Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 2

Newsletter 6 August 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to Week 2 of Term 3.

We have had a very exciting week this week with Pip and Harold from the Life Education truck on site. All the classes have had visits to the truck and are learning a range of things that will help them stay healthy and be a good friend. Pip and Harold will be with us until Monday.

Next week we have the second set of parent teacher interviews. Thank you to the parents who have booked an interview time. This is an opportunity to discuss the mid year report, and set learning goals for the second half of the year. While we have formal interviews twice a year, parents are very welcome to come in at any time to discuss concerns, or just get an update on how their child is progressing. A child's progress at school really flourishes when the teacher and parent are able to work together effectively to set goals and reinforce what is happening at home and at school.

Next Thursday, weather permitting, we will be holding our Balclutha Primary School cross country. Parents are very welcome to come along and support their children.

Have a great day,

Vicki Neave

Welcome to BPS!

Reminder Parent / Teacher Interviews (and half day for pupils...)

Our second round of Parent / Teacher Interviews are next week on the afternoon of 10 August (1pm to 6.40pm) and after school on 11 August (3.10pm - 4.40pm).

Once again, you are able to make your booking online by clicking on the link below (or typing into your web browser "") and using the code 5edvq

Bookings will close on Tuesday morning at 8.30am - if you want to book a time after this, you will need to phone the school office.

(If you would like help to make a booking, please feel free to contact the school office - either by sending a note, phoning (4190103) or emailing

All children will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm on 10 August as the interviews will start at 1pm. (Note Room 11 children will still attend Technology at SOHS that afternoon as usual.)

Mrs Willocks will have slightly different interview times available on 10 August. Her interview times available are as on the booking site.

"Save the Date" - Teacher Only Day - 27 August 2021

We have a Teacher Only Day confirmed for Friday 27 August. Please mark this date on your calendar as children will not be at school this day.

Whānau and School Update

Whanau and School Update

If you are wanting an Entertainment App please click on the link below and you will get the Multi City upgrade for the SIngle City Membership.

Next Whānau and School Meeting 26 August 2021 at 7pm in the staffroom. Everyone welcome.

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Sport News

Cross Country

The children have been training hard for our cross country next week. The BPS cross country will be on Thursday 12th August.

Cross country will start at 1:30pm beginning with years 1/2 then 3/4, 5/6 and finally year 7/8. Children will start and finish in front of the grandstand. Please come along to the grandstand and support the children.


Well done to the children who participated in the netball tournament on Wednesday and Friday. A special thanks to the coaches who spent their day with the children.


Get some mates together and have a go at Futsal. All details on the poster included in this newsletter.

K. Robins

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BPS Netball Prizegiving

Balclutha Primary Netball prizegiving will be held on 12th August at 5:30pm in the school hall. Can all players please bring their uniforms to prize giving for return to Carleigh or Stacey. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Daffodil Day

We have a few pens ($2), Tote Bags ($5), and some silk daffodils (donation) at the school office. There is also a raffle card, tickets $1 each - various prizes. All proceeds will go towards the Cancer Society.

Check out our "Fine Motor Skills" groups. Five participants have already completed the course!

Room 1 enjoyed their first ever visit to Harold on Wednesday! We looked at the super power of kindness and the ways we can be kind to others. We LOVED being in Harold’s classroom!

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Room 2

Room 2 had two trips to visit Harold and Pip this week. For most of the class, it was our first time meeting Harold and we had lots of fun learning about being good friends.

We also finished artwork for the class to show what we did in the school holidays, so are looking forward to showing our families next week.

Room 3 loved visiting Harold this week. We learnt about being superheroes and showing kindness to others. We learnt from Harold that it is better to loan someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness.

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Room 5 Ryan, Isabelle, Alfie and Blake, Maths thinking. Paige, Ana, Eseta, Tiana, Paris and Chloe T brain storming healthy eating foods on the food pyramid.

Room 6's chalk pastel animal art (half photo/half sketching), in varying stages of completion. We will be very excited to share the finished pieces with you in a few weeks time.

Room 12 have been enjoying watching the olympic games. The first event we watched was the mens Triathlon where Hayden Wilde won a bronze medal. We have linked the games with maths and have been comparing the athletes times.

Our senior students have been learning about the effects drugs and alcohol have on our brains. These lessons are taken in the Life Ed van with Pip … what an amazing programme

… even the teachers love Harold.

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Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Abby McKinney
  • Max Warden
  • Anotida Kasosera

Do you know???

Does anyone know who "D Falconer" is? We have a food wrap order (from earlier in the year) waiting to be picked up and available at the school office. If you know who this may be, please phone the school 4190103.

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