Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 6

Newsletter 11 March 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 6.

Goodness, what a crazy, busy week we have had!

Unfortunately COVID is really making its presence felt across our school community. A huge thank you to everyone for working with us to help manage the current situation. Hopefully we can minimise the spread as much as possible and get things back to normal as quickly as possible. I have been so impressed with the way all our students and staff have just kept going with all the great teaching and learning we do here at BPS, while supporting our school community members who are learning from home.

This week was national 'Walk'n'Wheel to School' week and it has been fantastic to see so many students walking, biking or riding their scooter to school. Please remember that it is a school expectation that all children wear a helmet when on their bikes and scooters. Our heads are precious and we want to look after them.

Thank you to the School Prefects and the Room 11 School Council members for organising a fun "Wacky Wednesday Wheelie" day. I loved looking at some of the crazy outfits, and our tamariki had a blast on their wheels at morning tea and lunch time.

Yesterday we had our school athletics day - RED alert level style. The children competed in the class groups instead of their year groups so we didn't mix our bubbles. Unfortunately we had no parents along to cheer us on, BUT we still managed to have a great day, with some exceptional athletic skills on display. Congratulations to everyone who participated, encouraged their peers, and demonstrated the great BPS attitude.

Have a great weekend, and keep safe!

ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Playground Update

After a LONG wait we are slowly making some headway on our project to resurface our front playgrounds.

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up to help with our working bee last Saturday. A special thank you to James Cook for his great work on the digger and Aaron Sutherland who has helped the Board with project management. A lot of the existing bark chips were dug out in preparation for the turf to go down. This will continue for the next few weeks.

We haven't got a definite time frame for this project to be completed, as we are experiencing transport delays with the turf getting to Balclutha from Auckland. Our students have been very patient waiting to get back on the equipment, so hopefully the wait won't be too long!

Whānau and School Update

WORKING BEE - we are having a working bee this Saturday to remove the bark from the playground from 9am. There may be an opportunity to take some bark home once we have filled the school gardens. Spades, rakes and trailers and YOU are all we need, it would be great to see some more faces there.


Thanks for the great support in regards to the Foodwrap fundraiser we have raised over $3,600 which is just awesome!!! That money will go towards swimming coaches for Term 1. Orders can be picked up from the school hall on Saturday 12 March 2022 (TOMORROW) between 9am and 11am.


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 on 02102372282.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Welcome to Tyrese who started in Room 1 this week! Here he is checking out our library books in the school library!

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2022 Sport News


What an awesome day we had for athletics, it was great to see all the children have such a good time and try their best. Click the link below to see the results


Draw for 17th March

BPS Stars v Rosebank yellow, 5:15 ground 10

BPS Racers v Waiwera Clinton blue, 4:30 ground 7

BPS Superstars v St Marys, 4:30 ground 11

BPS Lions v Warepa wasps, 3:45 ground 4

BPS Teenies v VCW Teenies, 3:45 ground 9

BPS stars are on clean up duty on the back fields. Please bring all balls, cones, score cards, lost property and rubbish from all fields to the gate as soon as you finish.


BPS Orange v BPS/Waiwera South 5pm court 5.

Walk 'n' wheels

A big thank you to everyone for joining in with our walk'n'wheels week. Wednesday was such a fun day. The bright colours were fantastic. Thank you to our year 8 prefects and student council from Room 11 for setting up such a great course for the children to play on.

Junior swimming

Junior swimming starts on Monday for Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 5. Please ensure your child brings their togs, towel and swimming goggles every day next week. (Please only bring normal swimming goggles, NOT ones for scuba diving etc). It is very helpful for children to have long hair tied up. Thank you to the parents who have offered to help.

Skip, our Sports Activator, will be back on Monday to add a few more things to our last lesson. We are looking forward to this.

Check out the Balclutha Primary School Facebook page for photos from sporting events during the week including walk'n'wheels and athletics.

Clutha Rugby Football Club

Juniors online registration is now open. See the links below for more information and to register your player.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Room 1

What a busy week we have had! Ginny from Sport Clutha joined us on Tuesday with the Loose Part trailer. We had so much fun! Wacky Wednesday for Walk ‘n’ Wheels week was a hit too! Yesterday we enjoyed our athletics day in the sunshine.

Room 2

Room 2 have been enjoying some outdoor time this week. We played with the 'loose parts' trailer on Tuesday and made up a lot of new and exciting activities with the items provided. Many of the class brought in scooters and bikes on Wednesday and had a great time on the track set up by the seniors. Joash is in one of the pictures directing traffic! Everyone had a lot of fun during Athletics Day yesterday. It was wonderful to see all the children try their very best and supporting their classmates.

Room 3

Room 5

Room 5 were very excited yesterday, waiting for the start of our Athletics Day!

Room 6

Room 6 won a maths challenge about 22.2.22. What is the biggest number you can get using these digits? For our reward we enjoyed some time at the park.

Room 12

On Monday Rita came and taught us the Samoan words for our bodies. We then played a game to help us remember them.

Room 11

Room 11 enjoying the shade on athletic’s day. Everyone is dressed in their house colours, preparing to support the 200 metre runners.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Logan Gray

Dylan Young

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