Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 2

Newsletter 28 October 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 2.

Today is World Teachers Day, and it is an opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful job our teachers here at BPS do everyday.

We are fortunate to have teachers that care deeply about the learning and the well being of their students and often go above and beyond to ensure our learners get the best deal possible.

Term 4 is an exciting time for our teachers as we begin to see the results of all the teaching and learning from the year starting to come to fruition. We have begun our end of year assessments in preparation for reporting to parents, the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education. It is incredibly rewarding to see the wonderful progress so many of our students have made in 2022, despite a very mucky COVID impacted year. Thank you to all our wonderful teachers for the great job you do every day. We appreciate you and all that you do.

Have a lovely weekend,

Vicki Neave

You are invited- Structured Literacy Parent Information Session

We are excited to invite our parents and whānau to an information session on structured literacy. Come along and hear about the implementation of structured literacy at our school, what this might look like for your child, and how you can help at home.

Monday 7 November, 5:30pm in the school hall.

Save the Date!

Our teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting on Wednesday 16 November. Students will be released at 12:30pm on this day.

Shake Out

On Thursday, BPS participated in the National Shake Out Earthquake Drill. Hopefully we will never have an earthquake while we are at school, but if we do, we know what to do!

Here are Room 3 practising what to do.

Welcome to Balclutha School this week, Nathan and Maddie!

Room 1

Room 1 students did extremely well with the great "Shake Out" earthquake drill on Thursday morning. Here are Jack, Caleb, Izabella and Tyrone being ‘turtles’ under the table to keep safe.
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School Photos

School Photo order forms were sent home last week. If you would like to place an order, complete the order form and return to the school office by Friday 4 November i.e. next Friday. If your order is late, then you may need to contact the photographers direct to place your order.

Room 2

The students in Room 2 took part in the Great "Shake Out" this week and practised their stop, drop and hold in the classroom. We have also started a new piece of art connected to one of our favourite books, Class 2 go to the Zoo. They are looking forward to showing off their finished work shortly!

Room 3

Shake Out practice - Earthquake drill. Maddie and Arron read the Structured Literacy books. Kingston and Braxton work as a team to solve the poem word puzzle

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Zayden Young

Cooper McLean

Isabella Cooper-Blackie

Ella-Zay Burrows-Morrell

Room 4

Room 4 have enjoyed using the post office area in our classroom. We like writing letters, invitations and lists.

Whānau and School Update

Whanau & School Meeting - thanks to all those who came to the meeting last night. Still a busy couple of months left at school.

BPS Home and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

HELPERS NEEDED!!! WE NEED YOUR HELP ON SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER - anytime from 7am through to 4pm (even just a couple of hours would be great!)

Contact Sara Sutherland on 02102372282 or Carleigh Frisby on 0214180127.

Last day to get tickets is 31st October. Be quick as time is running out!! 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:

THE SPUD DIG IS BACK - Have you had a chance to sort your spud in some soil yet?? Send us some photos and we can share in the newsletter :-)

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Room 5 students sharing their writing with the class.


Touch Draw for 3rd November

BPS Teeny Stars vs Lawrence Gold 4:00 ground 3b

BPS Teeny Racers vs Stirling Stars 4:00 ground 1b

BPS Lions vs Kaiyotes 4:30 ground 7

BPS Superstars vs Warepa Winners 4:00 ground 6

BPS Rebels vs Lawrence Yr6s 4:30 ground 1

BPS Stars vs Toko Koura 5:30 ground 1

BPS Racers vs St Josephs 5:00 ground 6


We have a number of students going to athletics on Friday. All information will go home with those students next week.

Top Team

The final round of top team is on Wednesday 16th November.

Room 6

Room 6 students have been learning about places in New Zealand.
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Uniform Grant available for 2023 Year 9 pupils

If your child is heading off to secondary school in 2023, and you require support with the purchase of their uniform, please find attached grant information. If you would like to go ahead, or have any questions, please feel free to contact Balclutha School in confidence.

Room 12

Last Friday Room 12 visited Tiffany at the public library to learn more about the history of the bridges in Balclutha.

Sunhats / Skorts / Skirts

A reminder that children will need to wear their sunhat when outside at school this term. Hats are available from the school office - $5 per hat. We are missing a few sizes at the moment, but more hats have been ordered. They haven't arrived here yet, but we know they are with the courier!

Skirts / Skorts

We are still waiting for advice from our suppliers when our order of skorts and skirts will be here. We apologise for the delay. As soon as we have a delivery date, we will let you know in a future newsletter.

Room 11

Room 11 students have been working on an art project - painting with acrylic paint. We are looking forward to displaying the finished works in some of our local shop windows in week 4 as part of the Art in Windows week.

Term 4 dates coming up...

School Photo Orders due - Friday 4 November 2022

Structured Literacy Information Session - 7 November 2022, 5.30pm in school hall.

Week 3 and Week 4 - Senior Classrooms - swimming

Week 5 - Junior Classrooms - swimming

Board of Trustees Meeting - 7pm, 10 November 2022

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

Teacher Only Day on Monday 28 November 2022.

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