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

Important information for all rippa players for next week.

Fri May 20 03:16pm

Rippa Rugby Tuesday 24 MayEvery player is required to complete this registration form to play in the tournament.
Please click on the link below to register your child.
This must be completed by Monday.


A reminder that all players must have a mouthguard as well.


20 May 2022 newsletter is ready to read.

Fri May 20 03:12pm

20 May 2022 Newsletter

Reminder to please return your cheese roll roster if you are able to help on any day/time, 27, 28 or 29 May. Thank you!

Fri May 20 09:28am

Tomorrow is pink shirt day. Students can wear something pink to celebrate bully free NZ week. No coin needed.

Thu May 19 06:29pm

Reminder to please return cheese roll help roster if you are able to help any of the days or times. We need to make 35,000 cheese rolls!

Mon May 16 07:14pm

13 May 2022 newsletter is ready to read.

Fri May 13 03:38pm

13 May 2022 Newsletter

Rippa Rugby

Thu May 12 10:49am

Rippa Rugby notices are due tomorrow (Friday 13th). You can either return the paper form or email sports@balclutha.school.nz giving your child permission to play in the tournament.

This week’s newsletter, 6 May 2022, is ready to read. Click on the links…

Fri May 06 02:56pm

6 May 2022 Newsletter

Netball prac today Thursday . 3:15-4pm Year 3-4. and 3.15-4.15pm year 5-8. At rec centre.

Thu May 05 07:46am

Reminder that cheese roll orders (and payment) are due back at school tomorroww (Wednesday, 4 May). Thank you for orders received so far!

Tue May 03 04:32pm

Welcome to term two! A reminder that students and staff are still to wear masks when inside at school.

Mon May 02 09:12am

Good morning everyone. Here is a COVID update for the start of term 2.

Fri Apr 29 10:30am


COVID settings beginning Term 2, 2022

BPS Netball Year 6, 7 and 8 trials – Thursday 21st April 3pm – 4pm at the Rec Centre. If unable to attend let Tara know – 0273807603

Thu Apr 14 10:44am

Reminder that children need to wear school uniform tomorrow. It is not a mufti day.

Wed Apr 13 04:36pm

COVID update 8 April

Sat Apr 09 09:25am

Good morning everyone. Here is an update of our COVID cases at school as of 8 April 2022.

COVID update 8 April

Newsletter for 8 April 2022 is ready to read.

Fri Apr 08 03:31pm

8 April 2022 Newsletter

A reminder that it is mufti day today. Please bring a gold coin if you want to wear mufti.

Fri Apr 08 08:35am

Mufti day will be on Friday this week. Gold coin donation please.

Wed Apr 06 06:06pm

Friday 1 April 2022 newsletter is ready to read.

Fri Apr 01 01:57pm

1 April 2022 Newsletter

COVID update 1 April

Fri Apr 01 12:23pm

Here is the BPS COVID update for 1 April.


COVID update 1 April

BPS stars have no touch game today either.

Thu Mar 31 03:14pm

BPS racers touch team- Milton have defaulted so there is no game tonight.

Thu Mar 31 03:08pm

Reminder that our Whānau and School Annual Meeting is on tonight, 7pm, in the the school staffroom. Everyone welcome!

Thu Mar 31 08:55am

BPS COVID update 28 March.

Mon Mar 28 12:43pm

Here is an update of our COVID numbers as of today.


COVID update 28 March

25 March 2022 Newsletter is ready to read.

Fri Mar 25 02:12pm

25 March 2022

BPS COVID update 22 March

Tue Mar 22 11:24am

Good morning everyone. Here is an update of our COVID numbers.


COVID update 22 March

Happy long weekend everyone. Here is an update of our COVID numbers as of yesterday.

Sat Mar 19 10:09am


COVID update 18 March

18 March 2022 newsletter is ready to read. (Apologies for the wrong link sent in previous alert to some users.)

Fri Mar 18 02:32pm

18 March 2022

Cricket and athletics are cancelled today.

Tue Mar 15 01:46pm

COVID update this time

Mon Mar 14 02:26pm


COVID update 14 March

Here is our latest BPS COVID update.

Mon Mar 14 02:22pm

Today’s newsletter is ready read.

Fri Mar 11 02:30pm

11 March 2022 Newsletter

Don’t forget athletics day tomorrow! Students will need a drink bottle and can wear house colours if they want.

Wed Mar 09 04:58pm

COVID 19 update – 9 March.

Wed Mar 09 03:16pm

Please click on the link for the latest COVID 19 update for Balclutha Primary School.



COVID update 9 March

Don’t forget we have Wacky Wednesday tomorrow. Bright coloured mufti, gold coin donation and bring your wheels for some lunchtime fun 🙂

Tue Mar 08 03:55pm

COVID 10 update – 8 March

Tue Mar 08 11:19am

Sorry, hopefully there is an attachment this time!

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COVID 19 update- 8 March

Tue Mar 08 11:10am

4 March 2022 Newsletter is available to read.

Fri Mar 04 02:44pm

4 March 2022 Newsletter

Working bee 9am tomorrow, 5th March to dig out the playgrounds. Please bring shovels and wheelbarrows. All welcome.

Fri Mar 04 09:32am

COVID update- we now have a positive case in our school community. Please read the attached newsletter for further information.

Thu Mar 03 02:07pm


COVID update 3 March

COVID update- we currently have no positive cases at school. Please read update notice and reminders.

Tue Mar 01 12:07pm

COVID update notice 1 March 2022

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25 February 2022 Newsletter is ready to read.

Fri Feb 25 02:28pm

25 February 2022 Newsletter

Can you help us with our playground project?

Tue Feb 22 05:03pm

Working bee helpers required. 

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This months events