Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 8

Newsletter 9 December 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to the last newsletter for the term (and year!)

It's hard to believe that the school year is almost over.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful parents and caregivers for the amazing support you have given our school and our learners this year.

2022 has been a very mucky, unsettled year as we have navigated through a number of different COVID settings. Despite this, every single student at BPS has made solid progress this year, and as a school community, we need to be proud of how we have been able to work together to achieve this.

2023 brings a number of changes to our school and staff. We are all looking forward to a more settled year.

Have a wonderful Summer break.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou,


Whānau and School Update

It's hard to believe it’s the end of the year for school. We have all had another challenging year with Covid restrictions impacting on our community. We are looking forward to 2023 and hopefully fewer cases of Covid in the community.

One thing we need to celebrate and acknowledge is the wonderful BPS Whanau and School Committee.

These people help fundraise throughout the year so all the children at Balclutha Primary School benefit.

Did you know that the BPS Whanau and School funded the following in 2022:

* Two weeks of Swimming coaches for each class

* Prizebox for lucky tickets for the year

* $5,000 towards the sport co-ordinator

* School Stationery for all pupils

* $1,000 towards new Library books

* $8,000 for new structured literacy books for the whole school

* $5,000 towards the new playground surface

* Funded the pool for the Family Fun Day at the Balclutha Swimming Pool (next week)

All our students are benefiting from this, which is great!

For this to continue we really need more helpers, so please, come to the meetings next year and help us to continue supporting our wonderful school. It is also a great opportunity to meet some new people!

To the families who are leaving BPS, thank you for all your hard work over the years. You will be missed and we wish all the year 8 students all the best for their next adventure at secondary school.

Thank you to our wonderful teachers, teacher aides and Margaret. Enjoy your well deserved break.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

Christmas Raffle

Thank you to everyone who has sold their raffle tickets. The winners will be announced at assembly next Wednesday. Best of luck to everyone who bought a ticket!

Kind Regards

Sara Sutherland & Carleigh Frisby

BPS Whanau and School Co- Presidents

Room 1

Room 1 has been getting into the Christmas spirit this week and turned themselves into magical Christmas elves! We think we look awesome!

Room 2

The students in Room 2 have been reflecting on the past year at school. They have made rainbows with some of their favourite memories and subjects that they have enjoyed most in class in 2022.

Room 3

Room 4

This week Room 4 children turned into Santa's helpers. We designed different toys that we think other children would like. There were a variety of different creations. What creative children we have in Room 4!

Room 5

Room 5 and Room 11 pupils working on their collage art.

Big picture

Room 6

It has been an action packed week in Room 6/7 this week. On Monday and Tuesday we moved upstairs to become Room 7, ready for the 2023 school year. On Wednesday we had a fabulous trip to Moana Pool, Bowl Line and had a pizza and hot chips for lunch. Special thanks to Tania, Jasmine, Jodie, Tracy, Raphael, Katie and Simon, who made this wonderful day possible for us. AND after all of our hard work on our stained glass windows, Janette has put them up in the entry windows at school. We think they are looking really great.

Room 12

This week Room 12 students made gingerbread men. They had a great time making and eating them!
Big picture

Room 11

Our Year 8 students spent a day out of school on Tuesday. They had a wonderful 90 minute session at the Water Park in Cromwell as part of their end of year outdoor experience.
Big picture

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week and next to...

Spencer Martin

Ruby Harrison

Lily-Anne Bloxham

and during the holidays...

Kade Faddes

Liberty Van Asperen

Watson Kelly

Eva Cleverley

Kayden Hapuku Te-Nahu

T.J. Lowe

Natalia Kinder

Shylah Anderson

Nathan Nicholls

Eazrianah Kereopa-Middleton

Rokus Rogers-Ootes

Eva Smith

Meg Smith

Freya Patel

Holly Wilson

Georgie Cleverley

Jack Baxter

Latifah Asman

Tyson Adams

Ethan Scott

Tyrese Pehi

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