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Volume 29|  22 October 2021| Roll Number 702|  Week 1 Term 4

Kia ora koutou, 

You’re aware of Government’s decision that all staff and workers who may have contact with children and students in schools and kura must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1  January 2022. This measure has the support of education entities including the representative bodies of teachers and principals. 

As the employer, we are responsible for ensuring the Government’s Health Orders are put into practice.  

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and everyone involved in the safe operation of our school is something we take very seriously. As with other diseases that many of us are vaccinated from (measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and polio), without vaccination we’re at risk of serious illness, disability and in extreme cases, even death. 

Because not everyone can be vaccinated – including very young babies, those who are seriously ill or have certain allergies – they depend on us to be vaccinated to ensure they are also safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. By getting vaccinated against COVID-19, we are protecting ourselves and protecting those around us. 

By getting vaccinated, we’re less likely to get sick from COVID-19, and we’re also less likely to pass it on. 

A large number of our teachers and staff have already chosen to vaccinate to protect themselves and their learners and whānau. We are working with the remainder of our team to ensure they have the information and support they need to get their first dose by 15 November and to be fully vaccinated for the New Year. 

Many other countries, including Australia and the United States, have mandated that their education workforce be vaccinated to assist in the safe reopening of schools. 

A fully vaccinated education workforce provides reassurance for parents and whānau that it’s safe for their children and young people to attend school, and benefit from being with their friends and face-to-face learning with their teachers. 

We appreciate all the efforts of parents and whānau to keep children and young people safe and engaged in their learning. 

We will continue to update you with the latest public health and other information as it becomes available. 

Ngā mihi, 

Enjoy the long weekend!

Fiona Cavangh



Monday 25 October

Friday 29 October
Quiz Night

Friday 5 November
House-athon Challenge Fundraiser

Junior School - Dance and sing-athon

Middle School - Walk-athon 

Senior School - Skip-athon

Intermediate School - Aoraki-Athon

Friday 12 November
Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 November
Year 3/4 Bannockburn Camp

Monday 29 November - Thursday 2 December
Year 8 Dunedin Camp

Wednesday 15 December
Last day of Term 4

Thursday 16 December
Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Term Dates 2022

Term 1 - Wednesday 2 February - Thursday 14 April
Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July
Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September
Term 4 - Monday 17 October - TBC
Around the School
The Lightfoot Initiative
Jen Mitchell and her son Sav participated in the Lightfoot Initiative during the week of 27 September to raise awareness of biking to school and work.
Well done to you Mum and son for leaving the car at home!
We are proud of you for representing our school.

Click on the Lightfoot image above to watch the video!
Big thanks to Shotover Jet for this amazing opportunity for our staff!
Beautiful Butterflies

On Wednesday Maria from Christchurch visited QPS. She taught us about Monarch Butterflies. Maria also gave us swamp plants with caterpillars to look after.  After her presentation, we got to dress up as butterflies  A big THANKS to Mitre 10  for sponsoring her programme. Room 1 children were delighted and are taking good care of our two caterpillars. We have named them Stripey and Wriggly Pilly.
Garden To Table with Room 27

Menu - 'Cheesy Silverbeet Muffins and Herb Infused Tea'

The colourful muffin stood on the vintage china waiting to be eaten. It looked well presented with a crispy outside. I needed to know what was inside!

I bit into the muffin and was delighted to find a buttery, light, fluffy inside. It revealed a few cherry tomatoes too!
Then I switched my focus to my cup of tea. I took a sip and a burst of flavour lit up my mouth. I tasted mint, rosemary and honey.

