Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 1

Newsletter 21 October 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 1 of Term 4.

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable term break. The snow in the middle of it certainly made for an additional bit of holiday fun. We are looking forward to a very short, but very busy term ahead.

Staffing and class organisation 2023

Mrs Moodie, our Deputy Principal, will be moving on to a new career challenge next year. While we are very sad to see her go, we would like to thank her for everything she has done for BPS in the last 2 1/2 years and wish her all the best for the future. The DP role has been advertised this week and we hope to make an appointment by the middle of November.

Due to our growing school roll, we will start 2023 with 8 classrooms next year. This is very exciting! We have advertised for the 8th teacher this week and hope to make an appointment for this position by mid November as well.

Once these appointments are made, the Board of Trustees will be able to confirm the composition and organisation of our classes for 2023. We are very excited about the future of BPS and the possibilities next year will bring for our students, staff and school community.

Term calendar

Term 4 is always a crazy busy term. Attached to this newsletter is a term calendar for those parents who like to print it out and pop it on the fridge. This only includes confirmed dates at this stage and more events will be added as the term progresses. We have a school google calendar attached to both our website and the school app, and we endeavour to keep this as updated as we can. Now that our COVID restrictions have been removed, we look forward to having more opportunities for parents to be involved in school activities.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,


Room 1

The students in Room 1 have had a great start to Term 4. They have enjoyed settling back into routines and being back with their friends.

Room 12

Room 12 students have had a great start to Term 4 with Skip teaching us some cricket skills.

Thank You!

BPS would like to say a huge thank you to the Lowe family who have kindly donated the proceeds of selling a calf to the school. This money will go towards our refresh of the junior reading books.

Room 4

This week Room 4 have been learning about throwing, catching and aiming. We are getting better at pointing to where we want the ball to go before we throw it, to help with accuracy.

School Photos

School Photo order forms were sent home earlier this 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. end of week 3.

Room 2

The students in Room 2 spent some time talking about sun safety and how to protect ourselves in the summer months. We designed sunhats with symmetrical patterns and made our own suns in the afternoon to brighten up the class.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Stevie Ross

Manahi Melvin

Whānau and School Update

Our next meeting is Thursday 27th October at 7pm in the school staffroom. All welcome. It would be great to see some new faces :-)

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

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:

If you would like to be one of the stall holders at one of the properties for the Home and Garden Tour please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282 or email

THE SPUD DIG IS BACK! - Welcome to the 2022 Balclutha Primary Whānau and School Spud in a Bag Competition. This is a competition for pupils to grow a spud in a bag to bring to a potato harvest/meet and greet evening in March/April next year.

During the evening, the spuds will be weighed and there will be prizes awarded for the heaviest shore, heaviest spud, ugliest spud and a few other spot prizes as well. Full instructions have already been sent home with the spud and the bag and are also attached to this newsletter.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Congratulations to our Award Winners this week...

Room 1

Izabella Dawson - for always being a helpful member of Room 1. You have settled back into routines after the holidays extremely well!

Room 2

Zack McAlister - for showing outstanding progress in Structured Literacy.

Tamaroa Poka - for starting term 4 with a positive attitude to his learning.

Room 3

Dylan Young - for being helpful and polite and for working hard and being honest.

Taylor McPhee - for working hard at reading, writing and spelling and for excellent values.

Room 4

Isla-Jade Boyce - for making a great start in room 4 and being an independent learner.

Room 5

Toby Knight - for being considerate of others and always willing to help.

Lily Te Whata - for working hard in maths and being a good problem solver.

Room 6

Neave Bisset - for working hard and offering to help other students.

Lexi Karrol - for great progress in Structured Literacy.

Room 12

Shylah Anderson - for having a great start back to the term and trying her best in Structured Literacy!

Jessica Kinnaird - for having such a great attitude to school and not being afraid to ask for help.

Room 11

Eva Cleverley - for her creative writing; showing her audience, rather than telling. A wonderful writer.

Liam Huddleston - for showing maturity with your learning and leadership within the school.


Touch Draw for Thursday 27 October

BPS Teeny stars vs Rosebank Orange 4:00 ground 3a

BPS Teeny Racers vs Stirling Sharks 4:00 ground 2a

BPS Lions vs St Jo's/Waiwera 4:30 ground 7

BPS Superstars vs Kai Kryptonites 4:30 ground 3

BPS Rebels vs Valley Avengers 5:00 ground 7

BPS Racers vs TCAS Black 5:00 ground 2

BPS Stars vs Valley Vikings 5:30 ground 1


Congratulations to Paige and Charlotte who competed in the South Otago Swim Champs on Tuesday night.

South Otago Athletics

The South Otago Athletics 'Have a go day' is on from 4:00pm Tuesday 25 October. Great opportunity for any interested Tamariki to get along and have-a-go at Athletics. This is at the athletics clubrooms, 12 Pearson Lane, Balclutha. See attached flyer.

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Room 3

Ball fun with Skip. Partner challenge to solve the crossword!

Room 11

Room 11 had a wonderful session with Tiffany at the Clutha District Library, learning about the history of our river and bridges.

Uniform Grant available for 2023 Year 9 pupils

If your child will be 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 5

Room 5 playing a range of hand eye coordination games earlier this week.

Welcome to Eli who started at Balclutha School this week...

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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 of hat at the moment, but more have been ordered and will be here next week.

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 6

The Room 6 children have been working on their stained glass window pieces. These are in varying stages of completion: design, cardboard (template) and black paper cut out. You will see the Balclutha bridge, The Nuggets, the Tuapeka Mouth punt. We can't wait to share the finished pieces with you in a few weeks time.
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Term 4 dates coming up...

Monday 24 October - closed to observe Labour Day

Whanau and School Meeting - 7pm, Thursday 27 October 2022

Scholastic Book - Issue 7 due Friday 28 October.

School Photo Orders due - Friday 4 November 2022

Week 3 and Week 4 - Senior Classrooms - swimming

Week 5 - Junior Classrooms - swimming

Board of Trustees Meeting - 7pm, 10 November 2022

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