Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 9

Newsletter 1 July 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to the end of Week 9.

Only one week of term to go and I know we have a lot of tired staff and students looking forward to the term break.

The number of COVID cases in our school community has decreased significantly, however we are still having 3-4 positive cases every week. It is important that we continue to be diligent with our hygiene practices and monitor ourselves and our students for signs of illness. Students and staff who are unwell need to stay away from home to avoid spreading their illness to others. This term our school has been hit badly by the flu and a range of other bugs. Please keep your unwell children at home.

Have a great weekend and a fantastic last week of term.

Ngā mihi nui,



The staff and students would like to say a massive thank you to the Otago Masonic Charitable Trust. They have very generously given us a grant to pay for a cover for our sandpit. We are looking forward to some fresh new sand in our sandpit and a cover to keep the sand clean over night.

THANK YOU TO CLUTHA VETS AND OUR RURAL FAMILIES! (Thanks to the scheme below BPS has received a donation this week!)

Clutha Vets have been working with their farmer clients to raise money for local schools, to put towards sports & activities.

Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) first appeared in New Zealand in 2017, and since then an eradication programme has been in place. This includes a surveillance programme. While dairy farms can be tested through the milk, beef stock & dairy heifers have to be blood tested. Much of this fully-funded testing is voluntary, and the aim is to cast as wide a net as possible, just in case there are any pockets of infection out there that we don’t know about.

Clutha Vets have been encouraging our local beef & dairy farmers to get on board with this testing, which can often be done at the same time as other routine procedures (pregnancy testing, heifer Teatsealing, bull testing etc). They can offer free travel for these jobs, as well as reduced costs on any additional blood tests (BVD, Trace Elements etc).

Clutha Vets will also donate $1 from every blood test to local schools, to put towards sports & activities. They have asked their clients to nominate which school they would like the money to go to.

Up until May 2022, they have raised $6,500, which will be divided up and donated to schools hopefully before the end of June 2022.

The scheme is ongoing, so we encourage farming parents to get in touch with Clutha Vets if you have eligible stock.

Whānau and School Update

Thanks to those who made it to last night's meeting. Lots of exciting things to look forward to in the last two terms of school.


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

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:

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

2022 Sport News


Hockey and basketball notices have been sent out. These need to be returned either by email, or to the sports box on the front counter at the school office.

If you would like to be added to the sports database to receive all sport notices, please email


Draw will be posted on the school facebook page and emailed when it is available.


Draw for Saturday

Balclutha A vs Rosebank B 11:00 court 3

Balclutha B vs Country Saints Pink 1:00 court 2

Balclutha Blue vs Clutha Valley Green 11:00 court 1

Balclutha White vs Lawrence Gold 12:00 court 1

BPS/ Clutha Valley vs Lawrence Green 12:00 court 5

Balclutha Green vs Kai Pink 1:00 court 5

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

BPS Annual Ski Trip

We are very excited to be offering our school ski trip again this year! And have already got some families signed up. This is a great way to try out skiing at a heavily reduced price. This year we will be having some prizes each day including Most runs, Best Crash and Perseverance/Most improved. Please find attached all the information you need or follow the link to sign up.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Mrs Moodie.

Room 1

Room 1 have been learning how to use and make numbers on a tens frame.

Room 2

We spent time last week learning about Matariki and talking about the cluster of stars and their meaning. The students enjoyed cutting out and decorating their own moon and Matariki star with lots of glitter! This was added to the constellation of nine stars and made into a display outside our classroom.

Room 3 - Maths strategy games and puzzles.

Room 5 students working on their Matariki Art

Lolly Cake in Room 6

A group of children enjoyed making lolly cake.

Room 12

Room 12 has been learning about information reports for writing. They are creating posters to display their reports.

Room 11

Over the next week and throughout Term 3, Room 11 will be using Banqer Primary ( We'll be learning about money in lots of different ways. Every student in the class has their own online virtual bank account, and as a class we'll learn about, and experience first-hand, a variety of different financial concepts. 'Virtual' money is earnt through class tasks and responsibilities and payments are made to the 'bank' for desk rentals, chromebook hire, electricity and equipment use.
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Balclutha Subway Lunches at School - Wednesdays

You are able to order subway online every Wednesday for your child(ren) by going to the website below and then clicking on "School Lunch Programme" link. Orders need to be placed before 9am on the Wednesday.

The lunches are then delivered to the school office by Subway in time for our lunch break at 12.30pm. Pupils then collect their own order from the office.


We have had a few cases of headlice around the school. Please can you check your child's hair and treat if necessary. If we observe headlice in a child's hair, we will contact you to collect your child so that they can be treated.


Room 1

Frank Warden - for always doing the right thing. You are a responsible member of Room 1 and a great role model to your friends.

Room 2

Aubree Watt - for her positive attitude to learning in class.

Mary Harborne - for bieng a respectful class member and listening to her classmates.

Room 3

Portia Stoop - for working hard to help others and for always trying her best.

Jacob Hore - for working hard and doing his best. You are kind and considerate to everyone.

Room 5

Dannielle Kelly - for being organised for learning and always trying her best.

Halimah Asman - for working hard in spelling.

Room 6

Tiana Wyber - for acing her typing club!

Isabelee Jamieson - for fabulous writing!

Room 12

Sophie Jack - for always trying her best and taking great pride in the presentation of her work.

Eva Smith - for her great organisational skills and always offering to help others.

Room 11

Poppy Dobson - for consistently making the right choices with her learning and responsibilities as a senior student.

Joss Winslade - for completing all learning tasks to a very high standard.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY last week and this week to...

Aidan Cloete

Dhruv Escovar

Charlotte Jamieson

Lucy Jack

Ann-Luné Breet

Samara Sutherland

Haylin Storer

South Otago High School Open Night for 2022 Year 8 and Year 7's (Visitors please wear a mask)

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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