many students to the Quadrathon.

Well done to everyone for doing the best they could. The team support was fantastic to see.

Congratulations to our placegetters;

BPS Green 3rd 29:26 (Charlotte, Spencer, Aydan and Dannielle)

BPS Sus Pogers 3rd 28:52 (Blake and Alfie)

BPS Pros 3rd 29:13 (Paige, Georgie and Tristan)

Zoe Ludemann 2nd 28:53

Eva Smith 3rd 29:46

Tania Arthur

Sports Coordinator.

Room 11

This is the next step in our buddy class art project.

Term 4 dates coming up...

Teacher Only Day on Monday 28 November 2022.

Colour Run - 1 December 2022 - 2pm

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