Balclutha Primary School - T1 Wk 11

Newsletter 16 April 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to the last week of what has been a wonderfully busy term.

We have many positive things to celebrate from term 1, including welcoming new team members to our staff, many new students throughout the term, and a lot of wonderful learning happening across the school.

There has been a range of sporting opportunities, including athletics, junior swimming, triathlon and the Year 3-6 football tournament this week. We have had a very positive start to 2021.

This week we have welcomed Room 11 back to school after their Bannockburn camp adventures last week. School camps provide many opportunities for students to try new things and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Congratulations to Mrs Willocks and Room 11 for a well run and highly successful camp. I have really enjoyed listening to some of their camp stories this week.

Term 2 is shaping up to be another busy one, with events to look forward to such as the Rippa tournament, the BPS music festival and the Year 6/ 7 camp to Mt Cook.

I hope you all have an enjoyable and well earned term break.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

From the Board of Trustees

Many thanks to the Whānau and School for the Jingo event they recently held. It was a really fun night .....and of course it was a fantastic fundraiser for the school! The BOT are meeting and working collaboratively with the WAS to ensure that any fundraising for 2021 goes towards agreed needs for the school.

The school website and information to new whānau joining the school is getting updated and refreshed and these will be available during term 2.

As the school has over 20 employees, a health and safety committee is required by law. Health and Safety Reps have been appointed. Thank you to Ray Laurence, Jan Cook, Sarah Faulkner Barclay and Kim Strawbridge (BOT) for being part of this committee. They have had their meeting and discussed hazards around the school. In time they believe it would be also good to involve the children and get their feedback on health and safety matters at school too! Which is great to hear Health and Safety issues from a student’s view!

The BOT is still working on making a final decision on what type of product and supplier will be confirmed for the replacement of the bark chips to a soft landing turf. This was hoped to have been made last night, but we will hold a special meeting in 1-2 weeks to confirm and finalise, as we have just received all the information in the last couple of days from potential suppliers, before sending up to the MOE for their deadline.

Thanks to all the families that have purchased the new school uniform with the embroidered school logo from Stirling Sports Balclutha. This has proved to be a much easier process for families to buy a wider range of sizes, and it is also good that you can take your current tops with no logo and get these embroidered. It is also great to have the zip up hoody option for children to wear. Now that this has been successful transition. The Warehouse have been notified to not stock any uniforms for the school.

Ever wondered what the Māori translation means on the school logo? “Whaia Te Kura Huna” means “Search for Knowledge”. It was introduced to Balclutha School by a previous school principal Mr Hawke in 1930. Amazing to think that the logo is still in use nearly 100 years later!

Hope everyone enjoys the school holidays. See you next term.

Jolene Ollerenshaw

BOT Chair

Whānau and School Update

Cheese Rolls Fundraiser - Order forms will be going out with children today and available online with the newsletter. $7 per dozen or 3 dozen for $18.

Order forms with money to be returned to school by Friday 14 May 2021.

Keep these dates free - 29 & 30 May to help make cheese rolls :-)

Entertainment Digital

Get saving for these school holidays with your Entertainment Digital Membership.
It includes offers at Bowl Line, Clutha District Pools, Dunedin Ice Stadium, Dunedin Segway, Edgar Centre, Inflatable World, Leap and Clip ‘n’ Climb, Megazone, Moana Pool, Orokanui Ecosanctuary. Poolhouse, Wal’s Plant Land plus heaps of Central Otago deals from AJ Hackett, Alpine Aqualand, Darkride, Escape Quest, Game Over, Iceline, and Rubys Cinema.
20% of the sale goes back to the school. APP valid for 12 month & downloadable on up to 4 devices.
Upgrade to the Multi City if you’re heading outside of your region or over the ditch to Oz.
You can buy online anytime here:

JINGO - What a great night we had and thank you so very much for all the support we received within our school community. We are very happy to share we raised approximately $6,700 to help towards our children's learning. A very special thank you to the sponsors who donated towards our Jingo Evening. Please see attached the list of local businesses and families that donated. A great way to thank them is by supporting these local businesses.

Next Whānau and School Meeting 27 May 2021 at 7pm in the staffroom.

Enjoy the school holidays :)

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


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Sports Update

Otago Triathlon

We had one team of Ollie Saptstead, Te Rawhiti Bennington and Liam Huddleston compete in the Otago Primary Schools Triathlon last week.


