Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 8

Newsletter 25 June 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to Week 8 of the term. I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. With so much illness across the school over the past week, an extra long weekend and an opportunity to rest up will be very welcome for many of our students.

At our "Teacher Only Day" today, the staff worked on a variety of topics to help improve outcomes for all the students at Balclutha Primary School.

In the first session we worked with Ministry of Education staff on ways to better understand and support students with complex needs. Every child at Balclutha Primary School is unique, and as educators we need to ensure we provide the best learning opportunity we can to ensure they experience success at Balclutha Primary School.

Today we have been building on our knowledge and strategies to support students with a range of learning, social and behavioural needs.

Our second session involved the ongoing development of our school wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) strategies. This is working to ensure there are consistent expectations for our students across the school, and when we do have inappropriate behaviour, it is managed consistently.

Our last session after lunch was around localising our curriculum and ensuring what and how we teach our students, meets the needs of the students currently at Balclutha Primary School. Like all schools, we have a constantly changing demographic and we need to ensure we are meeting the needs of our current students.

I acknowledge that Teacher Only Days are an inconvenience for many of our families, however they are an important part of the ongoing development of our staff and therefore our school. We appreciate your support with this.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Whānau and School Update

Thank you to the teachers and parents who came to our Whanau and School Meeting last night.

We have the final figure from our cheese roll fundraising. It was $7,286!! What a great effort and many thanks to all the helpers.

Click on the "Home" link below to check out the great offers available if you purchase an Entertainment book. Super savings for the upcoming holidays!

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


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Paid Union Meeting for Teachers

Balclutha Primary School teachers who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa, will be attending a paid union meeting at 1:30pm NEXT Thursday 1 July.

The purpose of this meeting is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of your children. These meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is the legal right of all members to attend a meeting and have their say.

All the students will be released and ready to be picked up at 12:30pm on this day.

Thank you for your understanding.

OSCAR will be available for bookings this afternoon - phone - 027 315 7253

Vicki Neave


Balclutha Primary School Musical Festival

We are singing and dancing up a storm in preparation for an end of term concert to be held on

  • Thursday 8 July 2021
  • Times: 1.30pm AND 6.00pm

Parents, Caregivers, Grandparents and friends are invited to our school hall for either one of these concerts.

Tickets will be available next week and the only cost is a food item for our local foodbank.

More information will be sent home next week.

Hui Ako

This year's Hui Ako will be held at South Otago High School. Our Year 6-8 Cultural Group children will perform on Monday 5th July, starting at 6.30pm.

Entry is by koha at the door - a food item or small cash donation.

More information will be sent home with the children performing early next week.

Welcome to Freya and Mioné who started at Balclutha School this week.

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Sports News

We had a year 7 and 8 team compete in the hockey tournament on Tuesday. Well done to the girls who showed excellent sportsmanship and great skills. Thanks to Ruth Maber for coaching the girls for the day.

Room 1 had a great afternoon exploring at the public library with our buddies from Room 3.

Room 2 have been learning about Matariki this week and talking about the seven stars. We made our own stars to put in the classroom window so the beautiful colours catch the light.

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Room 3 - Keith, Spencer and Haylin are learning to use the tens frame to add numbers together.

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Room 6's Matariki Artwork

Year 6 and 7 children have been working together to write letters for all the helpers and those who sponsored our camp to Mt Cook. Room 12 also created abstract art with Mrs Craig.

Room 11 - Our Year 8 students attend Technology at South Otago High School every Tuesday afternoon. This week they had to make a pizza - base included - and put their own choice of toppings on the top.

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Dhruv Escovar
  • Charlotte Jamieson
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Coming up next week...

Thursday 1 July - Paid Union Meeting for Teachers. All students to be picked up at 12.30pm this day.

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