Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 3

Newsletter 12 August 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau.
Welcome to Week 3.

This week has been a very active one with the Sports Activator here on Monday, Room 3 participating in a futsal tournament on Tuesday and Cross Country on Wednesday.

All of the children have been practicing hard for cross country and it was fantastic to have parents able to come along and support the effort that the children have put in for this event. Although it was chilly, it was a great morning out.

With all of these terrible bugs floating around, please make sure you send your children with a jacket and hat. Although it is chilly, we encourage the children to be outside getting fresh air and have regular oustide "brain breaks" throughout the day. By having 'fresh air breaks', children are able to be more focused and feel brighter.

As we know, winter bugs are still around. Therefore, it is important that we continue to be diligent with our hygiene practices and monitor ourselves and our students for signs of illness. Students and staff who are unwell need to stay away from school to avoid spreading their illness to others.

Have a fabulous and restful weekend

Nga mihi nui

Katie Moodie

Deputy Principal/SENCO

Teacher Only Day - Monday 29th August

We have a Teacher Only day coming up in week 6 - Monday 29th August, 2022. Please note - school will be closed to pupils that day.

Religious Instruction

Religious Instruction starts at school next Tuesday 15 August. Thank you to the families who have returned the form to "opt" their child(ren) into Religious Instruction. If you haven't yet returned the form and would like your child(ren) to attend Religious Instruction, please let us know, by email ( or send a note to the school office.

Children who have not "opted in" to Religious Instruction, are still required to come to school as normal and will take part in a values programme with their teacher during that time.

Relationships and Sexuality Programme

During weeks 5 and 6 there will be a focus on the Relationships and Sexuality currciulum. A parent meeting was held on Wednesday night to inform parents of the senior programme. The Junior school (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) will be learning about what makes a good friend and keeping ourselves clean.

See the link below for the years 5 - 8 programme outline.

Whānau and School Update

Cross Country

Well done to all the children, teachers and helpers who participated in the cross country. What an awesome effort.

A big THANK YOU to Silver Fern Farms for kindly donating the sausages for everyone to enjoy after the cross country. They were a huge success!!!

Thank you to the parents and grandparents for helping out on the bbq. This was very much appreciated.


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 include lunch and afternoon tea.

Please 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 BPS Purple 3:30 court 3

Year 5/6

BPS Green vs Warepa Eagles 5:30 court 4

Year 7/8

BPS/Kai vs Warepa Smashers 5:00 court 5

Netball: photos/prizegiving

Netball photos will be held at lunchtime on Wednesday 24th August

BPS Netball Prize-giving 2022
24th August at 3.30pm BPS school hall
All players family and friends welcome
Uniforms to be returned at prize giving please

Any questions please let Tara know 0273807603.

Physical Activity Leaders

Our PALS students had a great time running a game on Thursday at lunch time. It was great to see so many smiles and laughs. Every Thursday at 12:45pm the PALS will run a game to include all students.

Cross Country

Cross country was a very enjoyable day. Well done to everyone and a huge thank you to the Whanau and School for the sausage sizzle. It was great to see so many parents and caregivers come along and watch. Photos below.

School Photos

We have our school photos booked this term for 24 August, 2022. Please use the link below to "book" a family photo. Note all children will have an individual photo taken, unless you let us know by Friday 19th August that you do not want one taken.

You only need to complete the consent form if you want a family photo. (Any family photos to include siblings etc who do not attend Balclutha School will need to be taken between 8.30am to 9am. Please note this on the consent form.)

Balclutha School Pet Day

Please click on the link to find out about our upcoming pet day and how to "book" your pet in...

Room 1

Room 1 enjoyed Skip’s session on Monday. We learnt new hockey skills.

Room 4

This week Room 4 had a week full of sport! Our pictures this week show Room 4 practising the different ball skills needed for hockey that Skip taught us.

Room 2

It was an active week in Room 2 this week. We had fun learning hockey skills with Skip on Monday and everyone did their best at cross country on Wednesday.

Room 3

Room 3 children out finding out about the Clutha Bridge and the Railway Bridge. We made sketches and looked at how they were different.

Room 5

Room 5 playing maths and literacy games.

Room 6

Room 6 have enjoyed learning how to ask how you are feeling in Te Reo Māori. "Kei te pehea Koe?"

We drew some pictures to show feelings.

Big picture

Room 12

This week, at technology, the Year 7’s were creating their own exoticfruit recipes. They sounded delicious!

Room 11

Room 11 students have been extremely active this week. We had a session with Skip, the sport's activator, on Monday, the Cross Country on Wednesday and then our class favourite game - The Wall on Thursday and Friday.

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners...

Room 1

Jade Wakeham - for gaining confidence and settling into school routines well. It is fantastic to see you so happy at school!

Room 4

Stevie Ross - for being brave at reading time to try something new.

Room 2

Mary Harborne - for her amazing effort and determination during cross country.

Brooklyn Radford - for being a great participant in maths groups and sharing his ideas with others.

Room 3

Watson Kelly - for working really hard on his handwriting goals.

Adeline Jamieson - for having a positive attitude to all her learning.

Room 5

Keith Butcher - for always offering to help others and showing empathy.

Charlotte Watt - for taking care of her classmates when they need help.

Room 6

Charlie Walker - for a superb result with his structured literacy.

Tristan Dobson - for giving 100% to cross country and making good improvements with his running.

Room 12

Meg Smith - for stepping up and being a role model during buddy time with the juniors!

Kade Buchanan - for his great leadership while helping the Juniors with cross country!

Room 11

Rylie Labes - for her wonderful leadership on the Cross Country day - supporting the younger students around their course.

Rosemariah Talione Vasa Pene - for leading and supporting our Junior runners on Cross Country Day.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Hunter Barclay

Aubree Watt

Murray Maxwell

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