Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 7

Newsletter 17 June 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau,

After numerous delays, lots of frustration, and very patient students, we are finally seeing some action on the resurfacing of our playground.

This project was originally due to be completed in December last year, but due to shipping delays we are running 6 months behind time. If you have been into school this week, you will have noticed that the contractors have started to lay the pads that go below the turf. Final prep work for the surface will hopefully be completed this weekend, and the remaining pads and the turf are due to be laid next week.

Our students are very excited to see the latest developments and are looking forward to getting back on to the playground equipment.

Thank you to everyone who has helped get us to this point. Hopefully next weeks newsletter will contain some pictures of our newly resurfaced playgrounds.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave.

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Staffing Announcement

Due to a large influx of New Entrant students, and more still to come, the Board of Trustees has decided to fund an additional class for terms 3 and 4. From the beginning of next term, Room 1 will be split and the older students in Room 1 will form a new class in Room 4. We are excited to announce that we have appointed Miss Billie McHardy to be the teacher of this class. She is currently teaching a junior class at The Catlins Area School. She has a range of skills and experience at the junior school level and will be a welcome addition to the BPS team. Parents of Room 1 students will be contacted in the next couple of weeks to discuss the best option for their child.

Reminder - Matariki Day

We will be closed next Friday, 24 June, to observe Matariki Day.

Fuel for Schools

A huge thank you to all our wonderful parents who have nominated BPS in the Fuel for Schools programme. This term we have earned enough points to receive some exciting new sports gear. Pictured are Tania and the PALs with some of the new equipment that has arrived. We can't wait to start using it!

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Welcome to Kayden! Kayden started at BPS earlier this week.

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Whānau and School Update

We hope everyone is keeping warm!!

Our next Whanau and School Meeting is 7pm on Thursday 30th June in the Staffroom.


BPS House and Garden Tour - Sunday 6th November 2022

We need your help....if you are handy with marketing and/or design can you please get in touch with me before 18th March so we can start working on the flyers and tickets for the House and Garden Tour. Many hands make light work :-)

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


Draw for Monday 20 June

BPS Yellow vs Rosebank Blue 5.10

BPS Blue vs Rosebank Red 4.10

Please make sure players are there 10 minutes before the game


Draw as follows

Balclutha A vs Country Saints Black 10:00 court 3

Balclutha B vs Toko Stars 1:00 court 3

Balclutha Blue vs Catlins Blue 10:00 court 1

Balclutha White vs Toko Steel 11:00 court 4

BPS/Clutha Valley vs Rosebank White 12:00 court 5

Balclutha Green vs Country Saints 3 10:00 court 5

Hockey Tournament

Year 7/8 Hockey tournament is on Tuesday 21 June any postponements will be on the school facebook page.

All players must have mouth guards and shin pads.

Tania Arthur

Balclutha Primary School

Sports Co-ordinator

Top Team (by Harold Karrol, Top Team Participant)

On Thursday we attended our second round of top team. The Top Team competition is between teams of ten students from each school in the district. This term's top team was based on a Maori game called Tapu Ae. The aim of the game was to hit as many balls off the cone in a red semi circle which you weren’t allowed in. It was just like netball except there were four defenders and four attackers.

Our team won one game out of four.

Harold Karrol.

Mid Winter Mufti Day

Next Tuesday 21st June is the shortest day and the middle of Winter. BPS will have a 'winter woollies' mufti day. Students can wear their warm winter clothing. Students do not need to bring a coin for mufti day, it is just for fun!

BPS Annual Ski Trip

With the fabulous snow that Central Otago has had in the last week, we are very excited to be offering our school ski trip again this year! Please find attached all the information you need and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Mrs Moodie.

Katie Moodie

Deputy Principal/SENCO

Across School Teacher, Big River Kahui Ako

027 495 9096

Room 1

We have had The Giant’s Ice Cream as our big book this week. We have been busy creating our own ice cream sundaes and giants!

Room 2

This week Room 2 have been creating descriptive writing about a friendly monster. We chose a monster and coloured it in before writing a few sentences about it. On Thursday we coloured larger versions so we can display them around the room, along with our amazing writing. Here are Frieda, Zayde and Kodie finishing off their monster pictures.

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Room 5’s artwork this week

Room 6

Room 6 children managed the wet lunchtimes inside with colouring activities and games including Uno, Twister and Monopoly.
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Room 12

This week Room 12 had a visit from Skip. He taught us how to play connect four! We loved learning this game.

Room 11

Room 11 students have been buddied with students from Room 5 to work together on their writing. These students are writing about the Queen and Paddington Bear having tea and marmalade sandwiches together.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Penelope Talione Vasa Pene

Joss Winslade

Te Rawhiti Benington

Paige McPhee

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