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Volume 31| 30 September 2022| Roll Number 659|  Week 10 Term 3

Kia ora koutou,

The end of Term 3 has crept up on us very quickly. There have been a number of occasions for you to come on site and observe effective practices in classrooms, help students celebrate PBL inquiries and assist in school events and activities both in and out of the classrooms. We really appreciate your support and involvement in this space. 

Yesterday the Board of Trustees voted in a new Presiding Member ( the new term for the Board Chair). Jeannie Galavazi has two children at QPS, Charlotte and Jack, and will guide the Board through to the beginning of next year, when at our first meeting for the year we vote again.  Congratulations Jeannie and welcome! Amanda Robinson is also a newly appointed Board member who also has two children at QPS, Gwyn and Scarlett. Amanda has been an active member of our community for many years and has a ‘claim to fame’ with her leadership of the Lightfoot Initiative. Welcome, Amanda. I am looking forward to working with you as a member of the Board. Newell Hodgson was co opted onto our QPS Board earlier in the year. Congratulations for being voted on at the recent election, Newell. I am sure Harrison and Maggie are very excited to see you pop in and out of school on the odd occasion. 

Thank you to all of you who put your name forward for the recent Board election. I was so excited to see so many of you want to take an active role in the further development of our school. Thank you for your support.

I would like to acknowledge the time and energy that Kim Arnold committed to her role as Presiding Member over the years.  Kim has stood down from the Board as her son is now at WHS and her workload is ever increasing. Kim, you were a wonderfully calm and kind member of our Board who understood the differences between governance and management. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with you each week to talk about how we were moving forward at QPS and to help find solutions to the barriers all large organizations sometimes face. You will be greatly missed. 

I would also like to acknowledge the significant and active participation that Michelle Clarke committed during her time as a Board member. Michelle is no longer on our Board. You supported the fiscal management of the school, assisted with staff appointments and always followed due process during meetings. It was very encouraging for me to have such an insightful member on our Board who could provide attention to detail and focus on the long term vision for our school. Thank you, Michelle.

Thank you to the staff and students at QPS who continue to make me smile and want to get up in the morning and come to a job that I love. I am off to Auckland for a few days next week to be Granny again for my daughter’s children and am excited at the prospect of them moving to Wanaka to live in January. YIPPEE!

Happy holidays, everyone. Keep safe and see you all again next term. 

Nga mihi nui

Fi Cavanagh

  • The next stage of work on Stage 1 of the Town Centre Arterial Road will require the Ka Huanui a Tahuna alliance team to close a section of Gorge Road, between Stanley Street and Weaver Street. This is to allow for the underground services and road to be upgraded.
  • The closure will start on 25 October and run right through until 15 June next year, finishing up before ski season starts. Over this time there will be a two-way detour via Robins Road.
  • Please allow a bit of extra time as there are likely to be delays around Camp Street Roundabout.

Monday 17 October
First Day Term 4

Tuesday 25 October
Year 5-8 Triathalon

Monday 31 October - Friday 4 November
Stewart Island Camp - Room 27

Monday 7 - Friday 11 November
Stewart Island Camp - Room 29

Monday 7 - Thursday 10 November
Year 7/8 Cecil Peak Camp
Mon 7th/Tues 8th - Rooms 30 & 31
Tues 8th/Wed 9th - Rooms 32 & 33
Wed 9th/Thurs 10th - Rooms 34 & 35

Monday 14 - Friday 18 November
Stewart Island Camp - Room 28

Middle School Cardona Camp
Mon 14th/Tues 15th Nov - Rm 13 & 24
Tues 15th/Wed 16th Nov - Rm 14 & 23
Wed 16th/Thur 17th Nov - Rm 12 & 15

Tuesday 29 November - Thursday 1 December
Year 5 Moke Lake Camp

Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 December
Year 8 Camp

Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Around the School
A wonderful story and picture by Levi in Room 1 about playing the flute.
Levi received a well-deserved Principal's Award sticker!
Artwork by our incredibly talented Kereru team
Year 7/8 and the 2nd group of Year 3/4's had a fantastic week at The Remarakables. 
Year 6 Spring Planting at the Kiwi Birdlife Park

250 trees were planted from our QPS Growing Unit.
After the mahi we were able to do the tour of the Kiwi Birdlife Park.
It is such a treat to see the birds, especially the kiwi, and so amazing that it is just over our fence. 
We are very proud to be able to support the biodiversity created in the Park.
Remember to try and pack a 'Zero Plastic' Lunch.
This message has been brought to you by the QPS Enviro Leaders.
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.
Student Success
Art Prizewinners 

Miharo is a Māori  and Pāsifika Cultural Arts Trust based in Murihiku. 

Each year Mīharo holds a T-Shirt Design competition, where students of all ages are invited to create and submit a T-Shirt design. The theme for this years competition was "Legends of Our Lands, our people, our places, our stories.'' The winning design will be worn by all of the volunteers at Central Lakes Polyfest. This design competition was won by Emily Messingham in Rm 32.

They also run a Central Lakes Art Exhibition and Awards night. The theme for this was also "Legends of Our Lands, our people, our places, our stories.'' Emily Messingham and Keira Almog, both in Room 32, each won an 'Inspring Artist' Award. They received their awards on Thursday evening at Te Atamira. Congratulations to both these talented young artists. We are very proud of you.

Also on display at Te Atamira are a selection of Matariki and Koru art completed by a range of our Year 7 and 8 students.

Thank you all for your beautiful Mahi!
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Perfect for Mums & Dads looking for work during the school term, when children are at school:

Kitchen Hand 

Term time only
9-2pm (hours negotiable)
Great rates!
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 - Friday 16 December


Term Dates 2023

Term 1 - starts between Monday 30 January and Tuesday 7 February - Thursday 6 April

Term 2 - Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3 - Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4 - Monday 9 October - ends no later than Wednesday 20 December

Salvation Army Support
School parents and increase rent and mortgage rates
Many of you will be experiencing increased food and transport costs. Also, with mortgage interest rates on the rise, many people will have less money in their pockets. Although a lot of people do not own their own homes, the flow-on effect of mortgage interest rate rises will result in increased rents. If you are concerned about how you will afford these increased costs, you may be interested in speaking to our financial mentor. This is a free service run by The Salvation Army. Our service provides support to those struggling with their finances. We can provide skills that will improve your future financial well-being. This service is for people who wish to learn how to manage their money, keep debt under control and plan for future financial success.
If you have any parents who may need our help, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0211955534.
Sandra McClennan
Financial Mentor
General Information


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.
Holiday Programmes/After School care
Friendly reminder to please inform the school office of any changes to address, postal address, emails and cellphone numbers.
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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.


Uniform Reminder - Uniform Shop

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.

Tennis holiday camps and term 4 after school lessons.
20+ years experience, kids will love it.
Adult and private lessons also.
Phone/Txt Louie on 02108646997

Please reach out if you have any questions
Lt. Andrew Wilson
Corps Officer and Director of Community Ministries
The Salvation Army Queenstown

71 Gorge Rd, Queenstown 9300
P.O Box 887 Queenstown 9348
Ph. 03 442 9661
Mob: 027 276 7811

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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