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Volume 14|  4 June 2021| Roll Number 676|  Week 5 Term 2

Tēnā koutou,

Another amazing week draws to a close here at QPS. 

It’s been rather busy around here with our Leaders travelling to Dunedin to attend the New Zealand National Young Leaders Day at the beginning of the week. Inspirational speakers took to the stage to share their stories. Cam Calkoen, Brooke Neal, Shay Wright and Benny Tipene.  Our leaders returned full of inspiration, enthusiastic and motivated to take on the world!

Yr 5/ 6 and Yr 7/8 Rippa teams competed in a Dunedin competition, doing our school proud. They were very fortunate to be able to play in the Edgar Centre due to the inclement weather. Congratulations to The Year ⅞ Team who overcame Maniototo to secure a third place finish and well done to the Year ⅚ Team who went unbeaten throughout the day. 

Meanwhile, back at school, Rippa Rugby trial games have been happening, Netball practices continue, DOT’s fill the school with joy, self defence classes keep people safe, singing and music echo around and students are highly engaged in learning. Collaborative practices and buddies have been seen supporting one another’s learning journey. I have enjoyed walking visitors around our school to see our fabulous students exhibiting our values and happy in their place.

I was extremely impressed with the perseverance of our Junior school students as they participated in their first ice-skating lesson, getting up when they fell and having fun with their peers as they zoomed around the rink with instructors.

I would like to take a moment to thank our Road Patrol teams for continuing to keep everyone safe at the crossing.  They were treated to a pizza lunch last week for all of their efforts. It is a timely reminder that all parents and students must use the crossing and not dash across the road as this will result in an accident. Your compliance is appreciated as we endeavour to keep people safe.

I would also like to mention and thank our wonderful parents and caregivers who use PUDO daily. With the entrance upgrade continuing we really appreciate your caring nature, the way you enter and exit the zone. Your patience as everyone moves forward to collect family members is greatly appreciated. Please do not double park as this encourages your child to walk out into on coming traffic. The Senior Management Team is out daily to ensure the safety of everyone. Give us a wave or a shout out!

Have you heard about Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs)? We work hard to ensure that every child is supported to achieve their fullest potential at school. At Queenstown Primary I fulfil this as part of my role working alongside students with additional learning needs and their whānau to achieve the best possible outcomes for children by undertaking a range of duties including: liaising with teachers, teacher aides and specialist providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists and external agencies, testing students, analysing results, and completing a variety of administrative tasks. A SENCO in every school is an integral part of a truly inclusive education system along with our wonderful Teacher Aids who provide high quality tuition for students requiring extra support to enable greater success.

Our Teacher Aides and myself love what we do by helping those needing support. If you have concerns about your child or just want to talk please contact me via email or contact the school office.

This weekend we celebrate The Queens Birthday, I’m off to Dunedin to be with family and friends. Enjoy the long weekend, be safe and have fun!

Ngā mihi nui,  Kia pai tō mutunga wiki

Justine Lock
Acting Deputy Principal


Monday 7 June
Queen's Birthday - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 8 June

Year 5 - 8 Swim Sports - Events Centre

Wednesday 9 June  
Structured Literacy Information Evening for parents

Wednesday 16 June
Non-Uniform Day - Year 5 & 8 Camp fundraiser
Year 5 and 6 Girls Period Education
Dr Kathryn Smith

Wednesday 23 June
Year 7 and 8 Girls
Positive Puberty - Dr Kathryn Smith
Year 7 and 8 Boys
Changing Times for Boys - Dr Mark Cooper

Friday 25 June
QPS Ice Disco
Queenstown Ice Arena - Year 5 Fundraising

Tuesday 29 June
Cup Cake Day - Year 8, Dunedin Camp Fundraiser

Wednesday 30 June
Staff vs Students Netball Match

Thursday 8 July
Central Otago Swim Sports
Last Day of Term 2

Friday 9 July
Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Check out my "Queenstown Primary 21" images using the following link:


Enter the password: QPS21
NZSKI 2021 local schools season passes

Please click on the link below to obtain your child's snowsports season pass.

All Year 3 - 8 students will participate in the QPS Snowsports Programme in Term 3 and will require a pass.
DOT's introduction by Haru and Max
QPS Enviro Leaders - Felix and Joshua have put together a message for World Enviro Day
Around the School
Congratulations to the Year 7&8 Rippa Team for coming third in Otago! They overcame Maniototo in the 3rd place playoff 7-5, with 2 late tries from Wilem Wilkstrom and Jaliah Rickerby. Unbeaten on the day, QPS beat a couple of schools from Dunedin before progressing to the playoff.

A great team effort from all the students! 

Year 5-8 Swimming Sports 2021

On Tuesday 8 June, we will be holding our Swimming Sports which is our first Inter-House sports event for Term 2. It is expected that all children will be involved. 

Time : Y7/8 : 9am start – 10.30am (approximate finish) Y5/6: 10-30-12.30pm (approximate finish)

Sports gear and essentials: Togs, towel, morning tea, water bottle, cap, goggles, underwear and a top of their House colour. Children are required to come to the swim sports with their swimming togs on underneath their school uniform to save time changing.

TRANSPORT: NB. Y7/8 children are required to be dropped off at the Events Centre by 8.45am and will be transported back to school at the conclusion of their events. If there are any problems with transporting your child to the Events Centre please let your child’s class teacher know.

Y5/6 children will be transported from school by bus at 10am and returned to school by bus for the afternoon program at school.

Room 1 have been writing about the floods in Canterbury.

