Balclutha Primary School - T2, Wk 3

Newsletter 20 May 2022

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to Week 3.

On Monday night our Board of Trustees met and reviewed our current COVID settings. It was decided that as there is still a significant COVID presence in our school and our wider community. We will continue with our current settings for the time being.

A reminder that our current settings are:

- mask use for all adults and students Year 4 and up when inside at school

- no large gatherings indoors

- limited additional visitors on site

- students and staff who are unwell, or have cold and flu symptoms are unable to attend school

The Board will continue to monitor the situation and will review our settings once our COVID numbers start to reduce.

As a school we continue to work around absent staff and ensure that all our students have minimal disruptions to learning. Balclutha Primary has not been fully staffed since Week 6 of last term (early March). This has put added pressure on our entire school community, and we are very grateful for the wonderful way our school community has worked together and supported each other over the past couple of months. I think we are all looking forward to putting this behind us and having all our staff and students back at school.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

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Parent / Teacher Interviews NEXT WEEK!

Parent interviews will be held at school on Wednesday 25 May (1pm to 7pm) and Thursday 26 May, 2022 (3.10pm to 5pm).

Please note - interviews on Wednesday will start at 1pm therefore, on Wednesday 25 May, all pupils will need to be collected from school at 12.30pm.

(New OSCAR South Otago will be open from 12.30pm - 5.30pm that day - to make a booking - phone 027 315 7253 OR 027 473 1235).

When coming to your meeting, please wear a mask. You do not need to show a vaccine pass to meet with the class teacher.

To book an interview - click the link below (if you need to enter an event code it is maw7w) or go to

If you have any questions or would like help to make a booking, please contact the school office (03) 4190103.

Whānau and School Update


We have 35,000 cheese rolls to make the weekend of 27th, 28th & 29th May.

We have received a few forms but we really need MORE HELPERS. The form is attached so please get this to the office early next week. Thanks to those helpers who have already offered, much appreciated.

This is a great fundrasier for our school and all the money goes towards benefiting all of the children at our wonderful school. If you have any questions please get in touch with Sara on 02102372282.

Whānau and School Meeting - Thursday 26 May at 7pm in the School Staffroom. Everyone welcome. Please wear your mask.

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

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Welcome to Bella who started in Room 1 this week. Here she is dressed in PINK for our "say no to bullying" mufti day.

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2022 Sport News


Draw for Monday 23 May

BPS Yellow vs CV Cosmos, 4:30 GWS court

BPS Blue vs Romahapa, 3:30 GWS court


Draw is as follows

Balclutha A vs Toko Stars 11:00 court 2

Balclutha B vs Kai Black 12:00 court 3

Balclutha Blue vs Country Saints 1 12:00 court 1

Balclutha White vs Rosebank Green 1:00 court 2

BPS/Clutha Valley vs Toko Silver 12:00 court 5

Balclutha Green vs Rosebank Purple 1:00 court 5


This week we had Mike from football south come and run sessions with each class. The children had a great time learning new skills.

Thank you MIke

Sports Activator

We had Skip at school on Monday. The children learnt a team building game where they had 5 different moves they had to remember and complete with a buddy. Skip would call a colour and the children would run to their cone before getting tagged by their buddy.

Rippa Rugby Tournament

Rippa tournament is on Tuesday 24 May.

All children participating will need a mouthguard

Every player is required to complete this registration form to play in the tournament.

Please follow the link and complete the registration form this must be completed by Monday

Please keep an eye on our school facebook page for updates and postponement.

Postponement date is Thursday 26 May

Room 1

Room 1 are working together to roll a dice, read the number and build ginger bread men.

Room 2

This week Room 2 enjoyed being outside to discover; some new games with Skip, a sports session with Tania and futsal skills with Mike. We are also working hard on our writing in class, and in maths we have been learning how to "skip" count. We made a huge number line using our hands to show skip counting in 5s and 10s.

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Room 5

Room 5 had fun during Physical Education outside with Skip and Tania this week and enjoyed working on their Art inside!

Room 6

The Room 6 children have been working on these crayon and dye monarch butterflies. You can see their progress from crayon and then the addition of straight dye.

Room 12

On Monday Room 12 had Skip the Sports Activator. He tested our reaction times and our teamwork. We enjoyed the in and out race the most!

Room 11

We dressed in pink today to remind ourselves, and others, that bullying is not acceptable.
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Congratulations to this week's awesome award winners...

Room 1 -

Bella Dawson - for new student - welcome and for participating well in class.

Room 2 -

McKenzie Munro - McKenzie is always happy to help out in class. He is a great friend to everyone around him.

Kodie Burrows-Morrell - Kodie always arrives at school with a smile on her face. We love her amazing manners in class.

Room 3 -

Dylan Young - for working hard at finger spelling and reading.

Amelia Maxwell - for always helping others and for working hard at every task.

Room 5

Aydan Field - for taking responsibility for his learning and working hard in maths.

Sophie Walker - for effort and progress in structured literacy.

Room 6

Isabelle Jamieson - for putting 100% into her work and being supportive during "Lego" building.

Jaxon Young - for making a positive start to term 2. Keep up the great work Jaxon.

Room 12

Latifah Asman - for always trying her best in structured literacy!

Zoe Ludemann - for her fantastic effort in structured literacy.

Room 11

Amber Kasosera - for working independently with a positive, hard working attitude.

Caleb Mikaele Tanuvasa - for showing a positive, hard working attitude to all his learning tasks.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to...

Rahi Escovar

Coming up next week...

24th - Rippa Tournament

25th - Parent Interviews - ALL PUPILS WILL NEED PICKED UP AT 12.30PM

26th - Parent Interviews 3.10pm - 5pm - (School open 9am - 3pm as usual for all pupils)

26th - Whānau and School Monthly Meeting - 7pm in the school staffroom

27th, 28th, 29th - Cheese Roll making in School Hall - various times, see roster attached earlier in this newsletter.

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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