Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 10

Newsletter 8 July 2022

Principal's Report

Mauri ora ki a koutou,

Welcome to the last day of what has been a very long and busy term.

Term 2 has been a very challenging term with a high rate of staff and student absences through COVID 19 and a number of other illnesses. I am very proud of our school community and the resilience we have shown to keep going and ensure quality teaching and learning continues despite a significant level of absence. A huge thank you to our parent community for your support with this. We are currently experiencing a surge in COVID 19 cases in our school community. Hopefully, the term break will provide a bit of a circuit breaker and reduce transmission.

Mid year reports go home today. This is an opportunity to celebrate the great learning that our students have done and to identify next learning goals. Please take the time to read through the report with your child and celebrate the progress they have made.

Today, I had planned to fill the newsletter with pictures of our students playing on the newly resurfaced playground. Unfortunately, the rain today will delay the final steps and the playground will not be finished. This will now hopefully be completed in the next couple of days and will be all ready to go next term. This has been an incredibly long and frustrating process for all involved but will be worth it in the end.

I hope you all have a restful and rejuvenating term break, and I look forward to seeing all our learners back for term 3, which will hopefully be a more settled and illness free term.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Message from the Board of Trustees

Kia Ora everyone,

It is hard to believe we are at the end of term two already! I would like to take this opportunity to thank our school community for getting through another disruptive term.

Thanks to:

· The Whanau and School group and wider school community for their fundraising efforts and ongoing support;

· our teachers and support staff for adapting, shuffling and taking additional classes;

· all the relievers for answering the call when required;

· our school whanau for keeping unwell children home;

· Vicki and the school leadership team for their resilience and managing the challenges Covid continues to throw at us; and

· our students for coming to school with positive attitudes to learning despite all the disruption.

The board of trustee elections will be held next term. I would encourage anyone interested in putting their name forward for the BOT to reach out to Vicki or any of current board reps for more information. It is incredibly rewarding and a great way to get involved in your child’s education. Training and support is available for all new board members, and no prior governance experience is necessary.

Have a relaxing term break and looking forward to term three.

Rachael Watt

BOT Presiding Member (Chair)

Whānau and School Update


BPS House 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:

Wishing everyone a happy holiday, enjoy the two weeks break and keep warm.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents


School Board Elections

Parent Election Notice

Nominations are open for the election of 5 parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form. (Copies of these are available in the link below.)

Nomination forms will be available next week, from our school website, the school office and this newsletter (and future newsletters). We will also be emailing copies to our families whom we have an email address for.

Nominations close at noon on 3 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September.

Margaret Shields

Returning Officer

Palota mo Komiti Faatonu o Aoga

Ua tatalaina le faatutuina mai o sui e 5 e avea ma sui o mātua i le komiti faatonu.

O tagata uma e agavaa ona palota o le a tuuina atu i ai pepa e faatuina mai sui ma se faaaliga e faatuina mai ai sui faatutu – e mafai ona e faaaogā le e faatuina mai ai oe lava po o se tasi tagata.

Afai e te moomia nisi pepa e filifilia ai sui, faafesootai le ofisa o le aoga.

E tapunia le faatutuina mai o sui i le aso 3 August 2022. E mafai ona e tuuina mai se faamatalaga ua sainia e le sui faatu ma se ata o le sui o faatuina mai.

E taofia i le aoga le lola palota ma e mafai ona e silasila i ai i itula masani e tatala ai aoga.

O le a faamauina suafa o sui faatutu e le aoga i taimi e maua ai seia aulia le aso o le palota, ma e mafai ona e silasila i ai.

E tapunia le faia o palota i le 4pm i le aso 7 September 2022.

Margaret Shields

Ofisa Fai Palota

2022 Sport News

Sports Photo album

New photos will be uploaded to this album as the year goes on. Check out some of the things that have been going on at school (link below).


Congratulations to Maddi Win and Keira Frisby, who have been named in year 8 South Otago development netball teams and Sophie Jack and Rylie Labes, who have been named in year 7 South Otago development netball teams.

Netball draw Sat 9 July

Balclutha A vs Rosebank A 12:00 court 4

Balclutha B vs Rosebank C 10:00 court 3

Balclutha Blue vs County Saints 12:00 court 2

Balclutha White vs Toko Steel 1:00 court 2

Balclutha Green BYE

BPS/Clutha Valley vs Kai Pink 12:00 court 5

Important Dates Term 3

27 July Clued up kids pp 29 July

3 August yr 5-6 Netball tournament Balclutha

5 August yr 7-8 Netball tournament Balclutha

9 August Futsal tournament Room 3 only

10 August BPS Cross Country 11:00 pp 12 August

15 August PCT Challenge

17 August SOPSSA cross country pp 19 August

1 September Tony Tourell Golf

6 September Top team

20 September Primary Triathlon


Can and hockey/basketball or netball tournament notices be emailed to over the holidays.

Have a great break!

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Pie Warmer Safety

Please do not send your child's food in a plastic container (nor any other type of container) to be heated in our pie warmer. Our pie warmer is only able to safely heat pies/sausage rolls/pizza slices named and wrapped in tin foil.

Matariki whānau afternoon

This week the whole school was split into 9 whānau groups with students from Rooms 1 to 11. The students worked together on a range of activities based around Matariki. We made stars, kites, soup and bread, and played some traditional Māori games. Our students had to work together to learn a lot of new skills. It was wonderful to see our seniors step up and be amazing leaders and role models for our junior students. We all enjoyed the opportunity to work with different staff and students. Thanks to Ginny from Sport Otago who came and taught the traditional Māori games.

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Trybraries in Balclutha!

A library box filled with active play equipment has popped up in Naish Park!

These boxes, called ‘Trybraries’ operate like a library; instead of books, you can borrow equipment for active play, then return it to the box for others to enjoy. Otago Museum and Sport Otago are installing trybraries in Balclutha, Dunedin, Milton, and Palmerston to increase access to equipment for active recreation. Want to get involved and win cool prizes? To celebrate, the museum is running a Tiktok challenge which you can enter! All you need to do is head down to Naish Park, post a video of you using the Trybrary equipment, tag Otago Museum and #tryjulychallenge. Winners will win passes for awesome experiences like horse riding, climbing, swimming, paddle boarding, and ice skating with their friends and whānau.”

The Trybrary is currently attached to a tree near the new barbeque building, so it should be easy to spot when you enter the park. Later in the year I will be running some pop-up events for local kids, on the science of sport, which will be held at the park. I will keep you posted on when and how your students can get involved.

Have a wonderful school holidays.

Ngā mihi,


Senior Science Engagement Coordinator


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week and during the holidays

Brier Marsden

Maddison Win

Lilyana Rolton

Willow Inglis

Olivia Conway-Reid

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