Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 2

Newsletter 29 October 2021

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te whānau and welcome to week 2.

As South Islanders, we have had another wee COVID wake up call this week with four cases in Christchurch. It is a concern how it is slowly making its way down the country.

As a school we continue to follow all Ministry of Health and Education guidelines to ensure we keep our students and school community as safe as possible, and are prepared in case we have to go back into lockdown again.

This week we have had more clarity around some of the guidelines connected to the Health Order.

From November 15th, anyone coming on site or participating in school activities, including parents, who are interacting with students must have had their first vaccination, and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. This includes sports coaches, swimming helpers, camp parents etc. Parents who would like to continue to be involved in school activities will need to prove their vaccination status. To avoid parents having to repeatedly show their vaccination status, we would like to set up a confidential database at the school office. If you would like to be on the database, please pop in with your proof of vaccination. This will remain confidential.

All adults and students 12 years and over will need to wear masks on buses. This includes school buses, technology buses and swimming buses. It is recommended, but not mandatory, for students under 12 years to wear masks on buses.

Our staff and students really appreciate your support as we work to implement these new guidelines.

ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Second Hand Uniform

Our Whānau and School run a second hand uniform shop at school that is regularly accessed by a number of families. They gratefully accept any good condition uniform that your child has grown out of and no longer needs. Any donations can be left at the school office.


Congratulations to the Year 7 /8 girls cricket team who had a stunning day at the cricket tournament in Milton on Tuesday, winning all their games.

Well done to Rosemariah who won Most Improved Player for the day.

Whānau and School Update

Our Whānau and School met last night and discussed the following...

Chirstmas Parade

At this stage we are expecting it to go ahead. We will be keeping it simple and fun! More details to follow.

Christmas Raffle

Raffle cards will be coming home in the week of 22nd November. They will be a $1 per ticket and 10 tickets per card. Each family will have one card to sell - with more cards available for those families who choose to sell more.


Our skorts and skirts suppliers have advised us that as of 1st of January 2022 there will be a small price increase for our skorts and skirts. As soon as we know what that price increase will be, we will let you know. At the moment we have new skorts and skirts available to buy in size 6 and up. Skorts ($45), Skirts ($55).

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Sports News

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'Have a Go' Athletics

Athletics South Otago are holding a ‘Have a Go' day at the South Otago High School grounds Frances Street Balclutha from 4:30pm – 5:30pm on Tuesday 2 November.

This is an awesome opportunity for any children interested in Athletics to come and have some fun, by trying some interactive Athletics based games, and enjoy a sausage on the BBQ. Also, an opportunity for parents to mingle and find out what the athletics club can offer.

Following the ‘Have a Go afternoon,’ Athletics will be held weekly on Tuesday afternoons for any interested children.

For any further queries please contact Craig at Sport Clutha. 027 268 9167,

Friday night cricket

Parents of all interested children, years 4-8, have been sent an email (copy of notice below).

Permission slip needs to be returned by Sunday 31st October via email to


Unfortunately due to covid the quadrathon has been cancelled this year.

Super 8 cricket

Well done to all the students who went to cricket on Tuesday and Wednesday. A big thank you to the parents who transported and managed the children each day. Without your help the children would not get this opportunity.

JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund - supporting School Uniform purchase for 2022 newly enrolled Secondary Students

The JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund has a proud tradition of supporting families in need of financial assistance, with the purchasing of a school uniform.

As such, they are pleased to invite grant applications from suitable candidates. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 December 2021. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

The criteria allows for applications from those students entering High School, College and Intermediate for the first time.

Applications will be considered for families requiring financial assistance, and in this regard, it must be signed by an independent sponsor before an application is returned to us. The sponsor should be an organisation that is familiar with the applicant’s circumstances (i.e. school, social service agency etc).

Applications outside the above criteria will not be considered.

Please ask at the office or email Mrs Neave if you would like a copy of the application form in confidence.

Grants can only be for the purchase of basic school clothing and footwear only [excluding roadshoes/runners/stationery/school bags].

Applications will be considered after December 10th and purchase orders will be sent to successful applicants before Xmas 2021.

Room 1

Room 1 had great fun using an app called Quiver. We coloured in a picture and scanned it in the app to make our pictures come to life! It was very exciting.

Room 2

Room 2 have been doing some writing and maths based around Halloween - one of our photos this week shows Penelope, who has been working really hard with her addition strategies.

We also took part in the Great ShakeOut on Thursday with the rest of the school. It was a bit of a squash under the tables, but everyone looked after their friends to make sure they would be safe in an earthquake.

Room 3

Logan, Florrie and Zavier have been working hard with Rebecca upstairs. They are connecting their fishing line with the pompoms. Look at the concentration on their faces!

Room 4

Room 4 have been constructing bridges out of junk so the three billy goats can cross the river to eat fresh grass on the other side!

Room 5

Room 6 - We are very proud of our year 5&6 pupils who took part in the Cricket Tournament on Wednesday this week.

Room 12

Room 12's action packed Thursday. Earthquake practice and Samoan with Rita. Playing the Samaon number game and beautiful Samoan artwork using patterns - we would see these patterns on ie-lava lava (clothing) and on traditional Samoan tattoos.

Room 11

A number of our Year 8 students are working towards maths badges.
Olivia and Penny are using compass bearings to plot an orienteering
course, Brooklyn is comparing the differences of throwing, jumping and
running between short and tall people and Rashaun is recording a
detailed history of technological inventions over the last 100 years.

Saveloy Fridays

We will continue to have Saveloys available each Friday this term (x8 Fridays). $2 for saveloy, bread and sauce.

If you would like to pay online - please pay into our bank account 02-0900-0000452-00.


Our class awards were handed out by Mrs Neave this week to...

Room 1

  • Zayde Ruffell - for settling back into routines so well and for doing amazing jumping in the fine motor skill group.

Room 2

  • Portia Stoop - for asking amazing questions during reading time.
  • Freya Patel - for making great progress on her letter sounds and reading.
  • Penelope Talione Vasa Pene - for pushing herself in maths and creating some outstanding work.

Room 3

  • Logan Gray - for his awesome independence. He knows what to do and is starting tasks without help.
  • Toby Knight - for his positive attitude and great leadership with room 1 and 2!

Room 4

  • Sofia Galbraith - for working well at all times and being considerate to others.

Room 5

  • Sam Kinder - for working at set tasks diligently and for demonstrating strong values.
  • Brendan Burgess - for working at maths, keeping it neat and always having a go.

Room 6

  • Latifah Asman - for having a positive attitude when competing in cricket and supporting her team mates.
  • Ruby Harrison - for demonstrating a positive attitude in everything she does and encouraging others to do the same.

Room 12

  • Maddi Win - for creating a stunning water colour painting for Mrs Moodie's office.
  • Rosemariah Talione Vasa Pene - for willingly helping out around the classroom.
  • Jeffrey Sonio - for willingly helping out around the classroom.
  • Joss Winslade - for creating a stunning water colour painting for Mrs Moodie's office.

Room 11

  • Aidan Serong - for showing top skills at S.O.H.S. with cricket and t-ball coaching.
  • Mathafasue Mikaele Tanuvasa - for a positive attitude and the meanest bowling action in cricket!

Happy Birthday this week to...

Zayden Young

Cooper McLean

Bank Accounts

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