We believe students learn best in an environment which is emotionally and physically safe.
A child's emotional and physical wellbeing is paramount to achievement. Caring teachers who know their students well are the key to creating a safe and happy school.
High expectations for students behaviour are expressed daily in our school. Personal and social responsibilities are themes that carry through every programme.
We're here to help - when children do experience difficulty, we work as a team to put things right.
Enrolling at Balmacewen for 2014
Enrolments have now closed for 2014. Thank you to all families who have enrolled. We look forward to welcoming new students for an activity afternoon Thursday 5 December at 1.15pm. If you would like further information about this please contact the school office.
Over the next few weeks we will be in contact with contributing schools to gather academic and social placement information for 2014 classes.
Please contact the school office on 466 7251 if you would like to visit Balmacewen or would like an appointment to discuss your child's enrolment.
Balmacewen Talent Quest 2013
After lots of auditions and preparation the Balmacewen Talent Quest final was held on Friday 29th November. We were luck to have Kylie Price - Country Singing Legend along side Mrs Quelch and Mrs Moore to judge the final performances. OUr final winner was Sarah - "Wishing you were some how here again" from The Phantom of the Operah.A fantastic performance by her and all of the other students performing in the finals.
Talent Quest Winner Sarah with Kylie Price
Otago Athletic Sports Champs - 19th November
Following our School Athletic Sports and then the North Zone Athletics Balmacewen had a team of 86 students qualify for and compete in the Otago Athletic Champs held on Tuesday 19th November. This large number of students competed against the other top athletes from Otago and achieved some great results. Well done to all students who took competed in this event! Placing results published by the OPSSA can be viewed as documents in our web link below, Balmacewen Students are identified as BLB in the school column.
South Island Water Polo Champs 1st-3rd November 2013
Balmacewen teams in the South Island water polo tournament held here in Dunedin. Teams from Invercargill to Christchurch competed in two divisions. Both our teams competed in the A division. It was a fantastic opportunity to play against high quality competition over the three days showing a huge improvement in their skills. Our Blue team played their best water polo of the year with some very close wins and were unlucky to miss out on the semi finals with a 5-4 loss to James Hargest from Invercargill. Our Gold team played hard to win all their pool play and semifinals comfortably before coming up against our local rivals - John McGlashan in the final. It was a tense and exciting game before we went down 7-5 in the last few minutes. A fantastic result to have two teams in the top eight in the South Island with the Gold team finishing second and our Blue team seventh. Thank you to our coaches Rhys Heatley, Max Holt and Andy Ferguson and to all the officials from the weekend. Congratulations to the Gold team - Gabby Trotter ,Tyler Summers , Shay Thom, Tim Chirnside,Flynn Steel , Ben Mason , Nick Taggert , Kou Kithara, Jack Divers , Will Edwards ,Clementine George and the Blue team Bryan Choi Thomas Walding Jamie Ferguson Anna Thomson Kiriana Hunter Louis Freeman
Rebecca Walker Zac Holt Megan Collins Jordan McArley Teddy George Sophie Gaudin
Balmacewen Wearable Arts Show 2014
On Thursday 31st October we held our Wearable Arts performance at Otago Boys High School. The students have spent the last term preparing for this event and the quality, creativity and imagination that went into the designs was amazing. Over 200 students took part in the show in the Wearable Arts Sections, Hip Hop dance crews and hats and masks created by Room’s 11 and 14. Our judges were Grace Ockwell - who has competed in the WOW awards in Wellington and Baydon Harris - textiles and design teacher at St Hildas. A huge congratulations to all who committed to take part and followed through to be part of the show- you are all winners! A special mention to Ella Hjertquist- amazing gymnastics ability during our Wild and Wacky section and to Alex Grant, Jed Cuthbertson, Shay Thom, Kou Kitahara who kept our crowd entertained and supported the acts on stage. I look forward to holding our next show in two years in our own refurbished school hall. Thanks to all the parents and families who supported their child and to the teachers and staff who helped bring the show together.
click here to go to the full album screening above and you can download and save images http://s687.photobucket.com/user/balmacwebpage/library/2013%20WEARABLE%20ARTS%20SHOW