I give this morning tea a 10 out of 10 for taste and presentation.
by Geneva 
Food Critic and Chef - Rafaella

The aroma of cheesy goodness filled the air as I laid my eyes on the creamy colour of the muffin. The fine china plate carefully presented the muffin well. 
It was a well cooked, indescribably cheesy, silver-beet muffin.
It was a nice dark, cream colour on the top with a yellow brightness savouring people's eyes, on the inside.
I dug my teeth into the golden goodness and my tastebuds started dancing inside my mouth. It was cheesy and had hidden herbs and vegies inside. Even though I hate tomatoes, the rest of the muffin was surprisingly good.
Texture - crumbly yet smooth. Some of it melted in my mouth.
Paper Mache PBL

Middle School students created Paper mache bowls as part of their project-based learning (PBL) this week.
Student Successes
The Under 15 Junior Stampede went to Dunedin in the holidays and won the Southern Series Ice Hockey Tournament. The team included QPS students Tristan Walker, Liam Rasmussen, Jake Hutchins, Ben Dixon and Maddon Smith.

Congratulations! - awesome effort!
QPS House-athon Challenge

Congratulations to Isaac Copsey for winning today's awesome prize draw!

Our Year 8 student leaders are working together to organise and host this school-wide event: Queenstown Primary School - sponsored House-athon Challenge 2021.  

Funds raised will go towards their final School camp to Dunedin in December.  Surplus funds raised will go towards general improvements to our outdoor environment.  These enhancements will benefit all current and future students.  

Thank you for supporting Queenstown Primary School and our students.

How do I sign my child up to fundraise online?
Each child can sign up for their very own web page to send out to collect online sponsorship. Sponsorship can be collected from anyone, anywhere and sponsors can choose their own currency to donate in, if they wish.
Just go to our School Fundraising Hub page at: 


Event Details
When: Friday 5 November

Where: QPS 

What: Junior School - Dance and sing-athon 

Middle School - Walk-athon 

Senior School - Skip-athon

Intermediate School - Aoraki-athon

The Annual QPS Quiz Night will go on!!

The new date is set for Friday 29 October - we still have tables available so book a babysitter, grab a group of friends and we'll see you there!! 

Tickets are available through the SCHOOL SHOP or
by emailing
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Health Message
I am delighted to pass on information that the Triple P (positive parenting program) online course is now available for free for all parents and whanau.
I will be happy to support anyone to access this course, part of my toolbox is being triple P trained.  Families can contact me or now can go directly online themselves and do this course.  There is also support for parenting teens and support for parenting children with anxiety.
The first link is the information and the second is to register.
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Affirming diversity … an inclusive Aeotearoa ~
Maria Frewen | Registered Nurse| Public Health Nurse
Te Punaka Oraka – Public Health Nursing Service
Public Health South, PO Box 2180, Frankton, Queenstown, 9349, New Zealand
Mobile: 027 4648990 | email:
Kind – Manaakitanga Open – Pono Positive – Whaiwhakaaro Community – Whanaungatanga
He waka ek noa – We’re all in this together.


As you will no doubt be aware - Chickenpox is doing the rounds again.

Of particular concern is that some parents are bringing their children to the Emergency Department (ED) at Lakes District Hospital (LDH).  Unfortunately ED in Queenstown is not equipped to deal with this contagious disease and it is not an appropriate place to present for diagnosis - unless the child is experiencing worrying symptoms.  LDH staff have requested that we discourage parents with essentially well children from presenting them at ED.  There have been a few in the last week that have done this - this put others - particularly immune suppressed or pregnant at risk.  

If you have concerns or need someone to talk to either call their Public Health Nurse, Karina Anderson 027 447 1462, Maria Frewen 0274648990,  call Health line 0800 611 116  or call their GP in the first instance - unless experiencing serious symptoms.

Chickenpox (mate koroputa hei) is a common childhood illness that usually occurs between the ages of 2 and 10. The main symptom is an itchy, blistering rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which children can be vaccinated against as part of the New Zealand immunisation schedule.

Key points about chickenpox:

1.   Chickenpox is easily spread by an infected person sneezing and coughing, or by contact with weeping blisters when the sores are present.

2.   Even though chickenpox is mainly a childhood illness, adults who are exposed to the virus can still get chickenpox if they have not had chickenpox or have not been vaccinated against it. It is often more severe in adults.

3.   Most cases of childhood chickenpox are mild, but it can sometimes cause serious illness. Chickenpox is usually more severe in adults, pregnant women and their unborn babies and people with a weakened immune system.