We were impressed by the heroes who helped and made paper models to 

In Christchurch there was a big flood. Cars got stuck in trees. The people needed to evacuate from their homes. When the flood went down a little bit the Army men came in to bring them to the school. In the morning the army men gave them food. There was a hero helicopter pilot rescuing a lot of people. The flood is nearly over. The soldiers bring them back to Christchurch. I hope the people are all OK.
By Zara Black.    Room 1

In Canterbury there was lots of rain. The river banks bursted. They had to evacuate their homes and try to get away from the burst river banks. They got rescued by helicopters or the army. They took them to a school in Canterbury. I feel sad for them and I hope the water will go away.
By Isla Clements   Room 1

On Sunday there was lots of rain. Some cars got swept off the road. There were lots of rescues. The flood was in Canterbury. The people had to evacuate their homes because the water was up too high.  I hope the water will go away soon.
Scarlett Halstead. Room 1
Lovely NEW Library Books!

Positive Puberty Talks for Students and Parents

Dr. Kathryn Smith will be at QPS for the Period Education for the Year 5 and 6 girls on Wednesday 16 June at 6 pm in the hall.

Wednesday 23 June for the Year 7 and 8 girls - Positive Puberty at 6 pm in the school hall.

Dr. Mark Cooper will be at QPS for the Year 7 and 8 boys - Changing Times for Boys. Wednesday 23rd June at 6 pm in the 7 and 8 Block.


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.

We are delighted to inform you that Queenstown Primary School will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS AssessmentsTM this year.

ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies.

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.

For further information CLICK HERE

Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.

Raeward Fresh - Queenstown

Our Café/Deli need a support person appx 5hours a day 5 days a week  say between 9am and 2pm

Duties include but not limited to- Dishes, Clearing tables ,packing and labeling product ,prep work in kitchen and butchery and deli

If you would like to join our team in a  part time position

send your details to Angela on


Adverse Weather Plan

We are now approaching the time of year when adverse weather, including snow and ice, can affect roads and buses and the operation of the school. Below are the two main adverse weather scenarios and the methods of communication that we will use for adverse weather. 

Adverse Weather Overnight and early Morning 

We will liaise with QLDC’s roading contractor and the bus coordinator and make a decision re any changes to the school day. 

If changes are made they are likely to be: 

  1. School is open as normal, however some buses may be delayed or cancelled.

  2. School has a delayed start (usually 10am), with a compacted timetable. Buses may be delayed or cancelled. 

  3. School is closed. 

Please note that we liaise with all the schools in the Wakatipu Basin, and the decision to close or have a late start is coordinated by the designated representative for the school. (Conditions can vary across the basin and be different for schools). 


Adverse Weather During the School Day 

Please note that closing the school early is problematic for a number of reasons (notably trying to run all buses early), and we will try and run school until the normal end of day if at all possible. Accordingly, we do not want parents coming to school to collect their children unless specifically notified to do so. The likely scenarios for adverse weather events during the school day are: 

a) School runs until normal time, and buses run as normal. 

b) School runs until normal time, but some buses run early and/or runs are altered. 

c) School closes early, with buses also running early. In some cases bus routes may be altered. 

d) In an extreme adverse weather event students may be kept at school until travel is safe or even stay overnight.



We will use the following channels for communicating with parents and students about adverse weather impacts:  

  • QPS App alert - please download the free QPS App and sign up for alerts.  

  • Email.

  • Facebook- please follow us on facebook.

  • Radio - announcements will also be made on local radio stations.  

Our primary concern is the safety of our students and this will always be paramount in our decision making. If parents are on the roads please ensure that vehicles are equipped for winter driving conditions. 


Fi Cavanagh


Matt Leach 

Health and Safety Coordinator

Android & iPhone App now available

myKindo app is now available for iPhone and Android phones. If you like the flexibility of ordering anywhere, anytime then go ahead and download the app!

Access via the app store, searching "mykindo" or by using the links below Android Google Play:

iPhone App Store:

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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.


Term Dates for 2021

Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October
Monday 18 October to Thursday 16 December

Teacher Only Days
  • Term 1.    Friday 16 April
  • Term 2.    Friday 9 July
  • Term 3.    Friday 1 October
  • Term 4.    Friday 12 November and Thursday 16 December (students finish for the year on 15 December)

A reminder when online ordering via the SCHOOL SHOP - if you DO NOT receive a confirmation email once you've placed your order, then your order did not go through and is probably still waiting in your cart to be 'checked out'. 

Please check your email confirmations and we can all avoid future sad faces!
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.

Queenstown Mountain Bike Club is Calling You!

Queenstown Mountain Bike Club are having our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday June 8, and we would like you all to come along. We believe the whole of the Queenstown community has so much to contribute and we would like to enable everyone to have the chance to contribute to their local MTB Club! Working together we believe we can make our riding, our community and our environment even stronger than it already is! 

If you'd like to hear more and be involved in the discussion around how we are planning to give you all the platform to contribute and to shape the future of our club, then please, come along and participate in our AGM! Bring the whole family, we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Tuesday June 8, 
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Corner Stanley & Sydney Streets Queenstown)
Facebook event:
Thanks! From all the members of QMTBC
Queenstown Ice Arena - CLICK HERE
CHEERLEADING CLASSES. Does your child have an interest in dance or gymnastics? Cheer could be a great fit for them. They will learn aspects of: dance, gymnastics, team building and stunts/lifts. No previous experience needed. Classes are held every Monday at the St Margaret's Church in Frankton. First class is free and after that it is just $10 per child per class. Times are as follows: 
5 & 6 year olds: 3.45pm-4.45pm
7 & 8 year olds: 4.45pm -5.45pm
9-13 year olds: 5.45pm-6.45pm
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.



Phil Hartshorn's Dunedin School of Music

Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition

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Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching


Phone: 021 075 0927

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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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