Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 7

Newsletter 10 September 2021

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te whānau,

Wow! what a crazy roller coaster we have all been on over the last month. It was so good to have everyone back on site yesterday and start to get routines up and going again.

Once again, thank you to all our parents who helped keep learning going during lockdown. This looked different in every household, but almost all our students managed some kind of learning at home. It has been really exciting hearing some of their stories.

Thank you to the parents who were able to complete the snap survey on home learning that went home yesterday. Our challenge as a school is to find the right balance for home learning, that also meets the needs in a range of different family situations. Your feedback will help us improve our procedures and delivery of home learning if we need to go back into lockdown again.

Unfortunately under Level 2 restrictions, we are unable to have our parents on site for things such as assembly. We do look forward to sharing our learning with you again once we hit Level 1.

In the meantime keep an eye on our newsletters, facebook page and SeeSaw to see what exciting things we are getting up to.

Have a great weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,


Health Curriculum Survey

Prior to Lockdown we conducted a Survey on our Health Curriculum. This needs to be done every two years to ensure our school Health curriculum reflects the needs of our school community.

Thank you to the parents who responded. The Board of Trustees were thrilled to have 57% of our parents respond. Congratulations to Kim Strawbridge who won the draw for the box of chocolates.

The topics that parents felt were the most important were:

  • Cybersafety (97%)
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe (95%)
  • Developing a growth mindset (88%)
  • Water safety (88%)
  • Personal identity and belonging (86%)
  • Food for fuel (85%)

The school team will ensure that these topics are reflected in our planning over the next two years.

To support the Health Curriculum we are also working on:

  • a parent evening around Cyber Safety hopefully in term 4
  • a parent information session around the Health Curriculum and how it is taught at BPS in conjunction with the Whānau and School. (this will be organised once we are back in Level 1)

Thank you

Board of Trustees

Frieda and Nofo started in Room 1 this week! Welcome to BPS Frieda and Nofo!

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Everyone in Room 1 has settled back into school extremely well. We were so excited to see each other again. We were thrilled to have 2 new students start with us as well!

Room 2

Room 2 have been settling in after lockdown. We shared photos that families kindly sent in, stories about lockdown and have written about our favourite parts of being at home. On Friday we had a caterpillar day so have looked at caterpillar poetry and are making caterpillars out of egg cartons to grow seeds in.

Room 3 has been working on making fairy tale books. The children enjoyed learning about them in lock down and we have decided to carry on with them.

Room 5

Room 5 have been doing work online with Seesaw. They have learned to write on worksheets on the chrome book without having to print them out. Thank you Dhruv for teaching us all how to do it. They have been doing quite a few activities and have had a scavenger hunt competition. We are happy to be back.

Room 6

Room 12 children are happy to be back at school to learn and see their friends.

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Room 11 - Bus Stop maths in action. Students are taught by their fellow classmates in small groups.

Sport News


Touch teams will be announced next week. If you haven't already paid touch sub please give cash to Miss Robins or pay online into BOT account. $10 for year 3-8 and $5 for year 1/2.

All touch information including the draw will be sent home via email.

South Otago Foundation Coaching Course

Venue: Cross Recreation Centre, Balclutha

Date: Thursday 16th September

Time: 5:30pm - 8pm

Cost: FREE

Please sign up via this link ASAP:

It's extremely beneficial to do the Online Component before attending the course but not compulsory.

This not only gives you coaching resources but might bring up questions which we can address at the course.


An important email has been sent to parents of term 3 hockey players. Please ensure you read the information carefully before Monday hockey.

Congratulations to our Award Winners this week. Mrs Neave presented awards in each class this afternoon to....

Room 1 -
  • Tilly Field - for settling back into school like a superstar! It is great to see you come back confident and with a big smile after lockdown.
Room 2 -
  • Sofia Galbraith - for sharing her lockdown diary with the class.
  • Rahi Escovar - for finding lots of amazing activities to do during lockdown and sharing them with the class.
  • James Toole - for coming back to Room 2 after lockdown with a helpful, positive attitude and a fantastic smile!

Room 3 -

  • Samara Sutherland - for being enthusiastic about all tasks she completed and giving 100%. Miss Roughan loved all your pictures during lockdown.
  • Manahi Melvin - for giving everything a go and trying new things. Miss Roughan loved the videos and photos you sent in.
  • Willow Inglis - for always trying her best and taking great pride in the presentation of her work.
  • Pio Faga - for working hard and using his sounds to help him write great stories.

Room 5 -

  • Chloe Thomson - for working hard, developing confidence and having a go at everything.
  • Zac Weir - for having a go at everything, trying his best and showing respect to others.

Room 6 -

  • Ollie Sapstead - Enthusiasm in drawing, art and speech writing.
  • Lily-Anne Bloxham - for always being considerate, helpful and kind towards others.

Room 12 -

  • Keira Frisby - for putting in a huge effort to continue her learning during lockdown. Good work with fractions.
  • Keely Shanks - for putting in a huge effort to continue her learning during home schooling. Good work with fractions.

Room 11 -

  • Maddi Brown - for outstanding work and commitment during our Lockdown Learning.
  • Abby McKinney - for outstanding work and commitment during 2021 Lockdown.

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Levi Howat
  • Eva Martin
  • Jade Maber

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