Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 3

Newsletter 5 November 2021

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 3.

What a stunning end to the week we have had with this wonderful weather. I'm hoping it is the prelude to a long, hot Summer.

The senior school have now had their first week of swimming. A massive thank you to all our wonderful parents who have been able to come along and help during swimming, especially with the new restrictions of having to wear a mask at the pool. It certainly does add another level of uncomfortableness to the experience. The senior classes have one more week of swimming left, and then our junior classes begin their week of swimming.

After the 15th of November all parent helpers at school and at school based activities must have had their first vaccination. This includes the coaches of our sports teams. Thank you to the large number of parents who have already brought their vaccination information into school. Once we have it on record, you will not be asked to supply it again for future events. Please rest assured that this information will be kept confidential.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave


Welcome to Sophia-Rose and Stevie who started School for the first time this week in Room 1!
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And... welcome back to Alester in R12 - who will be with us for a week or is lovely to see Alester again!
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JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund - supporting School Uniform purchase for 2022 newly enrolled Secondary Students

The JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund has a proud tradition of supporting families in need of financial assistance, with the purchasing of a school uniform.

As such, they are pleased to invite grant applications from suitable candidates. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 December 2021. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

The criteria allows for applications from those students entering High School, College and Intermediate for the first time.

Applications will be considered for families requiring financial assistance, and in this regard, it must be signed by an independent sponsor before an application is returned to us. The sponsor should be an organisation that is familiar with the applicant’s circumstances (i.e. school, social service agency etc).

Applications outside the above criteria will not be considered.

Please ask at the office or email Mrs Neave if you would like a copy of the application form in confidence.

Grants can only be for the purchase of basic school clothing and footwear only [excluding roadshoes/runners/stationery/school bags].

Applications will be considered after December 10th and purchase orders will be sent to successful applicants before Xmas 2021.

Room 1

Room 1 have had a busy week! We have welcomed Sophia-Rose to our class and we are loving having her at school! Here is Zack scooping out the water beads into his container. Jonty is concentrating on his Lego creation and Joash is taking photos of us all with his camera he made out of the magnets.

Room 2

Room 2 have been outside enjoying the sunshine with Rooms 1 and 3, taking part in a range of activities that have helped develop our fitness, coordination and our teamwork. Back inside the classroom we have looked at symmetry and reflections - the photos shows how Rahi and Dani used shapes to produce a wonderful symmetric design together.

Room 3

Room 3 have been learning a Samoan dance with Rita as part of our time with her. By the end of the term we hope to have learned all the moves.
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Room 4 made collage pictures this week...

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Room 5

Room 6 Writing Letters...

Room 12

Room 12 pupils have been learning water safety skills and swimming techniques during school swimming this week.

Room 11

Hayley, Mathafasue and Georgia have started up an art club as part of their Genius Hour Project. The first group they worked with were fromYear 6 and they learnt some sketching techniques.

Saveloy Fridays

We will continue to have Saveloys available each Friday this term (x8 Fridays). $2 for saveloy, bread and sauce.

If you would like to pay online - please pay into our bank account 02-0900-0000452-00.

Happy Birthday this week to...

Keith Butcher

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