15th November 2019
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** Don't forget to complete your Pet Day and Hangi forms - the organisers need to know your intentions NOW for planning purposes!!!**

It has been a whirlwind of activities and events over the last two weeks. My highlights have been Prizegiving and the 100% attendance event.

It was fabulous to see our students recognised for their achievements at the annual Prizegiving. The Mayor was absolutely right when he noticed the pride with which our students present themselves and represent the school. Congratulations to all of our students, and especially to our Dux for 2019, Logan Bird. It was, however, an evening with mixed emotions where we recognised our leaving staff Carol Bloxham (retiring), Lisa Hooker (retiring), Kath Watkins (moving to Ashburton College) and Fiona Wilkinson (exploring new adventures). We wish them all well for their next steps!

Next year, there will be changes in the Office set-up at school. We intend to have a Main Office run by Louise Burgess with support from Anabel McPhee, and a Student Centre run by Tania Barr. Congratulations to them on their new roles. 

We have been successful in appointing staff to new roles within the school for 2020. Emily Currall will take on the Lead Teacher of Science role (this is her specialist area in terms of her qualifications). Nathan Bloxham has been appointed permanently, he will be the homeroom teacher for Year 7 next year as well as continuing his great work with the 2020 Year 8/9 integrated studies class. Maryann Darmody will join our team in the secondary area, her specialism is The Arts - she is transferring to us from her present position at James Hargest High School in Invercargill. The appointment to the PE/Health role is still underway.

My second highlight was the opportunity to organise an attendance celebration on behalf of the Big River Kahui Ako. Students from around the region were congratulated for the commitment to learning at the Council Chambers. We were able to send two students Adam Pullar and Casey Osborne, based on their exemplary attendance. Each received a certificate from the Mayor and stayed for morning tea in the Council Chambers.

Please have a look through the different articles within the newsletter to catch up on all the other news, and to have the opportunity to check out what is coming soon...

Kate Staniford



House Meeting

When: Tuesday, 19th November

Top Team Finale 4pm

When: Tuesday, 19th November

Reminders sent

When: Friday, 22nd November

Assembly (Rm 1)

When: Tuesday, 26th November

BoT Meeting @ 6.30pm

When: Tuesday, 26th November

Quadrathon Yr4-8

When: Tuesday, 26th November

Bat Camp Room 3

When: Wednesday, 27th to Friday, 29th November

Mr Yipadee Y1-3 + Pre-Schoolers

When: Wednesday, 27th November

Quadrathon pp day

When: Thursday, 28th November

For your information:

Attention all parents of Room 3 & Year 10/11 students:
Your child has been given a permission slip regarding the Balclutha Christmas Parade. Can you please make sure that these slips are returned to school before next Wednesday. The letter is attached here, for your convenience: Christmas Parade

Merry Christmas Card With Penguins Vector 1728843

Hangi Copy

Please click this link to fill out the Google Form regarding your attendance at the hangi on November 20th:

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Owaka Swim Agm

Jan 20 Students

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