Welcome to Balclutha Primary

We are a Year 1-8 primary school with a proud history of providing quality education for the students of Balclutha and South Otago for over 150 years. 
Our students enjoy our great ‘family’ atmosphere and are provided with a variety of rich learning opportunities that enable them to develop the creativity, resilience and life skills needed to become effective members of our wider community.
We have excellent resources and significant student supports available.  Alongside our high quality teaching team, we have a great team of teacher aides and specialist teachers onsite to ensure classroom programmes are well supported and every learner has the tools they need to reach their full potential.
We have a wonderful playground area comprised of several playing areas, a large turf area, grass fields and a number of mature trees that our students love to climb. Across the street, we have the Balclutha sports fields and the Cross Recreation Centre which we access for a variety of purposes throughout the year.
Balclutha Primary School is a great place to learn and we look forward to sharing our school with you.

Vision & Values

Students will be empowered to face life with self-confidence, have the ability to be an effective member of society and to be life-long learners

Enrolment Information

We would like to welcome new entrant children, transferring students and their families to our school. Please ring the school on 034190103 and make an appointment to visit. If you are new to the district and want to discuss enrolment or visit the school call the above number or the Principal 021 221 3776 or email admin@balclutha.school.nz

News & Events


Latest Notifications

Click on the link to read our 31 March 2023 Newsletter.

Fri Mar 31 02:39pm



Good morning. Please check your hot cross bun orders. If you have too many or are missing some, please let us know as soon as possible.

Fri Mar 31 08:12am

Happy Friday everyone. Can all raffle tickets and money be returned to school today please.

Fri Mar 31 07:16am

Hot cross buns will be ready for collection by 3pm from our school hall.

Thu Mar 30 02:34pm

Whānau & School AGM and meeting. BPS staffroom, 7pm this evening. All welcome 🙂

Thu Mar 30 12:25pm

Reminder- please return raffle tickets and Easter Eggs for the raffle by the end of this week please.

Thu Mar 30 09:00am

Brrr, it’s chilly this morning and the boiler is not going yet. Children may wear WARM mufti if they want.

Wed Mar 29 06:43am

Glad wrap orders are available to be picked up from the school office.

Mon Mar 27 09:33am

24 March 2023 Newsletter is ready to view on our app and website.

Fri Mar 24 03:08pm



Working bee Saturday 25th 10am-4pm. All welcome. Please bring wheelbarrows. gloves and buckets. See newsletter for more info. BBQ lunch.

Fri Mar 24 03:00pm

Assembly today, 2:30 in the hall. Come along and help celebrate our learners. Rooms 1 & 3 are sharing today. All welcome.

Fri Mar 24 10:23am

17 March 2023 Newsletter is available in “Notices” on our school app.

Fri Mar 17 01:53pm



Room 11, 12, 7, 9 – Hot cross bun orders are due today. Please hand order sheet into the classroom teacher. Remember one payment per order.

Fri Mar 17 07:32am

Don’t forget about the parent session ‘How to keep your kid safe in an online world”. 7pm tonight. All welcome.

Wed Mar 15 12:37pm

A reminder that SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED this Thursday 16 March as teachers are on strike. Please make alternate arrangements for your children

Tue Mar 14 06:03pm

reminder: parent info session on cyber safety. 7pm this Wednesday in the staffroom.

Mon Mar 13 09:14am


Technical difficulties mean we are not able to share our online newsletter with you today. There will be a brief hard copy notice sent home.

Fri Mar 10 11:40am

Assembly 2:30 today in the hall. Spud dig tonight. 5-7pm. All welcome!

Fri Mar 10 06:58am

Good morning everyone. Our COVID numbers are on the rise again. Please monitor your children for symptoms and stay home if unwell.

Thu Mar 09 08:19am

Today’s newsletter is ready to read. Click on the link.

Fri Mar 03 02:50pm

3 March 2023

Good morning, Mufti Day today to support the Cyclone relief, and students finish at 12:30.

Thu Mar 02 06:59am

Today is walk ‘n’ wheels day, there will be a course set up over lunchtime for students to ride around

Wed Mar 01 06:51am

School council have organised a mufti day this Thursday to raise money for the Cylcone.

Tue Feb 28 12:27pm


Notice for mufti day on Thursday

Reminder today is the last day to return your order forms for the foodwrap fundraiser.

Mon Feb 27 08:49am

24 February 2023 Newsletter is ready to read.

Fri Feb 24 03:06pm

24 February 2023 Newsletter.

Teeny Touch is cancelled. Junior touch is still on.

Thu Feb 23 02:55pm

Year 7 /8 cricket for today is cancelled.

Wed Feb 22 12:09pm

Good morning everyone. Parent interviews this afternoon. A reminder that students will finish at 12:30 today.

Tue Feb 21 07:38am

17 February 2023 newsletter is ready to read.

Fri Feb 17 02:44pm

17 February 2023 Newsletter


Yay! athletics day today. Don’t forget your sunhat and water bottle. House colour mufti optional. Parents welcome to come and watch.

Thu Feb 16 07:24am

Here is the timetable for athletics on Thursday. Fingers crossed the weather holds for us. It would be great to see parents come along 🙂

Tue Feb 14 02:30pm


Athletics day timetable

Today’s newsletter is available to read.

Fri Feb 10 03:00pm

10 February 2023

Assembly today. 2:30pm in the school hall. Come along and see what our learners have been up to. All welcome.

Fri Feb 10 11:45am

Our bus now stops in the marked bus area on Glasgow Street, before and after school. Please note you cannot park there at these times.

Wed Feb 08 02:30pm

3 February 2023 newsletter is available to read. Click on the attached link.

Fri Feb 03 02:17pm

3 February 2023

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow, Tuesday 31 January at 9am. Remember your water bottles and sunhat!

Mon Jan 30 11:51am

This months events