Balclutha Primary School - T2, Wk 2

Newsletter 13 May 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te whānau and welcome to week 2.

COVID is still making it's presence felt, but we have managed to keep our wonderful teaching and learning happening across the school.

This week's COVID numbers are:

Active cases (staff and students): 9

Families isolating: 16

One of the Board of Trustees areas of focus this year is to increase the participation in physical activity across the school. Over the last couple of weeks, as well as their classroom PE programmes, all the students have had additional in-class sport sessions with Tania Arthur, our school sports co-ordinator. Tania has also been running touch games for students over lunch times. This has led to a really pleasing number of students express an interest in the upcoming rippa tournament. We are all looking forward to the tournament in week 4 after so many sports cancellations last term.

Next week our students will also have another session with Skip the Sports Activator, and coaching sessions for futsal. It has been great to see our students so active. This has a positive impact on their health and well being, as well as their learning.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

2022 Board of Trustees Elections

The Triennial board elections are to be held in September this year. The board is accountable for student achievement, sets the vision for the school and ensures the school complies with legal and policy requirements.

Specifically the board:

· Sets the strategic direction and long term plans for the school in consultation with the school community

· Monitors and evaluate student achievement and progress

· Oversees the management of property, finances, curriculum, staff and administration

· Monitors the board’s progress against the charter goals and targets

· Fulfils the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage

· Acts as good employers to all staff at the school

I would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a parent representative to get in touch with existing board members or Vicki to find out more. A parent’s guide to the role of the board of trustees is also available on the NZSTA website -

To help our school whanau understand the role of the board, we will also profile the specific board roles over the term.

Board of Trustees Role Profile - FINANCE

The board is responsible and accountable for the school’s financial performance.

Specific tasks include:

· Approving the annual budget based on the priorities of the school’s charter

· Monitoring financial performance compared to the budget and key financial health indicators

· Establish finance related policies and procedures, including financial delegations and internal controls

· Approve the audited annual report

· Make capital expenditure decisions

Parent / Teacher Interviews

Parent interviews will be held at school on Wednesday 25 May (1pm to 7pm) and Thursday 26 May, 2022 (3.10pm to 5pm).

Please note - interviews on Wednesday will start at 1pm therefore, on Wednesday, all pupils will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm. (New OSCAR South Otago will be open from 12.30 that day - to make a booking - phone 027 315 7253 OR 027 473 1235)

When coming to your meeting, please wear a mask. You do not need to show a vaccine pass to meet with the class teacher.

To book an interview - click the link below (if you need to enter an event code it is maw7w) or go to

If you have any questions or would like help to make a booking, please contact the school office (03) 4190103.

Whānau and School Update


We have 35,000 cheese rolls to make the weekend of 27th, 28th & 29th May!!

A notice was sent home yesterday with a list of different time slots when we need your help. If you have any time, on any day, please fill in the time/day section on the roster and return it to the school office before Monday 23rd May. Thank you to those families who have already offered to help. Your support is very much appreciated.

This is a great fundrasier for our school and all the money goes towards benefiting all of the children at our wonderful school. If you have any questions please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282.


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

If you would like to help, please let me know.


Keep safe and let's be kind to each other :-)

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

MUFTI DAY - Friday 20 May

Next week is "Bully Free" week. To show that we are united against bullying we will have mufti day next week on Friday 20th May. Students can wear PINK to show your support!!
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Welcome to Amelia who started in Room 1 recently.

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2022 Sport News


Teams have been emailed to parents

Draw for Monday 16th

BPS Yellow vs Harlequins 3:50

BPS Blue vs St Joseph’s School 3:30


Draw is as follows

Balclutha A vs Rosebank A 11:00 court 2

Balclutha B vs Lawrence Red 11:00 court 3

Balclutha Blue vs Clutha valley Green 11:00 court 4

Balclutha White vs Clutha Valley Orange 10:00 court 1

Balclutha Green vs Kai Pink 10:00 court 4

BPS/Clutha Valley vs Rosebank Pink 12:00 court 5

We have a busy week coming up.

Sports Activator, Skip, will be back on Monday. We are all looking forward to our sessions with Skip this term.

Futsal sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Classes have been going out for sport with Tania. Here is room 3 practicing catching and throwing small balls. They had to take turns at throwing the tennis ball and trying to catch it in a cone.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Room 1

On Tuesday the Room 1 children had a Hairy Maclary day, reading lots of Hairy Maclary stories and making dog masks. In the afternoon they were lucky enough to have some big buddies from Room 11 come and help them do Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy role plays.

Room 2

After reading "Down the Back of the Chair", Room 2 came up with a rhyming pair of crazy items that could be found behind their sofa cushions. We have made this into a display in the corridor outside our classroom.
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Room 3

Room 5

Room 5 students finding patterns in the playground!
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Room 6

Room 6 students have been creating trench scenes. The children have been resourceful using a range of materials to create their projects.

Room 12

This week Room 12 had Rita for Samoan. We learnt a Samoan game called “steal the bone”. It was a very competitive game!

Room 11

Room 11 students have been creating mosaic representations of beach scenes as part of their independent learning. They had to follow instructions, which included using a compass, blending watercolours and breaking their scenes into 'mosaic' bites.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Arron Sell

McKenzie Munro

Coming up next week...

Bully Free Week

16th - Board of Trustees May Meeting (6pm)

17th - Southern District Health Board - Vision / Hearing Technician (new entrant checks)

20th - "Pink Shirt Mufti Day"

20th - School Assembly, 2.30pm (to be confirmed - will be advised via school app)

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