Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 5

Newsletter 18 November 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te whānau and welcome to Week 5.

Goodness! Only three and a half weeks left of our 2022 school year. Where has the year gone?

This week our junior classes have had their swimming lessons. A huge thank you to all the parents who were able to come along and help with these. It is exciting to see the progress so many of our students have made.

Our COVID case numbers across our school community have increased dramatically over the last week or so. Please monitor your children for symptoms and keep them at home if they are unwell. If you have a positive case in your household, children who are testing negative are still able to come to school, but they must be symptom free and have a negative test every morning.

We have another busy week next week with students involved in the Quadrathon and the Orange Parade.

Have a great weekend,

ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Room 1

The students in Room 1 have had a fantastic time at swimming this week. It has been great to see the huge progress they have made in just one week!

Whānau and School Update

Whānau and School Update:

Next Whānau and School meeting is Thursday 24th November 7pm in the staffroom. This will be the last meeting of the year and a great opportunity to see the wonderful benefits all our children get from the Whānau and School fundraising.

Home and Garden Tour - There is one group I forgot to thank last week - our own senior students! You did yourself and Balclutha School proud! We had so many great comments about you all and really appreciate you doing your bit on the day. Many thanks :-)

Christmas Raffle: A notice went home last week (and is attached again to this newsletter) asking for donations for our Christmas hampers. Thank you to everyone who has already dropped off your item. Please keep them coming!

The raffle cards have been given to the eldest or only child in each family today. There are 10 tickets per raffle card and tickets are $1 each. Happy selling :-) . Please remember we will need all cards returned, sold or unsold by Friday 9 December. If you have trouble selling your card, please return it to the school office asap, as we often have several families who are able to sell more than one card.

All the money raised will go towards paying for your children's stationery next year.

Have a great weekend.

Keep safe

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Co-presidents of Whanau and School

Room 2

The students in Room 2 have been having great fun in the pool this week. It has been amazing to see the growth in everyone's confidence and swimming skills. Thank you to our parents, instructors and helpers from Room 11.


Room 1

Jade Wakeham - for pushing herself to try new things in the water at swimming.

Amelia Hill - always trying her best and helping her friends be more confident in the water at swimming.

Room 2

Kodie Burrows-Morrell - for her increased effort in Structured Literacy. Kodie is becoming more independent in her work.

Joash Bokilis - for amazing confidence in the water at swimming.

Room 3

Maddie Nicholls - for trying hard with her Structured Literacy and showing perseverance in tukutuku stitching.

Kingston Boyce - for working hard at all tasks and doing his best.

Room 4

Bronson Stoop - for working hard when we went swimming and helping others.

Room 5

Aydan Field - for demonstrating leadership skills and being fair.

Willow Inglis - for working hard during writing time.

Room 6

Neave Bisset - for producing a beautiful stained glass window.

Lexi Karrol - for producing a beautiful stained glass window.

Georgie Cleverley - for producing a beautiful stained glass window.

Room 12

Gabby Warden - for the fantastic progress she is making in her maths group. Well done!

Mioné Meyer - for always going above to help others and having such a positive attitude to school.

Room 11

Taylah Labes - for always challenging herself to move forward with her learning.

Eva Cleverley - for hard work and determination with her learning.

Room 3

Swimming is here again!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Poppy Dobson

Frank Warden

Tiana Wayber

Room 4

This week, Room 4 pupils have enjoyed reading their new decodable books!


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Good Luck

Best of luck to Ollie, Lilly and Blake who are competing in the Southland Athletics on Saturday in Invercargill.


No touch next week due the A&P show


Quadrathon is on next week Tuesday 22 November (pp 24 November). All information has been emailed out.


Friday night cricket starts this week. Good luck to our teams - have fun.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Room 5

Room 5 students working cooperatively to create their stop motion videos.

Room 6

Finally! We have completed our stained glass windows, and we think they look great! You will see them up in the entrance at school really soon.

Term 4 dates coming up...

Final 2022 Scholastic Book Club - orders due Monday 21 November

Whānau and School Meeting - 7pm in School Staffroom - 24 November

Orange Day Parade in Dunedin for 2022 Road Patrollers - Friday 25 November

Teacher Only Day on Monday 28 November 2022.

Colour Run - 1 December 2022 - 2pm

Room 12

This week Room 12 students have been working on collage art. We took a walk to the bridge to help us with our drawings.

Room 11

Our buddy class time with Room 5 is focusing on a collage art project. All will be revealed after two more sessions!!

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