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Volume 15|  11 June 2021| Roll Number 676|  Week 6 Term 2

Hi all

Thanks to all those who attended the Structured Literacy Evening last Wednesday night hosted by the director of Learning MATTERS Carla McNeil. We have had such positive feedback following the evening that hopefully those of you who were unable to be there can take time to view the presentation by Carla.

She has tips and tricks for parents and the research behind why at QPS we have recognised how important it is for our students to be learning in this way.

Enjoy your weekend!

Julie Walker
Interventions Teacher
CLICK above to view the video

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 - CLICK HERE to book your space
Queenstown Ice Arena from 5pm 

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

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.


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.
Around the School


What an incredible privilege to be invited to taste and review the ‘Garden to Table’ efforts this week. Indigo, Aella, Tas and Siena worked behind the scenes to present me with this tangy pumpkin surprise that was a treat to my taste buds! 

It was a thick and tangy dip best served with pita bread and raw vegetables. It’s made using a healthy recipe that derives from the Middle East. It is vibrant and sure to satisfy any palate, a spicy, tangy combination that you don't want to miss out on.

It’s perfect to have as a condiment or dip in it’s own right. It is typically served as part of the cold dishes that precede the main meal in the Middle East.

Presentation was outstanding. I am sure if you would like the recipe these students would be more than happy to share this with you. We have some future chefs in the making!

Next time you roast pumpkin for dinner, set some aside to make this gorgeous Middle Eastern dip.

This Weeks Food Critic: Mrs Lock


Last week Room 22 went to the lakefront to help with WORLD SMOKE FREE DAY. Queenstown's mission is to clear our waterways of cigarette butts that harm our water life and water birds. We collected so many from the beaches and around the streets.

Some of the students were also famous with their art being included on the promotional banner. 

National Young Leaders Day 2021


On 30 May, the Year 8 leaders and some Year 7 had the chance to go to the NYLD ( National Young leaders day) which is a big event where lots of leaders speak about how they became a leader. 

Some of these people included Cam Calkoen, who was born with Cerebral palsy which affects a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. He was really inspiring for me because of how he made it through all of that to become a professional athlete and he also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro.

Another speaker was Benny Tipene, his dream was to become a guitarist but unfortunately, that didn’t work for him so now he helps people with disabilities, but he also puts a little bit of music into helping them build up their confidence.

Shay Wright was the third speaker, he was a Social Entrepreneur his way of showing leadership was to empower people the next generations of Maori entrepreneurs and leaders through the organization he co-founded.

Another speaker was Jorja who was only 14 and she was the CEO of the largest Poi manufacturer in the world.  Her company was sending poi to places like Japan, Canada and America because after the covid-19 restrictions tourists weren’t allowed to come to New Zealand so they decided to take the Maori culture into those places.

Brooke Neal is a retired black sticks player. She said that she started playing hockey at 3 years and when she was older in primary school she got put down because she wasn’t great at hockey. She inspired me because even though she was always put down she made it all the way to becoming a black sticks player.

All in all, I think that this was an amazing experience that everybody should look forward to having the chance to go to NYLD 2022.

By Joseph Duncan

Student Success
Fabulous Fling!
Last weekend 135 dancers from all over New Zealand competed in the Highland dancing championship in Dunedin.
Heidi and Grace from QPS were amongst the dancers there. Grace was placed in the top 10 and Heidi got a 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Well done to both of you! 
Amazing Artistic Swimming!
Four of your students, Keira, Annette, Rina, and Emily, attended the South Island Artistic Swimming Championships in Christchurch on Queen’s Birthday Weekend as part of our Dolphin Combo Team, where they helped their team gain a silver medal for their routine.

Attached is a photo of all of them with their medals and ribbons. We are very proud of them as it was their first competition, and they are currently training for the NZ Nationals in October. 

Bailey and Sydney attended The Neptune Swim Comp in Dunedin,  which was a two-day event on 5 and 6 June. Competing for Queenstown Swim Club against many South Island Clubs. 

Bailey won Gold for 100m Breast Stroke. Silver for 50m Breast Stroke and 5th place Ribbon for 200m Breast Stroke. 

Sydney won Ribbons , 4th for 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke. 
Also 5th for 100m Butterfly and 7th for 50m Breast Stroke. 

Well done Girls! 


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.

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Information Evening
Wednesday 16th June, 6-8pm. The Station Building, Queenstown

Training Days
Monday 21st June at Coronet Peak Ski Area
Sunday 27th June at The Remarkables Ski Area
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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