Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 2

Newsletter 5 August 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau.

Welcome to Week 2.

This week the nominations closed for the Board of Trustees. As we had 5 nominations for 5 vacancies, there is no need for an election.

It is with great excitement that we welcome Aaron Sutherland and Morgan Watt on to the Board as parent trustees and Linda Swallow as the staff trustee. They will join existing Board members Rachael Watt, Karla McPhee and Stacey Labes to form our new Board of Trustees. I am excited to see how our new Board will build on the fantastic school we currently have and help lead us to an even brighter future.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our outgoing Board members for their huge contribution to Balclutha Primary School over the last 3 years.

Kim Strawbridge has held the Health and Safety portfolio, and as part of that has helped to oversee our response to the COVID pandemic, and has worked to set up a school Health and Safety committee made up of staff, students and the Board.

Jolene Ollerenshaw held the position of Board chair, and during her tenure oversaw a number of significant events, including the changing of Principal and our 2020 and 2021 lockdowns.

Heather Willocks has been the staff trustee for a number of years, and her wealth of institutional knowledge is significant and has been a real asset at the Board table. The staff and school would like to thank Kim, Jolene and Heather for their many contributions to the Balclutha Primary School Board of Trustees.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Board of Trustees Elections - 2022 Election

At the close of nominations on Wednesday 3rd August, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled (5 parent vacancies and 1 staff vacancy) I hereby declare the following duly elected -

Parent Representatives:

Stacey Labes

Karla McPhee

Aaron Sutherland

Morgan Watt

Rachael Watt

Staff Representative:

Linda Swallow

Thank you to all the nominators and congratulations to everyone who put their name forward.

Margaret Shields

Returning Officer

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 on 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.

Whānau and School Update

BPS Cross Country - With the Cross Country on next week, (Wednesday 10 August - pp 12 August), we are putting on a bbq for all the athletes to have a sausage, FREE, after their race. Spectators are also welcome to join us for a FREE sausage at school after the races.

We are needing some helpers on the day. If you can help with the bbq please let me know, many hands make light work. Please text or call Sara on 02102372282.


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:

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 Valley Volts 5:00 court 3

BPS Purple vs Milton 5:30 court 3

Year 5/6

BPS Green vs Valley/St Jo's 5:30 court 4

Year 7/8

BPS/Kai vs St Jo's 4:30 court 5


Room 3 are attending the futsal tournament on Tuesday 9 August. Thank you to all the parents that have offered to help. Spectators are welcome, room 3 will be playing from 10-11.

Cross Country

Reminder cross country is Wednesday 10 August pp Friday 12 August. Children can dress in their house colour.

Hubbard - yellow

Moore - blue

Grigor - red

Turner - green

Below is a notice with all the information.

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.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

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...

Welcome to Bryce who has started at Balclutha School recently!

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Room 1

With all the rain we have had, Room 1 have created some amazing rainy day artwork.

Room 4

This week Room 4 has been learning the different colours in Te Reo Māori. We painted rainbows to answer the question - he aha ngā tae o te āniwaniwa? (what are the colours of the rainbow?)
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Room 2

We spent some time experimenting with stop motion videos in Room 2. This was new to everyone, and we were all excited to create a short movie and share it with the rest of the class. Here is Nathanael working hard on making his video. Also pictured is Zayde making handprints in art this week.

Room 3

Cross country practice. Adeline, Mani, Kayden and Rahi, try their best and run all the way.

Room 5

Room 5 presenting their ‘all about me hoodies'.
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Room 6

Room 6 have enjoyed running in the sunshine. We are training for cross country next week.

Room 12

On Thursday Room 12 had some buddy time with Room 1, 2 and 4. They helped them learn their track for cross country next week!

Room 11

We have been out most days this week, training for our cross country. It is not everybody's favourite activity but the students have impressed with their positive, 'can do' attitude.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Max Warden

Anotida Kasosera

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