Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 1
Newsletter 21 October 2022
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 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,
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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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...
Izabella Dawson - for always being a helpful member of Room 1. You have settled back into routines after the holidays extremely well!
Zack McAlister - for showing outstanding progress in Structured Literacy.
Tamaroa Poka - for starting term 4 with a positive attitude to his learning.
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.
Isla-Jade Boyce - for making a great start in room 4 and being an independent learner.
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.
Neave Bisset - for working hard and offering to help other students.
Lexi Karrol - for great progress in Structured Literacy.
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.
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.
Uniform Grant available for 2023 Year 9 pupils
Welcome to Eli who started at Balclutha School this week...
Sunhats / Skorts / Skirts
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.
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.
- 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