Balclutha Primary School - T4 Wk 7

Newsletter 3 December 2021

Principal's Report

Kia Ore e te Whānau,


Welcome to the second last newsletter of the year.


Today our country moves into the new COVID19 Protection (traffic light) Framework system.

This is a significant day for New Zealand, as it will impact on the way we operate in many different areas of our lives.


For the last week and a half of school, we maintain our current systems and protocols for our day to day activities. This means it will just be business as usual here at school.


Our move to Orange does impact on any non curriculum events that involves our parents and whānau. Attached is a summary of the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Education that were published yesterday. This information is also available on the Ministry of Education website. Attached also is a letter that we have been asked to share about the Education system response moving forward.


Our Board of Trustees and staff, are working along side other South Otago schools to ensure we work within the guidelines, ensure the health and safety of our community, and provide our students with the best end of year we can in this COVID world. There will be more information next week about our end of year activities.


We really appreciate the understanding and patience of our school community as we work to navigate a constantly shifting environment.


Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

House Group Sports Afternoon

Our student council are working to organise a sports afternoon next Wednesday. Children may wear house colour mufti on Wednesday. There is no cost to wear mufti.

Our house colours are:

Hubbard- Yellow

Grigor- Red

Moore- Blue

Turner- Green

If you are not sure what house your child is in, please contact the class teacher.

Teddy Bears Picnic

On Thursday, Rooms 1, 2 ,3 and 4 will be having a Teddy Bears picnic. Children can bring a teddy to share their lunch with.

2022 Class Teachers

Our 2022 class organisation will be:

Room 1 Mrs Anderson Year 0-1

Room 2 Mrs Swallow Year 1-2

Room 3 Mrs Harris Year 2-3

Room 5 Miss Faulkner-Barclay Year 3-4

Room 6 Miss Robins / Mrs Judson Year 5-6

Room 12 Miss Roughan Year 6-7

Room 11 Mrs Willocks Year 7-8

End of year reports for all children will go home next Friday. Class placements for 2022 will be in these reports.

Mufti Day

Next Friday 10th December 2021 children will be allowed to wear mufti. Gold coin donation.

Whānau and School Update

Christmas Raffle

Thank you to everyone who has donated for the Christmas Raffle, your support is very much appreciated.


We need all the raffle cards returned to school, sold or unsold, by Friday 10th December. If you are unable to sell yours, please send them back asap as we have some families who would like more to sell. (If you would like another raffle or two to sell please let the school know).


Have a great weekend and keep safe.



Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Email: balcluthapta@gmail.com

Room 1

Room 1 have been busy practising their cutting skills. Check out our awesome lions.
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Room 2

Room 2 was lucky to be invited to Room 12 to listen to some of their own fairy stories. We enjoyed them all and hope to go back next week to hear some more. We also loved the ice creams, baking and bracelets the Year 8s made on Market Day. In Maths, with Mrs Judson, we have made clocks and have used them to show different times - in one of our photos this week, we are showing what time we finish school!

Room 4

Room 4 making bubbles to study them. We saw rainbow colours and bubbles of all sizes. Some bubbles were round and others were long. We wrote bubble stories when we got back into class.

Room 3

Room 3 made Christmas countdown timers. Everyone was excited to cut off number one and start the timer on Wednesday!

Room 5

Charlie and Lilyana enjoying the market day, while Tiana and Isabelle make a tornado.

Room 6 Making Christmas Decorations...

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Room 12

The Room 12 children have been exploring Mrs Nyugen's origami art. Next week we are going to apply our learning to create some Christmas art using our origami skills.

Room 11

Room 11 students held a market day to raise funds for the Cancer Society. They had ice cream, lollipops and sherbet, bracelets and baking and a "guess the number of lollies in the jar". A lot of hard
work and organisation as well a whole lot of learning has resulted in a considerable sum being raised for this charity. Thank you to all the students (and parents) who supported this genius hour project.

Happy Birthday this week to...

Harry Coote

Mioné Meyer

Penny Coote

Brooklyn Radford

Bella Paterson

Molly Paterson

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