Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 2

Newsletter 10 February 2023

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to the second week of the term.

Parent-teacher partnerships are crucial for student success. When parents and teachers collaborate, they can identify and address a student's strengths and weaknesses, set goals and create a supportive learning environment. Such partnerships also promote communication and understanding, which fosters trust and helps ensure that each child reaches their full potential. By working together, parents and teachers can create a positive impact on a student's academic and personal growth.

In the coming weeks we will have a number of opportunities for home and school to work together to ensure the best outcomes for our learners. On Thursday next week we will be hopefully holding our school athletics. It would be wonderful to see our parents come along to support their children and encourage all our students. More information about athletics day will come out next week.

On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd Feb, we will be holding our first round of parent- teacher- student interviews. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child's teacher to start, or continue a strong relationship that will help your child to have a wonderful year. We are really looking forward to seeing all our parents sometime over the two days.

Have a great weekend,

Kā mihi nui,


Room 1

Room 1 have worked alongside Room 3, preparing for athletics next week. Hurdles requires skills such as run, jump and crawl.

Parent Interviews

A reminder that students will be released at 12:30 on Tuesday 21st Feb for parent interviews.


We ask that students do not bring uncooked 2 minute noodles to school for lunch as we don't have the facilities to prepare them. Children wanting noodles for lunch may bring them to school already prepared and put them in the pie warmer.

Room 3

This week Room 3 has created some caterpillar art. We had to listen carefully and follow instructions.
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Sports News


Athletics is next Thursday 16 February. The whole school will be doing the same rotation. This will be available next week on our school app and facebook.

Students are welcome to dress in their house colours

Blue - Moore

Red - Grigor

Green - Turner

Yellow - Hubbard

All students will need a sunhat and a drink bottle.

SOPS Swim meet

Can students attending the swim meet please bring their togs for practice Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

All sports teams will be up on the sports notice board next week. All information will be sent via email.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

To Book a School Interview

Our apologies for any hiccups with booking an interview online last week. Hopefully the issues have been resolved. Go to and use the event code - "pphew" to make a booking by Friday next week.

QR Code below to scan for Parent Interview bookings

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Whānau and School

Whānau and School February Meeting will be held on Thursday, 23 February 2023 in the School Staffroom at 7pm. (The staffroom is next to the school foyer.) We would love to see lots of parents/caregivers come along, including any new families to the school. You are all welcome.

Foodwrap and Kitchen Consumables

Order forms have been sent home last week with every family.

If you would like to place an order, please complete the form and return to the school office by Monday 27th February. (Payment instructions are on the order form.)

(If you have lost your form, we have attached it below.)

Sara Sutherland


Scholastic Book Club

Issue 1, book club ordr form has bee given out to students today. Or, you can click on the link below to download from their website

If you would like to place an order, please return money with order form by Thursday 23 February OR enter your order online, by going to their website.

Room 5

We have been learning how to use our books and keep them tidy. Today we did printing, spelling ands writing.

Room 6

This week Room 6 pupils have been learning about Statistics and how to graph data. We have been working on our run, jump and throw movements preparing for next week's Athletics day. Dance, Drama and singing has also kept us busy having lots of learning fun this week.

Room 7

Room 7 pupils have been busy training for our athletics day next week! We have been practising our long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and running skills!

Year 7 Vision Screening - 22 February 2023

If you have a year 7 pupil at school, please click on the link below and read the attached about the Vision Technician coming to screen all year 7 pupils for distance vision. If you do not want your year 7 child to be screened, please ask at the school office for an "opt out" form before 22 February. All year 7 pupils will be screened, unless they return the "opt out" form.

Room 9

Room 9 students sketching their interest self portraits
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Parking outside Balclutha School

A reminder that our bus stop has now been moved to the Glasgow Street side of the school. This leaves a lot more room on Lanark Street for picking up and dropping of pupils and seems to be relieving some of the congestion before and after school.

With the new bus stop being on Glasgow Street, we also ask that cars not park on the bus stop before or straight after school. The Council have installed the signs showing what times you can and cannot park there.

We still have our two parking spaces on Lanark Street outside our front gate for cars to park that have occupants with disabilities. Please keep clear of these two parks unless you qualify to park there.

Room 12

The students in Room 12 have been creating self portraits using the abstract artist Sandra Silberzweig as inspiration. The influence from her work has resulted in some bright, bold and colourful pieces of work to decorate the classroom. Pictured here are Ella, Jessica-Rose and Ollie working hard on their creations.

Room 11

Room 11 students have created ‘selfies’, showing them in front of the place where they would love to be.

Happy Birthday this week to...

Chloe Bloxham

Congratulations to our classroom award winners this week...

Room 1

Lydia Voget - for having an amazing start to her school year!

Room 3

Miané Breet - for being a great role model and helping out new students.

Room 5

Brooklyn Radford - for always trying to do the right thing.

Frank Warden - for always doing his best and helping others.

Room 6

Kade Faddes - for trying his hardes in all subject areas, especially structured literacy! Also has a poritive attitude.

CJ Brownie - for showing respet to our environment! All-roudn super star and helper.

Room 7

Blake Galbraith - for constantly showing respect to his peers by always using manners and being helpful.

Zavier McLean - for always trying your hardest and doing an amazing job at high jump!

Room 9

Niutao Aniseko - for helping his classmates and being a good role model.

Nathan Nicholls - for being polite, helpful ande offering to do more than is expected.

Room 12

Ryan Knight - for his positive attitude towards learning in Room 12.

Eva Martin - for her help with writing Room 12's assembly item.

Room 11

Charlie Walker - for rising to the challenge of working in a senior classroom.

Nate Latta - for showing respect and maturity as a year 8 student.

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