Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 10

Newsletter 8 April 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 10.

We have only four school days left until a much needed term break.

Term 1 has thrown up a range of curve balls and has looked very different to what we were all expecting. We were unable to have the camps, sports tournaments and assemblies that we would have liked however, we have had a wonderful term of learning and all our classes are just humming.

This term we have started implementing structured literacy across the school and the intensive learning by both staff and students has been impressive. We look forward to seeing where this journey might take us in the future. We are working to organise parent information evenings hopefully next term. Like everything else, this will depend on our COVID status.

Next term we are planning a range of opportunities for our parents to be involved in our learning, including assemblies once a fortnight, parent/ teacher interviews in Week 4, and an Arts presentation in Week 9. These will all, of course, be dependent on our COVID settings at the time.

As next week is a short week, this will be the last newsletter for Term 1. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank our wonderful parents for their support throughout this mucky term, and wish you all a fantastic Easter and a relaxing and enjoyable term break.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave


WOW! We raised $172.80 today with our Mufti Day. Thank you so much for all your support.

Welcome to Aila who started in Room 1 this week...

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Whānau and School Update

Our fundraiser for next term is CHEESE ROLLS. These were such a hit last year!

The price is $8 per dozen or $20 for 3 dozen. Order forms can be downloaded from the link below and a hard copy has been sent home with all families today. All money and orders are to be returned to school office by Wednesday 4th May 2022.

We will also need help to make the cheese rolls on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. See the bottom of the cheese roll order form, and fill in if you can help, even if it is just for an hour or two.


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

If you would like to be help please let me know.

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


Final round 14th April

BPS Stars vs Warepa Watch Em Go, 5:15 ground 4

BPS Racers vs Milton Green, 4:30 ground 5

BPS Superstars vs Milton Blue, 4:30 ground 2

BPS Lions vs Valley All Stars, 3:45 ground 5

BPS Teenies vs Stirling Stars, 3:45 ground 3

BPS Stars had a great game against the year 9/10 team yesterday. Lots of fun had on the field and some great support from our past pupils.


Last game of hockey 11th April

BPS Orange vs Warepa/CV, 4:30 court 4

BPS/Waiwera South vs Romahapa Yellow, 5:30 court 4

South Otago Hockey

This season South Otago hockey will be entering in the Dunedin year 7/8 6 a-side competition. This will be held on Friday nights. Games are played between 5pm and 7pm from 13th May - 26th August.

There will be a training session which is open to any player in year 6 and above that may be interested. This is held at the Rec centre from 9:30-11:00 on April 10th. Please bring $5 to cover court hire

Please contact Daniel Lochhead if you have any questions or if anyone is unable to make training but is still keen to play.


Netball trials for years 6, 7 and 8 will be held on Tuesday 13th April, 3:15-4:15 at the rec center. If anyone can't make it please contact Tara on 0273807603. (There may be further trials during the school holidays - keep an eye out on our school facebook page for any updates on this.)

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Room 1

Room 1 had lots of fun with Skip this week doing lots of jumping and working as a team to try and get the hoop right around the group without letting go of each other’s hands.

Room 2

Room 2 children have been working on their fine motor skills with Teacher Aide Rebecca this week. Here is Nathanael, Kodie, Rebecca, Zack and Zayde getting ready to recycle some of our old catalogues into art!
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Room 3

Room 5

Room 5 making Easter baskets with Mrs Judson.

Room 6

Room 6 has been coding during the past 2 weeks. The students have enjoyed the challenges they have faced along the journey.

Room 12

Room 12 loves it when Skip the Sports Activator comes to visit us! We learnt some great teamwork activities on Monday.

Room 11

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Congratulations to this week's awesome award winners...

Room 1

Tyrese Pehi - for settling into school routines well! It is great to see you making great choices and loving school.

Room 2

Ann-Luné Breet - for being an enthusiastic learner and member of our class.

Zayde Ruffle - for consistently being polite and respectful.

Room 3

Georgia Watt - for giving everything a go and trying her best. Always ready to work.

Rahi Escovar - for always working at the task given adn for doing his best.

Room 5

Ella-Zay Burrows-Morrell - for excellent poetry writing.

Beauden Bisset - for showing consideration towards others and being a good friend.

Room 6

Tiana Wyber - for encouraging and helping her classmates.

Eseta Mikaele Tanuvasa - for putting 100% into her work and being a respectful and caring classmate.

Room 12

Ruby Harrison - for being a kind and caring member of Room 12 and making sure everyone feels included.

Harry Coote - for contributing to class discussions with enthusiasm and thought provoking ideas.

Room 11

Keira Frisby - for leading the way with all her school work.

Ethan Scott - for his commitment to his work at school and bringing such a positive, hard working attitude to his learning.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week, next week AND during the holidays, to...

Aila Brown

Jade Wakeham

Nate Latta

Joash Bokilis

Amelia Hill

Dani Cleverley

Tilly Field

Jennifer Au Yeung

Olivia Jack

Corey Newport

Emily Sutherland

Alfie Ferguson

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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