Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 3

Newsletter 4 November 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 3.

It's been another busy week here at BPS. It is crazy how fast this term is going. Only 5 and a half weeks left of the school year!

This week our senior classes have had their first week of swimming. Thank you to all our wonderful parents who have been able to help with swimming. This is a crazy busy time of year for everyone, so we really appreciate your help. The seniors have another week of swimming next week, and then the juniors go swimming the following week.

Thanks to the generosity of our Whānau and School, we have once again been able to provide professional swim instructors to help with the swimming lessons. This will ensure our students make solid progress during our swimming block.

On Sunday, we have our BPS House and Garden tour. This has been a huge organisational feat for the Whānau and School and the House and Garden Committee. Ngā mihi ki a koutou for all your work towards this. The team could still do with some more help from our school community on Sunday. If you have a couple of hours free and would like to help, please contact the school. This is a great opportunity to get to know some more of our school community and help with this wonderful fundraising venture.

Ngā mihi,


Structured Literacy Information Evening

The staff and students are looking forward to presenting a short information evening on our structured literacy programme. Every class throughout our school is involved and we would like to take this opportunity to show our parents and caregivers what this learning looks like.

Date: Monday 7th November

Time: 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Where: School Staffroom - for an introduction and then into classrooms for demonstrations from teachers and pupils.

There will be an opportunity to see our learning in action at your child’s/children’s level. We will run the same class session twice so parents can see more than one level. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, Mrs Diane Grant (South West Otago Resource Teacher: Literacy) will also be present to answer questions.

You are welcome to bring your children with you so they can demonstrate this new learning, but their attendance is not compulsory.

Thank you

BPS staff

Save the Date!

Our teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting on Wednesday 16 November. Students will be released at 12:30pm on this day.

Room 1

The students in Room 1 have been learning about the art technique, Collage. We are starting to turn our paper plates into pigs.
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Room 2

The students in Room 2 are continuing to make fantastic progress in their Structured Literacy journey. We have alphabet boards to help us with our spelling. We also looked at the letter S on Wednesday and came up with an amazing 88 words beginning with S! To celebrate they made sensational super scarecrows!

Room 3

This week we played “Defend the Nest". Room 3 pupils used some very good strategies to protect their nest! We also wrote about the “Penguin Race” game and how it works. Science magic!

Whānau and School Update

BPS Home and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

Thank you to the people who have offered to help us on Sunday. The weather is looking like it will be on our side!! If for some reason you are now free on Sunday, and can help, please get in touch as more helpers would be great....anytime from 7am through to 4pm, (even just a couple of hours would be great!)

Contact Sara Sutherland on 02102372282 or Sarah Van Asperen on 0274318087.


Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Room 4

The seeds that Room 4 planted last term have become so big that we decided to plant them in the outside garden. We worked as a team to dig holes and label the plants. We hope they produce vegetables and herbs soon.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Sofia-Rose Brown

Keith Butcher

Bryce Carline-Kinnaird

Room 5

Room 5 students editing and publishing their writing.
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Room 6

Room 6 students enjoyed our cricket games on Tuesday. We have had a busy week with swimming.


Touch draw Thursday 10th November

Tenny Racers vs Kai Kritters 4 ground 1a

Teeny Stars vs Warepa Wiggles 4 ground 4a

BPS Lions vs Rosebank Blue 4:30 ground 7

BPS Superstars vs TCAS Blue 4:30 ground 1

BPS Rebels vs Milton Blue 5:00 ground 8

BPS Stars vs Lawrence yr7s 5:30 ground 3

BPS Racers vs Romahapa 5:00 ground 3

Good luck to the students competing in the Otago Triathlon next week.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Room 12

This week the students in Room 12 have been looking at symmetry. They created paper chains and decorated them. They look awesome!

Room 11

Lilly completed this acrylic art work on canvas this week - titled ‘Sunflower Field’
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Our sunhats have arrived. If your child needs a sunhat, they are $5 per hat, available at the school office.


Room 1

Tyrone Gooch - for settling into school extremely well. You are a role model to your peers.

Room 2

CJ Brownie - CJ is making amazing progress in Structured Literacy and can always be relied upon to help in the class.

Frieda Lowe - Frieda is an enthusiastic learner and a great friend to others.

Room 3

James Toole - for working hard at literacy and knowing how to solve his own little problems with a smile.

Arron Sell - for fantastic thinking in maths and for working hard at his literacy.

Room 4

Sophia-Rose Brown - for working hard and always helping others.

Room 5

Nazir Williams - for practising good writing skills and offering to help others.

Corey Newport - for taking responsibility in situations even when it isn't the easy thing to do.

Room 6

Nathan Nicholls - for making a positive start to Balclutha Primary School.

Hunter Barclay - for working hard with Structured Literacy.

Room 12

Lennix Hill - for his effort and success in Structured Literacy! Well done getting to stage 4!!

Jennifer Au Yeung - for her fantastic work ethic and pushing herself to try new things!

Room 11

Ethan Scott - for consistently working hard with his learning.

Olivia Jack - for focus and effort with her independent learning tasks.

Term 4 dates coming up...

Structured Literacy Information Session - 7 November 2022, 5.30pm in school staffroom.

Week 3 and Week 4 - Senior Classrooms - swimming

Week 5 - Junior Classrooms - swimming

Board of Trustees Meeting - 7pm, 10 November 2022

Paid Union Meeting for Teachers - 16 November, 2022, pupils will be released at 12.30pm

Teacher Only Day on Monday 28 November 2022.

Clutha District Library - Visiting Author

Alan Woods, will be visiting the Balclutha Library at 10am on 8th November to talk about his book - "Without the Nasty Bits". The event is free and no bookings required. After his talk people can chat with Alan and he will have his book for sale ($35.00).
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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