Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 9

Newsletter 23 September 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 9.

Four days to go! We have a lot of very tired students and staff who are looking forward to the long weekend ahead and the term break only a week away. We still have a busy last week of term, and Pet Day on Friday will be a lovely way to finish the term.

At last night's Board of Trustees meeting we looked at our Term 3 Key Competency data. The focus for this term has been participating and contributing. This involves our students developing their ability to actively participate and contribute to all aspects of school life, including learning, sporting and social activities.

Staff have identified that we currently have 78% of all our students at Balclutha Primary School participating and contributing either within or beyond expectations for their year level. This level has remained consistent with achievement levels last year. As part of analysing the data, our teachers have identified actions moving forward that will help more of our students reach expectations. This includes an increase in cross school whānau type activities, and deliberately teaching students the skills they need to effectively participate and contribute in their learning.

We will collect data again in Term 3 2023 to analyse the effectiveness of programmes.

Have a wonderful long weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Room 12

Room 12 students have been busy creating tukutuku patterns that represent them! Come check out our display in the school foyer.

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Room 11

Students have been working on postcards to say 'thank you' to our wonderful parents who joined us on camp. We have been learning how to use canva to produce these and this is Beth's example. We are still buzzing from camp!!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Braxton Butcher

Harold Karrol

Room 1

The students in Room 1 have been reading Little Goat’s Coat as our big book. To carry on the goat theme, we read the 3 Billy Goats Gruff story and made stick puppets to retell the story.

Tēnā koutou,

The Malcam Charitable Trust is holding a low-cost bicycle sale event during the school holidays, on the 11th of October to support the community to purchase low-cost, good quality and safe secondhand bicycles. These bicycles have been saved from landfill and have been given new life through our experienced bicycle mechanics who also tutor rakatahi to learn new skills in the process.

The Bikes@Malcam programme also enables tamariki and rakatahi to swap their bicycles once they have outgrown them if they bring them back to Malcam. The more bicycles out of landfill, the more we build a better environmental future.

Leisa de Klerk

Partnerships and Contracts Manager

Malcam Charitable Trust

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Room 3

Fun with lunch . . . can you guess who these movie stars are? And . . . who are these sports stars of the future?
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Whānau and School Update

BPS Home 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:

If you would like to be one of the stall holders at one of the properties for the Home and Garden Tour please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282 or email

Our September meeting is on next Thursday 29 September at 7pm in the school staffroom. Everyone welcome.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Room 5

Room five have been focusing on teamwork and being a good friend this week. During technology time they worked together in groups to create amazing structures.

Next Friday (Last day of term 3) Pet Day and BBQ Lunch

Live pets can be brought to the showgrounds (dogs/calves/lambs to the sheep pens area and if your pet is in a cage these will be in the Cattle pavilion) between 11.45am and 12.30pm on Friday. There will be someone there ready to show you where to go with your pet.

An adult must accompany live pets. Judging and prizegiving will be finished by 2.30pm and pets can then leave (children may also go home at this time with their parent - but please let Mrs Judson know.)

There will be a FREE BBQ lunch available at the showgrounds - 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Everyone welcome. (If you are able to help out with the BBQ, please let Mrs Judson know either by email OR phone the school office 4190103.)

Room 4

We have been enjoying getting outside and learning some ball skills with the rugby balls.

Coming Up next week and term 4...

26 September - Closed - Public Holiday to observe Queen's passing

29 September - Whanau and School Meeting (7pm)

30 September - Pet Day - (and last day of term 3.)

Term 4 dates coming up...

Monday 17 October - Term 4 starts.

Teacher Only Day on Friday 25 November 2022.

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Room 6

Co-operation, team work, communication and design skills were all tested on Tuesday afternoon in Room 6. We had the challenge to create a Balclutha Bridge using newspaper, limited paper and 2 lengths of masking tape.

Touch Students

It is very exciting that Touch season is getting underway again. A reminder that Balclutha Primary School students are not to be left unsupervised in the school grounds after school while they wait for their touch game. Unless part of the OSCAR programme, or with parents, all students should be off the school grounds by 3:15pm.

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Congratulations to our Award Winners at yesterday's assembly...

Room 1

Meko Johnston - for settling into school routines well. You have had such a fabulous start to school!

Room 4

Rokus Rogers-Ootes - for trying his best at spelling time.

Room 2

Aubree Watt - for offering to help her friends with their learning.

Nofoalii Anitelea - for her amazing focus and work during structured literacy.

Room 3

Suasamani Anitelea - for impressive progress in structured literacy and independence.

Cooper McLean - on task work, participation at question time and for looking after his friends.

Room 5

Zayden Young - for using his structured literacy tools during reading.

Penelope Talione Vasa Pene - for always being on task and showing genuine kindness.

Room 6

Chloe Thomson - for super work on her stained glass window template.

Riley Hill - for fabulous work in Structured Literacy.

Room 12

Brier Marsden - for facing her fears and giving everything a go at Camp!

Zac Weir - for his fantastic biking skills at the triathlon.

Eva Martin - for her great attitude at camp and giving everything a go!

Room 11

Aidan Cloete - for showing skill and courage with all our camp activities.

Scarlett Newport - for leadership and determination at school camp.

Mufti Day

Children can wear mufti next Friday, on the last day of term. Children do not need to bring any money for mufti.

Room 2

Room 2 students have been sharing a big book about a pukeko so we made some amazing artwork after finishing the book. We looked at different textures and colours in nature and made a swampy background for our bright pukekos to live in. Everyone was really proud of their finished work!


We held our Spellathon today. Your child will have their score sheet attached to their spellathon card. If possible, we would like all sponsorship monies back at school by the end the term. Thank you for your support.

2022 Sport News


There is no hockey or basketball on Monday due to the public holiday. Hockey and Basketball are now finished for the season.


Draw for Thursday 29 September

BPS Lions vs Milton Yellow 4:30 Ground 7

BPS Superstars vs TCAS Blue 5:00 Ground 8

BPS Rebels vs Romahapa 5:00 Ground 7

BPS Racers vs Waiwera South 5:00 Ground 4

BPS Racers vs Rosebank Yellow 5:30 Ground 4

BPS Stars vs Rosebank Gold 5:00 Ground 5

Teeny Touch

Teeny touch starts on Thursday 20 October.


On Tuesday some of our year 5-8 students competed in the Clutha Primary Triathlon. Congratulations to all students. I was very impressed with the great determination they all showed.

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