4.   Children with chickenpox need to stay home from school and early childhood centres. Chickenpox is infectious 2 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have dried up. This usually takes 5 to 7 days.

5.   Vaccination for chickenpox is free for children at 15 months of age and children turning 11 years of age who have never been infected with or not previously vaccinated for chickenpox. Read more about the chickenpox vaccine<>.

Access To Free Period Products

Being able to go to school everyday is important for overall wellbeing. It provides a safe environment where children and young people can grow and learn, build social connections and a sense of belonging, and develop their potential. It has long-term impacts for health, employment opportunities and life choices.

Access to period products is just one way to remove barriers that prevent children and young people regularly attending school. Providing free period products is one way our government can directly address poverty and positively impact children’s wellbeing.

The initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state and state-integrated schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021, not only for use within the school setting but also at home. Queenstown Primary School is part of this initiative.

Access to period products is a necessity, not a luxury. Our product has arrived!

To access product please see Mrs Lock, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Nichols, Mrs Little, the office staff or talk to your teacher to collect two packets of the perfered product to take and use at home. Product will be available and housed within school bathrooms for use throughout the day.

If you have any queries please contact Justine Lock

Salvation Army Support

Need a helping hand?
  Foodbanks and other essential social services remain open at Alert Level 4 but are operating under strict protocols. The Salvation Army in Queenstown and Community Networks Wānaka continue to provide basic welfare needs for our community and stranded visitors.

For more information about the social services available, visit

Welfare Assistance - Queenstown-Lakes District
Health concerns. If there is a health emergency call 111 immediately. If you can’t speak to your doctor, or you do not currently have a doctor, call Healthline for free advice and information – 0800 611 116.. The Healthline team are specialists in assessing and advising over the phone. They can arrange to talk with you in your language.

To contact an individual agency, please check their website or Facebook page for the best means of getting in touch.


And if you, or someone you know, needs help accessing goods and groceries, particularly if they’re vulnerable or having to self-isolate, other options include asking family, friends or a neighbour to deliver goods; click and collect; supermarket delivery or subscription food boxes.


We’re all in this together so let’s look after each other.  Don’t go without, please reach out – we’re only a phone call away. 


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School commences at 8.55am and ends at 3.00pm.

Brain Break 10am to 10.10 am
Morning tea break 11.00 am to 11.30 am
Lunch break 12.40 pm to 1.30 pm. 

It is recommended that your child arrives at school no later than 8.45 am.
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 QPS School Checklist






SchoolAppsNZ APP: Download the SchoolAppsNZ from your App Store or Google Play for FREE or click on the links opposite.  

Please download now to keep up to date with all school information.






BUS:  If riding the bus, determine route and register via the QPS Website - You can also update any changes to your student's bus route and days throughout the year via this link.  Use the link opposite or go to



UNIFORM:  Order your school uniform via the QPS Website - a uniform shop is open Tuesdays 8:30-9:00am in the School Hall with sample sizes to try on and some second hand uniforms to purchase.  Use the link opposite or go to



SCHOOL SHOP: Create a School Shop Account - this is essential - it allows you to order school lunches, sign up for sports events, fundraising events etc.  No more having to find cash for your child to take part in school activities. Use the link opposite or go to and choose Queenstown Primary School





ABSENCES:  If your child is going to be absent from school you must advise the SCHOOL OFFICE prior to 9am by phone - 442 9120 (press 1 to leave message 24/7), via the School App or via email   For planned absences during term time complete the Absence form on the QPS website and submit.



MESSAGES: Any urgent messages for students need to be phoned through to the SCHOOL OFFICE 442 9120 not later than 2pm. 



SCHOOL HOURS:  School commences at 8.55am and ends at 3.00pm. There is a Brain Break 10am - 10.10 am, morning tea break is 11.00 am to 11.30 am and lunch break is 12.40 pm to 1.30 pm.  It is recommended that your child arrives at school no later than 8.45 am.



PLAN YOUR DAY:  Please ensure that your child knows what they are doing after school each day



LATE TO SCHOOL:  If your child arrives after the 8:55am bell has rung then they MUST go to the SCHOOL Office to sign in on the tablet.



