Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 2

Newsletter 12th February 2021


Kia Ora e te whānau and welcome to Week 2.

It has been wonderful seeing how quickly all our learners have settled back into the new school year. On Tuesday afternoon we had a number of our school whānau come in during our school information afternoon. The teachers really enjoyed the opportunity to touch base with these parents and talk about the year ahead. It was also fantastic to see some of our learners share their work with their families. We are aware that many of our school parents work or have other commitments and were unable to come in. Please remember that our staff are happy to welcome you into the classroom any time if you have concerns or questions about your childs' learning, or if you just want to catch up. As parents/caregivers, you are an important part of your childs' learning journey and we value your input and involvement.

This week we are trialling our new digital newsletter and are excited about this format moving forward. The digital platform will enable us to share more of the great things that happen at BPS with you. Look out for a lot more content including some videos in the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy reading it. Please contact the school office if you still want to receive a paper copy of the newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Covid-19 Reminder

While school life has resumed as normal this year, the threat of COVID19 remains and we ask that our school community continue to be vigilant. Please remember:

  • keep your child at home if they are unwell
  • sign in at the office using the app or sign in sheet if you come on site
  • keep reminding your child about the importance of good hygiene including hand washing

Updating Family Contacts and Consent Form

We are currently updating our contact information and our student consents. A form with contact name, phone number, address etc was sent home to every family last Friday. On the back of this form was a consent form for parents to please read and check as appropriate. If you haven't already returned your form, please send these back next week.

Religious Education

Please return the RE permission slip to the school office ASAP if you would like your children to be involved in the RE programme this year.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

During week 4 and 5 of this term our learners will be working through the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme with Constable Gordon.

There is a short video for parents below that explains the programme and what it involves. If you have any questions, please contact Constable Gordon or the school.

KOS Programme v1

Board of Trustees Update

Welcome to 2021! I hope that everyone had a good summer break and are now settling back into school routines!

Term 4 in 2020 was very busy, as we welcomed our new Principal - Mrs Vicki Neave. The BOT have enjoyed Mrs Neave’s “fresh eyes” to further strengthen our school, so that BPS continues to be a safe learning environment for all of our students and that our students continue to get the best opportunities for learning.

Next week the BOT will have our first meeting of the year, and after this we will be able to formally share with our school community the following;

* Who has been appointed Board Chair.

* Who has been assigned specific roles, as each trustee will work collaboratively with the principal in one the following areas; Finance, Property, Health/Safety & Wellbeing, Curriculum, and Self Review and report back to the BOT meetings.

* What the annual targets are for the school so we can raise our students achievement in Reading, Writing and Maths, and also how to raise the student’s awareness of where they are at with their own learning.

* What the strategic plan is. The BOT has drafted a plan and we know that we want to focus on Our People, Our Place and Our Learners. (We will share more of what this means over the next few weeks.)

For 2021, the BOT has several new initiatives that we are working on, and we will now regularly share our progress to you. The BOT also want to provide opportunities throughout the year to engage, consult and get feedback from our school community on particular projects or other matters. Your constructive opinions are important to the BOT, because we have been elected by the parents/whanau of our students and staff, to represent the school community. So lets hope for a more settled year ahead and we will keep you in touch with what the BOT is up too!

Jolene Ollerenshaw - Board Chair

P.T.A. Update

Week 2 is over and boy, haven't the first couple of weeks gone fast.

Last week you would have got the form for our current fundraiser, please note the return date for your order is 26 February.

Balclutha Primary School PTA are doing a Foodwrap and Kitchen Consumables Fundraiser! It would be great if we as the school community could get out and about and sell some of these. If you require another form please just let me know.


330mm x 300m $23

330mm x 600m $35

Aluminium Foil

440mm x 90m $22

300mm x 150m $22

Baking Paper

300mm x 120m $32

Minigrip Bags (100)

Snack Size $5

Lunch Size $7

Storage Size $14

Kitchen Tidy Liners (50)

18 litre $5

27 litre $6

36 litre $7

Your support is greatly appreciated

Next PTA meeting is Thursday 25th February 7pm in the staffroom, everyone welcome :-)

Have a great weekend

PTA Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Room 2

Room 12

Here are the Room 12 students beginning their work on understanding emotions and how to manage these. All classes will be participating in this programme as part of our Positive Behaviour for Learning work.

Our Wonderful Culture Group 2021

Sports News

South Otago Primary Schools Swim Meet

If you are interested in competing in the swim meet on 17th March please email or see Miss Robins for more information


A link to the time table is below.

Balclutha Primary School Athletics 2021

The athletics sports will be held on Monday 22 February (postponement day Wednesday 24th) at the Showgrounds and Balclutha Primary School. The sports will begin at 9.30a.m with year 4-8 students. There will be a shortened lunch break between 12 and 12.30pm. Students are encouraged to wear their house colours. This clothing must be suitable to compete in. Students need to have a hat, suitable running shoes, water filled drink bottle, sun cream and lunch. After all events we will all meet at the showgrounds for 800m race and house relays.

If you are able to help out during the day please come along, all help is greatly appreciated.

**Lunch will be 12 – 12.30pm**

Sausage Sizzle – There will be sausages and bread available at lunch time. $2 per sausage. Teachers will collect orders and money in the morning but there will be sausages available for parents and visitors on the day. Money raised will go to senior camp.


  • Makayla Seed
  • Chloe Bloxham
  • Sophie Walker
  • Malia Laban
Big picture

Upcoming Events

  • Board of Trustees Meeting - 18 Feb - 7pm
  • School Athletics - 22 Feb
  • Road Safety Truck Visiting BPS - 23 Feb
  • PTA Meeting - 25 Feb - 7pm

Bank Accounts

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