Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 4

Newsletter 19 August 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 4.

This week we had the opportunity to celebrate some of our athletes as they participated in the South Otago Cross Country at Clinton. Congratulations to everyone who ran in this event. It was wonderful to see so many of our parents able to travel to Clinton to support our runners. After a couple of years of COVID restrictions, it is really nice to see some normality come back into our sporting calendar.

On Wednesday our students were involved in the "Wood for Good" programme. The primary focus around this programme was to develop an awareness of the forestry industry and strengthen our understanding of how to be safe around logging vehicles. For the students (and some of the staff), I think the highlight was probably the drone demonstration, and the opportunity to climb into the cab of a logging truck.

The students were all given a safety workbook. Hopefully they were able to share them with their parents at home.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Teacher Only Day - Monday 29th August

We have a Teacher Only day coming up in week 6 - Monday 29th August, 2022. Please note - school will be closed to pupils that day.

OSCAR will be available for bookings, phone: 027 315 7253 or 027 473 1235.

Board of Trustees August Meeting

The newly formed board of trustees will meet for it's first meeting since the election on Tuesday, 23 August, at 7pm in the school staffroom.

Current board members Stacey Labes, Karla McPhee and Rachael Watt will welcome Aaron Sutherland and Morgan Watt, our new parent representatives, and Linda Swallow, our newly elected staff representative.

Whānau and School Update

BPS Home and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

If you would like tickets to the House and Garden Tour, the tickets are $45 per person and includes lunch and afternoon tea.

Please email:

If you would like to be one of the stall holders at one of the properties for the Home and Garden Tour please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282 or email

Meeting Date for your Calendar...

The next Whanau and School meeting will be on Thursday 1st September at 7pm in the school staffroom. A reminder that everyone is welcome.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

2022 Sport News

Netball: photos/prizegiving

Netball photos will be held at lunchtime on Wednesday 24th August

BPS Netball Prize-giving 2022
24th August at 3.30pm, BPS school hall
All players, family and friends welcome
Uniforms to be returned at prize giving please.

Any questions please let Tara know 0273807603.


Year 1/2 Basketball

Session 1 3:30pm court 2

Session 2 4:00pm court 2

Year 3/4 Hockey

BPS Blue vs Warepa Flames 5:30pm court 3

BPS Purple vs Romahapa 3:30pm court 3

Year 5/6

BPS Green vs Rosebank Green 5:00pm court 4

Year 7/8

BPS/Kai 2 Games

BPS/Kai vs St Josephs 5:30pm court 5

BPS/Kai vs Catlins Blue 6:00pm court 5

South Otago Cross Country
What a fantastic day we had in Clinton! Well done to all students who ran. Congratulations to Ollie Sapstead for placing 1st in the year 7 boys race and Lily Inglis who placed 1st in the year 7 girls race.

A big thank you to all the parents for their help and support on the day.

Tania Arthur

Sports Coordinator

School Photos

We have our school photos booked for next Wednesday, 24 August, 2022.

Please remember, if you have "booked" a photo to include family members who are not at Balclutha School (i.e. preschooler, Mum and/or Dad), you will need to be here between 8.30am and 8.45am. Check in at the school office on arrival and we will let you know where you need to go for your photo. (It will be weather dependent on the day as to where the photos are taken.)

If you have any queries, please contact us on 4190103.

2022 Year 8 South Otago High School Interviews

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6th September and Thursday 8th September between 4.00pm and 6.00pm for each (2022) year 8 student and caregiver.

You can book your interview time by going to The login is g67kf. You will receive a confirmation email (please check spam if you do not receive one).

Please note that bookings will close on 30th August 2022.

Should you have any problems booking your interview time please feel free to contact South Otago High School office on 4180517.

Thank you, South Otago High School

Daffodil Day - MUFTI DAY AT BPS

We will have Mufti day next Friday, 26 August. Pupils can wear mufti (YELLOW, if possible) and bring a gold coin donation. All donations will go to the Cancer Society in support of their annual Daffodil Day fundraiser.

We also have paper daffodils (donation), pens ($2), tote bags ($5), available to buy next week from the school office. All proceeds to the Cancer Society.


Room 11 and Room 12 pupils will be washing cars tomorrow, 20th August, 10am to 1pm at TyreLand, 1 Clyde Street, Balclutha. Cost - donation.

Come along and help support our senior students to raise funds for their upcoming camps.

Balclutha School Pet Day

Please click on the link to find out about our upcoming pet day and how to "book" your pet in...

Room 1

Room 1 had a great time with the "Wood is Good" programme on Wednesday. We watched a drone fly around the school and checked out a big logging truck!

Room 4

This week Room 4 has been hard at work creating tukutuku panels.

Room 2

Room 2 pupils have made moving robots to fit in with the character helping us in our latest concept in Structured Literacy. We also had some great science fun, watching the reaction between vinegar and baking soda. We even added some food colouring for extra excitement!

Room 3

Room 5

Room 5 starting their Dean Russo inspired art.

Room 6

Room 6 enjoyed the "Wood is Good" programme on Wednesday. Some children got to sit in the truck.

Room 12

Room 12 pupils have created some fantastic artwork about cross country using word art on their chromebooks!
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Room 11

Technology in Room 11 this week - constructing marble roller coasters in small groups, finishing with a competition for the 'best' roller coaster. Speed, design and teamwork were all considered in the final competition.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Kade Buchanan

Isabelle Jamieson

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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