Please note that all netball players will be issued with their uniforms and also a raffle ticket to sell.

Netball Starts 1st May – Last weekend of school holidays.

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Football tournament

BPS had four teams that participated in the Football Tournament.

Thanks to the parents and year 7/8 children who coached and managed the football teams on Thursday. Well done to the two year 3/4 teams who made it to the semi finals.

Room 1

Room 1 has been learning about shapes. They have created some awesome 2D pictures.
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Welcome to BPS!

This week we are pleased to welcome Tilly and her family into Room 1 and Balclutha Primary School.

Room 2

Room 2 have been really busy since the last newsletter and have earned their holiday! We have been exploring patterns in maths, so here are some of our creations. We have also talked about Anzac Day and made poppies which are hanging in the windows around the classroom. We also have lots of other artwork hanging in the room, so feel free to pop in after the holidays to see our amazing artistic talents!

Holiday Basketball Camp

Nuggets and Gold Rush Holiday Camp coming up!!!

Camp will be run by Nuggets Head Coach Brent Matehaere. Throughout the day the Nuggets squad will be interacting with kids and having a training session.

Otago Women's Gold Rush players will also be at the camp. This is a joint venture camp between the two Otago NBL teams.

Register at this link.

Nuggets/Gold Rush Holiday Camp 9am-3pm

April 27 - 30th 9am-3pm

By purchasing 4 days children will receive a camp T-shirt and a Free ticket to the Otago Nuggets v Taranaki Airs.

Or single days can be purchased at $75, single day purchases aren’t included in getting free t-shirt or ticket.
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Room 3

Room 3 has finished their swimming art. They are looking pretty awesome with their goggles! They have also included a story about their favourite parts at the pool.
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Future Focused Learning Project - Learner Days

A number of senior students attended the Future Focused Learner Lead Day earlier in the month. The children learnt digital design skills and used a programme called Kleki. Children learnt a number of design techniques including brush techniques and layers. The 'experts' from the day then were able to teach their class about Kleki.

Room 5

The students in Room 5 have had another very busy week. They have been working on their Te Reo Māori, writing awesome Spongebob stories and finding ways to entertain themselves inside on wet days.

Check out the photos of some of our Room 5 students sharing their completed Spongebob books with Room 2.

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Room 6 students sharing their digital technology art.
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Cultural Group- 23 May, Save the date!

The BPS Cultural Group have had a great term learning new waiata, all boys learning haka, developing our Reo and building tuakana/teina relationships.

Next term we have a number of performances that we will be able to attend.

The first performance is for the Clutha Culture Feast on Sunday 23rd May. If your child is in the BPS Cultural Group mark this date on the calendar. More information will be sent out when it is available.

Room 12

Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising ventures towards our Mount Cook camp.

We will be at Tyre Land on Saturday morning from 10am - 1pm ready to wash some more cars. Bring your car down to get it cleaned.

Thanks Tyre Land for allowing us to use your yard for our carwash.

A big thank you to all the sponsors who kindly donated prizes towards our mega raffle. The raffle will be drawn once all tickets are sold.

Thanks to Balclutha New World and Silver Fern Farms for your kind sponsorship towards our BBQ last week.

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Room 11- Bannockburn Camp

Room 11's camp experience - visiting Stewart Town, biscuiting on Lake Dunstan and climbing through the sluicings at Bannockburn. What an amazing week! A huge thank you to our wonderful camp parents!

Southland Athletics

Congratulations to the children who competed in Invercargill at the Southland Athletics. It is a great achievement to represent South Otago at this event. Well done.

Giving back to our community

Today BPS students helped to give back to our wonderful Balclutha Community by doing a rubbish sweep in several areas around our school. We were amazed and horrified by the amount t of rubbish that we found!

Happy Birthday this week to....

  • Nate Latta- 11 April
  • Dani Cleverley- 13 April
  • Joash Bokilis- 13 April
  • Jennifer Au Yeung- 18 April
  • Sam Kinder- 28 April
  • Alfie Ferguson- 30 April

Upcoming Events to put on your calendar

  • Friday 16 April- last day of Term 1
  • Monday 3 May- First day of Term 2
  • Tuesday 13 May- School Photos
  • Friday 14 May- School assembly, 2:30pm (Room 12 sharing an item)

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
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