Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 5

Newsletter 5 March 2021


Kia Ora e te whānau,

Welcome to Week 5. A huge thank you to our school community for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we moved back into Level 2 again this week. Hopefully we will move back into Level 1 this weekend and we can resume normal operations next week.

Due to our current Alert status, we were unable to hold our scheduled assembly this week, but will look to hold assembly next week depending on alert levels. Information about this will go out on our school app and on facebook once a decision has been made.

Our tamariki had a great time on Wednesday with our Wheelie Wednesday event. This was part of "RIde and Walk to school" week. A huge thank you to the seniors in Room 11 who set up an obstacle course for the junior school. Check out some of the great photos and videos of this on our school facebook page.

Next week we are hoping to be able to participate in the South Otago athletics championship being held at South Otago High School. Good luck to all our athletes who are competing in this event.

Have a good week.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

See Saw

As part of our preparation for home learning, in the unlikely event that we move to Level 3 or 4, all the classes are in the process of setting up SeeSaw as the primary communication and sharing tool between home and school.

The decision has been made to use a single tool to eliminate confusion and to make it easier for parents who have children in more than one class. Many classes have this well underway. If you haven't yet got your SeeSaw account set up for your child, please contact the class teacher.

School Uniform

Our students are looking very smart in the new uniforms. Thank you to our parents for supporting these changes. A copy of the uniform list is below for anyone who is unsure of what the expectations are. A reminder that makeup should not be worn at school.

Uniform Supply update

Our skorts and skirts (in the BPS tartan) have arrived. We have them in most sizes. Prices are skirts $55, skorts $40 each.

Regrettably we have to increase the price of our BPS Sunhats. They are now $5 each. BoT and Whanau and School contribute to the rest of the cost. All sizes available at the office.

Stirling Sports has navy shorts in stock to buy at their Balclutha store.

Religious Education Starting on Tuesday next week

Religious Education starts next Tuesday (Wednesday for Senior Technology pupils). If you have not returned your permission slip yet and would like your child to take part, please let us know by Monday next week.

If your child is not taking part in Religious Education, or they have not returned their "opt in" slip by Tuesday, they still need to come to school at the usual time of 8.55am on Tuesday.

All children attending or not attending Religious Education will be supervised at school between 9 - 9.30am on Tuesdays.

Welcome to Dhruv (standing) and Rahi (sitting) who started at Balclutha Primary School last week!

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Parent Teacher Interviews

We will have interviews on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March.

Interviews will start at 1pm on Wednesday and will go through until 8pm that day. Children will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm on Wednesday.

Teachers will also be available for interviews on Thursday after school between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Parents and Caregivers will need to book an interview time and day.

Please click on the "School Bookings" link below to go online and make your booking using the code fqksc, or go to your web browser and enter the following web address,

If you are unable to make your own booking, please phone the school office 4190103 and we will make the booking for you.

Whanau and School Update


We require some help on the night and leading up to the event. If you can help please get in touch with Sara Sutherland on 02102372282 or email We look forward to hearing from you.

If anyone in our school community knows of any good ideas for an auction on the night or has something they would like to donate for an auction please let us know.

Easter Raffle - Raffle sheets should be coming home today with your children. Happy selling! If you require another raffle please ask at the school office.

We are asking for an Easter item to be donated per family. There will be a box for all donations in the office entrance at school.

Thank you so much to our school community for the great support on the Foodwrap & Kitchen Consumables Fundraiser!!

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Have a great weekend

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


REMINDER - all pupils in Rooms 1, 2 and 3 to please remember your swimming togs, towel and goggles every day next week.

Room 1, Room 3 and Room 5 pupils working their way through the obstacle course set up by our senior pupils!

Room 2

Room 2 have started back on their reading rotations this week, with lots of games and activities to help us practice our high-frequency words. We’re also building our knowledge of basic facts in maths and have started artwork to show our whānau the fun we had on athletics day. In writing we all worked hard to come up with our best descriptions of a monster and have amazed Mrs Swallow with our imaginations and ideas. Here is a picture of some of our class with their own monsters and awesome writing.
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Room 3 has been reading the rainbow fish book. Here are Lilly, Samara and Willows’ rainbow fish.

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Room 5 Rockin’ Roosters - reading activity and following instructions Ana (left) and Alfie (right).

Below: Room 5 pupils climbing and swinging, not wheeling!

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Room 6 having fun during our "Wheelie Wednesday" this week!

Room 12 enjoying the sunny afternoons, great team work, encouragement and co-operation.

Room 11

Room 11 have been writing persuasive articles about the demolition of our Town Hall - some agree with the demolition - others believe there are more important issues to be dealt with in the community. Our 12-13 year olds are developing their ability to articulate their views.

Click the links below to read Makayla, Ruby M and Olivia's writing!

Sports News

We have 39 children heading to South Otago Athletics on Monday. Good luck to everyone who is competing.

Scholastic Book Club

Book Club order forms have been sent home today with most pupils. If you would like to place an order please return to the School Office by 19 March 2021. (If you would like another form, please ask the office.)

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Lily Te Whata - 1 March
  • Ella Hore - 1 March

  • Logan Gray - 7 March

  • Lucy Harrison - 2 March

Upcoming Events to put on your calendar

  • Assembly - 5 March - 2.30pm (postponed due to Covid-19 level 2 restrictions)
  • SOPPSA Athletics - 8 March
  • Junior School Swimming - 8 - 12 March 2021
  • Otago Cricket Coaching - Friday 12 March 9 - 3pm
  • BoT Meeting - Tuesday 16 March 7pm
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Wednesday 17 March 1pm - 8pm
  • (All Pupils will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm on Wed 17 March)
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 18 March 3.30pm - 5.30pm
  • (Note: School open as usual for all pupils 9am to 3pm on Thursday 18 March)
  • Scholastic New Zealand Issue number 2 Book Club orders to be returned to School with money - 19 March
  • Otago Anniversary - School closed Monday 22 March
  • Assembly - 26 March 2.30pm
  • Whanau and School Jingo Quiz Night - Friday 26 March

Bank Accounts

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