Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 8

Newsletter 26 March 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

This week we have had many of our wonderful supporters working together to make Balclutha Primary School a great place for everyone to be. On Wednesday evening the Whānau and School Group held their AGM and we would like to congratulate 2021 elected office bearers Sarah Sutherland, Carleigh Frisby, Alana Jamieson, Stacey Stewart and Shelley Smith.

As a school we appreciate all their hard work and are excited about the many fundraising opportunities they have coming up. We are very fortunate having such a proactive group supporting our learners and providing such fantastic support! We are all looking forward to tonight's "Jingo" fundraiser and hope to see you there!

On Thursday evening we held our Whānau hui. This was an opportunity for our parents to "brainstorm" ideas of how we will grow te ao Māori across the school and build on the wonderful work already being done by our classroom teachers and our cultural group.

Congratulations to those children who competed at the South Otago Swimming champs last week, with a special congratulations to Paige who qualified for the Otago Swimming Champs! Wonderful effort by you all!

Good luck to all the children attending Southland Athletics tomorrow!

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

School will be closed...

A reminder that we are closed for our Teacher Only Day on Thursday 1 April, (next Thursday)

We are also closed observing Easter on Friday 2 April, Monday 5 April

AND we will be closed Tuesday 6 April.

New OSCAR South Otago (Out of School Care and Recreation Programme) - will be open for bookings on 1 April and Tuesday 6 April. Their contact phone number is Programme Manager, Lynn Murray 027 315 7253 or Administration, Michelle Martin 027 473 1235.

Welcome to Adeline, Nathanael and Cristian who started their first day at primary school this week in Room 1!

Whānau and School Update

JINGO TONIGHT – Not too late to come along and join in for a fun night! We have a wonderful community who has supported us by way of donations for raffles and auction prizes.

$20 p/p for entry and jingo card. Corporate tickets also available includes platter for $30 p/p.

Please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282 if you want to get some tickets.

Easter Raffle – Today at assembly we are announcing the lucky winners of our Easter Raffle. Thank you to all the families who have donated an item for the Easter raffle.


We had our annual general meeting on Wednesday night.

Committee Members for 2021 are:

Co-Presidents - Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Vice President - Alana Jamieson

Secretary - Stacey Stewart

Treasurer -Shelley Smith

A massive thank you to the Whānau and School committee members for last year's efforts. Everyone working together has enabled so many extras for our school community.

Foodwrap Update - we are still awaiting the arrival of the stock but it should be here any day now.

Term 2 Fundraising - Just giving you all a heads up that will be selling Cheese Rolls as our fundraiser next term. We are just working on final details and then forms will be available.

Next Whānau and School Meeting - Wednesday 14th April at 7pm in the staffroom.

Support Balclutha Primary School by grabbing an Entertainment APP.

2 for 1 offers, special rates and up to 50% off dining, takeaways, shopping, & activities

throughout Southland, Southland, Central Otago, Otago & Oamaru.

Until the 15th April receive a bonus $10 or $20 Countdown or JB HiFi voucher with your purchase.

Valid for 12 months from activation. Downloadable on up to 4 devices.

You can buy online here:

Your support is greatly appreciated!!

Have a great weekend

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Sports Update

Good luck to the following students who are competing at the Southland Athletics on Saturday: Lilly Inglis, Shelly Kenworthy, Bella Paterson, Ajay Shanks, Ollie Sapstead and Eva Martin.

Football Tournament

The annual primary schools football tournament will be held on Tuesday 13th April.

Football tournament notices have been sent home with interested children.

If your child is year 3-6, they can play at this tournament.

If you would like a notice please email

K. Robins

Sports Coordinator

Photo below: Try Time - our two year 7/8 teams played each other at touch on Thursday.

Room 1

Room 1 have been doing swimming art with Rooms 2 and 3. Here are James and Brooklyn working hard on their master pieces. We can’t wait to show you the finished art work!

Room 2

It was lovely to read about everyone’s long weekend at writing time. Room 2 is a very busy class! We have been playing lots of games during reading time to help us learn our blends, rhyming words and high frequency words. The photos below show Cooper working hard on his maths and Georgia with one of our reading games.

Room 3 loves going to the library and reading books. We are learning how to choose books - we even like sharing our favourites with a buddy!

Room 5

Room 6 students (pictured below) identifying each other's strengths.

Room 12 have finished their cartoon artwork this week. Below are some pieces by Aidan, Malia and Joss.

Matthew, Room 11, has a passion for hunting and he brought in some of the trophy heads he and his father have 'collected' over the past years. The one on the left in the photo below is one he shot himself, just a year ago. His mum, Nicky, was also able to share some information about her job as part of our careers programme.

Room 11 Movie!

Below is a short movie of one of Room 11's favourite games - The Wall - a game of skill, speed and tactics!

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Cristian Andrew - 22 March
  • Nathanael Andrew - 22 March
  • Adeline Jamieson - 22 March
  • Jaxon Young - 22 March

Upcoming Events to put on your calendar

  • Teacher Only Day - Thursday, 1 April 2021 (school closed)
  • Easter Friday - 2 April, 2021 (school closed)
  • Easter Monday - 5 April, 2021 (school closed)
  • Tuesday 6 April (school closed)
  • (Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April - Room 11 at Camp)
  • Wednesday 14 April - Whānau and School meeting
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Bank Accounts

  • School Saveloys, sport fees and all camp fundraising - 02 0900 0000 452 00
  • Whānau and School, fundraising, school uniforms (2nd hand and new) -
  • 03 1734 0006449 00