Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 6
Newsletter 2 September 2022
Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to Week 6 of the term.
Sadly, this week we farewelled two of our valued staff members.
Mrs Brittany Morrison finished this week in preparation for welcoming a new baby into her family in the next couple of weeks. Mrs Morrison has worked across the school as our release teacher. We are really going to miss the enthusiasm and fun she brings to all our classrooms and look forward to welcoming her back to BPS once her children are a little older. We also look forward to meeting the newest little Morrison in a few weeks.
Mrs Makerita Laban also finishes this week, as she is relocating with her family to Invercargill. Mrs Laban has provided bi-lingual support for our school for almost 3 years and has been invaluable in supporting a number of students and families. We wish her and her family all the best as they embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives.
Ngā mihi nui,
Room 3 students have had a busy week! We were lucky enough to visit Dave and his helpers from the University of Otago who showed us some amazing science, looking at acidity. We even had a chance to play with some dry ice! On Friday we made some beautiful art to support daffodil day. The children all did an amazing job! We were also involved in the Future Focus Learning (FFL) with other schools around South Otago and learnt how to make a story with sound and movement using our own art on Scratch Jr.
Ngā mihi nui,
Trudy Hayes and Jenny Harris.
Whānau and School Update
Whanau and School Meeting - many thanks to everyone who attended last night's meeting. We had a great turn out and it was so nice to see some new faces!!!
Whanau and School fundraise so we can provide our children with more tools and opportunities to assist with their learning and experiences. Last night it was agreed that we would fund the following for our school community.
- $1,000 towards new books for the school library.
- $900 for Fine and Gross Motor Skills Group - to purchase a range of equipment that will support the work that Rebecca, our teacher aide does with several groups of our children.
- Approximately $7,800 for new reading tools to help all our children with the implementation of Structured Literacy for learning.
BPS Home 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be one of the stall holders at one of the properties for the Home and Garden Tour please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282 or email email@example.com
Keep safe and let's be kind to each other :-)
Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby
Whanau and School Co-Presidents
Mask Wearing at Balclutha Primary School
The Board of Trustees has reviewed our COVID protocols and has decided that from the beginning of next week we will begin to relax our mask expectations in line with the reduced number of cases in our school community.
From Monday 5 September:
- mask wearing wil be optional for staff and students in the classroom
- all students (year 4 and above), staff and visitors will continue to wear masks in assembly and other large school indoor gatherings.
- adult visitors to our classrooms will continue to wear masks inside, and staff will wear masks when meeting with our visitors.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to minimize the impact of COVID in our school community.
This term the Board of Trustees are reviewing two of our policies:
- Sun Protection
- Food and Nutrition
We would appreciate your feedback. Please read the policies below and complete the google form by Friday 9 September.
2022 Sport News
Year 1/2 change to Hockey
Session 1 3:30 court 2
Session 2 4:00 court 2
Year 3/4 change to Basketball
BPS Blue vs Rosebank Yellow 3:30 court 3
BPS Purple vs Valley Volts 4:00 court3
BPS Green vs Catlins 4:00 court 4
BPS/Kai vs Rosebank Red 4:00 court 5
All sports payments to be paid into the BOT account 01-0900-0000452-00
Top team has been changed to Thursday 8th September 4:00pm
South Otago touch trials are on Wednesday 7th September. More information will follow.
Coaches and Managers
We are still looking for a ref for teeny touch and a manager for a year 7/8 team if you know anyone who can do this, please get in contact with Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org
Balclutha Primary School
Balclutha Primary School would like to say a huge thank you to Matau Garden Centre for kindly donating a trailer of compost for our vegetable gardens. Yesterday Scott Martin, our Enviroschools facilitator and Tyson worked up a sweat emptying the trailer. Thanks Scott and Tyson!
Next week the garden club will start planting some vegetables.
- 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