Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 6

Newsletter 2 September 2022

Principal's Report

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,

Vicki Neave

Room 3

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.

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to Joss Winslade who recently gained an Honours in her NZ Modern School of Music Grade 2 Theory exam.

Room 1

Room 1 students have been enjoying the sunshine this week and getting outside for some games. We have been focussing on taking turns and working together.
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Welcome to Zane who started at Balclutha School recently.
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Room 5

Dean Russo inspired art!
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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:

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

Keep safe and let's be kind to each other :-)

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Room 6

On Tuesday Room 6 students participated in the FFL session with Phillipa. We learnt to create a story on Scratch using information about the Balclutha Bridge.
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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.

Room 2

Room 2 students have been using materials and movement in Maths recently to help us with our addition and subtraction. Our pictures this week show Aubree and Zack making maths stories using toy frogs on a lilypad and Nathanael enjoying an activity where he has to jump on the sum of two numbers. We also had a great time joining with our friends in Room 1 for a fun outside game.

Community Consultation

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.

Link to google form is

Thank you.

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

Year 5/6

BPS Green vs Catlins 4:00 court 4

Year 7/8

BPS/Kai vs Rosebank Red 4:00 court 5

Sports Payments

All sports payments to be paid into the BOT account 01-0900-0000452-00

Top Team

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

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Room 4

Room 4 students have been using cars to help us to learn to read. We sound out the letters we see on the car track. We then zoom the cars across to read the word.

Thank you

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.

Room 12

Room 12 students have been working on google drawing. We picked an image from google and traced over the image, next we printed them out, picked a background colour and stuck them on. We had so much fun! Meg Smith.

Coming Up in the next two weeks...

8 September - Scholastic Book Club Due

8 September - 2.30pm School Assembly (Parents welcome but must wear mask. Please do not come if unwell.)

Room 11

Room 11 students learnt to play the traditional Maori game of Ki-o-Rahi this week, under the guidance of Ginny - our Healthy Active Learning Advisor. The game involves two teams of up to seven players, scoring points by hitting the central drum or making it across the try line.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Frieda Lowe

Mabel Ferguson

Jeffrey Sonio

Jarvis Tohiariki-Brooking

Halimah Asman

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