Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 1

Newsletter 7 May 2021

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Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to the first week of Term 2.

It has been wonderful to have all the students back at school this week, refreshed and ready to go after the term break. I have really enjoyed listening to stories of their holiday adventures.

Welcome back to Mrs Makerita Laban who rejoins the Balclutha Primary School team as our bilingual support worker for the rest for 2021.

We have a very busy term ahead, with a focus on performing arts. We will be working towards our Balclutha Primary School music festival at the end of the term. This will involve all our students. We haven't got a date for this yet, but as soon as it is confirmed we will let our school community know.

Our culture group will also be working towards a performance in the South Otago Hui Ako in the last week of term. We are still waiting for this date to be confirmed as well.

Term calendar

A term 2 calendar that you can print out and stick to the fridge is available on the link below.

There is a big focus on in-class learning this term, as staff complete assessments in preparation for the mid year reports that will go home at the end of the term. We are looking forward to sharing the students great progress with parents.

Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Mothers Day to all our Mothers.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave


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The photo above shows Mrs Willocks and Mrs Neave with some of our students who attended the dawn Balclutha ANZAC Service on 25 April.

Thank you to our prefects who laid the wreath at the foot of the Memorial on our behalf (picture below left).

We had our own School ANZAC Service on Tuesday this week. A big thank you to Jade, Cahlia and Rashaun who addressed the whole school with poems and readings in honour of our past and present New Zealand Soldiers. Thank you also to Miss Robins who played the bag pipes while we all gathered at the Memorial.


...Emily, Nala and Ryan who started at Balclutha School this week. Emily has turned 5 over the holidays and this week was her first week at school!! Awesome to see you fitting in already Emily!

Whānau and School Update

Welcome back for Term 2

Cheese Rolls Fundraiser - Order forms with money are to be returned to school by Friday 14 May 2021. $7 per dozen or 3 dozen for $18. A copy of the order form is able to be downloaded below.

We will need helpers for making cheese rolls on Saturday 29th May & Sunday 30th May so please pencil in these dates.

Next Whānau and School Meeting 27 May 2021 at 7pm in the staffroom.

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


School Photos

Charlotte from "Just Love Photography" will be here next Thursday (13th May) to take class, individual, family and some group photos (including Netball photos). An email was sent earlier this week with an information sheet, price listing and a web address to use if you would like to book a family/sibling photo. We have added the links below as well.

A reminder that all children will have a class and individual photo taken (as well as any group photos). There is no obligation to buy. If you do NOT want your child to have an individual photo taken, you need to advise Charlotte through the link below or contact the school office by Wednesday next week.

It is expected that our Netball team photos will be taken around lunchtime. If you are a manager / coach of a netball team, you are welcome to contact the school office on the day around 11am to find out how we are going timewise. We will also put a message on the school app when we are ready for you. Players will need their netball uniforms to wear on the day.

It is expected that should weather be inclement, the photos will be taken in the school hall. If weather permits, photos may be taken outside (near the hall area.) A decision will be made on the day by the photographer.

If you have any questions, or are unable to book a family / sibling photo online, please contact the school office before the end of school next Wednesday - (03) 4190103.

Sports News Update


Basketball starts on week 3 for year 5-8 children. If your child is interested please return the notice by Wednesday 12th May or contact for a notice.

Rippa Rugby

The annual rippa rugby tournament will be held on Tuesday 25th May. The tournament is for year 3-8 children. Notices must be returned by Tuesday 11th May.

K Robins (Sports Co Ordinator)

Mrs Swallow went to Massey University in the middle of the week to attend her graduation as a teacher. She had a great time meeting up with other new teachers and telling them how awesome BPS is!

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Room 1 has been looking at dinosaurs. We made our own dinosaur fossils. We painted them as we liked. We think they look pretty awesome!

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Room 2

Room 3 - has created pictures about their holidays. Their glasses give you a snapshot of what they got up to. They have also written about their holidays and published them.

Room 5

Room 6 have been busy making gifts this week!

Room 12 has been learning about ANZAC this week. We are creating sketches of the cenotaph and looked at 2 war medals.

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Room 11

Congratulations to everyone who received an award at the last Assembly in Term 1. Recipients are below with the reason they received their award! Well done everyone!

Room 1

  • Adeline Jamieson- having a fantastic start to school. You are a respectful student that is always willing to help and you show enthusiasm in your learning.

Room 2

  • Sofia Galbraith is a joy to have in Room 2. She is pushing herself to improve her reading. Well done Sofia!

  • Max Warden- Max is a well-liked member of Room 2. He is always happy and respectful and a pleasure to have in the classroom.

  • Georgia Watt- Georgia always arrives at school with a smile and positive attitude, which she uses in class to produce amazing work.

Room 3

  • Samara Sutherland- being a fantastic helper in the classroom. She always puts 100% effort to any task.

  • Sophie Walker- Being a kind and considerate friend to others. She is always looking out for others.

Room 5

  • Charlie Walker- making every day a good day by doing the right thing… and making the teacher smile.

  • Isabelle Jamieson- knowing what to do and doing it very well, and for taking responsibility for her own learning.

  • Blake Galbraith- giving everything a go without complaint and showing respect to others.

Room 6

  • Anotida Kasosera- always being helpful, showing respect to others and being kind.

  • Gabby Warden- always working hard in class and being kind to others.

Room 12

  • Maddi Win- being a respectful and helpful member of Room 12.

  • Maddox Young- for being a great leader and teacher while working on Kleki.

Room 11

  • Eve Macnee- trying everything at camp. Showing respect and wonderful manners to the parents and fellow students who helped her.

  • Georgia Gray- showing such a positive, hardworking attitude at our Bannockburn camp.

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Jacob Hore - 2 May
  • Florrie Winslade - 2 May
  • Lennix Hill - 2 May
  • Keely Shanks - 3 May
  • Gabby Warden - 5 May
  • Riley Hill - 6 May

Next week's events of note:

13 May - School Photos Day

14 May - School Assembly - 2.30pm, Room 12 will have an item. (Everyone welcome)

14 May - Cheese Roll order forms and money due

14 May - Scholastic Book Club orders due

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