Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 5

Newsletter 26 August 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 5.

Wahoo! Half way through term 3. What a busy first half term it has been, and the second half is shaping up to be just as busy.

Yesterday, we welcomed parents back to our school assembly for the first time in over a year. It was so good to be able to share our learning with our parents once again. The Board is currently reviewing our COVID settings, and we expect to have more information to go out to our school community next week.

It has been a long, hard slog over the past year with our ongoing COVID restrictions, but it has worked! Balclutha Primary School achieved an average attendance rate of 90.1% in term 2, despite dropping to an average of 81.7% mid term when we were inundated with Winter bugs and the flu. If you have been following attendance data in the media over the last week, you will have heard that some schools are struggling to get their attendance rates over 60-70%. As a school community we should be very proud of keeping our staff and students as healthy as possible and keeping our attendance rates so positive. Thank you for supporting this effort by continuing with mask wearing, and ensuring unwell students stay at home. Everyday does matter, and our strong attendance rates will lead to improved outcomes for our students.

Have a wonderful long weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,


Update from recently elected Board of Trustees

Tena koutou katoa,

The newly elected board met for the first time on Tuesday night. We had a great meeting, inducting our new members and discussing governance matters of the school.

We are excited to open assemblies to guests again and are hoping the Covid risk stays low so whanau can continue to come into school.

A short survey is coming out as part of our self review programme. Please take time to give us your feedback.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the trustees who decided to stand down at this election - Jolene Ollerenshaw, Kim Strawbridge and Heather Willocks. Thank you for the contribution you made to the Board of Trustees and BPS.

Have a relaxing weekend.

Rachael Watt
BOT Chair (Presiding Member)

Teacher Only Day - Monday 29th August

Reminder : We have a Teacher Only day on Monday 29th August, 2022. School will be closed for instruction.

OSCAR will be available for bookings, phone: 027 315 7253 or 027 473 1235.

Whānau and School Update

Whanau and School Meeting - our next meeting is on Thursday 1st September at 7pm in the school staffroom. We would love to see some new faces. This is a great way to find out more about your children's learning and what is happening around the school.

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

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

2022 Sport News


Year 1/2 Basketball

Session 1 3:30 court 2

Session 2 4:00 court 2

Year 3/4 Hockey

BPS Blue vs Small Schools 5:00 court 3

BPS Purple vs Lawrence 4:30 court3

Year 5/6

BPS Green vs Rosebank Green 4:00 court 4

Year 7/8

BPS/Kai vs Waiwera South 5:00 court 5

Otago Cross Country

Good luck to our students who qualified to compete in the Otago Cross Country which will be held in Dunedin on Friday 2 September.

Netball Prize Giving

Congratulations to the following players who received a trophy for netball this season;

Player of the season

A Team - Rosemariah Talione Vasa Pene and Maddison Win

B Team - Meg Smith

White Team - Tiana Wyber

Blue Team - Paige McPhee

Orange Team - Dannielle Kelly

Green Team - Samara Sutherland

Most Dedicated

A Team - Beth Dalley and Keira Frisby

B Team - Eva Cleverley

Most Improved

A Team - Sophie Jack

B Team - Charlotte Jamieson

White Team -Chloe Thomson

Blue Team - Ruby Harrison

Orange Team - Asher Johnston

Green Team - Sophie Walker

Newbie Award - Lexi Karrol

Davidson Trophy for the spirit of netball - Maddison Win

Hairworks - Umpiring Trophy - Keira Frisby

Thanks for the great season.


If anyone would like to be added to the sports database to receive notices via email please email

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Room 1

Room 1 pupils have been learning about temperature. We went outside and looked for the frost on Thursday morning. We felt the cold surfaces in the playground. We looked through magazines and sorted things that were hot or cold.

Room 4

Room 4 has been learning how to use "Scratch Junior" on our iPads. We drew a farm and a farm animal. We then learnt how to make our animal move around the farm. Some of us even found out how to add sound to our creation.

Room 2

Look at how bright Room 2 are for Daffodil Day!
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Room 3

This week, Room 3 has been lucky enough to be part of the Future Focus Learning (FFL) technology programme. We joined other schools from the South Otago area on zoom and learnt how to use the drawing pad app to create some amazing creations! It was so much fun and we are really looking forward to what we will be doing next week!

Room 5

Room 5’s daffodil bouquets for daffodil day.
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Room 6

Room 6 presented in assembly this week. Click on the link to watch the video and see our presentation.

Room 12

This week Room 12 took part in future focused zooms and learnt how to code on "Scratch".

Room 11

Room 11, dressed in yellow, to support daffodil day.
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Coming Up in the next two weeks...

29 August - BPS Closed for instruction. Teacher Only Day

1 September - 7.00pm Whanau and School Meeting

8 September - Scholastic Book Club Due

8 September - 2.30pm School Assembly (Parents welcome but must wear mask. Please do not come if unwell.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Ollie Sapstead

Nofo Anitelea

Tayla Smith

Congratulations to our Award Winners at yesterday's assembly

Room 1

Eazrianah Kereopa-Middleton - for always trying your best and being a fantastic role model.

Room 4

Kade Faddes - for having a positive attitude towards his learning.

Room 2

Nofoalii Anitelea - for being an enthusiastic participant in her Reading group.

Jonty Inglis - Jonty makes some great contributions in Maths to help his friends learn with him.

Room 3

James Toole - for showing increased independence and being engaged in his learning.

Emily Sutherland - for showing amazing progress in her structured literacy.

Room 5

Levi Howat - for asking good questions about his learning.

Jarvis Tohiariki-Brooking - for contributing awesome ideas during class discussion.

Room 6

Ella Hore - for being a good learning friend to other students.

Tayla-Rose Knight - for always working hard and being kind to others.

Room 12

Lily-Anne Bloxham - for her great team work skills during the paper chain challenge.

Holly Wilson - for her excellent work ethic. She always tries her best and takes great pride in the presentation of her work.

Room 11

Keely Shanks - for showing respect to all teachers and students.

Keira Frisby - for treating all teachers and students with respect and courtesy.

Next Week's Events

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Coming Events in September

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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