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 email@example.com 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
Acting Deputy Principal