BUSES:  Please advise the SCHOOL OFFICE 442 9120 if your child is NOT travelling home on the bus on a day you have registered them to be on the bus.  Please respect this request as it can delay bus departures. To register your child for the bus, please see the information and link above in the “Got to Do” section.



TAKING STUDENT OUT FROM CLASS:  Should you need to take your child out of school for ANY reason please sign them out on the tablet at the School Office and sign them back in on your return.  



CARPARKING: Weather dependent, Terms 1 and 4 will have the lower field open for parents to park when dropping off and collecting students after school.  If you park in the School carpark AT ANY TIME you must collect a visitor pass from the School Office - failure to do so will incur towing costs.



EMAIL: Please ensure you are receiving our school newsletter via email and emails from your child's classroom teacher.  Check your Spam or Junk folder initially



LOST PROPERTY: Lost property bins are located outside the caretaker’s office in the upper courtyard.  Please ensure you label all items of clothing.



CHANGE OF DETAILS: It is imperative that we have up-to-date contact information for all parent/caregivers so as to be able to contact you in an emergency or illness situation concerning your child.  Please keep the School Office informed of any changes.



SCHOOL LUNCHES:  Tired of making sandwiches!  Take a break and order your child Sushi on a Wednesday (order cut-off 8pm Tuesdays) and Pie & Juicy (order on a Friday.  School lunch orders are ONLY accepted through our SCHOOL SHOP. Set up your account if you haven't already, pop funds on your School Shop account ready to order



ACCOUNTS: Please direct any finance queries to Carly in accounts at  You will receive student statements throughout the year.





WELCOME ABOARD!  We hope you and your child are excited about all that QPS has to offer.  Please pop in to the office to see our friendly admin team if you have any queries - happy to assist.


General Information

Uniform Reminder

You will find all your uniform requirements on the front page of our website with a full sizing guide.  The Uniform Shop is open every Tuesday of a school term in the school hall 8.30-9.00am sharp if you are unsure of size.  At the uniform shop, we have a small amount of secondhand uniform for sale.  If you would like to donate any uniform, please drop in to the school office.  NOTE:  School Hoodie can have your child's name on the back, cost $10, no nicknames allowed.

Student Accounts

If you would like to set up a payment plan for your child's account, please get in touch with Carly at  If you already have an automatic payment in place but are unsure if it will be enough to cover the items on your statement by the end of the year, do get in touch.  Likewise, if you think you may be paying too much, let her know and she can recalculate the amount for you!

Carly is here to help with any payment or statement queries you may have.

Student Absences

CLICK HERE to submit an absence.

Slow Down Near School Buses

A reminder to parents/caregivers to take extra care around school bus stops. Please park on the same side as the bus stop wherever possible. But if you do need to park on the opposite side, cross to your children first instead of having them cross to you. Please never call to your child from the other side of the road – yes it does happen - and it can put children in great danger! 

Parents please remember that the maximum speed when passing a stationary school bus stopped to pick up or drop off children is 20km/h regardless of which side the bus is on.  Please take extra care around school bus stops and provide supervision for children needing to cross.


Cheerleading classes in Frankton!
If your child enjoys dance and gymnastics why not try cheer? Queenstown Cheerleading classes are held every Monday at St Margarets Church Hall in Frankton. 5-8 year olds: 4pm-5pm and 9-13 year olds: 5pm-6.15pm. To register please email: "

Phil Hartshorn's Dunedin School of Music

Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition

Full Time Professional Music Teaching.

Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching


Phone: 021 075 0927

I want to make you an awesome player, fast.



Children in New Zealand are entitled to free basic oral health care services until 17 years of age. If you would like your child to receive this free service please click on the following link to complete the online enrolment form: 

Or telephone the clinic – 034509370 or Freephone 0800 570 300 – we are located at 19A Douglas Street, Frankton, Queenstown

If you are not a New Zealand resident there is a criteria to be met in order to receive free care, please ask the dental staff before enrolling.

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