Balclutha Primary School - T3 Wk 10

Newsletter 1 October 2021

Principal's Report

Kia Ora e te Whānau and welcome to the last week of Term 3.

What a mucky term this has been. As I watch the erratic numbers of new cases in Auckland this week, I don't think we are quite ready to come out the other side just yet.

On behalf of our team here at school, I would like to thank our wonderful parents and community for their ongoing support this term. Every different alert level brings its own challenges, but I am very proud of the way the BPS whānau have risen to this challenge.

While it has been wonderful to have all our students back on site under Level 2 and our classroom programmes humming, we have missed having our parents on site and being able to share some of what we have been up to through assemblies. We are all looking forward to a drop to Level 1, so we can resume our assemblies.

The upcoming term break will be very welcome for many of our students who are showing signs of being ready for a break. I hope you all have a restful and relaxing couple of weeks, and we look forward to seeing you all again next term.

Ngā mihi nui,


Whānau and School Update

We would like to have a stall selling food as a fundraiser at the Cross Recreation Half Marathon, 10km, and 5km Event on Saturday 16th October.

We are needing some additional helpers for food preparation and on the day, could be a good opportunity for us to gain additional fundraising. If you can help please let me know via email on

We had our Whanau and School Meeting last night, many thanks to the parents and teachers who attended, we really do appreciate all that you do for the school community.

Enjoy the school holidays and see you back in Term 4 for some sunshine :-)

Whanau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Balclutha Primary School Library Update!

At last night's Whānau and School meeting, Janette, our Librarian, presented a report to the WaS meeting and displayed all the books that have been purchased for our library this year - with the support of the Balclutha Primary School Whānau and School!

Click on the link below to read Janette's report.

Balclutha Primary School Homework Expectations

As part of our ongoing review of school systems this year, the teaching staff have discussed and reviewed our homework expectations. This is to ensure we have a consistent approach to homework across the school, and our school whānau have clarity around what we expect and how they can help at home.

A copy of our guidelines are below. If you have any questions, please contact your class teacher.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to Jolene Ollerenshaw and Clutha Health First for the lovely new chairs for our hall. These will be much more comfortable for our parents once our assemblies resume.

Sport News

Super 8 Cricket

Year 5-6 and year 7-8 super 8 cricket tournament is on at the start of term 4. The permission slip has been emailed to parents. If you haven't already replied, you will need to reply via email before the closing date. Below is a link to the notice.

Please note notices are due no later than Sunday 3rd October.

Room 1’s blossom trees look amazing. We are so proud of them. We added the blossoms to our painted tree trunks with fizzy bottles.

Room 2

Room 2 has had a very busy last week of term.

We decided to have another "themed" week of learning, and the students chose native New Zealand birds as their theme.

Therefore, our reading, writing, maths, poetry and art all featured New Zealand native birds.

Room 2 also finished making bugs, which was a project they started with Mrs Judson before lockdown. Our bugs are now fluttering around the room!

We also enjoyed a visit from the science people who came in from Otago University. We had great fun making different colour solutions and playing in the dry ice.

This week Room 3 made their own daffodils to celebrate spring. We used paint for the background and cut out petals and stems from painted paper. We used cupcake liners for the middle. Look how awesome they turned out!

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Room 5 have been very busy this week!

Room 6 with their artwork and mindfulness creations

Room 12

Room 12 learnt about acids and bases with the scientists on Wednesday. We had fun testing different household products.

Our Year 8 students took advantage of the lovely spring weather to head out and clean up part of the river bank around the bridge. This was part of our Term 3 community service.

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Reminder - Sunhats Term 4

A reminder that all children will need to wear a sunhat as part of their uniform next term (and again in Term 1, 2022). We have sunhats available to buy from the school office - $5 each.

Saveloy Fridays

We will continue to have Saveloys available each Friday next term. $2 for saveloy, bread and sauce. (Please note there are 8 Fridays in term 4.)

If you would like to pay online - please pay into our bank account 02-0900-0000452-00.

Congratulations to our Award Winners this week. Mrs Neave presented awards in class today to ...

Room 1 -
  • Cristian Andrew - for being a respectful member of Room 1 and for gaining confidence in his reading.
Room 2 -
  • Dylan Young - for showing a keen interest in science and asking some very intelligent questions.
  • Dani Cleverley - for a positive attitude to her writing, and taking risks to challenge herself. Dani's confidence is growing more each week.
  • Jarvis Tohiariki-Brooking - for developing some amazing leadership skills and helping friends in Room 2 with their learning.

Room 3 -

  • Haylin Storer - for her positive attitude and the consistent effort she puts into her ALIM maths.
  • Florrie Winslade - for trying her best in ALIM maths. She is gaining confidence in her abilities.

Room 5 -

  • Isabelle Jamieson - for clever maths thinking and for working hard at all tasks.
  • Chloe Bloxham - for working hard and doing the right thing.

Room 6 -

  • Mioné Meyer for showing considerable thought in her school work and in the way she treats others.
  • Meg Smith for demonstrating empathy and respect towards others and finding ways to brighten up everyones day.

Room 12 -

  • Brier Marsden - for working hard to achieve her work on time.
  • Lilly Inglis - for her amazing language and art work on feelings. Kei te pehea koe?

Room 11 -

  • Molly Paterson - for progress and achievement in Maths.
  • Lucy Harrison - for a positive and hard working attitude towards new learning.

Happy Birthday

this week to...

Sam Kinder

James Toole

Tristan Dobson

and during the holidays to...

Amelia Maxwell

Brylee McElrea

Madison McElrea

Rashaun Melvin

Blake Galbraith

To view OSCARS Holiday Programme and to find out how to make a booking, please check out the link below...

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