Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 6

Newsletter 12 March 2021


Kia Ora e te whānau and welcome to Week 6.

It has been another busy week here at BPS with many wonderful learning opportunities for all our students. A huge congratulations to everyone who competed at the South Otago athletics day on Monday. The BPS team did very very well, with a large number of our students gaining placings.

Next week we will be holding our first round of formal goal setting interviews with parents.

This is an opportunity for teachers, parents and students to discuss how the year has started, share the positives so far, and set learning goals for the term ahead. Thank you to the parents who have booked in appointment times. To enable staff to get through the large number of appointments, school will be closed for instruction at 12:30 on Wednesday next week.

Have a wonderful week,

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Teacher Only Day

Our next Teacher Only Day will be Thursday 1 April. This is the day before Easter. School will be closed for instruction on this day. Staff will be working on Positive Behaviour for Learning and Data analysis on this day. Thank you for your understanding.


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

Parent Teacher Interviews - HAVE YOU BOOKED YET??

We will have interviews NEXT WEEK, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March.

Interviews will start at 1pm on Wednesday and will go through until 8pm that day. Children will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm on Wednesday.

Teachers will also be available for interviews on Thursday after school between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Parents and Caregivers will need to book an interview time and day.

Please click on the "School Bookings" link below to go online and make your booking using the code fqksc, or go to your web browser and enter the following web address,

If you are unable to make your own booking, please phone the school office 4190103 and we will make the booking for you.


Congratulations to our House Group Captains who were selected at school on Wednesday. They are;

- Hubbard: Ruby Mitchell and Ruby Smith

- Grigor: Makayla Seed and Penny Coote

- Turner: Cahlia Miller and Shelly Kenworthy

- Moore: Brylee McElrea and Brooklyn Smith

Whanau and School Update

HELPERS NEEDED - Jingo Evening 26 March 2021

Can you help in the kitchen, with raffles, set up and clean up?? If so please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282 or

Tickets are on sale now for Jingo - confirm your spot now for a fun night!!

$20 p/p for entry and Jingo ticket, Corporate tickets also available includes platter for $30p/p

If anyone in our school community has something they would like to donate for raffles or the auction please let us know.

Easter Raffle - Everyone should have their Raffle sheets. Happy selling! If you require another raffle please ask at the office.

We are asking for an Easter item to be donated per family. The box is in the foyer. Thank you to the families who have already placed their donation in the box.

Support Balclutha Primary School by grabbing an Entertainment APP.

2 for 1 offers, special rates and up to 50% off dining, takeaways, shopping, & activities

throughout Southland, Southland, Central Otago, Otago & Oamaru.

Until the 15th April receive a bonus $10 or $20 Countdown or JB HiFi voucher with your purchase.

Valid for 12 months from activation. Downloadable on up to 4 devices.

You can buy online here:

Whanau and School (PTA) AGM is on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 7pm in the Staffroom, all welcome and general meeting to follow.

Your support is greatly appreciated

Have a great weekend

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

BPS School App

If you haven't already downloaded our school app on your phone, it is easy! Go to itunes app store OR playstore, search "SchoolAppNZ" - download the app for free. Once on your phone you can select the school - (select us!) and then subscribe to one or more of the groups to start receiving our messages / notices / alerts.

We now have a dedicated newsletter "button" on the front page of the app! You will see it today!

Room 1

This week Room 1 did buddy art with Room 3 and made Rainbow Fish. Check them out on the wall outside the classroom in the main corridor.

Room 2

Room 3 have been hard at work learning new swimming skills with the instructors and parent helpers. Below are a few of our awesome swimmers at the pool.

Room 5 Ball Bouncing Champions

Room 6 have been doing team work activities earlier this week...

In Room 12 this week we have been working together to develop our writing. We look forward to sharing some of our writing with you soon.

Room 11 students have completed two challenges from the 'Taskmaster' (alias Mrs W). These activities are helping to build team cooperation before we head away on our Bannockburn Camp.

Partner Writing

Our Partner Writing Tutors went out for fish and chips for lunch on Thursday to celebrate the success they are having with their buddies.

Year 6 Enviroschool Leaders

Over the past two weeks the Year 6 students have been working alongside Laura Gourley from the Clutha District Council and Enviroschools. We started off by mapping our school environment and identifying both natural and man made parts of our school. We also identified areas that make us feel especially good. This week, we looked at all the different things we find in our school environment and learnt about how they interact with each other. We are excited to see where we will go next.

Sports News

Congratulations to all the children who competed at the South Otago Athletics on Monday.

Here are placing for events;

Ajay Shanks - 11 years - 1st 100m

Ollie Sapstead - 10 years - 1st 800m, 2nd Shot put, 2nd long jump

Lilly Inglis - 9 years - 2nd 100m, 2nd 200m

Rylie Labes - 9 years - 3rd 100m

Shelly Kenworthy - 12 years - 1st 100m, 1st 200m, 2nd Long Jump

Bella Paterson - 12 years - 2nd 100m

Mathafasue Mikaele Tanuvasa - 12 years - 3rd 100m, 2nd 200m

Eva Martin - 9 years - 2nd High Jump, 1st long jump

Rosemariah Talione Vasa Pene - 11 years - 1st Shot put

Jonathan Luavasa - 11 years - 1st Discus

SOPA Triathlon

On Tuesday we have 13 children competing in the South Otago Primary School triathlon. Good luck to the children who are competing.

Cricket Coaching

Today all classes were lucky enough to have some cricket coaching from Sam from Otago Country Cricket.


BPS Netball AGM will be held 7pm on Thursday 18th March 2021 at the Rudder Bar. All welcome to attend.

Registrations are now available for the 2021 Season – Please register at this link or fill out a Registration Form and return to Miss Robins by Friday 19th March 2021.

Trials for Year 7 and 8 will be held at the Cross Recreation Centre from 3.15pm to 4.15pm Friday 19th March. If you are unable to make this please contact Tara Unahi.

If you have any questions or are unsure please contact Tara Unahi – 027 380 7603 or Rebecca Coote – 021 114 1989

Karen Robins, Sports Coordinator

Scholastic Book Club

Book Club order forms have been sent home today with most pupils. If you would like to place an order please return to the School Office by 19 March 2021. (If you would like another form, please ask the office.)

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Dylan Young- 8 March
  • Larry Leaana - 10 March

  • Angelica Manukau-Kenworthy - 14 March

Upcoming Events to put on your calendar

  • BoT Meeting - Tuesday 16 March 7pm
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Wednesday 17 March 1pm - 8pm
  • (All Pupils will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm on Wed 17 March)
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 18 March 3.30pm - 5.30pm
  • (Note: School open as usual for all pupils 9am to 3pm on Thursday 18 March)
  • Scholastic New Zealand Issue number 2 Book Club orders to be returned to School with money - 19 March
  • Otago Anniversary - School closed Monday 22 March
  • Whanau and School (PTA) - AGM, 7pm, School Staffroom
  • Assembly - 26 March 2.30pm
  • Whanau and School Jingo Quiz Night - Friday 26 March
  • Teacher Only Day - 1 April 2021
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Bank Accounts

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