Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 2

Newsletter 14 May 2021

Check out our Room 1 Pupils with their purrrrrfectly colourful pussy cats they made today!

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Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Wow! I think Winter has really arrived this week with a sudden drop in temperature over the last couple of mornings.

With the arrival of Winter there are a couple of things for our school community to consider:

Vests- it is wonderful to see some of our students wearing hi vis vests to and from school. With the lower light, particularly in the morning, smaller children can be hard to spot by motorists. Please consider popping a vest on your child as they walk / bike to school to ensure they are clearly seen. Vests can be purchased from a number of places for a minimal amount and we also have some here at school that we can loan families.

Contact info- During Winter the likelihood of an emergency school closure due to weather, road conditions or break down of the boiler increases. If we need to close the school at the last moment, parents will be contacted via the school app and the school facebook page. If you do not have access to the app or facebook page, now is a good time to sort this.

This afternoon we have our fortnightly assembly. Our parents and friends of the school are very welcome to join us in celebrating our students and their learning.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Vicki Neave

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Download our School App to your smart phone today!

To download the school app on your smartphone, go to the "app store" for iphones, or "play store" for android phones, search and download FREE "school apps nz".

Once this app has downloaded to your phone, you need to open it and select "Balclutha School" (see picture above what this looks like) from the drop down list of schools. When you have selected Balclutha School you then need to select at least one group to receive messages for.

Once you have selected one or more you will receive messages for your group(s). By selecting at least one group you will also be able to receive alerts that we send to all users of the app.

Welcome to our two newest Teacher Aides, pictured below - Megan O'Donnell (left) and Lee Budge (right)

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...McKenzie Munro who turned 5 this week and started school in Room 1 and to T.J. Lowe who is new to the Balclutha area. Welcome to you both - we hope you had a great first week!

Whānau and School Update

Cheese Rolls Fundraiser - Order forms with money are to be returned to school by Friday 14 May 2021. All proceeds will go towards upgrading the fall area in our playgrounds.

HELPERS NEEDED - Many hands make light please get in touch and let us know what day suits you best for making cheese rolls on Saturday 29th May or Sunday 30th May, either email or text Sara on 02102372282.

Foodwrap Orders - there are still a few orders that need to be collected if you could collect your order next week that would be great.

Entertainment Book - Great deal out at present, for a limited time only, buy a SIngle City Membership for only $69.99 and they will automatically upgrade you to a Multi City Membership. That's a $50 saving and over 10,000 offers across New Zealand and Australia.

Follow this link:

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Concerns and Complaints Procedure

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or complaints so they can be resolved in a timely manner. The process is outlined below and on the attached flowchart.

1st Stage: Teacher

When the concern relates to a particular child or classroom, the initial contact is with the teacher concerned. Teachers keep the principal informed of parent concerns or complaints, and the agreed actions to resolve them.

2nd Stage: Principal

When the problem has not been satisfactorily resolved within an agreed time-frame, the matter is referred to the Principal.

3rd Stage: Board of Trustees

If the problem is not resolved after reference to the principal, the matter is referred formally to the board.


We will have Mufti day next Friday where students are asked to bring a gold coin donation and encouraged to wear pink in support of stopping bullying and gumboots in support of mental health awareness.

Anti Bullying Poster Competition

If you would like to enter this competition, create an A4 poster in support of stopping bullying. Entries need to be handed in to the school office by next Thursday at 3pm. There will be prizes for Junior and Senior sections.

Room 1 has been looking at Autumn. We have worked hard on creating our own Autumn trees with Autumn colours. Here are Tilly, McKenzie and Emily working on their trees.

This week Room 2 went for a walk around the playground and used their senses to describe what was around them. We then used these observations and some amazing descriptions in our writing the next day. The class has been exploring number knowledge using a ‘Number of the Day’ board and, as we are getting expert at numbers up to 20, the board has been updated and now goes up to 50. Georgia and Dani are shown next to their knowledge of the number 50, well done girls!

Room 3 enjoys writing. These girls are learning how to use a dictionary to look up tricky words. They are getting really good at it!

Room 5 read about making clay faces and used dough to make their own faces!

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Room 5 pupils showing off their tukutuku stitching which is nearly all done.

Room 6

Room 12, year 6 children worked together on Tuesday morning to get their Sphero around the maze.

Our Room 11 senior students are coaching groups of junior students in gymnastics. This is a great opportunity for leadership.

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Kidzone Adventure (below) - each pupil has taken a pamphlet home about this today for anyone who may be interested.

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Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Arron Sell - 10 May 2021
  • BJ Leaana - 11 May 2021
  • Hayley Weir - 11 May 2021
  • McKenzie Munro - 12 May 2021

Next week's events of note:

Monday 17 May 2021 - BoT Meeting

Wednesday 19 May 2021 - "Butterflies" visiting Mrs Anderson in Room 1 at 2pm

Thursday 20 May 2021 - Gymsport Festival

Thursday 20 May 2021, 3pm - Entries for Anti Bullying Poster Competiton due to school office

Friday 21 May 2021 - Pink Shirt Day

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