Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 6

Newsletter 26 November 2021

Principal's Report

Kia Ore a te Whānau and welcome to the end of week 6.

The end of the year is fast approaching and we have organised a range of end of year activities to help our students celebrate the busy, if unconventional year we have had.

Here is a brief summary of what we have coming up. More information will go home prior to each of these events.

Tuesday 30 November- Librarians lunch

The librarians will get to celebrate their work in the library this year with lunch in the park. This is supplied by the school.

Wednesday 1 December- Room 11 Market Day

The Room 11 students will be holding a Market Day to sell goods they have been preparing as part of their genius hour projects. More information has gone out to classes about this.

Wednesday 8th December- House Groups sports day

The school council are organising a sports afternoon with a range of fun activities in house groups. Students may wear house colour mufti if they wish. Please contact the class teacher if you don't know what colour house your child is in.

Thursday 9th December- Teddy Bears picnic

The students in Rooms 1, 2 ,3 and 4 will have a Teddy Bear's picnic. They can bring their favourite Teddy and a picnic lunch.

Friday 10th December- Year 8 Day Out

Mrs Willocks and the Year 8 students will be having a fun day out. Plans for this are still being confirmed.

Monday 13th- Year 8 graduation

We will be holding our graduation ceremony to celebrate the many achievements of our Year 8 leavers.

Tuesday 14th December- Farewell assembly and school prize giving

We will hold our final assembly from 11:30 on Tuesday morning. We will be farewelling our Year 8 students, celebrating the success of our students across the school, having our golden ticket super draw and announcing the winners of our Whānau and School Christmas raffle.

School finishes 12:30 pm, Tuesday 14 December.

We have a jam packed couple of weeks. We are still waiting for the traffic light health and safety protocols for schools to be released. This will enable us to firm up plans for any events after December 3 when we move into the new framework. We are really hoping that our parents can be involved in our end of year celebrations, but we don't know what this will look like until our guidelines come out. We really appreciate your patience and understanding with this.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

School Docs Review

This term the Board of Trustees in conjunction with SchoolDocs are reviewing a number of our policy documents. Parents are invited to provide feedback on two of our policies:

  • Religious Education
  • Māori Educational Success

If you would like to participate in this review, please log on to School Docs using the instructions below, select 'current reviews' from the green tab at the top of the page, read the policies to be reviewed and submit your feedback.

These reviews will be open until the end of term.

Logging on to SchoolDocs

1. go to

2. Click Search for your school

3. start typing the school's name and select it from the dropdown list

4. enter your community username and password.

username: balclutha password: balclutha


Welcome to our new students this week (left to right), Mckyah, Sophie and Caleb. They all started in Room 1 this week!
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Whanau and School Update

Last night we had our last meeting for the year and what a great turnout! Thank you to everyone who came, what a great school community we have and we are all looking forward to what 2022 has planned for us.

Christmas Raffle

Thank you to everyone who has already dropped off their items this week, if you haven't yet, please send them in early next week.

We will need all the raffle cards returned, sold or unsold before our draw on 14 December. If you are not able to sell yours, please send them back asap as we have some families who would like more to sell. (If you would like another raffle or two, to sell, please let the school know.)

Next week (week 2) we are asking each family to bring a Christmas item to go towards the raffle. (Below is a reminder of the items we requested for this week, i.e. week 1.)

If any one has any old BPS tartan culottes (that could be cut up), could you please drop them into the School office.

Have a great weekend and keep safe.

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Christmas Raffle

Week One: (22 Nov to 26 Nov)

Room 1 – Crackers/chips

Room 2 – Packet of biscuits

Room 3 – Jar of chutney/sauce

Room 4 – Tea/coffee

Room 5 – Packet/ Jar of ‘meal helper’

Room 6 – A tinned item

Room 11 – Onion soup/Reduced cream

Room 12 – Chocolate/lollies

Week Two: (29 Nov to 3rd Dec)

Christmas item - one item per family

2022 School Year - Term and holiday dates

Term 1
  • 1 February to 14 April 2022
  • Holidays: 7 February (observing Waitangi Day), 21 March (observing Otago Anniversary Day), 15 April (Easter Friday).
Term 2
  • 2 May to 8 July 2022
  • Holidays: 6 June (Queen's Birthday), 24 June (Matariki Day).
Term 3
  • 25 July to 30 September 2022
Term 4
  • 17 October to 15 December 2022
  • Holiday: 24 October (Labour Day)


Check out our wonderful new Workstation Storeage Unit that we won through Officemax! The workstation and it's contents were a package deal and will complement our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects at school.
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Room 1

Room 1 enjoyed buddy reading with Room 11 in the shade on the hot afternoon!

Room 2

Room 2 have been carrying on with Reading as much as possible before the end of the year. We are learning about letter-writing in class and have written both thank you letters and letters to Santa Claus. We also had a great time playing a game with Rita to help us learn numbers in Samoan.

Room 4 Maths Time!

Today we are using our adding and subtracting skills to play the card memory game (matching cards that add up to the same number and remembering where they are) and snakes and ladders. Adeline is developing her strategy skills while playing connect 4.

Room 3

Room 3 gave sketching a go. They tried out light and dark sketching on a piece of paper before trying to sketch the other half of their face. Look how awesome their faces turned out!
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Room 5

Science: Follow up to reading about tornados. Making a water tornado- Dhruv, Blake, Sam and Alfie.

Science: Practice drawing and putting labels on to identify plant and animal parts and their function.

Room 6's celebrating the first growth of our indoor plants!

Room 12

Room 12 shared their Co-space, VR learning with Room 11.

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The two senior classes have been learning the game of lape under the guidance of Rita. The game is a version of handball and certainly brings out the competitive nature of our students!
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Our Year 8 students joined the junior school in the shade today to share stories. This was a wonderful way to show tuakana-teina.

Congratulations to our Award Winners today...

Room 1
  • Zack McAlister - for settling into school extremely well. You are such a delight to have in Room 1.

Room 4

  • Taylor McPhee - for learning lots of new words for reading.
  • Aubree Watt - for great progress in reading.

Room 2

  • Amelia Maxwell - for consistently demonstrating all four values of BPS.
  • Georgia Watt - for pushing herself in writing and reading. Georgia is a fantastic wee worker!

Room 3

  • Sophie Walker - for her positive attitude and the consistent effort that she puts into all tasks.
  • Murray Maxwell - for his fantastic reading. He is making great progress with Mrs O!

Room 5

  • Ana Ramsay - for working hard and taking responsibility for her own learning.
  • Eseta Mikaele Tanuvasa - for diligence and a positive attitude.

Room 6

  • Alyssa Kinder - for great integrity with her lengthy walking trips.
  • Jennifer Au Yeung - for demonstrating responsibility for her own learning and completing work to a high standard.

Room 12

  • Taylah Labes - for the effort you put into developing your co-space. Great work.
  • Harold Karrol - for always giving 100% and willingly helping others. Great work with the development of your co-space.

Room 11

  • Brylee McElrea - for continuing to work over these last days of Primary School!!
  • Penny Coote - for always making the right choices.

Happy Birthday this week to...

Mckyah Faddes

Caleb Flesher

Sophie Cook

Zayde Ruffell

Beth Dalley

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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