Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 5

Newsletter 4 March 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 5.

Well, after weeks of waiting, planning and preparation we finally have COVID in our school community and it is becoming more and more widespread around the Clutha district.

A huge thank you to the parents who have been monitoring their children for symptoms, getting children tested and letting us know the results.

This is an incredibly anxious time for our school community but I am confident we can continue to work together to support everyone in our school whānau and minimise the spread.

At school we will continue to:

- wear masks

- maintain good hand washing and hygiene procedures

- limit the people our students have contact with

- monitor the students for signs of illness

We ask that our parents continue to:

- wear masks when dropping off and picking up students

- monitor their children for signs of illness

- keep unwell children at home and seek medical advice if they show COVID symptoms

By working together we can ensure school is a safe place to be.

To ensure we maintain the confidentiality of everyone, we are unable to tell our school community who any positive cases are or which class they are in, so it is important that everyone is diligent about monitoring for symptoms.

This week we were very excited to welcome Paul Skipper, the South West Otago Sports Activator, to Balclutha Primary School for his first sessions. The classes all really enjoyed their session with him and are excited about his future visits.

Have a great week,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

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Working Bee

Working bee

We will be holding a working bee on Saturday 5 March at 9am, (tomorrow) to start working on our playgrounds. Please bring along shovels and wheelbarrows.

Whānau and School Update


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

We need your help....if you are handy with marketing and/or design can you please get in touch with me before 18th March so we can start working on the flyers and tickets for the House and Garden Tour. Many hands make light work :-)

If you would like to have your house or garden on the tour please get in touch we would love to hear from you. Email or Sara phone on 02102372282.

Thanks for the great support in regards to the Foodwrap fundraiser. Please make sure all payments are through asap.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Welcome to Jacobi who started in Room 1 this week!

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2022 Sport News


Thursday 10 March is BPS athletics. Unfortunately, we are not able to have parents attend this event. All children are welcome to dress in their house colours and results will be recorded and posted in next week's newsletter.

House colours are:

Hubbard - yellow,

Grigor - red,

Moore - blue,

Turner - green.


BPS Racers had a great win this week. (Photo Rylie Labes having a great run!)

Draw for 10th March

BPS Stars v Lawrence Gold , 5:15 ground 7

BPS Racers v Rosebank Pink, 4:30 ground 5

BPS Superstars v Milton Green, 4:30 ground 11

BPS Lions v Rosebank Blue, 3:45 ground 5

BPS Teenies v Stirling Stars, 3:45 ground 11


Draw for 7th March

5.00pm, court 5 BPS Orange v Catlins

5.00pm, court 4 BPS/Waiwera South v Romahapa Black

Walk 'n' wheels week

7-11 March. Help us support this fantastic event by supporting your child/children to walk or wheel, even if it's only once during the week.

Wacky Wednesday (9 March) - Walk n' Wheel Day. Dress up in something bright; bright shoes, bright socks, bright hair, bright clothes! Be seen by the cars on the street! Gold coin donation.

Let's have some fun with this!

We would love to celebrate any outside of school sports achievements, please email if you have anything to share.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Sports Activator Visit

This week we had Paul Skipper (aka Skip), the Sports Activator, come to our school. Our kids have had a great time running around learning some new running and jumping skills.
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Room 1

Room 1 had an amazing time with Skip on Wednesday. We enjoyed practising our jumping skills with him. We can’t wait until our next session!

Room 2

Room 2 have been continuing their work with Structured Literacy this week.

Room 3

Coaching for jumping was fun. We had to learn all sorts of new skills.

Room 5

Room 5's geometry activity. The students are touching mystery shapes without being able to see them to name and descibe them.
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Room 6

Room 6 has been reading about bees and wasps. This week we sketched and labelled the body parts.

Room 12

Room 12 has been working on self portraits with a twist. One half represents hobbies and what they are interested in. The other half is how they look.
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Room 11

Self portraits have been a focus for Room 11 students over the past 10 days. We have used a combination of paint, collage and sketching to produce these unique masterpieces.

Congratulations to our Value Award winners last week -

Room 1 -

Sophie Cook - for being a respectful member of Room 1. You are such a helpful and caring student Sophie!

Room 2 -

Rikoh Neale - for a great start at BPS and settling quickly into Room 2.

Jonty Inglis - for fantastic contributions in class discussions during Maths and Literacy.

Room 3

Sofia Galbraith - for helping others, doing her best and being ready to work.

Cooper McLean - for a positive attitude, perseverance and doing his best at all tasks.

Room 5

Dannielle Kelly - for helping her classmates and taking responsibility for her learning.

Keith Butcher - for showing respect to everyone and being a good friend.

Room 6

Brendon Burgess - for working hard during structured literacy.

Paris Au Yeung - for working hard in all subjects and helping others.

Room 12

Malia Laban - for her great leadership in her reading group. She is a role model to her peers!

Gabby Warden - for speaking up more and contributing to discussions. Keep it up!!

Room 11

Taylah Labes - for leading by example with her focus and determination to take on new learning.

Lilly Inglis - for determination and effort with all the new learning in Room 11.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Ella Hore

Lily Te Whata

Bank Accounts

  • School Saveloys, sport fees and all camp fundraising and donations - 02 0900 0000 452 00
  • Whānau and School, fundraising, school uniforms (2nd hand and new) -
  • 03 1734 0006449 00