Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 7

Newsletter 18 March 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 7.

I hope everyone in our school community is well and not impacted too significantly with the current COVID surge.

As a School, I have been very impressed by the way we have managed to maintain our strong teaching and learning programmes despite a number of positive cases within and connected to our school community.

Thank you for all your efforts to keep everyone healthy and minimise the spread. We have a number of non COVID illnesses in school at the moment and we appreciate our parents keeping unwell children at home. This has enabled us to keep everyone at school healthy and really minimise the disruption to learning.

Our junior classes have had their first week of swimming this week. During their lessons they have had instruction from qualified swim coaches. This has enabled our students to make nice progress. Thank you to the large number of parents who have been able to help with swimming. Thank you also to our wonderful Whānau and School who have made swimming lessons possible due to their impressive fundraising efforts.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Playground Update

A stunning group of parents and friends of Balclutha Primary School spent last Saturday digging the remaining bark chips out of our playgrounds in preparation for our new surface.

A special thank you to Mike Hurring for the use of his digger for a second week in a row.

Now we play a waiting game and hope that the current Nationwide transport issues don't delay the arrival of the turf for too long.


We are closed on Monday (21 March), to observe Otago Anniversary Day. See you all back at school on Tuesday.

Balclutha Primary Schools Concerns and Complaints Procedure

At BPS we endeavour to resolve any concerns and complaints quickly. It is important that we are made aware of any concerns that you have so that we can act on them. If you would like to make a concern or complaint, please refer to the attached flowchart.

Welcome to Eazrianah who started in Room 1 this week!

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Whānau and School Update

Whanau and School Update

Thursday 31st March 7pm - Annual General Meeting and then Monthly Meeting at Staffroom, all welcome

WORKING BEE last weekend - a massive thank you to the helpers that came and helped all day on Saturday, the playground is getting so much closer!!

Many thanks to SouthRoads and Mike Hurring Contracting.

FOOD WRAP ORDER - if you haven't already collected your order, they can now be collected from the school office.


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

More details to come soon. If you would like to have your house or garden on the tour please get in touch we would love to hear from you.

Email or Sara on 02102372282.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

2022 Sport News


Draw for Thursday 24th March

BPS Stars vs Rosebank Red, 5:15 ground 11

BPS Racers vs BPS superstars, 4:30 ground 10

BPS Lions - BYE

BPS Teenies vs Lawrence purple, 3:45 ground 10


No hockey Monday 21st March due to Otago Anniversary.

Top Team

We have had enough interest to put a team forward for this. All players have been contacted, first competition is Friday 25th March 4:00-5:30 at the Rec Centre.

Balclutha Junior Football Club

Registrations are now open for the Balclutha Junior Football Club season see link below for details.

Tania Arthur

Sports Coordinator.

Year 7 Vision Screening

The Vision Hearing Technician from Population Health, Southern District Health, will be visiting Balclutha School on 29 March 2022 to screen all our year seven students for distance vision.

  • Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)
  • This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart. (Screening not required if child wears glasses / or is currently under care for their vision.)

If you DO NOT wish your child to be screened please fill out an "opt-out" slip and return to the school office before 29 March. The slip is available on the link below, or you can ask for one from the school office.

Room 1

Room 1 had a blast at swimming this week! Thank you to all our parent helpers who came along to help us.

Room 2

It has been wonderful watching everyone in Room 2 growing in confidence in the water this week at swimming. We were very grateful for the fantastic Instructors, Sharon and Keely, who supported us with lessons every day at the pool.

Thank you to our parents who were able to come and help us in the pool and while we were getting changed before and after swimming. Thank you also to our fantastic Teacher Aide, Lee, for giving up some of her lunchtime to come and help us each day.

This week we also took home the runner beans we have been growing in class over the past few weeks. The class has made some interesting observations about how the beans have cracked open and grown roots and shoots, and many of them now have some leaves on their stalk too.

Room 3

Thank you to all the parents for their support and help at swimming. The children were organised and enthusiastic.

Room 5

Room 5 learning new skills while swimming at the pool each day this week.

Room 6

Room 6 has created a puzzle with all our names. We are working on a design for the middle of our puzzle.
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Room 12

On Monday Skip took us again for jumping! We are getting so much better with our footwork.

Room 11

Room 11 students had a wonderful morning of horse riding at Newhaven this week. Every student learnt how to mount and dismount (correctly), and experienced the joy of working with some amazing horses - all thanks to Cara Meyer and her team.

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners

Room 1

Bronson Stoop - for making such a fantastic start to school. It is awesome to see your confidence grow already!

Room 2

Tamaroa Poka - for working well with his structured literacy and joining in with lessons.

Tilly Field - Tilly is always bright and enthusiastic in class. She was also an amazing cheer leader for others during Athletics Day.

Room 3

Mani Anitelea - for working hard, helping clean up every day and for using good manners.

Taylor McPhee - for working hard and having a positive attitude towards her learning.

Room 5

Charlotte Watt - for showing determination during athletics day.

Zayden Young - for outstanding effort in school athletics.

Room 6

Alfie Ferguson - for working really hard in reading and providing some excellent answers during discussion.

Ana Ramsay - for working really hard in reading and providing some excellent answers during discussion.

Room 12

Sonny Rolton - for having a positive attitude and being a great help during athletics day.

Jennifer Au Yeung - for giving her best in every event during athletics day!

Room 11

Maddi Win - for her wonderful ability to step in and help others. This was especially evident on our athletics day! Thank you.

Rosemariah Talione Vasa Pene - for effort and participation on athletics day, along with a willingness to help others. Thank you!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Liam Huddleston

Toby Knight

Sonny Rolton

Chloe Thomson

Bank Accounts

  • School Saveloys, sport fees and all camp fundraising and donations - 02 0900 0000 452 00
  • Whānau and School, fundraising, school uniforms (2nd hand and new) -
  • 03 1734 0006449 00