Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 1

Newsletter 30 July 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to term 3,

I hope you all had a chance for some relaxation, rest and recreation over the term break. With our busy schedule and a significant amount of illness last term, we were all very ready for a break.

It has been wonderful to have the students back on site this week, happy and ready to learn. We have welcomed several new students into our BPS whānau, and it has been great to see them settle so quickly.

Term 3 is another busy one with a range of exciting things happening in and out of the classroom. This week, classes have started training for our school cross country that is coming up in week 3, and next week we welcome Pip and Harold from the Life Education Trust to our school. Pip and Harold's visit is often a highlight for many of our students.

Later in the term we have school speeches, the ski trip and our scientists visiting. There is a draft term calendar attached. Things are always being added, so please keep an eye on our school newsletter, the website and the school app for upcoming events.

A huge thank you to everyone who returned the survey on our Health curriculum. It is important that our teaching and learning programmes meet the needs of the students, and input from our whānau really helps us to identify what this is. All forms returned by today will go in the draw for a box of chocolates that will be drawn at next week's assembly. We are working on a parent information evening around the health curriculum. More information will come out about this in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Welcome to our three new entrants who started school for the first time this week...

Parent / Teacher Interviews

As you can see on our timetable, we will be holding our second round of Parent / Teacher Interviews on the afternoon of 10 August (1pm to 6.40pm) and after school on 11 August (3.10pm - 4.40pm).

Once again, you are able to make your booking online by clicking on the link below (or typing into your web browser "") and using the code 5edvq

(If you would like help to make a booking, please feel free to contact the school office - either by sending a note, phoning (4190103) or emailing

All children will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm on 10 August as the interviews will start at 1pm. (Note Room 11 children will still attend Technology at SOHS that afternoon as usual.)

Mrs Willocks will have slightly different interview times available on 10 August. Her booking times available are as on the booking site.

"Save the Date" - Teacher Only Day - 27 August 2021

We have a Teacher Only Day confirmed for Friday 27 August. Please mark this date on your calendar as children will not be at school this day.

Harold and Pip from the Life Education Van are visiting Balclutha School next week...

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Whānau and School Update

Whanau and School Update

Welcome back to Term 3. We hope everyone had a nice break.

If you are wanting an Entertainment App please click on the link below and you will get the Multi City upgrade for the SIngle City Membership.

Next Whānau and School Meeting 26 August 2021 at 7pm in the staffroom. Everyone welcome.

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Congratulations to Abby McKinney and Keira Frisby who travelled to Auckland in the school holidays to represent Otago at the Aerobics Nationals in the Individual section of the Competition! What an awesome achievement. We are very proud of you both!

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Saveloy Fridays - Term 3

If you would like to pre pay for your child(ren)s saveloys this term, there will be 9 Fridays that we will have Saveloys available for lunch. Saveloy, bread and sauce are $2 each. (If you are paying in week 2 then there will only be 8 Fridays left for the term.)

Please pay into the school bank account 02-0900-0000452-00. Please email or send a note to the office letting us know; your child's name, how much you have paid, which weeks you have paid for and when you made your payment.

SchoolDocs (BPS Policies and Procedures)

The Board of Trustees is very excited to be working with SchoolDocs for our policy and procedures. This is a web based system that stores all our information and is easily accessible to Boards, staff and parents.

Parents may access the BPS policies and procedures by:

1. Go to

2. Click Search for your school.

3. Start typing the school’s name and select it from the dropdown list.

4. Enter your community username and password.

Username: balclutha Password: balclutha

This term there are two policies to be reviewed.

  • Concerns and Complaints (flow chart below in link below)
  • Behaviour Management (link to School Values and Behaviour Expectations below)

To view the full documents you will need to login to the website - if you are not able to do this, please contact the school office.

A policy review form is available on the website (or by clicking on the link below) if you would like to comment on any of our policies being reviewed.

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A HUGE thank you to Simon Cleverley, Cleverley Autos, for your ongoing support to Balclutha School and for keeping our School Van "tip top".

Sport News

Hockey starts Monday week 3 - more information will be given out to those playing next week.

Congratulations to the following children who have been selected for Netball development teams

Year 7 - Maddison Win

Year 8 - Olivia Ludemann, Madison McElrea, Penny Coote, Brylee McElrea, Ruby Smith, Abby McKinney, Maddi Brown and Bella Paterson.

K. Robins

BPS Netball

Junior netball for 2021 has come to a close after another enjoyable season for all the Balclutha netball players who participated. The season ended with a fun dress up day on the last weekend of the term with some great costumes seen across the 6 teams – cheerleaders, grannies and cowgirls included!

A big well done to the two Year 7/8 teams with the Balclutha A team going through the season unbeaten to win the Section 1 grade and the Balclutha B team taking out Section 2.

Congratulation also to the Year 7 & 8 girls who were selected for the South Otago Development teams and will continue their netball season at two tournaments.

Balclutha Primary Netball prizegiving will be held on 12th August at 5:30pm in the school hall. Can all players please bring their uniforms to prize giving for return to Carleigh or Stacey. We look forward to seeing you all there

Room 1 has had a great first week back settling into routines. We have welcomed 3 new students to our class this week! We had fun in the sunshine on Thursday having a game of ‘Rob the Nest’.

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Room 2

This week Room 2 has been excited to welcome four new students who have moved up from Room 1. James, Brooklyn, Amalaini and Braxton have settled in straight away and we are lucky to have them join our class.

Mrs Judson brought in a huge cake to share for her birthday - what better way to talk about fractions than to cut up a cake? Happy birthday Mrs Judson!

Room 3 are enjoying learning about the Olympics! We are designing a playing top for Japan to wear when they compete in the games.

Room 5 Maths group solving a tricky problem!

Room 6 have been writing about what they did during their holidays...

Year 6 children attended Clued Up for Kids on Wednesday at the Rec Centre. The children learnt about a range of situations including bike safety, gun safety and search and rescue.

The year 7 children in Room 12 began food technology this week. They made fruit kebabs.

The Year 8 students took part in the NZ census at school. Students had to measure their wrists, their thumb circumference, school bag weight, height, how long they could balance on one leg and then answer a series of questions about what they think about the future.

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Mani Anitelea
  • Charlie Walker
  • Amalaini Coriakula
  • Jonty Inglis
  • Paris Au Yeung
  • Charlotte Watt

Do you know???

Does anyone know "D Falconer"? We have a food wrap order (from earlier in the year) waiting to be picked up and available at the school office. If you know who this may be, please phone the school 4190103.
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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