Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 4

Newsletter 11 November 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to the end of Week 4.

I would like to acknowledge the huge job the Whānau and School House and Garden Committee have put in over a number of months to pull together last Sunday's fabulous Home and Garden Tour. This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great school community and their commitment to improving outcomes and opportunities for all our learners.

Thank you to the committee, the home owners, the parents, staff and students who were able to help, our wonderful local businesses that supported us with sponsorship and raffle prizes, and everyone who bought a ticket. Wow! What a stunning day!

The vibe on the day was very positive and it was wonderful to hear the comments and enthusiasm from all the visitors.

Everyone involved should be very proud of their mahi.

Ngā mihi nui,


Room 1

The students in Room 1 had a great time practising their gross and fine motor skills with Rebecca this week.

Save the Date!

Our teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting next Wednesday 16 November. Students will be released at 12:30pm on this day. (Please note: Room 3 pupils may be a little bit after 12.30pm as they will be coming back from the swimming pool at that time.)

Room 2

This week Zack, Tilly, Brooklyn and Jonty from Room 2 had a lot of fun learning about how to use and programme Bluebots. They were given some challenges and problems to solve using the robots. They will be sharing their learning and knowledge with the rest of the students in Room 2 over the next few weeks.

Covid in our Community

As I am sure you are aware, we have an increasing number of COVID cases in the Clutha area, including here at BPS. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home and test if they are symptomatic. If you require some RAT tests, please contact the school. We have a limited number of tests here at school.

Under the latest guidelines, if a member of your household tests positive, students may still come to school if they have no symptoms and have a negative RAT test. Students will need to be tested every morning while the positive case is isolating (7 days).

Room 3

We have been working on our class cross stitch Tukutuku of the bridge and using “Hit the Button” to learn our 10x tables. We are also writing our own “Three Little Pigs” story.

Whānau and School Update

Home and Garden Tour Update:

I'm not really sure where to start, as we are so very fortunate as a school community to be given so much by the wonderful South Otago community!!!

Please find a link below with a list of all the Raffle sponsors and a list all of the businesses who kindly donated money or items for the Home and Garden Tour. THANK YOU!! One way we can all say thank you, is by supporting these local businesses.

Another big THANK YOU is to the wonderful home owners who let us into their homes and gardens! This was so generous of them, especially as many of them don't have children at our school.

A massive THANK YOU to the our helpers leading up to the event and on the day!! For these events to work we need as many helpers as possible. Thank you to you all for giving up your time, before, during and after the event. It has all been worth it when we see the benefits our children will gain from everyone's efforts.

A very special mention is needed to the Home and Garden Tour Committee - Carleigh F, Sara S, Sarah V, Trista S, Alana J and Jackie M. Thank you for the many hours of work you did. It was a great day and much appreciated.

We are very excited to share that we are estimating approximately $9,000 profit from the event.

Have a great weekend and don't forget about the Party at the Park and Rainbow Run on Saturday!


Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Room 4

Room 4 had the best time learning how to code blue bots this week. We learnt how to make them move in different directions across the mats. We also were able to attach a pen to make them draw different pictures.

Swimming next week 14 to 18 November - Rooms 1, 2, 3, and 4

Please remember, if you have a child in Room 1 (Mrs Anderson), Room 2 (Mrs Swallow), Room 3 (Mrs Harris) or Room 4 (Miss McHardy) - they will need their togs, towel and goggles every day next week as they will be going to the centennial pool.

BPS 2022 Christmas Raffle

Room 5

Room 5 students working on their stop motion projects.

Check out our slideshow presentation of what Structured Literacy at BPS looks like...

Room 6

Room 6 have had a great time at swimming over the last 2 weeks.

Room 12

Room 12 students have loved swimming the last two weeks! Check out what they have been learning.

Room 11

Our students have had a wonderful two weeks of swimming. Thank you very much to the parents and instructors.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Amber Kasosera

Ana Ramsay

Ethan Barclay

Isiah Stretton

Keira Frisby

Art in Windows

This week BPS has participated in the Art in Windows programme in Balclutha. You will see our Art displayed in the windows at:

- Mask Beauty and Hair

- Hairworkz

- The Dollar Store

- Cafe 55

Thank you to these wonderful businesses for agreeing to display our art.

Key Competencies at Balclutha School

At our last Board meeting, the Board of Trustees discussed our key competency achievement for term 4. Key Competencies are the life skills that students develop that enable them to participate effectively in society. This term the Board were focusing on the key competency of thinking.

We currently have 79% of all our students working within or beyond expectations for their age levels. This is up from 75% last year. Staff have analysed the data and have identified areas that can be adapted to support the students not yet meeting expectations.

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Mufti Day on Monday!!

We are holding a mufti day on Monday 14th of November, to raise funds for Gumboot Friday.

This organisation gives young Kiwis, our precious rangatahi, free and fast access to qualified counselling. This service relies on the continued generosity of many New Zealanders. They need our help, we need yours.

Please send your child in mufti with a gold coin donation. Due to junior swimming, please ensure your child's clothes are named to avoid any confusion.


Athletics Results

Well done to all students who competed in the South Otago Athletics last Friday.

Good luck to Ollie, Blake and Lilly who will compete in Southland Athletics on November 19.

Ollie - 100m 4th, 200m 2nd, High Jump 3rd 1.25m, Long Jump 2nd 3.7m, Discus 3rd 19.05m and Shot Put 3rd 7.5m

Blake - 100m 7th, High Jump 3rd 1.18m

Alfie - 100m 6th, Long Jump 4th 2.73m

Harold - Discus 20.40m

Isabelle - 100m 5th, 200m 5th

Lilly Inglis - 100m 2nd, 200m 2nd

Zoe - 200m 7th

Lexi - 200m 8th

Mabel - 1500m 3rd


Draw for Thursday 17 November

Teeny Stars vs Romahapa Teenies 4:00 ground 4a

Teeny Racers vs Rosebank Orange 4:00 ground 1a

BPS Lions vs Lawrence yr3s 4:30 ground 8

BPS Superstars vs Milton Green 4:30 ground 2

BPS Rebels vs Valley Vortex 5:00 ground 8

BPS Racers vs Warepa Wasted Talent 5:00 ground 4

BPS Stars vz Lawrence Yr8s 5:30 ground 2

Otago Triathlon

Well done to Zoe, Eva and Meg who competed in the Otago triathlon yesterday and placed 4th.

Otago Swim Champs

Good luck to Charlotte Watt who is competing at the Otago Primary swim champs on Saturday.

Top Team

Top team finale is on Wednesday 16th November all information will be sent next week.

Colour Run

Save the day PALs colour run, 1st December, 2pm all welcome.

Tania Arthur

Sports Coordinator

Term 4 dates coming up...

Week 5 - Junior Classrooms - swimming 14 November to 18 November (next week!)

Paid Union Meeting for Teachers - 16 November, 2022, pupils will be released at 12.30pm

Teacher Only Day on Monday 28 November 2022.

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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